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Reflections 10.27.10

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

When I went through orientation four years ago I met a young woman who kinda looked familiar, but I wasn't sure where I knew her from. She came up to me and asked me - didn't I use to work with Dr. 'so-and-so' ... which I confirmed.

Julie (not her real name) then shared with me that she was a bone marrow transplant patient and Dr. 'so-and-so' was her oncologist.

Since then we have talked regularly. She has a lot of challenges in her life in addition to live with her lymphoma, but the way she deals with them is nothing but admirable. Every time I see her walk out of the office, I am reminded why I continue to do what I do for the leukemia and lymphoma society. She is a real inspiration to me.

Today she came to my office. She sat down on the chair - looked at me and said. I am getitng admitted 'downtown' (our main hospital). I don't feel well - I have pain in my stomach, and they are not sure what it is. My heart sank, and I tried to be as supportive as I could. But it was difficult (although I don't think she found out). It could be a lot of things, and I can only hope for the best. Her last comment to me - as she walked out the door ... I will be back next week. I hope she is back next week.

Do me a favor ... send some positive thoughts to 'Jan's friend'.

No need to comment - just give my friend all the positive energy you can.

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LKEITHO 10/28/2010 10:37AM

    Sending all positive thoughts her way. All the best!

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LAURIE5658 10/28/2010 8:51AM

    {{{positive vibes}}}

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    Jan she has my positive thoughts and vibes headed to her. Just in case crossing my fingers and toes for her too.

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IRISHLASS117 10/28/2010 4:51AM

    Storming Heaven for her Jan.

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DDOORN 10/28/2010 2:19AM

    We're *there* for her Jan!

Beaming along the SPARK power!

Thank YOU for being there for so many Jan!


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ANGIEBILL 10/27/2010 11:14PM

    Positive thoughts and prayer going to your friend!

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Reflections 10.24.10

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I heard something interesting from my physician the other day. He sees a lot of executives in his practice. They have found - the executives who takes care of themselves (eat healthy, work out regularly etc) are handling the stress of our current financial crisis better than the ones who does not.

It doesn't surprise me at all. However, what it tells me - living healthy is not only about weight loss - it is all about taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Think about this as you develop your plans. Add a little meditation to the regimen - add a little yoga to what you are doing - look at your balance in life ... and work on the skeletons in your closet - then you will be healthy and balanced.

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DDOORN 10/27/2010 1:25AM

    Straight-shootin' advice from a straight-shootin' guy!

Makes BOATLOADS of sense!

Many of the clients I see...some of the first questions I ask in my assessment are related to answering the question of "how are you doing in taking care of yourself?" Most of the time it's clearly a two-thumbs down scenario!


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SEEHOLZ 10/25/2010 5:08PM

    Very well said!

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LKEITHO 10/24/2010 10:31PM

    Very true! I definitely feel the benefits of my program with regard to my stress levels and all around well being.

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IRISHLASS117 10/24/2010 8:23PM

    I strive for balance each day, enough sunshine, sleep, exercise, work and joy. Not too much of any one thing, just enough.


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LAURIE5658 10/24/2010 5:12PM

    My hubby is a higher e xec in our small engineering/land surveying firm and he is stressed to the max at times. He started running (C25K) a few weeks ago and he stated that he ahs already noticed a huge improvement in his mental/emotional well being. There is proof in the puddin right there.

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FUNFROG79 10/24/2010 4:15PM

    Makes sense, huh? emoticon

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BILLALEX70 10/24/2010 1:58PM

    How'd you know what I've got stashed in my closet? LOL

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EJHESS1 10/24/2010 1:33PM

    Excellent statement!!

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My physical ...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

So my physical was today. I had my blood work done on Friday.

I have a great MD who understand the needs of active people. What you will see me write next is not confession, but being accountable.

- Weight. Pretty stable, but not where we want it. The interesting thing is - no matter what I do, I can't get to budge. It fluctuate within 5 labs.
- Bloodsugar. and Hemoglobin A1C (google it if you don't know what it is). My HbA1C is within the recommended guidelines, so my MD is not as concerned about my slightly elevated blood sugar.
- Lipid panel. I am not happy with the numbers. He was not concerned about the triglycerides, and the ratios are good too, thus no medication.
-(the fun stuff - some may think TMI) ... my PSA was good as was the accompanying exam.
- Blood pressure was good - including the 'true blood pressure' (BP measured five times - one minute apart).

Overall a good phyiscal - now I need to work on the weight. I sort of have some plans which I will work on putting together over the next couple of weeks.

I saw an ear doctor to have my ears cleaned. May sound funny - but I have small ear canals and put my stetoscope in my ears all the time ... TMI I know.

I had lasik some years ago - age is playing a role - but contacts is what I am getting....

So there you go...

