Resources

Collateral Damage From Cancer

Did you know that no matter what kind of cancer you had or still are in treatment for, serious side effects to your female organs occurs.  The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sex Health has been studying this issue and they are a great resource.  Their goal is to provide the public with accurate information about women’s sexuality and sexual health.  Visit their website at http://www.isswsh.org

Their Find a Provider Directory is provided as a public service for those who wish to locate a Sexual Health Provider in their area. This directory contains the names and addresses of ISSWSH members whose professional activity is (partially) devoted to the practice of Women’s Sexual Health and see patients. The ISSWSH acknowledges that the providers listed on this website are members of ISSWSH.

Society for Pelvic Research

What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is the group of muscles and ligaments in your pelvic region. The pelvic floor acts like a sling to support the organs in your pelvis — including the bladderrectum, and uterus or prostate. Contracting and relaxing these muscles allows you to control your bowel movementsurination, and, for women particularly, sexual intercourse.

Pelvic floor dysfunction forces you to contract your muscles rather than relax them. As a result, you may experience difficulty having a bowel movement. If left untreated, pelvic floor dysfunction can lead to discomfort, long-term colon damage, or infection.

Digestive Issues related to Cancer Treatment

Digestive issues may include constipation, diarrhea and stomach cramps. For
cancer patients, such symptoms may be caused by a number of factors, including
cancer type, pain medication, infection, lack of activity, diet and even some
treatments, such as chemotherapy.
Laurada found a functional doctor who gives her great advice about nutrition.
Inflammation caused by her cancer treatment also led to other side effects such
as being lactose intolerant, being gluten sensitive and having severe reaction to
caffeine.

Picture of the Anus

Human Anatomy

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The anus is the opening where the gastrointestinal tract ends and exits the body. The anus starts at the bottom of the rectum, the last portion of the colon (large intestine). The anorectal line separates the anus from the rectum.

Devices to Help with Vaginal Rehabilitation

Milli Medical

Experts in women’s pelvic health, an area frequently impacted no matter the location of the cancer, have developed a tool to help women needing vaginal rehabilitation and recovery.  The dilator expands in millimeters not centimeters.

Soul Source
Vaginal dilators

Ohnut.co
Revolutionary wearable devices

PTSD Issues and Help

The Trauma Center

Trauma and Brain Development. Research has shown that children are particularly vulnerable to trauma because of their rapidly developing brain. During traumatic experiences, a child’s brain is in heightened state of stress and fear-related hormones are activated.

Bessel van der Kolk MD has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of potentially effective treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.


PTSD can now be diagnosed with 80 % accuracy through voice analysis.  24 million Americans, according to national statistics, suffer from PTSD, not only military veterans but people who have witnessed traumatic events, been assaulted, survived natural disasters and terrorist attacks.  Read the full article here:

https://www.philly.com/health/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-diagnosis-voice-artificial-intelligence-veterans-20190423.html

Parkinson’s Disease

Panorama Patient Network
is a website devoted to education about Parkinson’s disease.  It explains the disease and its manifestations as well as reviewing treatment options.

Wednesdays with Widows

A major help for Laurada Byers as she began to adjust to her new found widowhood was the help of a dear friend who set up dinners with other widows every Wednesday.  The friend made all the arrangements and Laurada would just show up and have a one on one conversation with another widow.  Learning from others how they coped and what challenges were ahead was an enormous help.

Medication Charts

Why I Created a Medication Chart

Often there are multiple medications which need to be taken at different times of the day, some with or without food.  It’s a lot to manage, so I have created this Medication Chart which has been a great help to me in assuring I take the appropriate medication at the appropriate time of day.  Also, a patient who might have multiple care givers throughout the day, can review the Chart to easily  see what medication to administer at what time of the day and if food needs to be included.  I hope this Medication Chart is helpful and please let  me know by leaving a message on this website.

-Laurada