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Jeannie Merrick W.H.C.N.P

Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner

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Jeannie Merrick W.H.C.N.P

Jeannie Merrick W.H.C.N.P

As a women’s health care nurse practitioner, Jeannie Merrick has spent 30 years working with women of all ages as a specialist in gynecological, reproductive and sexual health. Jeannie’s down-to-earth approach is reassuring and comforting to patients.

GeneticTesting-325When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, one of my first thoughts, after the initial shock, was who else in my family had been stricken with cancer?

Patients who have had family members diagnosed with cancer often worry about their own cancer risk, or the risk of their children. At Oak Street Medical, we have recently started a program to help patients better understand their family risks of developing certain types of cancer, which can be passed down by gene mutations.

The types of cancers we are most often confronted with in a primary care clinic are breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, colon, melanoma and endometrial/uterine. A person's risk level for developing any of these cancers depends on many factors, including the person's lifestyle.

We're helping our patients understand how their level of risk changes in relation to their family history. Risk categories include: general population, familial risk or hereditary risk. A person's risk can vary dramatically, depending on which category you fall into.

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160517MentalHealthMonth-325Most people believe that mental disorders are rare. Each day at Oak Street Medical, we see patients with mental health problems, such as mood disorders, or physical symptoms associated with mental issues—these problems are far from rare.

According to Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association), an estimated 54 million Americans suffer from mental disorders each year.

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150505FifthyShadesofGrey2-300"Fifty Shades of Grey" is a hugely popular erotic best seller with a film version recently released. This book, which started out as "Twilight" fan fiction, is the U.K.'s fastest-selling paperback book of all time. Dubbed "mommy porn," the book has surpassed even "Harry Potter" in sales, with over 100 million copies worldwide.

One reason for its popularity is its depiction of sex, in our society, as abundant and highly charged. This myth is indicative of our prevailing culture. As women, we think we should be full of desire, and "swept away" by all sexual encounters. If we aren't, or don't, then there must be something wrong with us.

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150407NotYourMothersIUD-300One of the most common reasons for a young woman to visit me at Oak Street Medical is because she has questions or is unhappy with her current birth control method.

When I provide her information about contraceptive options, I always include the intrauterine device (IUD). This is one of the safest, most effective and easiest methods for preventing pregnancy. But frequently, I hear this: "I don't think I should use an IUD because my mother said they can cause a lot of problems."

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Taken two months before being diagnosed, Jeannie and friends enjoy time spent together on the Rogue River Wild and Scenic Hiking Trail.

This is an on-going series chronicling my personal journey through the maze of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. To start at the beginning, read the first post in the series.

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