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ON THE DIAMOND: East Ridge baserunner Kelsey Damron beats the throw to second base as Pike County Central shortstop Keylee Coleman waits for the ball to arrive. Looking on are teammates Miranda Wright (far right) and Cheyenne Harlow (10) . The Lady Warriors edged the Lady Hawks, 7-5 in a game played on March 24.

DEFENSIVE GEM: East Ridge outfielder Angel Miller makes a running catch of a fly ball in right field during the Lady Warriors’ 7-5 win over Pike County Central on March 24.

LICK CREEK — East Ridge rallied to score four times in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on 4to beat Pike County Central, 7-5, in a game played at the Reservation on March 24.

Allie Slone singled, scored and drove in a pair of runs while Cianna Stewart had one hit and knocked home two other runs in the season opener. Kelsey Dawson singled, scored and batted in one and Paige Potter singled and scored twice.

Mollie Huffman had two hits for Central, including a double, and scored once. Taylor Sowards singled and drove in one run while scoring and losing pitcher Beth Reed doubled, scored and batted in one run.

Hannah Coleman was the winning pitcher in her first start.

PCC dropped to 3-2.

At Lick Creek

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

PCC (3-2)…............................011  030  0 – 5-7-3

ER (1-0)……...........................021  040  x – 7-5-0


WP – Hannah Coleman

LP – Beth Reed

Hitting: Mollie Huffman 2b, 1b, 1r; Taylor Sowards 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Beth Reed 2b, 1r, 1 RBI; Maranda Wright 1b, 1r, Pike County Central; Allie Slone 1b, 1r, 2 RBIs; Cianna Stewart 1b, 2 RBIs; Kelsey Dawson 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Paige Potter 1b, 2r, East Ridge.


Magoffin County.......................2

SALYERSVILLE — Pikeville broke open a close game by scoring six runs in the third inning and the Lady Panthers went on to beat Magoffin County, 9-2, in a game played on March 24.

Winning pitcher Meagan Cochran was superb, allowing just one hit in the fifth inning.

Erica Conn had three hits and drove in two runs while Camryn Slone added three hits. Catie Rowe knocked home three runs and Emily Hughes batted in a pair as Pikeville improved to 2-2.

Laylee Burchell took the loss for Magoffin County, which fell to 1-5.

At Salyersville

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

PHS (2-2)…..........................206  001  0 – 9-15-0

MC (1-5)…...........................000 020   0 – 2-  4-0


WP – Meagan Cochran

LP – Laylee Burchell

Hitting: Erica Conn 3h, 2 RBIs; Camryn Slone 3h; Emily Hughes 2 RBIs; Catie Rowe 3 RBIs, Pikeville.


Sheldon Clark………..................1

JENKINS — Jenkins starter Caitlynn Estevez allowed a first-inning run and then held Sheldon Clark scoreless as the Cavaliers rolled to an 11-1 win in a game played on March 24.

Infielder Lexi Stambaugh pounded out three doubles to lead the offensive attack while Melissa Bartley doubled along with Estevez.

Sheldon Clark’s Carla Mullins took the loss as the Lady Cardinals dropped their opener.

Jenkins is now 6-1.

At Jenkins

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                         R

SC (0-1)…...........................................100  00 –  1

JHS (6-1).............................................300  35 – 11


WP – Caitlynn Estevez

LP – Carla Mullins

Hitting: Lexi Stambaugh 3-2b; Caitlynn Estevez 2b; Melissa Bartley 2b, Jenkins.

Betsy Layne…........................…9


PAINTSVILLE — Betsy Layne’s Mercedes Martin belted a three-run triple in the top of the fifth inning and Alex Sisco added a two-run homer one inning later to carry the Lady Bobcats to a 9-2 win over Paintsville in a game played on March 24.

Summer Johnson added a double and was knocked home by Emily Kidd to back the pitching of Brandy Morrow.

Both teams are now 1-2.

