Friday, 24 October 2014

Survive and Thrive blogfest: the list of bloggers and their subjects ....



I really cannot add to this great collection of warnings and stories about diseases …

I’d add peanut or nut allergies … there are a lot of serious allergies around now … always check.


Also explaining to kids and grandchildren (and others, I regret to say) re people who are disabled, have ADHD, or are in a rush, are rude etc etc … 


... the why we always need to be polite and look after others … and use our magic mouth muscles to raise a smile …





Then my recent C for Cancer post … where I addressed lots of caring words: communication, caring, compassion, courage, concern, conversation to mention a few – all creature comfort words for those who are ill, and those who are caring and concerned.




Thank you to Stephen, Michael, Diane and Alex for setting this blogfest up – so many useful and informative posts …




Survive and Thrive BlogHop – list of participants and subjects:


Sheri LarsenTeenage Depression

Stephen TrempColonoscopy

Ninja AlexProstate Cancer and early detection; eat fresh, drink water, exercise

Michael Di GesuGout … which is a form of arthritis


Diane (Spunk on a Stick's Tips) early detection; second opinions … you could be clear – but check up and check

Literary Rambles - Casey and Natalie - Breast Cancer and/or Colonoscopy awareness

Hart Johnson - check your family history for serious illnesses - eg cancers ... breast, colon, uterine, prostate ...

Dani Bertrand - Crohn's Disease

Roland Clarke - Why ignore the symptoms?  Multiple Schlerosis AND don't ignore the symptoms ... eg stomach cancer.

Mark Means - a post on the reasons for eating right and exercising ... before we're too old and before perhaps symptoms catch up with us.

DG Hudson - how to help ourselves ... and be prepared - re accident and heart attacks.

SL of Pensuasion - melanoma and pancreatic cancer; consideration in looking at genetic testing, if appropriate

Clarissa Draper - JANZ syndrome - juvenile epilepsy

Beverly Stowe McClure - reminds us of these: Diabetes, Alzheimers, Kidney Failure and/or Heart Disease - to be aware of their symptoms

Kathy McKendry - wise advice from a figure skater and coach, knows her body, who visualises and keeps stress to a minimum

C Lee McKenzie - mentions "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" - all check-ups could be critical ... especially mammograms and similar

Beverley Fox - talks about blurred vision, being violently ill after a rich meal ... which meant diabetes at 27 ... it's in the family: so always check

Jay Noel - diabetes, high cholesterol ... but it's "Wheat Belly" that grabs the attention, with some serious facts

Donna at Book Lover - a social worker's perspective on prevention of childhood illnesses through immunisation

Melanie Schulz - a nurse's view (holistic take) on pneumonia and heart burn and being pregnant - not a good combination.

Morgan Katz - she describes being told (recently) she has cancer - aged 15 - a sarcoma on her head; surgeries, skin grafts ... 

Tamara Narayan - brain tumour; juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at two years old; kidney stones; ... case #4 - thankfully was all clear after mammograms ... she describes her family as a herd of zebra - I think they've seen off a few lions ... 

Julie Kemp Pick - she describes her cancer story - as a nose for trouble ... but you really should read it: Julie has a great way of bringing us laughter ... 

Eva of Life Post Brain Haemorrhage - advises us to keep our bodies healthy ... so we don't suffer a stroke - there's an infographic regarding potential signs ...


Cynthia - childhood asthma and on into adulthood

Robyn Alana Engel - the world's most common disorder: depression - an article she wrote for a local newspaper sums her knowledge up

Diane Burton - mammograms run in the family ... get your check ups

Pat Hatt - parasites and a cornucopia of diseases

Joy Campbell - The Chikungunya Virus: a mosquito borne disease in Jamaica

Birgit - Ehlers-Danlos Syndome - the genetic disease for which there is no diagnosis, or known cure ... described as bend it like a rubber chicken ... she does have a sense of humour!

Arlee Bird - healthy living; being content; having a positive mind

Shannon Lawrence - Women's Heart Attack symptoms and knowing what medications you/they are on ... and perhaps need to stay on

Michelle Wallace - mental health and keeping the brain sharp: so often forgotten in the scheme of things - but great exercising ideas here

Denise Covey - skin cancers ... melanomas





Be prepared, be positive, do not worry (that's stressful), remember others and their situations,  and be happy ...





Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories





56 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for making the list for everyone! I know that took a long time to put together.

D.G. Hudson said...

What an excellent summary of the issues highlighted in this blogfest, Hilary. I'm still getting through some of the posts slowly due to a change in hubs location. He's now in a high-intensity rehab location and I keep getting lost getting there. Our routine has changed but he is doing well and is eager to regain functions damaged by the heart attack.

Allergies is an excellent item for you to mention. I am allergic to penicillin, have had two incidents and the third one can kill you if not handled quickly. (swelling of breathing passages similar to those allergic to bee stings). There's always something to learn. . .

