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HOC Insurance 101 Series- Part 1

The topic of health insurance causes eyes to glaze over and brains to overload. However, it is an essential piece of the puzzle regarding your health. Health care can be quite costly, especially when living with a bleeding disorder. Having health insurance is vital to lessening that financial burden. The good news is that you don’t have to be an expert. Having basic knowledge and knowing where to go with questions is really all you need. A good place to […]

College Prep Checklist

Are you or your child getting ready to head off to college? It’s an exciting time but as someone with a bleeding disorder, there are things that need to be considered and planned for as you make this new transition. We put together a list of some things to think about as you prepare to start this new adventure! • Establish an infusion logging routine (MicroHealth, calendars, etc) prior to leaving • Know how to contact HOC, be able to […]

Veggies, Veggies, Veggies! By HOC Nutritionist, Vanessa Hamilton

Did you know eating a diet high in vegetables is one of the best ways to prevent chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight? High vegetable consumption can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, improve blood sugar regulation, and promote that feeling of fullness that keeps us out of the snack pantry. Vegetables are nutritional powerhouses! Yet, only 1 in 10 adults get the recommended 2-3 cups of vegetables per […]

Wet That Whistle!

All of us have heard that we should “drink more water”, but why exactly is it so important? For all of us big or small, our bodies are made largely of water. Every cell, tissue and organ need water in order to function and survive. One HUGE component of water is also to help lubricate our joints and this is especially important in people with bleeding disorders as their joints are already susceptible to deterioration with each bleed into the […]

Just A Bruise?

The HOC nursing team often hears from patients struggling to tell the difference between a bruise and a bleed that might require treatment. It’s true that people without bleeding disorders can bruise easily and have raised, painful bruises. So, when should you be concerned as a patient? Whenever you notice a bruise, it is important to assess it. 1) What color is it? (Red, Purple, Yellow, Etc.) 2) Is it flat or raised? 3) Is it warm/hot to the touch […]

June- Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Awareness Month

HOC is excited to announce that we are now serving a new population within the bleeding disorders community. And June is HHT Awareness Month! Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) or Osler-Weber-Rendu disorder is a genetic disorder in which blood vessels don’t form properly. Typically, blood is pumped out of a person’s heart into arteries to travel to the rest of the body. This blood then passes through capillaries and into veins to be returned to the heart. People with HHT may […]

Foam Rolling by Shanie Williams

Foam rolling is a type of self massage (myofascial release) that uses a device to provide direct compression that helps release tension in the muscles, relieve muscle soreness and improve flexibility and range of motion. There are three main types of foam rollers: smoother, trigger point and vibrating. A smooth roller is usually gentle and works better if you’re newer to self myofascial release. But even if you opt for a “softer” smoother roller, there will still be some discomfort […]

Women Can Bleed Too

Before I became a patient of HOC, I thought I knew a lot about hemophilia.  I have a brother and extended family that suffer with the bleeding disorder.  It broke my heart to see my brother suffer with the effects.  I was always told that females could not have hemophilia.  This was presented as a fact which I never questioned. As a result of this belief, I went my entire life into adulthood undiagnosed and untreated myself.  I lived with […]

May-Mental Health Awareness Month by Joe Hoelscher

May is Mental Health Awareness Month which serves as a reminder of how important it is to take care of your mental health. For anyone suffering from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, or just general stress or worry, it is OKAY to seek support. Seeking help for emotional or psychological challenges is nothing to be ashamed of. Taking care of your mental health is crucial, especially as we continue to navigate the different stages of the pandemic. For those that don’t […]

“Just a Carrier” by Jenna

My name is Jenna Stadler. I am a carrier of Hemophilia A. As a child, I always knew it was a potential that I was a carrier of a bleeding disorder because my mother’s biological father was a severe A hemophiliac and my mother was a carrier. However, it really never affected my family because my parents had three daughters. We never really talked about hemophilia. When I became pregnant with my first son, my mother had brought it up […]