At Paintsville

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                        R

BL (1-2)…......................................010  134  0 – 9

PV (1-2)…......................................011  000  0 – 2


WP – Brandy Morrow

Hitting: Mercedes Martin 3b, 3 RBIs; Alex Sisco 2-r HR; Summer Johnson 2b, 1r, Betsy Layne.


Grundy, Va……..........................0

PHELPS — Phelps pitcher Bekka Turner allowed just one hit and one walk as the Lady Hornets opened their season with a 10-0 win over Grundy (Va.) in a game played at Johnson Bottom Park on March 24.

Kryslin Obermuller belted a home run and double to lead the offensive attack.

Lauren Braggs singled and scored twice while Carli Dotson scored three times.

At Phelps

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                         R

GHS (0-1)….........................................000  0 –   0

PHS (1-0)…..........................................134  6 – 10


WP – Bekka Turner

LP – Yates

Hitting: Kryslin Obermuller HR, 2b, 1r; Lauren Braggs 1b, 2r; Hannah Blankenship 2r; Carli Dotson 3r, Phelps.

Belfry sweeps Tug Valley

GOODY — The Belfry Lady Pirates completed a doubleheader sweep of Tug Valley, winning 15-0 and 10-2 in games played on March 24.

In the nightcap, winning pitcher Candace Gilman had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in four runs as the Lady Pirates improved to 3-3.

Kendra Gannon, the winning pitcher in game one, singled and drove in two runs while Kyra Stafford had two hits, including a double, and was hit twice. Taylor Maynard and Savannah Wilson had an RBI single each.

In the opener, Gilman doubled, singled and drove in one run by Gannon added an RBI double. Alex Smith had three hits, including a double, and batted in one run while Alix Young tripled and singled.

Tug Valley’s Bekah White was the losing pitcher.

Shelby Valley…........................13

Allen Central….....................….3

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley’s Emily Compton had two hits and drove in three runs as the Bat Cats rolled past Allen Central, 13-3, in a game played on March 24.

Sydney Jones added two hits, walked twice and scored two runs as Valley improved to 2-5. Kyleigh Tackett and Cass Begley had one hit apiece and both scored a pair of runs.

McKenzie Johnson was the winning pitcher.

Begley had four stolen bases while Tackett and Jones had three each.

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GREAT CAREER: University of Pikeville guard Kenny Manigault finished with 20 points in the Bears’ 64-62 loss to Talladega (Ala.) in the NAIA National Tournament game played in Kansas City on March 21.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The University of Pikeville Bears had their eyes on the big prize at Municipal Auditorium, searching for the school’s second national championship.

Talladega (Ala.) ended the Bears’ expectations with a heartbreaking 64-62 win over the Bears in the Elite Eight matchup played March 21.

The Bears, who finished 28-6, had a four-point lead late in the game before the Tornadoes finished out the game on a 5-0 run to reach the semifinals.

Seventh-seeded UPIKE had one last chance to tie or win the game, but Kenny Manigault’s runner in the lane rimmed out.

Talladega, the No. 2 seed, took the lead on Wendell Pierre’s jumper in the paint with 3.8 seconds to play.

Manigault led the Bears with 20 points. K.K. Simmons followed with 19 points. Michael Eneh pulled down 11 boards.

Shondel Stewart paced all scorers for the Tornadoes (32-4) with 22 points while Brand Peters tossed in 13.

At Kansas City, Mo.

(Elite Eight)


TAL (32-4)….......................................31  33 – 64

UP (28-6)…….....................................35  27 – 62


Talladega (64) – Wendell Pierre 3(1) 0-0 9; Shondel Stewart 8 6-8 22; Brandon Peters 1(3) 2-2 13; Courtney Mack 1(2) 0-0 8; Charles Winborne 0(1) 0-0 3; Orlando Johnson 1 1-4 3; and Josh Eleby 3 0-0 6. Totals: 17(7) 9-14 64.

UPIKE (62) – Kenny Manigualt 8(1) 1-3 20; Michael Eneh 1 0-2 2; Christian Leach 2 3-8 8; Macari Brooks 3(1) 0-0 9; K.K. Simmons 3(3) 4-4 19; Jackson Hussey 1 0-0 2; and Colt Chapman 1 1-2 3. Totals: 19(5) 9-19 62.