Crystal Collier said...

I think I've visited almost all of those in the last week. Very educational. I actually had a discussion with my youngest the other day about behavioral situations--as in--when others act out in a public setting. You just never know the reason--a disease, emotional scarring, stress... I guess if I'd contributed, I would have talked about the mental and psychological aspects behind disease.

Unleashing the Dreamworld

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Thanks so much for making this list up, one I will post mark and return to often I am sure. My husband has peripheral neuropathy, it took about two years for them to diagnosis it in the UK but we now find it is quite common especially with diabetics!! His is hereditary so we finally discover, his aunt and his his grandmother had it but it was never given a name!!! Thankfully he is on tablets now that helps but it something that will bug him for the rest of his life. So much we still do not know about it but we are learning.

There are so many things in life that you think will never happen to you but when they do.....

Take care and have a good weekend Diane

rosaria williams said...

Ouch! And I thought I was on a dark streak...

Amanda Trought said...

Hilary, this is a great list I am going to enjoy visiting the blogs. My son has a peanut allergy we found out at a wedding when he was 2 years old and he got his hand on one peanut, what happened after was like a horror story. I am glad he has handled it as he has grown up and is ultra careful, blessings and have a wonderful weekend.

L.G. Smith said...

Great blogfest to raise awareness. And what a scary thing peanut allergies are. Can't imagine how hard it would be to navigate that sort of allergy at restaurants and shops.

dolorah said...

What a thoughtful post Hilary. Much appreciated. It only takes a few seconds to be polite, wish someone a good day, and understand that not everyone reacts the same to stress. Well done.

Have a good weekend :)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Is it just me, or are food allergies a LOT more common than they used to be? I don't remember any of my friends having food allergies when we were kids, but nowadays, it seems like just about every child is allergic to some type of food or another. Especially peanuts. My friends and I practically lived on peanut butter, and now it's so bad, kids aren't even allowed to bring peanut butter to school for fear of some of the other kids having an allergic reaction. Scary.

This is quite a blog hop. If I have time, I'll try to visit some of the other participants. Sounds like there's lots of info out there to be had.

Cheers! Here's to a happy weekend.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Alex - I'm glad I've pulled all the posts together ... but this didn't take as long as my usual posts?! Still it's obviously interesting everyone ...

@ DG - thanks so much; and good to know your hubby has moved to a high-intensity rehab location - I am sure we all wish you both well along this journey ... things definitely can and do improve.

Thanks re the allergies - and yes people are allergic to penicillin aren't they ... another good one to raise ...

There is always something to learn - that is for sure ..

@ Crystal - I was late to the posting plate, I'm afraid.

It's good to read you had a discussion with your daughter about behavioural situations ... it's such an important aspect of life, that we need (somehow) to reach everyone and remind them to be kind and thoughtful ...

Mental and Psychological aspects are so difficult aren't they ...

@ Diane - I'm glad you'll check in again .. I know that I will: so I'm pleased it's here for reference.

I checked out peripheral neuropathy and it sounds so difficult to deal with ... especially if it's not easy to establish what's going on per se ...

Interesting to read that it is associated with diabetes - and that it's hereditary ... I'm glad to read it's under a degree of control ... and that you are still learning ...

Yes - aren't there .. life has its way of raising somethings for us to think about ...

@ Rosaria - I hope this will highlight awareness for many of us ... sorry about your dark streak.

@ Amanda - thanks so much for taking time and coming past.

You are doing an excellent series of caring and caring for someone with Alzheimers.

Peanuts are so dangerous ... I had some friends whose son is allergic to them ... they had a few frights, but he's just gone to Uni and knows how to control it.

@ LG - yes it is a great blogfest - we'll all learn so much.

Peanuts can be so seriously dangerous ... the lad I know is very careful about going out - and it is difficult.

Thanks - I'll be back to catch those who've just commented - cheers Hilary

Suzanne Furness said...

I totally agree with your list of 'C' words, Hilary. Thanks for putting the list together, I am definitely going to check some out.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

How wonderful you featured all of the posts.

My nephew has a peanut allergy, which wouldn't be a problem if he made better choices with his diet. (He's in his 20's, so it's up to him now.)

Terra said...

Thanks for this health tips roundup, I visited a couple of the links.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Wow. Thanks so much for your extremely relevant input, and for summarizing this remarkable bloghop so helpfully, Hillary.

Have a great weekend.

J E Oneil said...

What a list! Good job on putting it all together.

Janie Junebug said...

I'm trying to persuade Willy Dunne Wooters to go for walks with Franklin and me.

Love,
Janie

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Hilary! This is an excellent summary. Thank you.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Suzanne - thanks and the Caring, Compassionate and Communicating words are so important wrapped around anyone who is ill or caring.

