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Author: Valerie Pogue

Giving Feels Good

We've all heard "it is more blessed to give than to receive".  But how many of us have really taken the time to examine the meaning behind this text?  Giving isn't just a good thing to do.  It actually makes you feel good.  Research has shown that people who give are more satisfied with life.  They feel as though they've made an impact and contributed to something bigger than themselves.  Giving is not simply a physical task, it's very much rooted in emotions.  Giving leads to tangible benefits for the receiver, and intangible rewards for the giver. There are 2 weeks left until the biggest giving day of the year, Giving Tuesday.  As you prepare to offer your financial support to the organization of your choice,...


What’s Your Type?

"What’s your type?" is such a loaded question. Some people might think it has to do with the qualities you are looking for in a partner. Others might think it’s in reference to blood type. For the purposes of this conversation, your “type” is all about blood sugar health. Growing up, I often heard about relatives and family friends who had “the sugar”. I was too young to question what exactly that meant, but you can imagine my surprise when I found out that was the household name for diabetes. Simply stated, diabetes is your body’s inability to regulate blood sugar levels, so the nickname actually makes perfect sense. My first exposure to diabetes was through my maternal grandmother. She was diagnosed in her 30s, somewhere...


Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global observance that was created to encourage generosity.  It began in 2012, and is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  What started out as a small-scale initiative has become an entire movement with the help of social media. #GivingTuesday has inspired millions to give back.  On December 3, 2019, you too will have an opportunity to offer your financial resources to an organization and/or cause that is near and dear to your heart.  All you have to do is identify who, make sure you identify with their why, and then WOW! them with your support. Since we are on the topic of giving...


Advocating for Your Breast Health

We’ve all been taught that if you see something, say something.  But what if you feel something?  Do you say something or do you remain silent? I was 31 years old when I had my first mammogram.  I remember describing what I felt as a heaviness in my breast.  I wasn’t sure if that translated well to my Gynecologist, so her examination was critical to ensuring that we were on the same page.  She didn’t feel that there was any real cause for concern, but sensing my anxiety [and having a paternal great grandmother with breast cancer] she thought it would be a good idea to get screened. Being Type A, I immediately called the Radiology Center to schedule an appointment for a mammogram.  My conversation with...