Concordia, Calif......................93

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The University of Pikeville faced a tall order in the Round of 16 with a matchup against Concordia (Calif.) in a game played at Municipal Auditorium on March 20.

The seventh-seeded Bears saw a late lead in regulation get away, but regroup in overtime to escape with a thrilling 97-93 win over the 10th-seeded Eagles.

UPIKE, now 28-5, trailed by one late after leading, before K.K. Simmons hit one of two free throws to force the extra five minutes.

Simmons finished with a game-high 28 points while teammate Kenny Manigault followed with 23 points and 10 boards.

Michael Eneh, playing his best game all season long, added seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Matt Scott paced Concordia with 24 points and Justin Davis tossed in 13.

Stephen Grosey, the nation’s leading rebounder, pulled down 16 in his final game.

At Kansas City, Mo.

(Round of 16)


CON (27-8)….............................42  40  (11) – 93

UP (28-5)…............................…39  43  (15) – 97


Concordia (93) – Ty Armstrong 2(1) 1-1 8; Stephen Grosey 1 4-5 6; Mario Soto 0(2) 2-2 8; Matt Scott 5(2) 8-13 24; Martin Thomas 2(2) 1-2 11; Justin Davis 3(1) 4-5 13; DeLaun Frazier 0(3) 0-0 9; Mike Hauser 0(1) 0-0 3; and Lucas Simpson 4 3-8 11. Totals: 17(12) 23-36 93.

UPIKE (97) – Kenny Manigault 8(1) 4-8 23; Michael Eneh 3 1-2 7; Christian Leach 5 3-4 13; Macari Brooks 2(1) 4-6 11; K.K. Simmons 1(6) 8-12 28; Trey Rakes 1 0-0 2; Jackson Hussey 2(1) 2-2 9; Colt Chapman 0 2-2 2; and Malik Jacobs 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23(9) 24-36 97.

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THE DELIVERY: University of Pikeville pitcher Sydney Morris delivers a pitch during action at Paul Butcher Field.

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The University of Pikeville completed a doubleheader sweep of Shawnee State University with a 2-1 win in game two played at SSU Field on March 24.

The Bears, now 9-7, took the opener 1-0.

UPIKE hurlers Sydney Morris and Hawley Ill were superb as the Bears recorded their third twinbill sweep this season. Morris allowed just two hits in game two while Ill allowed just four in the game one win.

In the nightcap, Breana Pineda and Sydney Beckelhymer each singled and scored while Kayla Brown had two hits.

Eady Beth Connally doubled and knocked home one run in game one while Pineda added two hits and scored.

At Portsmouth, Ohio

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

UP (9-7)…..............................001  001  0 – 2-6-0

SSU (5-7).................................000  100  0 – 1-2-1


WP – Sydney Morris

LP – Alex Bowers

Hitting: Breana Pineda 1b, 1r; Kayla Brown 2-1b; Sydney Beckelhymer 1b, 1r; Hawley Ill 2b; Eady Beth Connally 2b, UPIKE.

At Portsmouth, Ohio

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

UP (8-7)…...............................000  000  1 – 1-3-1

SSU (5-6).................................000  000  0 – 0-4-0


WP – Hawley Ill

LP – Allie Chapman

Hitting: Eady Beth Connally 2b, 1 RBI; Breana Pineda 2-1b, 1r, UPIKE.

Bears fall in doubleheader

PIKEVILLE — Georgetown took three of four games this weekend with the University of Pikeville by sweeping a doubleheader played at Paul Butcher Field on March 22.

The Bears, now 7-5, dropped the opener 10-1 and nightcap 9-1.

Brittany Adams had UPIKE’s only hit in game two while Eady Beth Connally had an RBI. Brandy Jo Howard scored the lone run in the bottom of the first inning.

Lauren Barnes suffered the loss.