@ Diane - thanks .. I'm glad I've listed the posts and their subjects here.

Peanuts are dangerous aren't they. I hope your nephew comes to his senses re his diet - it's a nuisance ... but at least he won't be a worry for others, let alone himself.

@ Terra - I saw most people had visited the other links - but some of the subjects are very relevant or unknown ..

@ Robyn - that's good - I wanted it for me too!! But as I was late posting made sense to write a post about the links.

@ Jeanne - thank you ...

@ Janie - I hope you can persuade Willy Dunne Wooters to join you and Franklin on some healthy walks ..

@ Holly - pleasure .. I think it will be useful ..

Cheers to you all - Hilary

Suzanne Sapsed said...

Excellent list, thanks Hilary! Have visited a few and hope to get round the rest - such a good, informative blog hop :)

Re allergies (as someone who's worked in childcare for 30 years) a common chain of thought is that children have been introduced to a lot of foods too early xx

Annalisa Crawford said...

What a great blogfest idea. I'm in the lucky position of having nothing to share. I'll be checking out the posts.

Cynthia said...

Thank you for taking the time to compile this list together! This must've been quite a project. =)

Rhonda Albom said...

Great reminder about peanuts another allergies Hillary, thanks. The list is fantastic, it's really helpful to focus what I want to read

Kathryn McKendry said...

That was a great idea to make a list of what everyone posted about, very helpful! Thanks!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Suzanne - many thanks, I thought it'd help ... re allergies: interesting to have your perspective and thoughts .. I guess a baby deserves very simple food while it's growing and then introduce them to 'our' sorts of foods ...

@ Annalisa - Stephen was the instigator of this blogfest and we are lucky ... but it's good to know: always lots to learn and be aware of ..

@ Cynthia - it just seemed to make sense – and really wasn’t that troublesome .. I’m glad it seems to be helping everyone ..

@ Rhonda – as you say – you can focus on the aspects that are of particular interest. Allergies, and particularly peanut ones, we need to remember and be aware of …

@ Kathy – appreciate that you will find the list helpful ..

Cheers to you all – and thanks to Stephen, Michael, Diane and Alex for bringing this awareness blogfest to us .. Hilary

Empty Nest Insider said...

This was such a great idea! Now I can go back, and catch up on the important posts I missed! I really appreciate your kind words, Hilary! You've spent so many years taking care of your mum, and other relatives. I hope you're finally taking care of yourself, as we need you to continue to inspire us for many years to come! Thanks for being so thoughtful!

Julie

Pat Hatt said...

Have to remember to be positive indeed, awesome list as well.

Milo James Fowler said...

We're a fragile species, aren't we? Prone to so many maladies.

Paula Kaye said...

That is quite a list...thanks for sharing!

Patsy said...

This makes me even more appreciative of my good health, more determined to enjoy it while I can and reminds me to be considerate of those who may be less fortunate. Often we don't know what others are going through.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Julie - as I was so late posting .. it seemed sensible to put them into a blog post.

I appreciate your comment re me being around for many years inspiring you all - I'm honoured if I do.

@ Pat - good to see you and yes, remembering to be positive is essential.

@ Milo - you make a 'sad' comment - we are a fragile species ... and not helping ourselves much in the process ...

@ Paula - you've been through so much recently and understand a great deal of these things ...

@ Patsy - yes, I too appreciate my good health, and absolutely intend to continue to enjoy it ...

You make a good point about how we need to be aware that we don't know what others are going through ...

Thanks to you all - our clocks have gone back so now it's pitch dark at 5.15 or so ... winter is a-coming. Cheers Hilary

Nas said...

Hi Hilary,

With this list I was able to read all the posts. Thanks for compiling it.

Brian Miller said...

cool...love the stories of overcoming...my Sister in Law's (brothers wife's) mother was just diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, friday...they gave her 3 months to 3 years...

Roland D. Yeomans said...

It was fantastic and so very thoughtful for you to add the list of everyone for us. I tip my Stetson to you. :-)

Elise Fallson said...

It's great that many of these issues are finding the spotlight, and I want to thank you too for putting together this list. I may have missed the blogfest but this list makes it easier to go back and read the posts. Hugs to you Hilary and I hope you are happy and well. :)

Chatty Crone said...

I some how must have missed this which i guess is no surprise. Thank you I am going to go back and look at some of them.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Nas - that's great to know listing the bloggers with their subjects has helped you ...

@ Brian - overcoming and awareness are so important. I've emailed you re your SIL's mother .. and I know you are all adjusting to this devastating news. Just be with her in thought, mind and deed as much as you are able - happy times ahead.

@ Roland - it was a pleasure and a very good way for me to make sure I visited all the entrants ... a Stetson tip I'll take any day!

@ Elise - Stephen's idea was a very good one .. and has highlighted a number of diseases we probably didn't know much about - at least this opens our eyes to some of the less well known ones.

