Massillon Woman Thankful to Stay Close to Home for Heart Valve Procedure

“Some people told me to go to the Cleveland Clinic. But I didn’t want to and I didn’t need to, thanks to Dr. Sabe.” — Diane Blicharski, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Patient When Massillon resident Diane Blicharski underwent a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure at Mercy recently, she felt at ease and confident […]

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Staying Well as a Couple While Coping With Cancer

The burden of supporting someone you love can be both a privilege and a responsibility. It is vitally important to identify the limitations that may exist emotionally, relationally, and psychologically for a couple that is battling cancer together. One of the most difficult aspects of coping with a chronic or long-term illness such as cancer […]

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4 Simple Ways to STOP and Practice Mindfulness

When the word mindfulness comes to mind, many assume it involves being zoned out and ignoring reality. In fact, mindfulness is just the opposite. Jon Kabat Zinn, a leader in the field of mindfulness, defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” The results of regular […]

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Seven Marriage Myths You Might Believe

In June it seems love is all around, and weddings are big business. So much attention is paid to the party, but what about the marriage itself? What comes after the wedding, and how can a couple increase their chances of success in marriage? There are so many myths in our society about what love […]

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Life After Cancer and Survivor Care Plans

One of the most exciting things in oncology is the vast improvement in survivor rates over the past few decades. It’s led to a whole new phase of the cancer journey called survivorship. Learn what survivorship is and how you can develop a Survivor Care Plan. Cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence anymore. […]

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Life After Limb Loss

Nearly 2 million people living in the United States have experienced limb loss, according to the Amputee Coalition, a national nonprofit patient advocacy organization for people affected by limb loss. Over half are a result of vascular disease (including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease). Other causes include trauma and cancer. It is estimated that by […]

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Honor Mental Health Awareness Month By Doing These Six Things

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and has been since 1949. Sometimes it seems as if there is something vying for our attention every week, so it’s fair to ask,“What is mental health and why does it deserve a month of awareness?” The Merriam Webster dictionary defines mental health as the condition of being sound […]

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Is the HPV Vaccine the Right Thing to Do?

Chances are if you are a parent of a tween or teen, you have been offered or even chosen to get your child vaccinated against HPV or human papilloma virus. Have you thought about why this vaccine is so important? Nicole Haines with Mercy Cancer Center provides an educational message on the HPV vaccination. What is HPV […]

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‘Profound Understanding of Reality’: What Jesus’ Teachings & Neuroscience Have in Common

“Can the reality and truth of the teachings of Jesus be validated by history, neuroscience, and personal experience? The surprising answer to this question is that they can indeed be verified without resorting to myths or mysticism which are beyond human comprehension.” — John Nadas, MD, author of The Book of Reality: the Neuroscience of […]

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Two Important Ways to Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone in the United States experiences a traumatic brain injury every 13 seconds. Traumatic brain injuries are defined as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the brain function after birth. Learn more […]

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How the Japanese Concept of Kintsugi Can Help With Relational Loss

Often when we’ve been hurt in life, we feel broken. In our culture, if something is broken, we usually throw it away and replace it. However, the Japanese have a different approach. They practice the art of Kintsugi, which is repairing broken pottery or ceramics so that the brokenness is made beautiful. Instead of hiding your […]

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Reduce Your SAD: 7 Everyday Things You Can Do to Cope

Feeling SAD? You’re not alone. About five to 10 percent of the population develops Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is different from the “winter blues.” Gail Snyder with Mercy Concern provides an overview of SAD along with seven everyday measures you can take. During the shortened days of autumn and winter, some people find themselves […]

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14 Ways to Fall Proof a Home or Living Area

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three older adults over the age of 65 fall each year. If you have aging parents, it’s important to determine when it’s time to “fall proof” their home or living area. Mercy therapist Cindy Hallgren provides 14 helpful tips on how to do […]

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Making Changes For Good: Four Factors To Improve Will Power

Many people make a list of changes they want to accomplish in their lives at the beginning of the year. The changes often last for a short time before fading away, no matter how much the change is desired. A person will then think, “I just don’t have enough will power,” and feel bad until […]

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Five Ways to Combat the Holiday Blues (and What To Do If It’s Beyond the Blues)

If you find yourself gritting your teeth when you hear Christmas carols, wanting to wring the neck of the next person who wishes you happy holidays, or feel the tears starting when you see decorations, how can you get through the season? Many people enjoy the holidays, and yet, for others, the holidays are a […]

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Do You Struggle with Portion Distortion? Take Our Quiz.

Food is fuel for your body, not a form of recreation. Food gives you the energy you need to be able to enjoy the other activities in life. Think about comparing your body to your car. You fill up your car’s gas tank when it is empty, not when it is full. So, don’t eat […]

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Holiday Memories: Dealing with Loss at a Time of Joy

Everyone anticipates the holiday season differently. Some may be excited for the gathering of family and friends, while others may find the holiday season emotionally challenging. This is especially true if you’ve lost someone close to you. The absence of your loved one can be overwhelming. During the holidays, grief from loss may feel like […]

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Low-dose CT Lung Screening Saves Former Smoker’s Life

Mercy employee Gary Trompower says kicking the smoking habit in 2007 after 32 years was one of the hardest (but best) things he’s ever done. A few years later, Gary did another ‘best thing’ for himself: he got a low-dose CT lung cancer screening. Thanks to this quick, pain-free test, Gary’s non-small cell lung cancer […]

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Have Worries Become Anxiety? Six Questions to Ask Yourself

How do you know when it crosses the line from merely stressful to a real problem? Though it’s not always easy to tell, there are some simple questions to ask yourself. Our days are often busy, busy, busy. If you’re a parent, you may running ragged, trying to fit all the school and extra-curricular activities […]

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Why Yoga May Be Just What Your Heart Needs

Heart disease remains the number one killer of both men and women. Exercise and increased activity levels remains at the top of the heart healthy lifestyle changes list. But does exercise have to look or feel a certain way to improve heart health? Yoga looks nothing like the traditional aerobic exercise of walking, running, swimming or […]

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Genetics and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

Only about 5–10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary or caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child. If there happens to be an error in a gene, then that same mistake will appear in all the cells that contain the same gene. It would be like having an instruction manual and […]

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