Hastings woman infected with COVID-19 implores people to stay quarantined

Hundley: Do not be selfish 

By Emma Palova

Read about Tori Ann Hundley,27, of Hastings who has been struggling with COVID-19 for the last month. Hundley has been in and out between two hospitals, in Hastings and Spectrum in Grand Rapids.


Healthy outlook 2017

Healthy body starts with a healthy mind

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Lowell, MI- I am looking forward to a healthy new year 2017 that begins with us. It’s not about what 2017 has in store for us, but what we have in store for 2017.

Physical health starts with a healthy mind of having a positive outlook on each day ahead of us. Even though 2016 is gone, we draw on its strengths, not weaknesses. We let the past powerful moments carry us forward, no matter how low or high they were.

We transform them into a new physical, emotional and spiritual entity. With a healthy mind we can tackle anything. A sick mind produces a sick body, and vice versa.


Healing curcuma

Healing and overall wellness can come in many forms, and from many different directions. I’ve learned to recognize these seemingly insignificant directions. The body talks in different languages, and they are not just pain, stress and insomnia.

It’s that deep gut feeling inside that is telling us that something is wrong in this system, called a human being.

If we don’t learn to recognize these signs, our physical and mental worlds will collapse in unison. That has happened to me in 2016.

Unlike in years previous, my major goal or new year’s resolution 2017 is not some kind of a crazy diet and/or new exercise program that will help me shed x-amount of pounds.

My major goal is to adopt a lifestyle that I can live with without feeling constantly deprived of things.

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Yoga on the beach with Elin

I don’t think Dr. Oz’s “one day off” diet will cut it or entering some kind of a game where you win money, if you lose that certain amount of body mass. I guess you bet against the percentage of weight you lose.

“Money is not a good motivator to lose weight,” I said recently in one of my powerful self-motivating speeches to my husband. “You can win the bet, but the weight loss will stop with the victory.”

Of course, some victories are mostly in our minds, just ask the “Slither” players. According to the experts, the mind cannot distinguish between real success and a perceived or fake one.

“You have a problem if victory in a game is your only success,” said an expert on “Slither.”

Let’s not get eaten by the game worm.

Cheers to a healthy new year 2017.

Love always,


Written also in response to Daily Post prompt “Gone.”


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Breast density

Breast density makes detection of cancer harder in 2D mammography

By Emma Palova

Grand Rapids, MI- Being a woman, a mother, a grandmother, a sister and a daughter is a joy. However, the number one risk factor for developing breast cancer is just that; the simple fact of being a woman. Being a woman with a dense breast tissue increases the risk further.

Although dense breast tissue is not an independent risk factor, it can make it harder to find cancer through a traditional two-dimensional (2D) mammography, according to Kent County Medical Society (KCMS) & Kent County Osteopathic Association (KCOA) bulletin.

As of June 1, 2015 breast imaging centers in Michigan are required by law to notify women if they have dense breast tissue.

Breast surgeon Dr. Jamie Caughran

Breast surgeon Dr. Jamie Caughran

“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense,” will read on the report from the imaging center.

Approximately 50 percent of women undergoing screening mammography have dense breast tissue. Breasts are considered dense if they contain a majority of fibro glandular tissue. Fibro glandular tissue and breast masses appear similar on 2D mammograms, making it difficult to detect a small breast cancer.

Karen Jarrell attested to that in her comment on the WOTV4women “Are you dense?” recent series.

“I had a mammogram in March 2014 that was clean. In December I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Only when diagnosed did I learn I had dense breasts despite having a mammogram routinely.”

If a woman with dense breast tissue is at high risk, as determined by the Gail Risk Score, further screening may be appropriate. A good starting point is a breast cancer risk assessment, according to the KCMS/KCOA bulletin.

“Women need to know the risks in addition to having dense breast tissue,” said Dr. Jamie Caughran, medical director at the Mercy Health Comprehensive Breast Center in Grand Rapids.