I know I am at an advantage of having a medical background, but do yourself a favor - read about the conditions you have before your physicals so you can ask questions and learn. When you know about what is going on - and challenge your physician or nurse practitioner and get explanations - you are much more likely to be compliant - you are much more likely to find ways to reach your goals and so on ... my conversation with my MD - was in addition to being goal oriented also informational.

For those of you who know I am a NP might as - why do I not see a NP as a primary care provider? The answer is very simple. I first met him as a colleague of my wife, I thought is was a great guy and he has the reputation of being a smart person, the chemistry was right - AND I was in need of a new primary care MD - so that was the reason. Should I been in the need of changing - I don't know what I would do - but it depends on what my needs are - and who is available.

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DEEJ4FITNESS 10/30/2010 10:39AM

    APPLAUSE APPLAUSE!!! Good for you for taking the BEST care of you by being proactive with your health!! We're blessed beyond measure when we have our health & it should never be taken for granted!

Congrats on a good report that will only improve with time and your dedication to you!!

Nothing beats a good relationship with a Doc you trust; they're not always so easy to find!!

Wish you the best on reaching your goals and much joy in the journey!


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DAVEINSEOUL 10/24/2010 7:28AM

    Sounds like you ARE doing great!

Keep sparking and thanks for all the comments on my blogs.

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/23/2010 2:17PM

    Sounds like you are doing great overall!

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SYNCHRODAD 10/22/2010 1:25PM

    Very interesting blog. Seems like one of the coolest guys I know on Spark still doesn't like his working weight. Will this torture never end??! emoticon

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DARK_CINDERELLA 10/21/2010 9:26AM

    I, too, didn't realize you were an NP. Awesome! I am an ICU RN... And great news about your physical. Good to hear your number of "projects" is down. Now it's just the tough stuff.....but the weight IS stable and not "yo-yoing" so that is a plus. Good luck!

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ROSEM1955 10/21/2010 7:47AM

    Sounds as if you are very healthy and that's the most important part. Losing weight is always helpful/ but as long as all your numbers are good / don't sweat the small stuff. Keep at it!!!!

I know that I could lose a few pounds/ 10-15 would be great/ but I am having a difficult time due to hypothyroidism. At my last physical all my numbers had improved. My cholesterol had dropped 80 points from just being on the thyroid medicine. I have decided that I am not going to get all bent out of shape over/ just keep working at it. that's all anyone can do emoticon

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FUNFROG79 10/21/2010 7:05AM

    Glad you are healthy and numbers are good. It's so important to know what questions to ask at your MD apt. emoticon

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IRISHLASS117 10/21/2010 6:25AM

    Glad to hear your PSA is normal and the exam too. One of my dear friends just got the new that her husband has prostate CA. I don't have any details yet but know they need prayers.

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 10/21/2010 2:04AM

    Sounds like you had a "good results" physical.
I just had my physical too, with similar results ... so your blog title caught my eye.

My weight won't budge... except to slide upwards; 5 pounds up, 5 pounds down, if I let up on my efforts, but other than that, I'm pretty healthy too. I don't dare give up though, or I would probably weight 300 pounds eventually. emoticon

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DDOORN 10/20/2010 11:09PM

    Just had my physical this past week also...everything's checking out fine...!

Nothing like living a SPARKED LIFE to keep us healthy, eh? :-)


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NANCYLAPEACH 10/20/2010 10:52PM

    I have never had a crp done. My other numbers are all very good. Just that pesky lymphoma ....sigh...I am going to beat that, too! Tomorrow night is the Team in training meeting. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can get off the unit to go!

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CALIDREAMER76 10/20/2010 10:50PM

    Like Nancy said, I think as long as everything else is good - you seem to do all the right things re: your weight - maybe if you lost what you want you may not have the energy to do 2 marathons in 3 weeks!!!!
Just continue to take care of yourself. I know if you really feel the need to drop a couple pounds you will do it the right way, the healthy way. But as hard as you push your body - maybe that's "it's" line.
Congrats on a good physical! And good job in reminding those who don't to get one. I do every year. And I have an MD who lets me participate in my health care decisions and is very patient when I question him and tell him what I'm doing.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 10/20/2010 10:31PM

    B_N_ME is absolutely right. Don't draw conclusions before you sit in the doctors office. When I studied for my boards - I had all the diseases known to man ... except one characteristic was often missing.

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B-N-ME 10/20/2010 10:28PM

    Glad your doctor's apt went well.
We hear much these days about taking control of your own health.
I had this discussion last week when I went to see my doctor.
I was having symptoms of something...they did not fit the two items I knew he was watching on me, since I had searched the concerns I have on the internet. Then I keyed in the new symptom and the results gave me a third major thing to worry about...
So to add to what you have said, I agree, research, but don't jump to conclusions about what you read until you get it confirmed by your healthcare professional, and if still in doubt-get a second opinion!
Thanks for bringing all these reminders for bettered health to the forefront Jan.

