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Lance Armstrong's Mother Speaks at Women's Health Conference

Known foremost as the mother of seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, Linda Armstrong Kelly has faced her own uphill challenges since giving birth to her son at age seventeen.  Armstrong Kelly will talk about her journey from impoverished teenage mother in an abusive relationship to role model and business executive at the 7th Annual Women's Wellness Day in South Portland on Saturday, May 13, one day before Mother's Day and the official kickoff of National Women's Health Week.

No Mountain High Enough: Raising Lance, Raising Me, Armstrong Kelly's new book, tells the story of Armstrong Kelly's early life experiences and how they influenced the values and positive attitudes that she and Lance share.  She is credited by many as the unsung heroine who never faltered in helping Lance reach his amazing cycling victories and his triumph over cancer. 

According to Rhonda Lamb, director of the MaineHealth Learning Resource Centers, the sponsor of the conference, Armstrong Kelly's life is a lesson in self-determination and the resilience of the human spirit.  "Linda's story is one that women can really relate to - behind all of Lance's accomplishments and the media glitz, there is a woman who quietly and consistently supported him every step of the way," Lamb says.

Women's Wellness Day, an annual event sponsored by MaineHealth, attracts hundreds of women across the age spectrum from all over southern Maine.  Local experts will present workshops on topics that are of top concern to women, including heart disease, menopause and reproductive health, depression, and sleep disorders.  More than fifty local agencies will exhibit their programs and services, provide health risk screenings, and offer free resources.

The conference is aimed at helping women make more informed health care choices for themselves and their families. Research studies confirm the significant role that women play in these choices, from selecting the family doctor to choosing food at the supermarket.  While American women are living longer than ever before as the result of advances in research and new medical treatments, many women still suffer and die from serious illnesses that could be avoided by taking simple, proactive steps to monitor and improve their health.

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