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Roberta Carson President of Zaggo, Inc.

I started Zaggo, a nonprofit organization, to help patients and family caregivers manage illnesses and injuries, after caring for my teenage son Zachary during his 27-month battle with terminal brain cancer. My caregiving experience led to a passion for helping patients and family caregivers be engaged, empowered members of their medical teams to help them get the best healthcare and outcomes possible.

I have won several awards for my work, including a recent "Visionary Award" from Caregiving.com, and a "Website of the Year Caring Award" from Caregiving Years Training Academy.

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Tips For A Smooth Recovery From A Mastectomy &Raquo; Photo Of 2 Topless Women Sitting On The Floor Showing Their Post Mastectomy Chests Smiling Canva 1 300X215 1
Tips for a Smooth Recovery from a Mastectomy

It’s very scary to learn you have breast cancer. Certainly, you worry if this will lead to your death. But it’s also natural to worry about what treatments you will need, how you will tolerate the…

It’s very scary to…

It’s very scary to learn you have breast cancer. Certainly, you worry if this will lead to your death. But it’s also natural to worry about what treatments you will need, how you will tolerate them, and what your body will look like after treatment. If you have breast cancer, you may be considering a mastectomy (surgery to remove all or some of your breast tissue). Or if you have a high risk of breast cancer (e.g., have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene), you want to remove your breasts to avoid cancer. Continue reading Tips for a Smooth Recovery from a Mastectomy at ZaggoCare.

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How To Choose A Cancer Treatment &Raquo; Photo Of A Doctor Comforting A Patient By Putting His Hand On His Shoulder Canva 1 300X214 1
How to Choose a Cancer Treatment

Getting a cancer diagnosis is probably one of the scariest things that can happen to a person. Certainly, you worry if cancer will take your life. And you worry if you will be able to tolerate the tre…

Getting a cancer dia…

Getting a cancer diagnosis is probably one of the scariest things that can happen to a person. Certainly, you worry if cancer will take your life. And you worry if you will be able to tolerate the treatments, including the potential impact on the quality of your life. Fortunately, advances in research have improved cancer treatments, providing patients with treatments unavailable years ago. However, all the options can make it overwhelming to choose a cancer treatment. Continue reading How to Choose a Cancer Treatment at ZaggoCare.

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How To Manage Neck Joint Instability &Raquo; Photo Computerized Image Of Pain In The Upper Back Neck Area Of Skeleton With A Hand Touching The Area Canva 1 300X214 1
How to Manage Neck Joint Instability

No one enjoys spending time with someone who is a “pain in the neck”. Nor do we like doing a task we consider “a pain in the neck”. Despite the annoyances caused by these types of situations, …

No one enjoys spendi…

No one enjoys spending time with someone who is a “pain in the neck”. Nor do we like doing a task we consider “a pain in the neck”. Despite the annoyances caused by these types of situations, there is a serious pain in the neck that can cause serious health issues. Neck instability between the C1 and C2 joint, referred to as atlantoaxial instability (AAI), can cause an array of health problems, ranging from mild to severe. Continue reading How to Manage Neck Joint Instability at ZaggoCare.

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Tips For Managing Parkinson’s Disease &Raquo; Photo Of An Aide Helping A Middle Aged Woman Walk With A Walker Canva 1 300X214 1
Tips for Managing Parkinson’s Disease

Hearing a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis is scary. Whether you’re the patient or a family member, it’s overwhelming. Certainly, you worry about what your future holds. Will Parkinson’s make it …

Hearing a Parkinson…

Hearing a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis is scary. Whether you’re the patient or a family member, it’s overwhelming. Certainly, you worry about what your future holds. Will Parkinson’s make it impossible to work, walk, function independently? How will it impact your family? The tips in this blog for managing Parkinson’s disease can make it easier for patients and family caregivers dealing with a Parkinson’s diagnosis. What is Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s disease (PD) occurs when brain cells that make dopamine, a chemical that coordinates movement, stop working or die. Conti…

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Understanding Cancer Treatment Options &Raquo; Photo Of A Young Man And Woman Having A Serious Talk With A Female Doctor Canva 1 300X214 1
Understanding Cancer Treatment Options

Certainly, getting a cancer diagnosis is one of the scariest moments of life. You worry about your chance of survival and the impact cancer will have on you and your family. Additionally, it’s natur…

Certainly, getting a…

Certainly, getting a cancer diagnosis is one of the scariest moments of life. You worry about your chance of survival and the impact cancer will have on you and your family. Additionally, it’s natural to worry about how you will manage possible treatment side effects. Before treatment can begin, you and your doctor will discuss available options. Importantly, your treatment options will depend on your type of cancer, if it has spread and where, and your overall health. Continue reading Understanding Cancer Treatment Options at ZaggoCare.

