On a seemingly ordinary day in August 2001, just days before I was to start college, I heard the words, “Your mom has breast cancer.”  Those five words changed my life forever. [...]

Florida Blue member Mary Mangan is the picture of health. She stands five feet six inches tall, weighs 115 pounds (dripping wet) and is a vigorous 28-year old who is both a nanny and a business owner (Seminole Sitters, a baby-sitting service). [...]

The year was 2001. I had turned 40 years old in January. Little did I know what the remainder of the year had in store for me. I first felt the lump in my breast in late July, but because of my history of fibrocystic disease, I wasn’t too alarmed.  When a biopsy in August proved the mass was malignant, my life changed dramatically. I will never forget the moment the surgeon said, “You have breast [...]

It’s my favorite time of year… football season! It was definitely one of the biggest professional cha [...]

A Family that Eats Together

Posted on Oct 3rd 2012 by Chef DeJuan

Chef DeJuan I am a chef, so it may surprise you to hear that it is incredibly difficult [...]

You said what?

Posted on Sep 25th 2012 by Dr. Carm

Getting the most out of any personal interaction, whether it be shopping for a car, groceries, new shoes (YEAH!), or a visit to the doctor’s office depends on several important steps. [...]

Ah, Pinterest! If you seem to enter a time warp every time you visit the site (where does the time go?), do we have a contest for you! To celebrate your health and the start of one of the prettiest seasons in Florida, we are pleased to announce our first ever Pinterest contest, "Fall into Healthy Habits." The rules are simple, fu [...]

Meet Dr. Carm

Posted on Sep 19th 2012 by Kate Warnock

Not long ago, we heard an employee say that a wellness session led by  Florida Blue medical director, Dr. Carmella Sebastian, was so informative (and hysterical!) that she and the other attendees talked about it for days. Informative and hysterical? We had to learn more. Luckily, after the social media team met personally with Dr. Sebastian, we got so much more than an interview—we pick [...]

Here at Florida Blue, nurses are some of our favorite people. Whether they act as skilled guides in helping our members improve their health, coordinate care or simply listen with a compassionate ear, nurses help our company fulfill its mission of helping people and communities achieve better health. When we opened our Florida Blue Centers [...]

Breastfeeding: One Mom's Story

Posted on Sep 12th 2012 by sarah

I am a breastfeeding advocate. The one, maybe only, thing I was sure of as I prepared to have a baby was that I wanted to breastfeed. I had daydreams of my baby and me cuddling in a sunny corner, me gazing lovingly into his eyes as he nursed happily away. Those dreams have since become a reality, but it wasn’t without a lot of tears, hard work, anxiety, a super-supportive husband and the help of t [...]