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NANCYLAPEACH 10/20/2010 10:25PM

    Hey Jan! Sounds like a great physical. Didn't realize you are an NP. I am an RN in a CT ICU. I wouldn't really worry so much about your weight...the big problems from weight lime high Cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension you have in good control. You do a lot of cardio and you are active. Of course, you would think the weight would just fall off with all you do. My weight is coming off so slowly and I have been working out hard. Anyway, congrats on the great physical!!

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LKEITHO 10/20/2010 10:20PM

    The relationship with your primary care doc is extremely important, as you point out. Doesn't matter if they are an MD, NP or PA, you have to have a good working relationship with them and they have to be willing to take the time to answer all of the questions and be complete. Sounds like you have everything you need in your doc! As you know from your own practice, I'm sure, the relationship also makes the doc's life easier (or harder depending on the pt). There are always certain ones you are glad to see on the list for the day, and others that make you want to go home 'sick'!

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Columbus marathon 10.17.10

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Another marathon is behind me - another fundraising success for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society raising more than $150.000 (I don't remember the exact amount).

Yesterday (Saturday) was a beautiful day in Cleveland. I packed the bag - got in the car and headed to Columbus. It was one gorgeous drive with all the fall colors. Got to Columbus. Took a wrong turn, which turned out to be to my advantage - because I ended up a block from the convention center. Got my bib (plus picked up one for Chris and one for Jerry). Back to the hotel, and off to the inspirational dinner. Food was OK, but I am getting to the point where I have been to too many of them - and in addition I live and breathe cancer in my work.

After the dinner my room mate Darryl and I went to the room where we watched a little TV and then I fell asleep.

Got up this morning - got dressed - and had breakfast and then meet with the team. Chris my buddy, his brother and wife came down to run as well. So we all went to the start line. (Chris was diagnosed with lymphoma a year ago - and ran the Cleveland marathon in May).

It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Blue sky. not too cold in the am. 7:30 we started to move - sorta - 15.000 people doesn't move that easy. But we got going. I did well, until mile 4 when I stepped in a hole - but no sprain. At mile 13 where we split I was at 2:10 which is my regular HM time.

Mile 17 my thighs - only my thighs started to feel like lead. It was horrible because the rest of me felt great. Because of that (and I am not sure what caused it) I got slowed down ... and my finish time ended up being about 5:05.

Yes, I am a little disappointed, BUT I am not running for me, I am running for a cause. Running to help others. So, I will get over the 5:05 (or what ever it ends up being). Second, I finished. Third, this is my second marathon in three weeks, and for medical reasons I was unable to do any workout last week. So, I guess I am doing OK.

I will take a rest day tomorrow ... or will I - no, I have yoga scheduled. That may be beneficial to get some muscles and ligaments stretched. Perhaps later this week is a rest day.

It was on purpose I did not give a lot of details - I ran the run on my own ... met a few people I conversed with briefly ... so, I actually had fun :-)

There were a couple of other sparkers there - my friends Anne and Bill (who I have done some biking with) and Anne introduced me to a couple of others this morning - but I have to disappoint you - I can't remember their names (for crying out loud it was 7am)

Now make it a great evening. I am headed for the sheets ... SOOOOON.

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SEEHOLZ 10/25/2010 5:05PM

    Awesome job on doing 2 in 3 weeks and most importantly, having fun!

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DEBBIEDAY 10/20/2010 10:43PM

    GREAT JOB JAN!!! Also good hearing your physical went well!

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CHERYLD02 10/19/2010 8:31AM

    Like the man said..."it's not whether you win or lose, it's the fact that you FINISHED!" Great job Jan!

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BILLALEX70 10/19/2010 5:40AM

    Great job Jan!

I'm truly in awe of you and all you accomplish. Most people wont even get off the couch to walk around the block, but you've ran 2 marathons in 3 weeks. Amazing!

I'm sorry we never had the chance to meet up, but there will be other times. I agree with Anne; time for some R&R.

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TTLEELEE 10/18/2010 7:16PM

    DUDE!! You are the Man!!

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AMCG2002 10/18/2010 2:56PM

    LOl, you can't remember new names at 7:20am before you run 26.2 miles?! There was Molly (MJBurgoon) and Shannon (Runshanbun) with me at that time. We've all run together this past season with MiT. Now it is my turn to chastise you - your body needs recovery time... Take it easy this week, my friend.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/18/2010 11:37AM

    Jan - you are truly an inspiration....What I would give to have as much energy as you.

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MARYMARY611 10/18/2010 11:36AM

    Congrats on another marathon finish and raising money for such an important cause. You really do exemplify the Team in Training attitude.

