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May 2013


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Back Care Yoga


Chair Yoga


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Nurses Week


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Featured Article

Imagine you woke up this morning with flu-like body aches and no energy. You couldn't sleep well and felt like your head was in a fog. Now imagine that it wasn't the flu. These symptoms come back day after day and there doesn't seem to be a treatment that keeps them away permanently. For millions of Americans - most of them women - this is unfortunately part of their daily lives. And it has a name: fibromyalgia.

Don't Let Chronic, Widespread Pain Control Your Life!


Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder with a vast constellation of symptoms that vary from person to person. Widespread pain and extreme fatigue are the most common, but those suffering from fibromyalgia also can have headaches, weather and temperature sensitivity, memory problems, sleep problems, muscle stiffness and digestive issues. Clearly, living with symptoms like day in and day out can interfere with your life.


Currently there is no cure for the fibromyalgia. Research has shown that the best course of treatment to date is attempting to manage the multiple symptoms as effectively as possible. That's where St. Francis comes in.


St. Francis now offers an eight-week Fibromyalgia Restorative Care Program that provides both education and medical services to help alleviate the unique blend of symptoms found in each person suffering with fibromyalgia. The program can include education, physical therapy, exercise, aquatic therapy, alternative therapies and emotional support - all in partnership with the care being provided by your primary care physician.


Our comprehensive team includes a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician, rheumatologist, gastroenterologist, urologist or OB-GYN physician, pulmonologist, cardiologist, psychiatrist and physical therapists. This team develops strategies for each patient, designed to manage symptoms and make their day-to-day living a little easier.


These professionals teach self-management techniques including deep breathing, relaxation, proper body mechanics, and energy conservation tips. In addition, they discuss how exercise, stress, nutrition and emotional wellbeing all can play a role in managing the condition.


An important component of the program is physical therapy, in which a combination of exercise, aquatic therapy, modified tai chi and neural integration can show real results.


Learn more about the Fibromyalgia Restorative Care Program by calling 864-400-3645.

Bon Secours Express Care Opening Soon in Downtown Greenville!


Bon Secours Medical Group is excited to announce a new urgent care facility located in the heart of downtown Greenville. Bon Secours Express Care is opening in early June at the corner of McBee and Brown Streets in downtown Greenville, adjacent to the CVS drugstore.


Bon Secours Express Care will treat non-life-threatening conditions like colds and flu, sinus, respiratory, and bladder infections, intestinal distress, sprains and strains, seasonal allergies, small cuts and lacerations, and more. It will be open seven days a week and staffed by Bon Secours Medical Group primary care physicians. No appointment is necessary - simply walk or use our call-ahead service to make an appointment.

Free Skin Cancer Screening on May 18 

In preparation for summer months spent in the sun, plan to attend a free skin cancer screening on Saturday, May 18. The event will be held from 9 am - noon at the St. Francis Outpatient Center , 3 St. Francis Drive in Greenville. No registration is necessary. Please wear a swimsuit under your clothes. 

Thank you, Nurses
"Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work. For what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit?

- Florence Nightingale

This Nurses Week, we offer a profound and sincere thank you to the thousands of nurses who grace our halls at St. Francis. No one touches the lives of our patients and their families the way our nurses do. They give so much of themselves and will likely never know the impact they have on the lives of others. If there is a nurse who is special to you, take time the week of May 6-12 to thank him or her, or consider honoring her with a donation to the St. Francis Foundation.

The Vive! newsletter was created for women to offer education and lifestyle tips for better knowledge and care for your health. Find more information online, and tell a friend!