Learning How to Stay Well

Accentuate the Positive

There has been a lot in the news over the past few months about two individual health decisions; Governor Chris Christie had weight loss surgery to combat his un-controlled weight problem and Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing an inherited form of breast cancer.

What these decisions have in common is that they were made because the individuals sought and found out more about risk factors for their health and what their options were; the more you know, the more you can do to lower your risks for diseases you may be facing. They asked themselves the same four “how” questions you should be asking; How do I discover if I have a problem? How do I decide which treatment option to choose? How do I find the right people to help me? How do I stay on track? Helping you answer these questions is a large part of why I created My Menopause Magazine.

In this issue of My Menopause Magazine we discuss several key topics to help you: Columnist and radio host Carey Goldberg explains how she came to realize exercise was her way to conquer menopause; Author and speaker Zaheen Nanji explains how she learned to control her weight by understanding the psychology behind how she gained it; international sex authority Sheryl Kingsberg explains you have a right to good sexual health and explains how to understand if you have a problem;  and Noah Kauff, Director at Memorial Sloan Kettering Ovarian Cancer Screening, tells you how to know if you need genetic cancer screening.

As you read through this issue of My Menopause Magazine, begin to use it as a tool to answer the four questions above. Think about how asking yourself if certain diseases run in your family can help you stay well; how getting good information can help you decide what treatment or prevention option is  best for you. Think how you would go about finding people to help you and to help you stay on track. This exercise will keep you on the road to staying well.