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A Day in the Life of Sara Turner, hospice home care nurse
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EASY KID SNACK: STRAWBERRY YOGURT BARK
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After having a pretty low key pregnancy for the most part, everything changed in just a day. I was placed on moderate bed rest at the end of my seventh month. I was bored out of my mind by the time I went to bed one night, but in just a few hours I woke to some a pain and it just didn't feel right. A quick run to GBMC to be checked out ended up with me being admitted.

I had never been admitted to a hospital, ever, even after numerous ER visits through my life. Now, something that wasn't causing pain or bleeding was going to change that. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia. If I thought I had any control over my body during this pregnancy, I was sadly mistaken. This diagnosis just proved that point.

Very quickly, I was able to meet the amazing staff in GBMC’s high risk unit. As much as I didn't want to be there, I was made to feel as comfortable as possible. I started memorizing everyone's name because GBMC was going to get one heck of a letter when I came home. While in high risk, I can remember feeling completely helpless and pretty much losing it. My poor husband had no clue what to do, so he got a nurse. She sat with me, let me cry and cry, and never rushed me. She never made me feel like my questions were insane, and didn't leave my room until I was completely calmed down.

It had been less than 48 hours since my admission, and all I could think was that I needed to just get home and wait it out until I hit my due date. I'm not sure why, but even as I was being wheeled to Labor & Delivery, it never sunk in that I wasn't leaving until I had a baby.

L&D was in a whole different section of the hospital with different nurses and I was freaking out. My mother-in-law was on a flight to get to us, and my mother was in my room alongside my husband. My husband had to set up a mini office next to my bed because he's super busy, and this was unexpected. Even after meeting with a neonatologist, the severity was still not sinking in. I attribute this to the nurses. No one was ever hectic or stressed when they were with me. Everyone was calm and incredibly sweet, even after dealing with not only me, but also my family. I felt like I was the only patient.

GBMC’s staff members are super heroes. Again, I was memorizing names to add to my future thank you letter. I had now met over a dozen people and was in love with all of them. When the time came to have a baby, I was a total nut case. I was only eight months and two days along and thought, “This can't be happening.” My child birth class was supposed to be the following week, so I felt unprepared for what was about to happen.

Everyone was so calm. The nurses and doctors were amazing. While it was a totally scary experience, I can't say that it was bad because I had an amazing medical team. After one more day in L&D, I was moved to the postpartum unit. This was my third section of the hospital, and I still had not encountered a single person that I didn't want to hug. Due to many issues, I still had not personally met my new son. My hormones were running rampant, and now I was in pain from having a C-section. I can imagine I was not a peach to be around, but all of the staff members were as nice as could be. They were supportive, understanding – you name it.

I finally got to meet my son the following day, as well as NICU staff that will be in my heart for the rest of my life. The NICU started off being the scariest place in the world to me, and within moments I felt a sense of calm. The nurses and doctors in GBMC’s NICU are outstanding. Even typing that, I realize “outstanding” is an understatement. These amazing people, who were complete strangers to me, cared for my child, my family and me. The support they offered to us is immeasurable.

I came home four days later, but my son did not. He spent a total of 31 days in the NICU. And, while it was hard to leave him every time, I knew in my heart he was being taken care of by the best possible people. It's been almost four years, and I still think of the incredible people I met, certain things they said and the advice they gave. I did send that letter to GBMC once we were all home and settled. I've been to other hospitals and have never encountered the level of care and support I received at GBMC.

The staff at GBMC made such a huge impact on me I knew I had to become part of the team. With the help of social media, I have been able to stay in contact with people from the NICU team as well as work with a few in starting a NICU patent support group. I also started volunteering in the Labor & Delivery unit. I'm now on the other side, not a patient, and I can state for a fact, the employees at GBMC are a stellar group.
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Special lecture from WIT, Sunday Night, August 7th, 8:00 pm at
Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion - 6602 Park Heights Avenue (near Clarks Lane)

"Perfecting the World" by Dr. Janet Sunness sponsored by Mrs. Elaine S. Mintzes in memory of her beloved husband, Alvin and in honor of
Mrs. Hannah Storch.

The event is free of charge, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, please email evemessing@verizon.net or call 410-218-5124.

This lecture is open to both men and women.
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My GBMC story begins in 1993 when I had a hysterectomy after delivering my fourth child and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was not recovering well after both, and my general practitioner diagnosed me with chronic fatigue syndrome.

