We Believe In The Difference A Clean House Can Make!

By Jesica Wilfong, Owner of Petal Sweet Cleaning

Maintaining a clean home has many benefits that may improve anyone’s health from reducing allergies and mold to improving mental health and reducing stress. There are millions of women who suffer from cancer every year. That is why we believe in assisting cancer patients by proving a house cleaning while they are going through treatment.
Many of them do not have the strength to even life a mop, let alone clean their entire house. A clean environment has been shown to positively affect a cancer patient’s recovery.

We are so excited to partner with Cleaning For A Reason. Cleaning For A Reason inspires me every time I see how this wonderful cause continues to grow and impacts the lives of those who are cleaning and those who receive the gift of cleaning. My aunt is a cancer survivor and I feel so blessed to be able to say that and want to do everything I can to support those in treatment or recovery “until there’s a cure.”

ABOUT CLEANING FOR A REASON

PetalSweet Cleaning partners with Cleaning For A Reason, a national nonprofit organization. Their mission is to give the gift of free house cleaning for women undergoing
treatment for any type of cancer. The goal is to let these brave and strong women focus on their health and treatment while we focus on, and take away the worry and work of, cleaning their homes– free of charge. They have recruited over 1,200 maid services to donate free housecleaning to women who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Since 2006, their partner maid services have volunteered their time to clean for over 22,600 women – valued at over $6,000,000. Learn more at www.cleaningforareason.org

warriors-in-pinkWe are also so proud to partner with Ford Motor Warriors In Pink to provide FREE housecleaning to women with breast cancer through the Cleaning For A Reason foundation. Any women with breast cancer will receive ONE FREE house cleaning from PetalSweet Cleaning. Since 2006, the goal of Cleaning For A Reason has been to reduce the stress and ease the burden a woman faces once a cancer diagnosis is received. A patient can then focus on her health and family and not on her home. Please apply for yourself or a friend at www.petalsweetcleaning.com/ford-warriors-pink/

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9 Ways Hospice Helps Family Caregivers

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-9-39-41-amBY GWEN RIFICI

THE MOST COMMON STATEMENT I hear from families after their experience with us is, “Gee, I wish we had gone with hospice sooner.” Although each of us is mortal, death and dying are not something we spend much time thinking about. We’re too busy living day to day.

When a loved one receives a terminal diagnosis, it is hard for them, and for their families, to come to terms with the fact that time is limited. Time together suddenly becomes a precious commodity.

Hospice does its best work when life is measured in weeks or months, supporting not only our patients by managing pain and other chronic disease symptoms, but supporting the family members caring for them. Here are just a few of the ways we support family caregivers:

1. We teach you techniques to make your job easier and your loved one
more comfortable, such as how to safely transfer from a wheelchair into a
bed without straining your back.

2. Our team arranges delivery of medically appropriate supplies to make your loved one
more comfortable while easing your burdens. Examples include walkers, wheelchairs, hospital beds and bedside commodes.

3. A hospice nurse provides instructions and support to help you organize and administer medications, change dressings, and assist with care between visits. Our hotline gives you aroundthe-clock access to a nurse.

4. A hospice nursing assistant (HNA) frees up more family time by providing compassionate care that preserves your loved one’s dignity. The HNA assists as needed with toileting, showering, personal grooming, the changing of bed linens and other needs.

5. It is vital that family caregivers take breaks to preserve their wellbeing. We help by providing care for your loved one at our HMC Hospice of Medina County in-patient care unit, or by sending a trained, respite care volunteer to your home so you can run errands, meet friends or relax and unwind.

6. Frequently, family business affairs must be put in order. Our social worker assists
you in accessing the community resources needed.

7. Members of the trans-disciplinary hospice care team – such as a social worker or an advanced practice nurse – can assist in completing an Advance Directive (AD). This is an important set of documents that communicate end-of-life care preferences.

8. A spiritual care coordinator is also available, if desired. Your hospice care team will help you manage stress, provide coping strategies and help the entire family understand what is happening, and what to expect.

9. Bereavement specialists are available to help you and your family prepare for the
upcoming loss and to provide grief support for 13 months after a loved one’s death.

About the Author
Gwen Rifici, a resident of Medina, has 25 years of experience as a social worker.
She is Clinical Team Leader at HMC Hospice of Medina County, a Hospice of the
Western Reserve affiliate.

Reproductive Fertility Center Explains Ways Women Over 50 May Become Pregnant

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — For the past several weeks, the Reproductive Fertility Center offices have been bombarded with phone calls inquiring about Janet Jackson and how she was able to get pregnant, even though she is over 50 years old.