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Tips for Coping with a Serious Diagnosis

Life can throw unexpected challenges our way, and one of the most daunting is receiving a serious medical diagnosis. Whether it’s a Chronic Illness, a life-threatening condition, or a rare disease, …

Life can throw unexp…

Life can throw unexpected challenges our way, and one of the most daunting is receiving a serious medical diagnosis. Whether it’s a Chronic Illness, a life-threatening condition, or a rare disease, such news can be overwhelming, leaving individuals and their loved ones grappling with a whirlwind of emotions. Coping with a serious diagnosis is difficult for patients and family caregivers. It will likely affect every aspect of your life. However, it’s critical to stay focused so you can make informed decisions, manage stress, and maintain some semblance of normalcy.  Continue reading Tips f…

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Caregiving Tips For Managing Incontinence In Seniors &Raquo; Photo Of A Young Woman With A Big Smile Hugging Her Grandmother From Behind Who Also Has A Big Smile While They Sit On A Sofa Canva 1 300X214 1
Caregiving Tips for Managing Incontinence in Seniors

If you are the family Caregiver for a senior, you may be dealing with urinary and/or bowel incontinence, which can occur in seniors due to physical and/or cognitive health issues. Certainly, you want …

If you are the famil…

If you are the family Caregiver for a senior, you may be dealing with urinary and/or bowel incontinence, which can occur in seniors due to physical and/or cognitive health issues. Certainly, you want your loved one to retain their independence, dignity, and overall quality of life, but incontinence can have a major impact on all facets of life. Moreover, caring for a loved one with incontinence can be stressful and overwhelming. Read on for tips for managing incontinence in seniors that can benefit both you and your loved one. Continue reading Caregiving Tips for Managing Incontinence in Senio…

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Respite Care Helps Family Caregivers

If you’re a family Caregiver, you know your role is an act of love and dedication. But it’s also a commitment that can demand every ounce of your physical and emotional strength. During this selfl…

If you’re a family…

If you’re a family Caregiver, you know your role is an act of love and dedication. But it’s also a commitment that can demand every ounce of your physical and emotional strength. During this selfless journey, you may find yourself in need of a lifeline — a temporary reprieve that allows you to recharge and sustain the vital role you play. Respite care to the rescue! Learn how respite care helps family caregivers by providing a much-needed break. Continue reading Respite Care Helps Family Caregivers at ZaggoCare.

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Important Things To Know About Radiation Treatment &Raquo; Photo Of A Woman Lying Face Down While She Gets Radiation Therapy In Her Thoracic Area For Cancer Treatment Canva 1 300X214 1
Important Things to Know About Radiation Treatment

Getting a cancer diagnosis is overwhelming and scary. You must learn about your cancer and available treatment options. As part of your treatment plan, your doctor may recommend radiation therapy. In …

Getting a cancer dia…

Getting a cancer diagnosis is overwhelming and scary. You must learn about your cancer and available treatment options. As part of your treatment plan, your doctor may recommend radiation therapy. In this article, you will learn important things to know about radiation that will help you decide on the best course of treatment for you. Important things to know about radiation: The basics. Radiation therapy, also called radiotherapy, uses energy beams that contain supercharged particles to kill cancer cells, thereby causing tumors to shrink. Continue reading Important Things to Know About Radiat…

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6 Important Things To Know About Chemotherapy &Raquo; Photo Of A Bag Of Chemotherapy Medication Hanging From A Pole With Blurred Patients Sitting In The Background Canva 1 300X214 1
6 Important Things to Know About Chemotherapy

Getting a cancer diagnosis is one of the scariest things that can happen to a person. Not only would we worry about our survival, but many of us would also worry about what types of treatments we will…

Getting a cancer dia…

Getting a cancer diagnosis is one of the scariest things that can happen to a person. Not only would we worry about our survival, but many of us would also worry about what types of treatments we will face. Certainly, you know that doctors use chemotherapy treatments for cancer. But do you know how chemotherapy works, who it helps, and how you would receive treatments? How can you manage the side effects? Read on to learn important things about chemotherapy. Continue reading 6 Important Things to Know About Chemotherapy at ZaggoCare.

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How to Care for a Loved One with Dementia

If you care for a loved one with dementia, you know how challenging it can be – physically and emotionally. This article provides information on some of the biggest dementia care challenges and shar…

If you care for a lo…

If you care for a loved one with dementia, you know how challenging it can be – physically and emotionally. This article provides information on some of the biggest dementia care challenges and shares valuable caregiving tips to help you care for a loved one with dementia. How common is dementia? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 55 million people across the world suffer from dementia, with 10 million new cases every year. Continue reading How to Care for a Loved One with Dementia at ZaggoCare.