In the opener, Howard had two hits and scored while Kayla Brown singled and knocked in the only run. Breana Pineda doubled.

Sydney Morris was tagged with the loss.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

GC (4-2)…............................200  231  1 – 9-11-1

UP (7-5)…............................100  000  0 – 1-  1-2


WP – Sydney Goyette

LP – Lauren Barnes

Hitting: Brittany Adams 1b; Eady Beth Connally 1 RBI; Brandy Jo Howard 1r, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

GC (3-2)…..........................200  040  4 – 10-16-1

UP (7-4)…..........................100  000  0 –   1-  5-2


WP – Kayla Williams

LP – Sydney Morris

Hitting: Brandi Jo Howard 2-1b, 1r; Kayla Brown 1b, 1 RBI; Breana Pineda 2b, UPIKE.

Bears split two with Georgetown

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Bears erased an early deficit against Georgetown to score a 7-3 win and doubleheader split in games played at Paul Butcher Field on March 21.

Winning pitcher Hawley Ill was a force offensively as well. She tripled, doubled, scored two runs and knocked in a pair as the Bears improved to 7-3.

Eady Beth Connally had a pair of singles, scored and batted in two more runs while Breana Pineda had two hits, including a double. She also drove home one run. Brandi Jo Howard scored two runs.

In the opener, Georgetown’s Kayla Williams tossed a no hitter as Sydney Morris took the loss.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

GC (2-2)…............................200  000  1 – 3-11-2

UP (7-3)…............................104  200  x – 7-  9-0


WP – Hawley Ill

LP – Jessica Claxton

Hitting: Hawley Ill 3b, 2b, 2r, 2 RBIs; Eady Beth Connally 2-1b, 1r, 2 RBIs; Breana Pineda 2b, 1b, 1 RBI;  Brandi Jo Howard 2r, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

GC (2-1)…............................200  031  3 – 9-13-0

UP (6-3)…............................000  000  0 – 0 –0-0


WP – Kayla Williams

LP – Sydney Morris

Hitting: UPIKE was no-hit.

UPIKE drops twinbill at Morehead

MOREHEAD —The University of Pikeville was held to just three hits over two games as Morehead State University took a doubleheader played at University Field on March 18.

UPIKE, now 6-4, had its six-game winning streak snap with the 8-0 and 4-2 losses.

Morehead State’s Tanna Seuferer limited the Bears to just a single off the bat of Breana Pineda in the nightcap.

Hawley Ill singled and scored in game one while Brandy Jo Howard singled and Kayla Brown scored.

Ill took the loss in game two while Sydney Morris was tagged with the opening-game loss.

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RECOGNIZED: PMC’s Wound Care Center staff received an award from Healogics, Inc., for being a 2014 Top Performer. From left to right is Hyperbaric Oxygen Technician Dave Thacker, Wound Technician Craig Staton, Office Coordinator Tab Fleming, Director Richard Davis, Nurse Kayla Tackett and Nurse Amberly Johnson.

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Medical Wound Care Center was recognized as one of the top performers for the 2014 Diabetes Campaign by Healogics Inc.

Healogics’ Diabetes Campaign encouraged Wound Care Centers to utilize community outreach to educate health care providers about chronic wounds caused by diabetes.

A chronic wound is one that will not heal itself over time (within two to three months). 

The Pikeville Medical Wound Care Center has been honored as one of the top five centers in the region. Their hard work and dedication to community education is valuable to patients and health care providers.

Pikeville Medical Wound Care Center Director Richard Davis said, “This award solidifies our wound care center as one of the best in the region. It takes a total team effort to grow the center and heal our patients. We are blessed to have some of the best nurses, technicians, support staff and physicians working in our clinic. Our team’s passion and love for the patients we serve is unparalleled.”

Healogics Inc.  is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage nearly 600 Wound Care Centers® in the nation. Leveraging its scale and experience, Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing in treating an underserved and growing patient population. 

The Pikeville Medical Wound Care Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds. 

