Blog Posts in 2017

  • Don't take your life for granted

    Sharon Wolfe was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996. A first-grade teacher at Cannonsburg Elementary, she was on spring break, enjoying a late morning to herself. “I was propped up in bed when a commercial came on about breast cancer and I thought maybe I should do a self exam,” she recalls. That’s when she found the lump in her right breast. She made an appointment to ...
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  • Understanding arrhythmias: Premature beats & supraventricular arrhythmias

    There are four main types of cardiac arrhythmia: premature beats, supraventricular arrhythmias, ventricular arrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias. Today’s blog focuses on premature beats and supraventricular arrhythmias. Premature/extra beats are harmless most of the time and usually don’t cause any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they usually feel like a fluttering or a feeling of a ...
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  • Survivor's advice: Keep people around who love you

    In January 2016, Christy Shears, 58, had a mammogram. The results were normal, nothing suspicious showed up on the films. Just five months later, Christy was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer, invasive lobular carcinoma, or ILC. Taking a bath in March, she felt something unusual in her right breast. It was concerning, but life intervened – her stepson had died ...
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  • Knowing your risk keeps options open

    Chesapeake, Ohio, resident Jennifer Eaves was pregnant when she first discovered the lump under her left arm. She thought it unusual, but then, pregnancy does all kinds of strange things to a woman’s body. In all the excitement of pregnancy, it wasn’t hard to put the lump out of her mind. Samuel arrived in October 2012 and the pace of life accelerated. In March 2013, Jennifer’s ...
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  • Team members donate $5,500 to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

    King’s Daughters team members initiated a giving campaign for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Employees contributed $5,500 to American Red Cross rescue and recovery efforts. Assistance will help those affected by Hurricane Harvey providing emotional support, spiritual care, temporary housing, food and health services such as medications and eyeglasses replacement. “An ...
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  • Dr. Alex Martin elected president of Kentucky Academy of Audiology

    Congratulations to Audiologist Alex Martin, Au.D, who has been elected president of The Kentucky Academy of Audiology for 2017-2018. He was president elect in 2016-2017 and the convention chair for the Kentucky Academy of Audiology. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Martin has been helping patients at King's Daughters. He evaluates hearing loss and related disorders including balance disorders and ...
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  • What is Parkinson's disease?

    Parkinson’s disease considered a “neurodegenerative” disease. It affects the basic building blocks of the nervous system, called the neurons. Neurons are specialized cells that transmit (send and receive) information to other nerve, muscle or gland cells, either chemically or electrically. Neurons do not generally reproduce or regenerate, so when they become damaged or die, they ...
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  • Don't delay your mammogram

    Glenna Lovins is living proof that while breast cancer may be unpredictable, it’s still beatable. After a bout with the disease, she now preaches a message of early detection. Glenna was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2016. She was 68 years old. She delayed her yearly mammogram during the busy holiday season — a decision she now regrets. The diagnosis shocked her, her husband, ...
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  • Halloween on the Hill

    King's Daughters Prestonsburg invites children and their parents to Halloween on the Hill, a party to celebrate the fun and excitement of Halloween, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 1279 Old Abbott Mountain Road. COLORING CONTEST Prizes will be awarded in three categories: pre-school through kindergarten; first through third grade; and fourth through sixth grade. Coloring pages must be ...
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  • We proudly support Austin's Ice Cream

    Our commitment to buy local is a proud choice we make to source many of the goods and services KDMC utilizes through local businesses. As we all know, locally owned businesses are often the backbone of a strong, healthy community and we want to thank you for your continued support of our “Keep It Local” movement. The local vendor of the week is Austin’s Ice Cream. Honored to be ...
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  • Steroid injections, nerve blocks and trigger points ... Oh My!

    Managing chronic pain is an important, but particularly difficult task. In most cases, patients turn first to their primary care provider for help, which may include lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, counseling, alternative pain management techniques, NSAIDS (such as Aleve or Motrin), or prescription medications. When these strategies are ineffective, patients may be referred to a ...
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  • Auxiliary provides funding for community projects

    Each year, King’s Daughters Auxiliary provides thousands of dollars in funding to support dozens of community programs and health initiatives that benefit underserved and at-risk individuals and families throughout the region. On Thursday, the Auxiliary awarded $122,000 in gifts to support 17 community projects for fiscal year 2018, including: $20,000 to newborn car seat program $15,000 to ...
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  • Neonatologist joins King's Daughters staff

    King’s Daughters is pleased to welcome neonatologist Courtney De Jesso, M.D., to its medical staff. De Jesso earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed internship and residency in pediatrics at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Calif. De Jesso completed a neonatal-perinatal fellowship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in ...
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  • What do you know about Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

    Everyone knows about heart attack … but few know about a condition called Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Or, if they have heard the term, they think it’s the same as a heart attack. It isn’t. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is slowed or blocked. Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs when the heart stops beating, suddenly and without warning. If this happens, blood flow ...
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  • Plastic surgeon joins King's Daughters staff

    King’s Daughters welcomes plastic and reconstructive surgeon Peter Andolina, D.O., to its medical staff. Andolina joins W. Bryan Rogers III, M.D., at KDMS Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 613 23 rd St., Suite 420. Andolina earned his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, N.Y. He completed internship, general surgery residency and fellowships ...
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  • Treating breast cancer with great medicine and humor

    Forty-six. Just 46. That’s was Lisa Smith’s age when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was early October 2016. “I found a lump under my arm,” Lisa said. “When I went to my family doctor, he also found a lump in my chest. The next week, I had an ultrasound, and was scheduled for a biopsy. I found out I had stage 3 breast cancer. That’s how my journey ...
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