Self-exams led to woman finding breast cancer early twice

Posted on Jul 19th 2021 by Tricshone Jiles

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Nearing my 39th birthday, I found a lump in my right breast while doing my monthly self-breast check. I immediately scheduled an appointment with my primary care doctor. At that visit, my doctor examined me and told me it was normal breast tissue. I put it in the back of my head and went about life. The lump was still there two months later. I was coming up on my annual exam with my GYN in June, so I asked my doctor to double check my breast. Upon examination, she said it was nothing and that...

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Tricshone Jiles is a wife and mother of three sons. She enjoys volunteering and promoting breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection. Tricshone has been an employee at GuideWell and Florida Blue for 22 years.

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Florida Blue sponsors ‘Military Makeover with Montel’ in transforming the homes and lives of veterans

Posted on Jul 8th 2021 by Marilyn Young

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As Michael and Heather Daniels made their way down the street to their Deerfield Beach home, they knew they were heading into a life-changing moment. One that was a way to help honor them for their service. Both are heroes in their own right. Michael joined the Marine Corps shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He served two tours in Iraq, including in the initial invasion into the country. He came home disabled and with stories that are painful to remember. Heather’s nursing career...

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Marilyn Young spent more than 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor before joining Florida Blue.

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Supporting those impacted by Surfside collapse

Posted on Jun 29th 2021 by Florida Blue

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Florida Blue is supporting residents of Surfside and the South Florida community in several ways after last week’s heartbreaking building collapse. “The Surfside community suffered an unimaginable tragedy on Thursday. As search and rescue efforts continue, our hearts go out to all of those impacted as they grapple with uncertainty and grief,” said Florida Blue President and CEO Pat Geraghty. “The impact of this tragedy has quickly spread across the South Florida community, and our Florida Blue...

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Try These Programs to Help Manage Your Health 24/7

Posted on Jun 11th 2021 by Joy Batteh-Freiha

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One way to live your best life is by taking charge of your health. That’s true whether you have a chronic health condition, a sudden illness or if you need help sorting all of life’s challenges. We know feeling unwell doesn’t just happen Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., so why should health care? With these three online health and wellness programs, it doesn’t have to be. Take a look at the programs, which are available at no extra cost to those who buy insurance on their own and most...

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Joy Batteh-Freiha is a Jacksonville native who has worked as a health care communications writer/editor for The Florida Times-Union, as well as state medical and specialty associations for 20-plus years. She’s the proud mother of two grown sons, one of whom is an Eagle Scout.

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COVID-19 Patient Grateful for Care Manager’s Help

Posted on Jun 11th 2021 by Melissa Heyboer

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When Sharon’s* phone rang, she wasn’t expecting the voice she heard on the other end. Sharon, a 54-year-old Florida Blue member, was in the hospital with COVID-19, disconnected from friends and family, and experiencing social isolation and loneliness. Doctors and nurses were in and out of Sharon’s room, but that didn’t provide much in the way of companionship. One phone call changed all of that. And while it wasn’t a familiar voice on the other end, it was the voice Sharon needed to hear. Betty...

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Melissa Heyboer is a Florida Blue communications specialist who lives in Jacksonville with her fiancé and two adorable dogs. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with degrees in journalism and history, and has been writing and editing ever since. In her spare time, Melissa loves to watch sports, listen to good music and spend time in the great outdoors!

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You May Earn $10 Reward for Getting COVID-19 Shot

Posted on Jun 3rd 2021 by Florida Blue

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We all want to get back to the things we’ve missed since COVID-19 stormed into our lives last year. That could be just a shot or two away for you. The cost for the COVID-19 vaccine is $0 for most Florida Blue members.* And those who buy insurance on their own or get it through their job may receive a $10 reward** through Better You Strides for getting vaccinated this year. Log in to your account to claim the reward, which is for everyone 18 and older. (Medicare members are not eligible for this...

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Lightning Players Share Mental Well-Being Tips

Posted on May 27th 2021 by Florida Blue

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For many Americans, stress and anxiety levels have grown exponentially since the onset of the global pandemic. No one is immune to these challenges, not even professional athletes. This week in particular has been a stressful one for players and fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning, as the team battled against the Florida Panthers in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. With May being mental health awareness month, several of the Lightning’s top players teamed up with Florida Blue to promote...

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Meet the Heroes Who Are Driving Health in Our Communities

Posted on May 20th 2021 by Florida Blue

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What makes people healthy? Is it the food we eat, getting enough rest, medicine when we’re sick? Or does health require more—a network of loving relationships, knowing where your next meal is coming from, mental health care to navigate stress and sadness when life gives you its worst. Florida is filled with organizations that work towards keeping us healthy by tending to the social fabric that makes our communities strong. Each year, the Florida Blue Foundation asks these nonprofits for their...

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Medical Team Leaned on Each Other in COVID-19 Storm

Posted on May 19th 2021 by Marilyn Young

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When COVID-19 made its way to Florida last year, there were a lot of unknowns. The symptoms changed often in the early weeks and months after the virus arrived here in March 2020. It was unclear why some people were more susceptible to the virus than others. And there wouldn’t be a vaccine for another nine months. So much uncertainty naturally led to frustration, concern and even fear for the doctors and nurses trying to navigate those uneasy waters, including the staff at GuideWell Emergency...

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Marilyn Young spent more than 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor before joining Florida Blue.

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Getting to Know Your Pharmacist is Good for Your Health

Posted on May 7th 2021 by Monica Gutos

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When going to the pharmacy, you may only see the pharmacist as the person behind the counter who fills your prescription. But just as you build a relationship with your doctor, it’s important to do the same with your pharmacist. They are an integral part of your health care team and can offer guidance when it comes to your medications. Getting to know your pharmacist can vastly improve your health and well-being. Your pharmacist is one of the most accessible health care resources you have. And...

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Monica Gutos grew up in Jacksonville and currently lives in Savannah, Georgia, with her husband. She studied journalism at the University of Florida and was a writer and editor for a Jacksonville-based publishing company for nine years. In her spare time, Monica enjoys going to the beach, cheering on the Florida Gators during football season and binge-watching the latest shows on Netflix.

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