The center’s advanced technology and state-of-the-art treatment helps heal patients’ wounds and relieve their pain.  The comprehensive healing approach used by the staff has been proven to heal wounds that have previously resisted other forms of treatment, allowing patients to avoid limb loss and a recurrent infection.

The Pikeville Medical Wound Care Center is located on the fifth floor of the Elliott Building, located in the back of Pikeville Medical Center’s main campus. For more information about the Pikeville Medical Wound Care Center, call 606-218-4721.


PIKEVILLE — Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and more than eight million don’t know they have the serious disease.

An estimated 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which means their blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that affects how the body metabolizes sugar.  To bring awareness to this increasingly prevalent condition, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has marked March 24 as Diabetes Alert Day.

Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include:

•Being overweight

•Living a sedentary lifestyle

•Being over the age of 45

•Being of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian American or Pacific Island ethnicity

•Having a family history of diabetes

Symptoms for type 2 diabetes often develop slowly and may include:

•Increased thirst and frequent urination

•Increased hunger

•Weight loss


•Blurred vision

•Slow-healing sores or frequent infections

•Areas of darkened skin

Mavis Lowe, a nurse practitioner in diabetes education and adult  endocrinology at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), explained that many people with diabetes are not aware they have the disease.

“It is possible to have diabetes and no symptoms at all,” she said. “If you have any of the risk factors, you need to see your primary care provider and get screened for diabetes.”

Lowe stated that a Diabetes Prevention Program study in 2013 showed that people at risk for developing diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by 58 percent through lifestyle changes such as losing a modest amount of weight through diet and exercise.

PMC Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Arlette Soros agrees.

“The best treatment is prevention,” said Dr. Soros. “In other words, try to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle. Primary care physicians can discuss ways to accomplish this.” 

PMC offers diabetes education classes weekly and hosts a free diabetes support group. The next support group meeting is Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m. in the Large Atrium Classroom (2nd floor, May Tower).

To learn more about the classes and support group, call 606-218-3513. For more information about the services offered at PMC, call 606-218-3500. To schedule an appointment, call 606-218-1000.

Sources: American Diabetes Association; Mayo Clinic

PIKEVILLE — Prevention is known as the only cure for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

TBI is defined as an injury to the brain/skull caused by an external force, such as a strike or impact.

Motor vehicle accidents and falls are the most common causes of TBI.

According to the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, “someone in the United States sustains a brain injury every 15 seconds.”

Luckily, there are many steps one can take to help prevent a TBI from occurring. Adhering to the following tips may help reduce the risk of a TBI:

Motor Vehicle Accidents

•Always wear a seat belt.

•Place small children in the back seat in the appropriate child safety seat, according to the child’s age, height and weight.

•Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

•Keep stairs and floors clear of clutter.

•Secure area rugs.

•Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower.

•Install child safety gates when needed at top of stairs.

•Make sure rooms are well lit.

•Install handrails on the side of staircases.

Outside Safety

•Always wear a helmet when on a bicycle, motorcycle, scooter or other open unrestrained device.

•Play safe and wear a helmet when playing contact sports.

•Use playgrounds that have shock-absorbing materials on the ground.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a four-part series on Traumatic Brain Injury)

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RECOGNIZED: Pikeville Medical Center celebrates National Health Care Human Resources Week March 15-21. Pictured is PMC’s Human Resources staff from left to right. Back row: Brandon Osborne, Mike Davis, Anthony Ottrando, Brittany Hall, Kathleen Berlinghoff. Front Row: Brittany Tackett, Sara McKay, Misty Little, Tawnya Childers, Morgan Carver and Robin Fannin.

PIKEVILLE — This week Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) celebrates National Health Care Human Resources (HR) Week. PMC’s HR department is comprised of 10 employees who meet the hospital’s personnel needs.

Some of HR’s  responsibilities include: benefit administration, employee relations, medical leave, HR-related policies and procedures, employee events, recruitment, retention, credential verification,  pre-employment interviews, education, screenings, new employee orientation, on-boarding, employee satisfaction and performance appraisals.

