Some Day, One Day is Today

Someday_Onedayby Lila Lazarus

I’ve been talking about writing a book someday for as long as I can remember.  I always knew that one day I would get to it.  But the moment I sat down to do it,  I saw something really interesting on LinkedIn, or got sucked into an article on Huffington Post or just needed another cup of coffee.  For me there were always eight days in a week.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Someday.  Drum roll please.   I’m done talking.  If you’re reading this now, then something really incredible happened.  Someday, One Day  is Today.  That’s the title of my new book.  How do you like it? Continue reading “Some Day, One Day is Today”

Infused with Love

Local school tradition spreads joy to cancer patients

For two weeks straight, Laura Shaffer opened up her kindergarten classroom during afternoon recess, as students flooded in to work on a beloved community project.

They set up an assembly line, and for the next half hour, students stood and filled plastic goody bags with hot cocoa packets and candy before securing them with pink tags and twisty ties.

“The students do everything,” Shaffer said.

Students at Livonia’s Randolph Elementary School helped bag an astounding 1,696 Valentine’s care packages this February, and delivered them to local cancer patients, including those at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s infusion center.

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Save the Date: See, Test & Treat 2018

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SeeTestTreatSaturday, April 14 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Women’s Health Center
5320 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

  • Cervical cancer screening
  • (Pap test), ages 21 – 64
  • HPV test
  • Breast exam
  • Mammogram, ages 40 – 64

For more information, call 734-712-7881 or visit stjoeshealth.org/see-test-treat

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The Farm at St. Joe’s Kicks off CSA Registration

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ANN ARBOR – Registration is now open for The Farm at St. Joe’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program.

Get fresh produce all season from the Farm and local farm partners. Spots are limited, so reserve yours today!

What: Pick up a bag of fresh produce each week from The Farm at St. Joe’s.

When:
Spring CSA (or half share): March 28 – June 13
Summer CSA (or half share): June 20 – Sept. 19
Fall CSA (or half share): Sept. 20 – Dec. 12

Whole and half shares available (half shares pick up every other week).

New this year, save 10% when you sign up for a season pass (or half share).

Crops will include spinach, radishes, greens (spring); tomatoes, eggplant, kale (summer); potatoes, squash, greens (fall); and much more.

Learn more at www.stjoefarm.wordpress.com/csa or email thefarm@stjoeshealth.org 

Sign up for the session and size you want on the Classes and Events page:
www.stjoeshealth.org/classes

Santa Brings Christmas Joy to Infusion Clinic

ANN ARBOR – Patients at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s cancer infusion clinic received a very special visit just in time for Christmas.

Santa Claus made his rounds Tuesday morning, greeting staff, patients and family members, handing out candy canes and even sitting with patients and holding their hands while he shared a few words of encouragement.


“This time last year, I was sitting right where you are,” he told patients sitting in infusion bays.

Santa – a.k.a. William Coleman – was diagnosed with colon cancer last year and completed chemotherapy in December 2016. Having enjoyed work as Santa in Christmases past, Coleman wanted to spread some holiday cheer for others facing their own battles with cancer this season.

Thank you, Santa, for brightening our day!

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Discharge with Dignity: How a Hospital Clothes Closet Became a Labor of Love

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Discharge planning assistant Jennifer Pickel sorts donated coats.

On a Tuesday afternoon Darlene Sierak and Jennifer Pickel sort through a black cardboard donation bin full of plastic bags of gently used clothing. Men’s sweatshirts, women’s blouses, jeans and khakis – each article is neatly folded and placed on a shelf labeled by gender and size.

The room in which they work is a small space – a former copy room too snug for an office – tucked away in the Patient Support Services suite at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, but impressively organized. A row of winter coats hangs on the rack against the back wall. Built-in shelves house men’s and women’s shoes, and drawers contain personal hygiene kits complete with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, tissue, body lotion and razors.

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Join St. Joe’s at Third Annual Luminary Walk – Jan. 27

Luminary WalkAre you looking for a fun outdoor activity to shake off the winter blues? Join us for St. Joe’s Luminary Walk held at The Farm on the campus of St. Joe’s Ann Arbor. This magical evening features two miles of candle-lit trails, family friendly activities, wellness goal-setting and live music. Invite your friends and family, and celebrate winter with us!

2018 Winter Luminary Walk
Saturday, Jan. 27 | 4 – 7 p.m.
The Farm at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
5557 McAuley Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
TheFarm@stjoeshealth.org 

Presented in partnership with Eisenhower Center and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System