I'm well Elise - and hugs back as we unwind slowly towards winter

@ Sandie - that's good to know - and you have experienced some things too ..

Cheers everyone - all the best - it's a gorgeous day here ... and our clocks have retired an hour early for the autumn and winter!! Hilary

Gattina said...

Wow what a work you have accomplished there ! My little grandson is nut allergic, he suffocates and his skin gets all red. I fortunately have nothing not one of the diseases mentioned ! I am a lucky girl !

cleemckenzie said...

Wow! This hop covered so much, didn't it? I'm impressed by us.

Loved the "magic muscle" to make a smile. Lovely,

Manzanita said...

What a blog hop and great informatio.

Sherry Ellis said...

That was really nice of you to make a list of what everyone discussed during the blog hop. Looks like a lot of good advice was given.

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks Hilary for putting that together. Looks like a lot of work and it's much appreciated. I'll do some Twitter Tweets after I return from running some errands.

Thanks again!

Robyn Campbell said...

You made the link list. YOU'RE TOTALLY AWESOME. I know folks appreciated it. I wish I'd done the hop. I guess I just have so much going on. You mean so much to me, Hil.

Suze said...

You are, indeed, inspirational, Hilary.

Denise Covey said...

Wow, Hilary, trust you to think of doing this. I will use it to work my way through. I only decided to join at the last minute so didn't get to read that many posts.

Thanks again. I'm off for 2 more biopsies this morning in reply to your email.

Denise :)

bazza said...

Hello Hilary. I've been a bit busy recently with not much time to post or comment but I have come back to this a few times and have not finished yet! I will return.....

Bish Denham said...

What an incredible thing you've done to link to all those posts! So very thoughtful.

Thank you! There is one in particular that I'm going to go check out right now.

TALON said...

This is great, Hilary. A wealth of new-to-me blogs to explore! :)

Karen Lange said...

Good advice, especially being positive. I think our outlook makes a big difference. Thanks for sharing all the links and info!

Bossy Betty said...

I love seeing what other bloggers are writing about! Thanks for this fine list. I am POSITIVE about most everything!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Gattina – those of us who haven’t had much wrong are very lucky – I agree

@ Lee – we did do well didn’t we ... and seems like lots of other bloggers are interested in coming by … so glad you picked up on my magic muscle to make that ever important smile …

@ Manzanita – certainly has been a great hop .. and there is some great information

@ Sherry – just seemed to make sense to me … to pull all the subjects together ..

@ Stephen – it’s a pleasure … and really wasn’t too much – I just made sure I visited and commented as I went. I suppose I’ll see the effect of the twitter tweets … I really should check out what you did.

@ Robyn – yeah I did make the link list – wasn’t very hard really!! Looks like everyone’s appreciating it. We can’t do everything can we – and I didn’t really have anything to add … but this came up. Looks like we’ll be doing one next year … and lots more bloggers will be joining us ..

@ Suze – many thanks and welcome back!

@ Denise – seemed a logical thing to do .. I couldn’t write a whole post – so the combination factor set in .. looks like it’s being useful though.

I saw your note re the biopsies … let’s hope the results are clear … or low category … I’ll be thinking of you … probably!! Depending on the time of day …

@ Bazza – that’s good you’ve been doing other things .. but we’re here and this post is up now …

Thanks everyone – so good to see you all and to know you’ll be reading some of the other posts … cheers Hilary

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Bish - that's good news that you've found one of particular interest ..

@ Kim - and, of course, a wealth of new bloggers to explore

@ Karen - being positive does help .. and having that optimistic outlook .. not worrying about the things we can't worry about.

@ Betty - yes - I can see you're positive about most everything.

Cheers to you all - glad the list is helpful .. Hilary

PS We have another lovely sunny day here on the south coast ...

Susanne Drazic said...

Hilary, so cool that you put all the links into one post. Thanks!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susanne .. it does seem I made a good decision here - we can all access the various posts and subjects fairly easily .. thank you - Hilary

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh! Thanks so much for putting this list together, Hilary!

Jo said...

I didn't participate in this blogfest because a lot of it was from Americans with no consideration about the fact that many Americans can not afford medical care and certainly not medical check ups. You and I are fortunate to live in countries with social medicine, but a simple doctor's visit in the States is expensive. I agree it's very important to take care of one's health but if you haven't got the money, what do you do? And no, insurance is not the answer, it is also cost prohibitive.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Deniz - glad you'll appreciate the listing of these links - so much to offer in them ..

@ Jo - you don't have to enter every blogfest ... but there's always something to learn, that someone can perhaps show us symptoms and thoughts ... I found all the posts really helpful and informative ...

Thanks for the positive thoughts .. so pleased everyone seemed to find something useful or informative here .. cheers Hilary