“During this week, I want to personally thank each one of my employees for their hard work and dedication to this hospital and its staff,” said HR Vice President Kathleen Berlinghoff. “PMC’s Human Resources department receives more than 150 job applications and orients nearly 20 new employees each week. Everyone in this department goes above and beyond on a daily basis and works as a team to best meet the needs of this hospital’s more than 2,400 employees.”

Members of PMC’s HR team include: Vice President Kathleen Berlinghoff, Director Anthony Ottrando, Compensation/Benefits Supervisor Mike Davis, Recruiter Morgan Carver, Coordinator Misty Little, HR Information Systems Analyst Brittany Tackett, Assistants Brittany Hall, Sara McKay and Tawnya Childers, Clerk Robin Fannin and File Clerk Brandon Osborne.

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ON STAGE: Louisa resident Kelsie May, right, sings “Fancy” alongside 19-year-old contestant Brenna Yaegar on NBC’s The Voice. May won this round and will move on in the competition.

An eastern Kentucky teenager moved ahead in a national competition that could land her a career as a country music singer.

Louisa resident Kelsie May, the 16-year-old daughter of Roy and Elva May, qualified to compete in the NBC talent show “The Voice” on March 2 after wowing judges in a blind audition.

Country music star Blake Shelton was the first of three judges who turned their chairs with the hopes of recruiting May for their team after hearing her perform “You’re Looking at Country” by Loretta Lynn.

On March 16, May outshined her opponent, 19-year-old Brenna Yaeger, in the show’s Battle Rounds, as she sang “Fancy” by Reba McEntire.

Shelton praised May for her tone and her confidence on stage. 

A video of the performance is available on YouTube and on the show’s website.

May taught herself to write music and play guitar and she honed her skills with PCG Nashville after competing in the Country Music Highway Road to Fame contest.

Since then, May has recorded music and played at various venues. She has opened for country music stars like Marty Stuart, John Michael Montgomery, Bucky Covington and others.

She debuted her original song “Highway 23” the second time she competed in the Country Music Road to Fame contest.

After winning the Battle Round, May will move through the Knockout round. If she excels there, she will move on through the Live Playoffs and the Live Performance shows.

For more information, follow Kelsie May on Facebook or

PIKEVILLE — Recognizing March as national Endometriosis Awareness Month, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages the public to learn more about this disorder.

PMC provides comprehensive services for women with a team of five Obstetricians/Gynecologists — Dr. Aaron Crum, Dr. Rebecca Hobbs, Dr. Angela Maggard, Dr. Tom McGuire and Dr. Erin Mullins.

Endometriosis — a painful disorder that occurs in women during their reproductive years — is one of numerous gynecological conditions treated by this team.

It is often called the “invisible disorder” because it does not cause symptoms in every woman affected by it. In other women, however, endometriosis can be very painful and can cause infertility.

The National Institutes of Health reports that endometriosis affects at least five million women in America, but the actual number of patients with the disorder is expected to be much larger because so many women with endometriosis do not experience any symptoms.

According to Dr. Mullins, certain women are at greater risk.  “Women who have a first-degree relative [mother or sister] who has been previously diagnosed with the disease have a seven- to 10-fold increased risk of developing it themselves. Women who begin their menstrual periods before age 11, have menstrual cycles less than 27 days in length, or who experience heavy/prolonged menstrual periods may have a high risk of developing endometriosis.”

Dr. Maggard said, “While symptoms and an ultrasound may be able to detect endometriosis, the only sure way to diagnose the disease is through a laparoscopy.”

A laparoscopy is defined as a minor, outpatient procedure that places a thin tube with a camera, into the stomach to see inside one’s pelvic area. This allows the physician to determine the location, amount and size of the growth.

Once diagnosed, endometriosis is often first treated with anti-inflammatory medicine and birth control pills to control the pain and growth of the disease, before resorting to surgery to remove the endometrial implants.

What is endometriosis?

