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Colon Cancer Relapse Survivor: ‘Life is Good’

Going through chemotherapy and radiation can leave you feeling like a shell of who you were before the cancer diagnosis. But, once the “chemo brain” and neuropathy clear, and screens for new masses come up negative, you might feel better than you have in years. Dawn Astin, business ...

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Above, Sharon Belvin, right, of Williamsport, before she went on her weightloss journey, with her husband, Rob, and daughter, Lillybeth. At top, Belvin smiles for a family selfie with her son James, 7, left, husband Rob and daughter Lillybeth, 9, right. Belvin has lost about 170 pounds.

Melanoma survivor’s unlikely recovery leads to lifestyle changes

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Cancer of all kinds affects local residents on a daily basis. Through a month-long weekly series, the Sun-Gazette will speak with survivors of some of the most common forms of cancer locally. The paper realizes that not all cancer survivors share the same experiences and ...

Medical center offers screenings for breast cancer

UPMC Susquehanna is offering a variety of educational events and screenings to raise breast cancer awareness in the region. “We wanted to not only promote awareness with pink — lighting up our hospitals and wearing pink — but also to offer educational opportunities and life-saving ...

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Breast cancer survivor: Keep positive attitude, have an advocate

When a rapidly growing lump appears and intensive treatment and life-changing surgery ensue, “you have to” keep a positive attitude, said Mandy Bergstrom, of Jersey Shore, who is in remission after battling breast cancer. “I don’t associate cancer with death,” she said. “Cancer ...

Breast cancer ‘not a death sentence’

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancer diagnoses in Lycoming County, according to officials at UPMC Susquehanna’s Cancer Center. As with any cancer diagnosis, patients facing breast cancer may feel devastated. But try not to fear the worst, said Dr. Susan Branton, of UPMC’s ...

Self-examinations aide in early detection of breast cancer

Self-examinations for breast cancer are increasingly controversial and becoming less promoted due to “provoking a lot of anxiety” because people “aren’t sure what is a lump and what isn’t,” said Dr. Susan Branton, of UPMC Susquehanna’s Breast Health Center. However, she said, ...

ABUNDANT LIVING: Put a ‘well’ into wellness for health and happiness

In the early 1990’s, I, along with a few other college students, was blessed with the opportunity to spend a day with the strength coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chet Fuhrman. As it happened, Fuhrman was a former Penn State University football strength coach and he invited us to Three ...

Beth Russell donates blood during a recent inaugural blood drive born of a partnership between the health organization and Community Blood Bank.

UPMC, Community Blood Bank partner to ‘bolster blood supply’

An inaugural blood drive formed through a partnership between UPMC Susquehanna and the Community Blood Bank drew more than 60 blood donors to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center earlier this month. The partnership was born in an effort to bolster the UPMC Susquehanna’s blood supply, ...

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Recovering addict Jennifer Colon in a photo taken Thursday shows how much she has improved.

Support group helps addicts move forward

One glance at the newspaper will show that substance addiction is a hot topic. As the opioid epidemic surges nationwide, more avenues for treatment are popping up, including local counseling services through places like Crossroads Counseling and West Branch Drug and Alcohol. But most ...

Abundant Living: 7 day energy/weight loss challenge will reduce sleepy eyes

This week’s article is meant to give you a small glimpse at what is possible in the realm of weight loss and overall wellness. Imagine it is a typical day. It’s been tough, but you’re killing it as usual. Eventually you’re at your desk or in your car and it begins. You start getting ...

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At left, local heart transplant recipient Curtis Abplanalp and his wife, Jeannie, kneel in front of their ATV with framed artwork of his donor, Craig MacLaren. Due to their shared interest in ATVs, Abplanalp said he keeps a picture of MacLaren with him whenever he rides. Above, Abplanalp celebrates the 10th anniversary of his transplant by raising a donor flag in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital’s Gift of Life “Donate Challenge” kickoff promoting awareness of organ donation.

Heart recipient celebrates 10th anniversary of transplant

ELLSBORO — Curtis Abplanalp, of Wellsboro, has been thriving with someone else’s heart for the past 10 years. To celebrate the anniversary of his transplant, Abplanalp joined a 5K Run/Walk and raised the donor flag in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital’s recent Gift of Life ...

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Annual picnic reunites organ donors, recipients

ELYSBURG — Hundreds of folks recently gathered at Knoebels Amusement Resort for the annual Geisinger Transplant Program Picnic, which celebrates successful operations and reunites donors with recipients and doctors with patients. Geisinger’s transplant specialists have performed liver, ...

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Firefighters fight to make firemen firefighting fit

WATSONTOWN — With heart attacks, post traumatic stress disorder and line-of-duty deaths on the rise nationwide, a firefighting trio from the Warrior Run Area Fire Department in Northumberland County, are working toward getting area firefighters back in shape.­­ Volunteer firefighters Coty ...

How to safely remove a tick as population increases

Pennsylvania has the highest incidence of Lyme disease in the United States, according to 2015 CDC data. Due to a mild winter, experts predict an increase in occurrences this year, particularly from an expected rise in the deer tick population, which spreads Lyme disease. But, there’s no ...

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Wednesday • Brusters Ice Cream, 1600 E. Third St., 1-6 p.m. July 11 • American Red Cross North Central PA, 320 E. Third St., 1-6 p.m. July 13 • Trinity Episcopal Church, 844 W. Fourth St., 1-6 p.m. July 14 • Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Blvd., 1-6 p.m. July ...

Mesothelioma: long lasting and hard to detect

Imagine having symptoms for the common cold — coughing, wheezing, feeling down and out. The symptoms go on for a while until, finally, you just can’t take it anymore. You suck it up and go to the doctor. The doctor sees what you see, tells you what you already know — you have a ...

A healthier summer cookout for a trim body

Summertime is here and the barbecue grills are heating up! Everyone loves a summertime cookout with family and friends, friendly yard-game competitions, and plenty of sunshine, and of course, FOOD! Typical cookout foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, potato salad, potato chips, ...

Tioga County to host cancer survivor brunch

A celebration brunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 8, in the Survivor Tent on The Green in Wellsboro for cancer survivors. “The survivors brunch is a celebration of strength and courage. A cancer diagnosis turns our lives upside down — affecting not only the patient but ...

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Wednesday • Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St., 1-6 p.m. Thursday • Cinema Center of Williamsport, 300 W. Fourth St., 12-5 p.m. • Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St., 1-6 p.m. Saturday • The Fitness Factory, 330 Hughes St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 5 • Brusters Ice Cream, ...

New guidelines individualize prostate test results

About 75 percent of men who undergo prostate-specific antigen testing end up with a false positive result, according to the National Cancer Institute. To address this, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force made a change to screening guidelines, said Dr. Glenn T. Bloiso, a urologist with ...