East Texas Woman Gets Stress Relief Makeover From National Publication

The stress was piling up, taking over her life.  She didn't know where to turn.   Then a popular, national health magazine took a personal interest in this East Texas Woman and four other women from across the country, teaching them how to live a more relaxed life.  Now, she wants to tell her story, to return the favor.

It's been a dream come true for Linda Mastaglio, 53 of Van, moving to the country and running her own public relations business, but that dream took a turn in September of 2005.

"I went for a routine mammogram and walked out knowing I had breast cancer, and I run two businesses on my own," said Linda Mastaglio, who was under a lot of stress. Last year, while surfing the Internet, Linda saw an ad from Prevention magazine, looking for woman under large amounts of stress. Linda decided to send in her story, and she ended up being chosen to undergo a stress reduction course in her own home.

"I went into this, and I said this flat out, I don't think this will do any good," said Mastaglio. "It's just one more thing to make more stress in my life." Little did she know, it was just what she needed.

"One thing that was a challenge for me was sleeping at night," said Mastaglio. "They suggested that I listen to a relaxation tape before I go to bed at night.  Turns out that I will even listen to it in the middle of the day now when I feel I need to." Linda says the course also suggested she listen to audio books in the car while she travels.

"That has been a wonderful experience because I have learned so much, and I have read books that I have not had the chance to read otherwise," said Mastaglio. Then there are the little things like taking walks, and remembering to breathe. Things, Linda says everyone can and should do.

"Stress is a very personal issue and it's different for everyone, but I think the one thing that probably all people could relate to, is just not take life too seriously," said Mastaglio.  "Relax and appreciate life everyday for what it is."  Linda is being featured in next month's edition of Prevention magazine. Right now, it's on store shelves.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com