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Tips And Strategies For Coming Home From The Hospital &Raquo; Photo Of A Smiling Woman Leaving The Hospital Being Pushed An Aide Who Is Carrying Her Suitcase Canva 1 300X214 1
Tips and Strategies for Coming Home from the Hospital

Stepping through your front door after a hospital stay can bring relief and the comfort of familiar surroundings. But coming home from the hospital is also the beginning of an important phase – post…

Stepping through you…

Stepping through your front door after a hospital stay can bring relief and the comfort of familiar surroundings. But coming home from the hospital is also the beginning of an important phase – post-hospital care – the blueprint for your recovery journey. Ensuring a safe transition requires planning and understanding what lies ahead. Do you know what you’ll need to make the transition to home easier? If you’re having surgery, do you know the questions to ask before surgery to make your post-hospital life easier? Continue reading Tips and Strategies for Coming Home from the Hospital at …

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Ethics In Clinical Trials &Raquo; Up Close Photo Of A Doctor Holding A Sign That Says Ethics In Clinical Trials In Front Of Her Torso Canva 1 300X214 1
Ethics in Clinical Trials

If you or a loved one has a serious health condition for which traditional treatment is not working, you may consider enrolling in a clinical trial. As you may know, clinical trials evaluate the safet…

If you or a loved on…

If you or a loved one has a serious health condition for which traditional treatment is not working, you may consider enrolling in a clinical trial. As you may know, clinical trials evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new patient care advances, such as new medications and medical devices. Importantly, participating in any type of clinical trial comes with a degree of risk. What steps do the researchers take to protect participants? Could researchers put their own scientific or financial interests above patient concerns? Continue reading Ethics in Clinical Trials at ZaggoCare.

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Choosing A Health Insurance Plan &Raquo; Up Close Photo Of Medical Bills With A Credit Card Tucked Between A Few Bills Canva 1 300X214 1
Choosing a Health Insurance Plan

Health insurance is a cornerstone of maintaining our health and well-being, acting as a safety net that provides financial security and access to high-quality healthcare services when we need them mos…

Health insurance is …

Health insurance is a cornerstone of maintaining our health and well-being, acting as a safety net that provides financial security and access to high-quality healthcare services when we need them most. However, the complexity of health insurance plans, with their myriad of terms, conditions, and options, can make even the most informed consumer feel lost and overwhelmed when choosing a health insurance plan. This article aims to demystify the complexities of health insurance and provide you with practical tips to help you make informed choices when it comes to selecting, utilizing, and maximi…

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Should You Use An At-Home Test For Alzheimer’s Disease? &Raquo; Photo Of Slips Of Paper With Alzheimers Dementia And Related Words Written On Them Canva 1 300X215 1
Should You Use an At-Home Test for Alzheimer’s Disease?

It’s scary to consider that you, or a loved one, may have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease involves the parts of the brain that controls thought, memory…

It’s scary to cons…

It’s scary to consider that you, or a loved one, may have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease involves the parts of the brain that controls thought, memory, and language. As you may have observed in others, Alzheimer’s can gradually make it hard to carry out even the simplest of daily activities. If you think that you or a loved one might have Alzheimer’s disease, how can you get a diagnosis? Continue reading Should You Use an At-Home Test for Alzheimer’s Disease? at ZaggoCare.

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Should You Use An At-Home Allergy Test? &Raquo; Photo Of A Young Woman With Allergies Blowing Her Nose While Standing Outside Canva 1 300X214 1
Should You Use An At-Home Allergy Test?

Allergies can be annoying and, in some cases, life-threatening. If you start sneezing and get watery eyes every time you rub a cat, chances are you are allergic to cats. But for some people, it’s no…

Allergies can be ann…

Allergies can be annoying and, in some cases, life-threatening. If you start sneezing and get watery eyes every time you rub a cat, chances are you are allergic to cats. But for some people, it’s not clear what’s causing their allergic reactions. Although you can go to a doctor who specializes in allergies, you may feel tempted to buy an at-home allergy test to learn what you’re allergic to. Should you skip the allergist and use an at-home allergy test? Continue reading Should You Use An At-Home Allergy Test? at ZaggoCare.

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Preparing For Your Child’s Surgery &Raquo; Photo Of A Young Boy Lying In A Hospital Bed After Surgery With 2 Doctors By His Side Checking On Him Canva 1 300X214 1
Preparing for Your Child’s Surgery

Does your child need surgery? If so, you know how daunting this can feel. Certainly, you worry about your child’s health and the surgical outcome. But you may also feel overwhelmed by the thought of…

Does your child need…

Does your child need surgery? If so, you know how daunting this can feel. Certainly, you worry about your child’s health and the surgical outcome. But you may also feel overwhelmed by the thought of caring for your child after surgery. Unsurprisingly, pediatric surgery can be a challenging journey. However, preparing for your child’s surgery can help you throughout the entire journey. You can help your child recover as quickly and as easily as possible and help him/her have the best outcome possible. Continue reading Preparing for Your Child’s Surgery at ZaggoCare.

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Reduce Your Risk Of Deep Vein Thrombosis &Raquo; Photo Of Red Blood Cells In A Fibrin Mesh Forming A Blood Clot Canva 1 300X214 1
Reduce Your Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis

I’m guessing you have heard about blood clots. But have you heard of the term deep vein thrombosis, or seen the acronym DVT? Do you know what a deep vein thrombosis is and how you could get one? And…

I’m guessing you h…

I’m guessing you have heard about blood clots. But have you heard of the term deep vein thrombosis, or seen the acronym DVT? Do you know what a deep vein thrombosis is and how you could get one? And are you aware that a DVT can lead to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism? Read on to learn more including how to reduce your risk of dangerous deep vein thrombosis. How does blood clot? Continue reading Reduce Your Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis at ZaggoCare.

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