For two years, I began each day exhausted and searched tirelessly for health answers. This led me, finally, to Dr. Gary Cohen, an oncologist and hematologist at GBMC. Within weeks, through surgery (a spleenectomy) and many scans, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The battle began with an aggressive chemotherapy plan, and then a new procedure at Johns Hopkins University called a bone marrow transplant. After a three-month admission for the procedure, I returned to Dr. Cohen and a wonderful seventeen years of remission followed.

In 2010, I began to have eye problems which finally led to the diagnosis of orbital non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Again, Dr. Cohen had a wellness plan for me to return to my life through more chemotherapy and Rituxan maintenance. Thanks to his guidance, I am once again in remission.

The wonderful care that I have received through the GBMC Cancer Center staff has been stellar and has helped me so much through this journey. The burden of a cancer patient’s fight is lightened by the caring infusion staff and support of social workers such as Michele Better. Dr. Gary Cohen is such a wonderful, intelligent, caring doctor. My fight has been a long, difficult one, but, with God and GBMC, it has been rewarding. I am grateful, inspired, blessed and loved today because of GBMC.

Because of GBMC, I have so many examples of things I have been able to do through the last 24 years. The most remarkable experience is that I got to raise four little children God blessed me with, and I got to see them to adulthood – something that seemed, all those years ago, like an unattainable dream. I also continued my daycare business and helped to lovingly raise 42 children who have passed through Helen's Helping Hands Daycare. I have experienced the most rewarding blessing of two beautiful grandchildren and have given back to my community by working with my Recreation Council to create children's programs and raise funds. I have been able to continue my love affair with my husband of 38 years, and have truly lived the dream we once promised before God: to love, honor and cherish each other.

So, from a grateful and accomplished cancer survivor, warrior and overcomer!
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A Day in the Life of Roxann Cavey, Medical Intensive Care Unit nurse
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"In September of 2013, I was at the lowest point in my life. My weight and health were out of control. I was weighing in at a whopping 425 pounds. My family and friends had all expressed concern about me, about my health and about the fact that if I continued the way I was, I was going to die sooner rather than later. I was 33 years old and these were not things I wanted to face at such a young age.

I made a decision that month to seek help. I did a little research and found that the GBMC Comprehensive Obesity Management Program had the most information available about their program. I attended an information session with the wonderful Dr. Elizabeth Dovec. I was inspired and hopeful again that I could get my life back. On September 5, 2013, my mother and I had our first one-on-one meeting with Dr. Dovec. Dr. Dovec was so passionate about saving people from obesity and made me feel so comfortable with her. She answered all of my questions, alleviated my mother's concerns and guided me in the right direction for me.

Exactly three months later, on December 5, 2013, after meeting all the requirements including losing 55 pounds according to the plan Dr. Dovec had created for me, I arrived at GBMC for a life-changing appointment. The day had arrived, and I went into the OR to have a roux-en-y gastric bypass performed. It was the best decision of my life! It saved my life completely.

Since the start of my journey, I have lost a total of 277 pounds. I have gone from 425 pounds to 150 pounds, from a size 28 to a size 4. Best of all, I have my life back. I'm able to do things that I haven't done in years, including running and playing with my niece.

Surgery was in no way a quick fix for me. It works hand-in-hand with a complete lifestyle change, and I love my new lifestyle. I exercise daily and make healthy choices with my meals thanks to Dr. Dovec and her team. My only regret is that I didn't make this decision sooner.

Because of the life saving surgery performed by Dr. Dovec, and the support of her team in helping with my lifestyle change, I have been able to run a 5k and am planning on running a half marathon in May. I'm able to keep up with my seven-year-old niece and run around and play with her. I have gained so much confidence in myself that I feel I can accomplish anything. I even obtained a promotion at work!"
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We all know being a mom is hard work and tiring! Make sure to take good care of yourself and give yourself some time http://bit.ly/2aoKCfL
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GBMC provides medical care and high quality service to each patient leading to health, healing and hope.
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The 245-bed medical center is located on a beautiful suburban campus and handles more than 26,700 inpatient cases and approximately 60,000 emergency room visits annually. Since its founding in Towson in 1965, GBMC's accomplishments have validated the vision of its founders to combine the best of community and university-level medicine. GBMC's main campus also includes three medical office buildings-Physicians Pavilion East, Physicians Pavilion West and Physicians Pavilion North I. In addition to its main campus located in Towson, GBMC's care can be found in several facilities located throughout the community including Hunt Manor, Hunt Valley, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Mays Chapel, Perry Hall and Bel Air.