While we cannot disclose specific information about any of our patients in particular, due to HIPPA compliance, in general there are several ways a woman 50 years or older can get pregnant,” says Dr. Peyman Saadat, Medical Director of the West Hollywood-area Reproductive Fertility Center.

1) The first way is through natural pregnancy. The chance of this happening in a woman over the age of 50 is extremely rare. Statistics show an actual rate of less than a 1 in 1000.

2) In vitro fertilization (IVF) for a patient over the age of 50, using her own eggs. Again the chance of this happening is very unlikely.

3) An IVF cycle, using an egg donor. An egg donor is usually a healthy woman under the age of 30.  The egg donor will undergo IVF treatment, and her eggs will then be given to the intended mother for the purpose of achieving pregnancy.

a) The egg donor alternative has a very high rate of success, and very low rate of congenital complications, such as Down Syndrome or other anomalies, since the eggs are harvested from a healthy young donor.

b) The women receiving the eggs will undergo a comprehensive evaluation of her heart and lungs, numerous blood tests and other diagnostic testing, to insure it is safe for her to undergo treatment, and to safely carry a baby to term.

c) Although there are complications that are more common in women who become pregnant after 40, these complications are usually managed well by the patient and her physician. These complications include a higher chance of pregnancy induced hypertension and diabetes and increased risks of c-section and operative delivery.

4) Pregnancy can also be achieved at age 50 or older if the woman has frozen her eggs at a younger age, preferably at age 30 or under, as the quality of a woman’s eggs starts to decrease around age 30.

When patients call the Reproductive Fertility Center with questions, the office usually recommends the following: if you are young, and not ready to have children, freeze your eggs. If you are past the age when good quality eggs are produced, consider using eggs from a young egg donor for a higher chance of a healthy and successful pregnancy. Above all, before becoming pregnant, make sure your doctor evaluates your health to insure you are a good candidate to become pregnant using one of the above methods.Visit www.reproductivefertility.com.

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New Site for Women Facing Life After Divorce Is Spreading Positive Message, Building Strong and Encouraging Community

NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — “What now?” is a question many women ask during and after a divorce, but there haven’t always been good, practical answers. Chapter2Club (http://www.chapter2club.com/), which bills itself as a “smart woman’s guide to divorce and everything after,” is now ready to provide answers from women who have “been there, done that” and emerged as stronger, wiser versions of themselves. The site’s optimism is embodied in its name; as co-founders Matana LePlae and Mary Beth Leisen, Ph.D., explain, divorce is not only an end; it’s also the beginning of life’s next chapter.

When I went through my divorce five years ago, I was really searching for a site where other women have been through divorce and could guide and encourage me,” says LePlae, “but there was nothing except for blog posts or lawyer sites. I wanted to create something for women that felt like, what if your five best girlfriends have already gone through divorce? They would give you the inside scoop, help you emotionally, share practical advice – all with a kick-ass, you can do it attitude!”

Chapter2Club’s content is organized into topical and thematic areas like “Law and Financial”; The Kids”; “Moving On”; “Soft Skills”; and “Stuff We Love.” The law and financial section covers everything from how to interview and select an attorney to getting back on one’s feet financially after a divorce. In the section on kids, women can get ideas about how to talk about divorce with their children and how to best navigate a co-parenting arrangement, among other things.

A community forum – “The Club” – is where women can ask burning questions, offer practical and proven tips, or simply provide support to those who may be struggling. LePlae and Leisen ask only that members maintain a positive, respectful and helpful mindset.

“Divorce is challenging on so many levels – physical, emotional, spiritual, home, and even identity – and it’s our vision to help women not only move through the process and heal but also to write an amazing next chapter for their own lives.  Women get so much from community and support; it’s one of the main ways we cope with stress.  We want to provide the tools and resources and connect women with each other so that everyone benefits,” co-founder Mary Beth Leisen explains.

As experienced marketing consultants and entrepreneurs LePlae and Leisen have big plans for growing Chapter2Club’s influence. The site will soon be launching podcasts and webinars, along with interviews with professionals, such as therapists, attorneys and financial planners.  Plans are also underway to include live events, classes, meet-ups, workshops, & retreats.

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-9-51-59-amAbout Chapter2Club.com
Matana LePlae and Mary Beth Leisen created Chapter2Club as a place where women could get advice and support, share stories and perspectives, and be part of a great community. If Chapter 1 was your marriage, Chapter 2 is what comes after.  This is your story; we’re here to help you write it.

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