Breast Cancer Survivor Learns That every Day Matters

Insider Louisville LogoIt’s one of those statistics that is hard to imagine — 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Most Americans know someone whose life has been affected by the disease, and the support they’ve shown is encouraging — from the thousands of local fundraisers held this month to the prevalence of pink on everything from ribbons to NFL uniforms.

While breast cancer remains the second-leading cause of death among women, survival rates have increased, thanks to early detection and treatment improvements. Today, in America, 3 million women count themselves as breast cancer survivors. One of them is Sarah Gorman of Louisville, who was diagnosed seven years ago and has emerged from her cancer journey with her positive outlook intact.

“I’m doing everything I can, I’m living life,” she says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “I often said at the end of that whole experience that I could have written a book titled ‘How cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me.’ People came out of the woodwork with cards and flowers and I had no idea all those people even cared. I get goose bumps now even talking about it.”

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Charla Young offers women a message of love, hope, and lemonade

Insider Louisville LogoYou don’t have to be broke, busted or disgusted to get something from Charla Young’s message for women.

Just three years ago, Young was reeling from disappointment and bound into depression. She had started a television show that was carried in 26 cities, and believed she was on track to become an international media star.

“I really thought I would be the next Oprah Winfrey,” she says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “That’s what I had in my head, but it didn’t work out that way. I was in Atlanta for the final meeting where I was supposed to sign a contract and make $7 million a year, and the network said no.”

Young said she’d put 18 months of effort into the deal, and suddenly the dream was gone. She admitted to battling depression. But then she decided to write a book, Life’s Lemons Make Damn Good Lemonade,” and focused her efforts on a movement she called Power to Exhale.

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Charla Young Brings Empowerment Event to Lexington in October

Charla Young graphicCharla Young is an author, blogger, motivational speaker, internet radio show host, and host of an empowerment reality television show.

Launched in January 2015, “Power to Change TV” aired initially on a Louisville FOX affiliate, and it connected with more than 150,000 viewers in the first six months. The show, co-sponsored by Passport Health Plan, is now viewed in 13 countries and has outgrown its original taping venue.

Beyond all of this, Charla has also created the “Power To Exhale” movement, also co-sponsored by Passport, to “empower women to do what is most important: take time for themselves,” according to the Power to Exhale website.

Now, she will be kicking off a 50-city tour to promote her book, “Life’s Lemons Make Damn Good Lemonade,” on October 17 in Lexington, Kentucky. During the event, Charla says women “will bring their lemons physically and metaphorically, and I will take you through my book chapter by chapter … help you clear your table, get rid of the salt, get past your mixture of mistakes, find a new recipe, etc.”

Admission is free. People interested in attending should send an email to power2changecommunications@gmail.com. To find out more information, or to order Charla’s book, “Life’s Lemons Make Damn Good Lemonade,” go online to powertoexhale.com.

 

Affordable Care Act Helps Women Spend $1.4 billion Less on Birth Control

Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs, according to a study released this week. But the amount of those savings and the speed with which those savings occurred surprised researchers.

The study, in the July issue of the policy journal Health Affairs, found that the average birth control pill user saved $255 in the year after the requirement took effect, while the average user of an intrauterine device (IUD) saved $248. Those savings represented a significant percentage of average out-of-pocket costs. Overall, women have saved $1.4 billion on birth control pills, while out-of-pocket spending on intrauterine devices has fallen 68 percent.

“These are healthy women and this on average is their No. 1 need from the health care system,” Nora Becker, an M.D.-Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and lead author of the study told Kaiser Health News. “On average, these women were spending about 30 to 44 percent of their total out of pocket (health) spending just on birth control.”

For more coverage of this story, check out The Huffington Post article here  or The New York Times article here.

 

Panel Recommends Women Get Mammography Screenings Starting at Age 40

According to a draft of new mammography guidelines issued April 20 by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), women in their 40s should talk with their doctors and then decide for themselves whether they need regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer before age 50. As reported by the Health Day website, the guidelines still recommend mammograms to screen for breast cancer every two years for women ages 50 to 74, but those are at odds with the American Cancer Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which recommend annual screening beginning at age 40. “We want to be able to empower women with the science, so they can understand the potential benefits as well as the potential harms, and make the decision that’s right for them based on their own values, preferences and personal health history,” said Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, vice chair of the task force and a professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

For a list of mammogram facility locations in Kentucky, go online to http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfMQSA/mqsa.cfm or http://www.kentuckyonehealth.org/mobilescreenings. For more information about mammograms and breast cancer screenings, go online to http://passporthealthplan.com/members/health-and-wellness-programs/ and click on “Breast Cancer Screening.”

 

Younger Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Attack, Study Says

A recent study shows that many women age 30 to 55 may ignore early heart attack symptoms such as dizziness and pain. “Young women with multiple risk factors and a strong family history of cardiac disease should not assume they are too young to have a heart attack,” said lead researcher Judith Lichtman Yale University. To learn more about what you can do to help improve your Heart Health, click here for Passport’s Healthy Heart Program. To read more about this study, click here.