Mayo Clinic reports that endometriosis is a disorder that occurs in women. It happens when tissues that normally reside inside of a woman’s uterus (the endometrium) grow outside of the uterus. This displaced tissue continues to act as it normally would — it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle — but because of where it’s located, it has no way to exit the body and becomes trapped. The pain associated with this disorder may become severe and it may also cause fertility problems.

What are the symptoms?

The most common sign of endometriosis is pelvic pain. Other symptoms include painful periods, pain during intercourse, pain with bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding, infertility, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and nausea.

Some women with endometriosis have extensive pain, but others who have endometriosis may have little or no pain at all. This disorder is sometimes mistaken for other conditions that cause pelvic pain.

Who will get this disorder?

The exact cause of this disorder is not known, but it more likely to occur in women who have never given birth, have other family members with the disorder, have a history of pelvic infection, or have uterine abnormalities or any other medical condition that prevents the normal passage of menstrual flow out of the body.

Will it cause cancer?

The Mayo Clinic reports that ovarian cancer does not occur at higher rates in women with endometriosis. The health care expert points out, however, that some studies suggest that having endometriosis increases the risk of ovarian cancer, but the risk is “still relatively low.”

Another type of rare cancer called endometriosis-associated adenocarcinoma may develop in some women with endometriosis. These women may also develop other types of cancer.

The National Institutes of Health reports that endometriosis is not the same as endometrial cancer. The word “endometrium,” the organization explains, describes tissues that line the inside of the uterus, and endometrial cancer affects that inside lining of the uterus. But endometriosis itself is not cancer.

What can be done?

Mayo Clinic offers the following tips as to help women with endometriosis relieve their discomfort:

Warm baths and heating pads may relax pelvic muscles to reduce cramping and pain.

Over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB and others) and naproxen (Aleve and others) can help ease pain.

Getting regular exercise may improve symptoms.

Sources: Mayo Clinic; National Institutes of Health

PIKEVILLE — Two local events will raise awareness about cerebral palsy and funds for organizations working to assist people who have it.

In Pike County, Virgie resident Bobbi Jo Childers is hosting her second Cerebral Palsy Awareness Walk/5K on March 21 at Bob Amos Park. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

Childers started the event last year in honor of her 11-year-old son, Brayden Riley Wright, who has cerebral palsy. Last year, she raised $3,500 for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where her son is treated.

Saturday’s event will feature prizes for top winners, t-shirts, inflatables, a silent auction and various activities. All proceeds will once again be donated to the hospital.

“A lot of people around here, they don’t even know what cerebral palsy is,” she said. “They don’t understand what these kids have to go through, even if they have a mild form of cerebral palsy like Brayden does. I started this walk because we have kids in this community who have cerebral palsy and I want to take a stand for them.”

In Floyd County, Rodney Gardner is working with other local residents to organize the first-ever Cerebral Palsy Awareness 5K Walk/Run on March 28. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. and is $15 for pre-registrants and $20 on race day.

Gardner, who walked in Childers’ event in Pike County last year, wanted to raise awareness about cerebral palsy. His son, Jacob Gardner, a Prestonsburg High School freshman, has cerebral palsy.

“It’s just a great thing for the community coming out to support not just Jacob, but all families who have children with cerebral palsy,” Gardner said.  “We appreciate everybody coming out to help. We want everybody to wear green and have fun.”

Floyd County Judge-Executive Ben Hale and Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton each signed proclamations designating March as Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. Those efforts come as the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams at PHS host events to raise awareness for the disorder.

Gardner said the walk will feature information about cerebral palsy, awards for race winners, T-shirts, a silent auction and refreshments.

All proceeds will benefit United Cerebral Palsy, a national organization that works to educate the public about the disorder and find ways to cure it.

Registration forms are available at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, where Gardner works, Pro Fitness, Foxy Fitness, Prestonsburg City Hall and Prestonsburg Tourism Commission & Visitor’s Bureau.

For details about the Pike County event, visit the Cerebral Palsy Awareness Walk/5K Run on Facebook or call Childers at 606-213-3466.

For details about the Floyd County event, call Gardner at 606-434-4197.