Top risks include age, gene mutations, breast cancer is higher among women who have first degree relative with breast cancer (mother, sister or daughter), and personal history of breast cancer three to four fold increases the risk of a new cancer.

The additional screening options include 3D mammography or Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, now available in Kent County. The cutting edge technology produces a conventional 2D mammogram while also acquiring images of individual layers of breast tissue which can be viewed as an aggregate. This diminishes the masking effect of dense breast tissue, compared to the 2D image.

Levels of density

Levels of density

The 3D technology allows the radiologist to more accurately distinguish normal fibro glandular tissue from an underlying mass.

“3D mammography helps in the setting of dense breasts,” said Caughran. “It reduces the chances of screening patients having to come back for additional views and improves our cancer detection for masses in dense breasts.”

Insurance coverage varies. Priority Health and Medicare are covering diagnostic as well as screening. 3D is often performed as part of a diagnostic evaluation for a mass or known imaging finding.

Tomosynthesis (3D) is appropriate for patients with prior mammograms read as heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breasts, patients who are at high risk for developing breast cancer, and for patients who have strong desire to pursue 3D screening but do not fulfill either of these criteria.

The out-of-pocket cost is $150.

In high risk patients, MRI can be performed in addition to the 3D, as well as ultrasound as a side test.

Caughran said she is not in favor of additional 3D on top of a 2D because of double radiation.

“Do one exposure instead,” she said. “Come up with a plan. Know your density and risk level. The lack of coverage shouldn’t be an issue. We have grants and programs to cover.”

Caughran recommends for all women once a year mammogram, monthly self-exams and yearly exams at your doctor.

For more information go to http://www.breastdensity.info

Sources: Kent County Medical Society & Kent County Osteopathic Association (KCMS/KCOA}


Cutlines: Dr. Jamie Caughran, breast surgeon and medical director at the Mercy Health Comprehensive Breast Center, Grand Rapids


Graf of levels of density:

  1. The breasts are almost entirely fatty.
  2. There are scattered areas of fibro glandular density.
  3. The breasts are heterogeneously dense, which may obscure small masses.
  4. The breasts are extremely dense, which lowers the sensitivity of mammography.

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Lunch from farmers markets

From farmers fields to table

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Belding, MI -I picked up both my lunch and dinner at the local farmers’ markets. They are your local source for the freshest produce close by. At Paulson’s Pumpkin Patch you can see the owners picking the fresh vegetables from the road stand.

At this time of the year, the markets offer summer squash, zucchini, red beets, romaine purple lettuce, dill cauliflower, cucumbers, black raspberries and red potatoes.

The local markets are cheap, you are supporting the local economy and at the same time doing something good for yourself and the family.

Fresh produce from the farm.

Fresh produce from the farm.


Fresh produce from Paulson’s Pumpkin patch in Belding, Michigan.

I made salad with cucumbers, cantaloupe, black raspberries, red peppers, olives and tuna for lunch.


All locally grown except for tuna and olives.

Lettuce lunch cups with tuna and cucumbers.

Lettuce lunch cups with tuna and cucumbers.

From this same batch of fresh produce for $8.25, we will have a dinner tonight. It will consist of fried cauliflower from the farm picked this morning with red potatoes from another stand and cucumber salad with yogurt.

Fried cauliflower for dinner.

Fried cauliflower for dinner.


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Healthy Corner

Healthy Lifestyles

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

No, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. But, I like to learn from others what has worked for them.

One of my best friends Betty Dickinson of Ionia is the author of “Creating a Healthy Corner.” She has inspired me some 15 years ago to live better. I on the other hand encouraged her to write a column for the Ionia Sentinel-Standard as well as the book.

Healthy lifestyles

Creating a Healthy Corner by Betty Dickinson of Ionia

As a result we are a team. Order her book by either calling Betty at 616-340-0202 or 616-527-0352 or by sending me an email at emmapalova@yahoo.com

Healthy lifestyles

Columnist Betty Dickinson

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New eyes with Dr. Verdier

World in blur before surgery.

