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Get Your Colon Prep On: 10 Tips to Get Through It 

The hardest thing about colonoscopy is often the prep the day before the actual screening. Here are our best tips to help you through your colon prep. Try to schedule Monday morning if possible so you can take less time off work by doing the prep on Sunday. Read More »
Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Cancer Survivor Takes Control with Weight Loss

Melissa Fox admits it: she had a little “road rage” going after a follow-up appointment with her cancer surgeon. The Spencer, Iowa mom of two had faced breast cancer, worked through the chemotherapy and surgery and was doing well. She knew she needed to lose some weight and began changing up her workout approaches. Read More »
Cancer Care, Patient Stories · Avera Health

Mitchell Colon Cancer Patient; “Trust Your Care Team”

“Life is short, but after experiencing colon cancer, I realized life could be REAL short,” said Brad Zimmerman from Mitchell. “You never know when your number is up, so never take anything for granted.” It started with a constant, dull pain in his lower left abdomen. Read More »
Cancer Care, Patient Stories · Avera Health

Eight Toilet Paper Facts You Need to Know

It’s Colon Cancer Awareness Month. What better time to learn a few fun facts about toilet paper? The average American uses 50 pounds of toilet paper a year — that’s 57 squares daily and 8.6 per trip. About 2/3 of Americans prefer the toilet paper to roll over the top of the roll. Read More »
Cancer Care, Just for Fun · Avera Health

Mother of Five Feels Many Blessings in Face of Leukemia Diagnosis

The delicate balance of life can be up-turned in mere moments. That’s something Kristin VanLaecken of Watertown, S.D. knows all too well. This January, the 34-year-old mother of five was applying moisturizer to her neck and her glands were tender and quite swollen. Read More »
Patient Stories · Avera Health

The Mind of a Champion

Whether you’re a competitive athlete, weekend warrior or fitness fanatic – you dedicate hours of time to improving your physical strength and skills. Have you ever considered the importance of developing your mental toughness too? What is Sports Psychology? Sports psychology focuses on strengthening an athlete’s mind in order to overcome obstacles, enhance performance and achieve goals. Read More »
Sports Medicine · Avera Health