For many of us, family has a tremendous influence in shaping our lives. For Lana Lenzini, a Network Development Contractor in Orlando, it shaped her desire to help others. When Lana was young, her mother was diagnosed with severe depression, and as Lana grew up, she watched her mom wrestle with the disease. After her mother’s diagnosis, she spent a lot of time with her [...]

My son, Max, has all the qualities that you’d expect in an almost-11-year-old boy. He’s smart, precocious, curious, funny and adventurous. He’s an outgoing and popular kid, and he’s got big plans. These things are all apparent if you talk with him for just a few minutes. [...]

Your daughter is about to drive across the country to attend college in another state. Do you watch her pack and wish her good luck? Or do you take her to get her car checked out before she leaves, just to make sure the engine runs properly and the tires have enough tread? You notice an expired safety notice posted in the elevator. Do you take the stairs, or think, “This is probably fin [...]

Have you ever had a favorite pair of sunglasses you kept wearing even when they got scratched up? You still find yourself reaching for those glasses, ignoring those scratches because you think you look so good in them. Sometimes, when the sun is shining brightly, the scratches make it difficult for you to see. You feel uneasy, shaky, or unconfident in your ability to make out what is front you. [...]

Walk to Unplug

Posted on Apr 14th 2017 by Florida Blue

These days it’s common to spend a good portion of each day in front of a screen. We go from our computer screens at work to TV screens at home to phone and tablet screens in between. Our minds are constantly engaged, and we don’t realize how important it is to disconnect from time to time. One great way to unplu [...]

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. And since I’ve lived with Crohn’s disease (a type of inflammatory bowel disease) for 28 years, I try to find as much humor as I can when it comes to any type of bowel screening. I’ve had at least a dozen colonoscopies over the years. And I’ve tried all the different preparations for colon cleansing. If you are age 50 or older, call yo [...]

Change in a Heartbeat

Posted on Feb 27th 2017 by Betsy Appelsies

“The doctor would like to see you in the consultation area.” Hearing those words last week at Florida Hospital Orlando made my stomach drop. My husband, Gary, had been in for a routine [...]

Did you know President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February would be known as American Heart month back in 1964? We’ve come a long way, but heart disease and stroke are still leading causes of death in the U.S. for both men and women. Now is a great time to learn how to keep your heart healthy so you can celebrate all o [...]

  January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.  Take this quick quiz  about cer [...]

If you’re a parent, you know the feeling of watching your child accomplish major milestones in their development: you remember when they said their first word (hopefully it was your name!), when they first started to crawl (they were into everything!), and when they got their first teeth (oh, those long and sleepless nights!). The minute the first tooth breaks through the gum line, your baby ca [...]

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