World in blur before surgery.


Eyes set on Dr. Verdier


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Lowell, MI- On May 16th, my world dipped into a blur. The white fuzzy ball in my right eye turned into fog that surrounded me.

As I turned on the computer in the morning I couldn’t see the Google logo on the screen. I panicked. I drove to the eye doctor in town, but I couldn’t see the signs on the road.

“What brings you here on a Friday morning?” asked Dr. Holzer.

“I can’t see,” I said with tears in my eyes.

After the exam, Dr. Holzer said, “I see why you can’t see. You have cataracts in both eyes.”

Dr. Verdier's practice in Grand Rapids Dr. Verdier’s practice in Grand Rapids

I was diagnosed with a fast-moving cataract in my right eye two years ago. Unlike the cataracts that most elderly people eventually develop, this one strikes younger people at a…

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Pink Arrow Pride

Lowell woman makes Pink Arrow happen along with other volunteers




LOWELL, MI-When Teresa Beachum received a phone call from varsity football coach Noel Dean, she stepped up to take action.

Dean was telling her about a wife of a football player who was sporting a pink jersey at an NFL game.

The pink symbolized breast cancer. An idea was born seven years ago that has grown into a phenomenon.

The two wondered if the Lowell football team would be strong enough to carry someone else’s name on the shoulder of their pink jerseys.

“We wanted to honor those on a cancer journey or in memory of,” she said.

Pink Arrow community walk

Pink Arrow community walk

Beachum lost her brother Jeff Timpson to cancer.

The Pink Arrow Pride symbolizes the pride the players have to have to represent someone else, she said.

The Pink Arrow VII game against Chicago Hubbard is scheduled this year for Sept.5.

The Survivor’s Lap precedes the game from the Lowell High School down to the stadium.

“Everybody comes together, the fire and the police department, the band and the churches,” Beachum said.

This is followed by a victory lap around the stadium.

“The view is a sea of pink, the field, the goal post and even the trash cans,” she said.

And something new is added every year like fireworks last year.

But, there is more to this than just the game in pink.

“It teaches students how to channel grief and their emotions,” she said.

The Pink Arrow Pride has so far raised one million dollars. This money goes toward programming at Gilda’s Club, medical student scholarships, assistance to cancer survivors and Lowell Community Wellness.

“It has grown into a new dimension of playing for a cause,” Beachum said.

The two scholarships are Dr. Donald Gerard’s and Kathy Talus.

Beachum stays involved year round with the Pink Arrow Pride. Together with Ethel Stears, she delivers gifts to cancer survivors.

“I wanted to support the cause because everyone knows someone who has walked the cancer journey,” Beachum said.

The t-shirt sales have brought in $8,000 alone during the last worst seven years in economy.

“Cancer does not discriminate,” she said. “It strikes the young, the old, retirees and students.”

In the weeks prior to the game, Perry and Teresa Beachum turn their house into a Pink Arrow Pride stronghold with brochures, logos and promotions everywhere.

“The logo is customized and every year we add new things, “she said.

For their efforts, the couple has been awarded as the Chamber People of the Year.


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The old-fashioned beauty of hydrangeas cannot be substituted.

The old-fashioned beauty of hydrangeas cannot be substituted.

Coming soon is Emma Palova’s personal story about her cataract eye surgeries and bouncing back after almost complete blindness.

See story Waiting for Dr. Verdier on http://emmapalova.com

I wrote about Dr.Verdier while freelancing for the Grand Rapids Magazine and Advance Newspapers about 10 years ago. At the time I did not expect I would be needing a surgery so soon.

“Hello youngster,” greeted me Dr.Verdier during evaluation last month.

“You’re the youngest person in here,” said the anesthesiologist later in the surgery room.

“Yes, everything is relative in this world,” I said.

I am looking forward to sharing our team experiences that may help all.

Copyright (c) 2014 story and photo by Emma Palova