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Overcoming The Wintertime Blues 

Overcoming The Wintertime Blues  By Paula Erwin-Toth Do you remember the song, “Ain’t no cure for the summertime blues?” As a caregiver you probably know the feelings of being a bit overwhelmed or down. Not surprisingly, it is not summer, but winter that may cause many people to feel a bit down. Caregivers are especially […]

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Skin Care Tips: Winterizing Fragile Skin

Skin Care Tips: Winterizing Fragile Skin (2016 #1) By Paula Erwin-Toth Winter is in full swing all across the country. Depending on where you live, you may be preparing for the inevitable snow, sleet, rain, and wind. Even in warmer climates, temperatures usually drop and the furnaces kick on. We spend a great deal of […]

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Tips for Family Caregivers to Get a Fresh Perspective

Tips for Family Caregivers to Get a Fresh Perspective (2016) By Paula Erwin-Toth Now that we are fully into Fall, parents and their children are working on establishing new routines, reinforcing good habits and addressing ways to improve their daily routines. It is a great time for all of us to take a step back […]

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My Scleroderma Journey – by Billy S.

Profiles in Courage: My Scleroderma Journey – by Billy S. This is the second in our series of telling the stories of everyday heroes who face scleroderma head-on. Thank you Billy, for your courage and honesty and words of inspiration. ‘My scleroderma story’ by Billy S. “Imagine spending years dreaming of defending your country, and […]

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My Scleroderma Journey by Erica S. from Nevada

Profiles in Courage: My Scleroderma Journey by Erica S. from Nevada This is the first in our series of telling the stories of everyday heroes who face scleroderma head-on. Thank you Erica, for your courage and honesty and words of inspiration. Whoo boy! Where to start? I suppose at the beginning is as good as […]

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Power to the Patient: Finding Your Voice.

Power to the Patient: Finding your Voice. By Paula Erwin-Toth Patient empowerment in healthcare is a common topic in articles and discussions. You may hear a variety of terms used such as “self-care efficacy” and “patient centered care.” You might say it certainly sounds logical and seems as if it should be an easy thing […]

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Scleroderma and Managing Incontinence

Scleroderma and Managing Incontinence By Paula Erwin-Toth When you live with scleroderma, you are facing challenges big, small and in-between. There is one topic you might find difficult and embarrassing to discuss with your health care provider: incontinence. But as a long-time nurse I can assure you that you are not the only one. Incontinence […]

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Why Caregiving Should Be A Team Sport

Why caregiving should be a team sport By Paula Erwin-Toth People who live with any chronic disease often have loved ones by their sides day in and day out, on good days and bad. Awareness of the need to care for the caregiver is gaining ground in patient/family support and advocacy groups, the healthcare community, […]

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Health Care Literacy: Do We Really Understand Each Other?

Do we really understand each other? By Paula Erwin-Toth A hot topic in health care journals is “Health Care Literacy.” When we hear the word literacy, we often think of being able to do the three R’s: reading, writing and arithmetic. But in health care lliteracy means something else entirely: are people able to read, […]

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As Seen Through the Eyes of Love

As Seen Through the Eyes of Love By Paula Erwin-Toth When I look at my lovely daughter, who is now a grown woman with children of her own, I cannot help but see her as my little one racing around the house with her daddy’s curly hair and my goofy sense of humor. Your parents […]

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