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Living with Sarcoidosis

April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month for thousands of people who are suffering from this disease.

The purple ribbon use to symbolize the disease is a message of hope for all.

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can cause the immune system to go haywire or out of control. It can literally affect any organ in the body and cause skin irritation.

“Living with sarcoidosis has totally uprooted and set my life on a different and unexpected course,” said Peggy Dorsey.

Ms. Dorsey recently diagnosed with the disease, which has affected her lungs and diminishes her breathing at times.

“What is sometimes debilitating to my system is the countless amounts of medications that I need and the joint pain which is consistent,” Dorsey stated. “Some days are just really hard to deal with.”

There are support groups available for Sarcoidosis online and in person whichever the individual and family members prefer.

“When a patient is diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, they will have periods of flare-ups and down periods where they are almost non-symptomatic,” said Ms. Margo Hazzard, Family Nurse Practioner, (FNP).

At present time, the cause of this disease is unknown and cure is not available.


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Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Gloria Henderson owner of Soulful Journey Massage Boutique

The practice of Massage Therapy has been around for over 4,000 years. The Chinese and Egyptian cultures were the first to use it as a natural healing method for medical purposes. The techniques used in early history have evolved into preventive health measures today.

Men, women, young and older are taking proactive measures to maintain a state of good health by regularly scheduled massage sessions. There are varieties of reasons to use massage therapy, from stress relief to neck to back pain.

In the case of an injury to the muscles or joints, having regular sessions with a Registered Massage Therapist will be beneficial to the client in maintaining a pain-free living.

Soulful Journey LLC, owned and operated by Gloria Henderson, a local Massage Therapy Center that offers a Holistic approach to Health.

“Muscle tightness, neck strain, and back pain are the number one reasons that clients schedule appointments,” said Gloria Henderson. “The one-hour session of relaxing is beneficial to the body for healing. But I do explain to new clients to seek their Doctor’s advice if there are pre-existing conditions that massage therapy would be detrimental to the recovery process.”

The Mayo Clinic a renowned medical practice and research group in Minnesota gives its approval of Massage Therapy as a vital part of health and wellness.

“Relieving stress, improving circulation, reducing feelings of anxiety, and assisting with back pain relief are some of the beneficial reasons for therapy,” Henderson explained.

Henderson discussed another technique called Ionic Foot Detox used in the removal of toxins and metals in the body through the pores in the feet.

“During the thirty-minute session the client’s feet are soaked in an ironized solution resulting in discoloration of the water,” said Henderson. “The color of the water represents an area of the body where toxins were removed. For example, if the water turned a greenish color then toxins were removed from the liver and any joints that are arthritic.”

For more information on Ionic Foot Detox, Massage Therapy or to book an appointment, visit Soulful Journey’s website at

You can reach Gloria Henderson at (757) 806-6808 EST.