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LKEITHO 10/18/2010 9:41AM

    Fantastic job! Two in three weeks is amazing enough, but to do it in that time is excellent! Congratulations on your run, and on your fund raising efforts! Let me know when you are doing your next one and I would be happy to contribute.

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D_CLEM 10/18/2010 9:16AM

    I'm glad you enjoyed your race! Congratulations!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/18/2010 8:55AM

    Running a marathon, and taking it in stride.... you are awesome!
Glad you enjoyed it.

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L3DESIGNS 10/18/2010 12:11AM

    Congrats! Great job... keep it up

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CALIDREAMER76 10/17/2010 11:23PM

    Sleep my friend - Cancer doesn't have a chance with you running it down!
Enjoy your stretch AND take care of yourself!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/17/2010 11:17PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed your race. At the end of the day, that's what really counts.

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SYNCHRODAD 10/17/2010 10:47PM

    You are an example of dedication few people achieve. Well done, sir, well done.

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SYNCHRODAD 10/17/2010 10:47PM

    You are an example of dedication few people achieve. Well done, sir, well done.

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DDOORN 10/17/2010 9:14PM

    Don't know ANYONE who does such AWESOME SPARKING as YOU Jan!

You continue to pay it forward over & over! Love to hear of your efforts...!


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BOBBYD31 10/17/2010 9:04PM

    you continue to inspire me to want to be able to do what you can. your dedication to the cause and yourself is amazing. 2 marathons in three weeks and just thinking about one in may scares the hell out of me(not really sure that i can do it).
you have earned a nice long break and yoga will do you good so get some rest, fuel well and relax for a while.

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2WHEELER 10/17/2010 8:54PM

    Jan, you are doing much better than OK; that's an awesome run. And to do it so soon after a previous marathon. I am in awe!! I really can't imagine running 2 marathons so closely together. You are a running machine. emoticon

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LAURIE5658 10/17/2010 8:42PM

    Jan, you are my hero and all the things you do in the name of defeating cancer. You are also an amazing athlete and I get so much inspiration from you. I sincerely thank you for all of the advice and support you have given me. The miles you have run the past few weeks is unbelievble. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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ETTEZEUS 10/17/2010 8:40PM

    Congrats Jan!
Now, get some good sleep and enjoy the yoga!

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ANGIEBILL 10/17/2010 8:40PM

    Thanks again Jan for sharing your day with us. Like Dreamgirl said it is fun to read about your adventures! You are so awesome in what and why you do it! Keep up the adventures!

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GRACE612 10/17/2010 8:30PM

    You rock!!!! Now get some zzzzzzz's emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/17/2010 8:20PM

    You are awesome and such an inspiration!

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FUNFROG79 10/17/2010 8:16PM

    Wow! Great job! What an accomplishment! emoticon

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DREMARGRL 10/17/2010 8:13PM

    It's always fun reading about your marathon adventures, Jan. Thanks so much for bringing it "home" for me. As always, I'm in awe of your adventurous, giving spirit. You are definitely keeping that spark blazin' hot!
XO MaryAnn
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The beauty of it is.....You finished. Get some well-earned rest.....You are the emoticon!

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Reflections 10.15.10

Friday, October 15, 2010

On my SP page is a picture of 'the mules' - the four guys in cycling apparel. We have gon through thick and thin since 2002. We now have an endurance event which will bring us even closer together. A mule wife got the news yesterday - breast cancer!!!

Ladies and gentlemen examine your breasts on a monthly basis. Ladies - teach your daughters to examine their breasts.

No need to respond to this post - spend the time on something positive.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/17/2010 12:41AM

    Jan - please let her and your mule friend I am thinking of them.

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DEBBIEDAY 10/16/2010 11:08AM

    Had to add a breast cancer awareness note - MEN can get breast cancer as well -though it is more rare. Point being know your body and do take note of ANY changes!!!

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FUNFROG79 10/16/2010 10:36AM

    Hang in there! Thinking of you and your family!

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ANGIEBILL 10/15/2010 10:39PM

    Oh Jan, prayers are already being said for your friend! I examine my breasts every month and go yearly for my mammogram and I encourage EVERY female out there to do the same. Even when you are diligent cancer has been found. I do not think there is a single person I know that has not lost someone to some form of cancer. I just pray that one day a cure is found.

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LAURIE5658 10/15/2010 9:17PM

    I am going to respond because I lost my mom to breast cancer April 21, 2008. I know I have said this over and over and over again and perhaps its getting old. To me, its everything. Mom was dismissing the fact that she had a problem and never ssaid anything. Once she finally did see a doctor, it was too late as her breast cancer was advanced. Three years later we had to say goodbye. Mom was only 73 and we strongly feel she would have had many years to live as her mother lived to be in her late 90's.

My friends, please PLEASE be proactive with your health. if you suspect something is wrong within your body, PLEASE seek medical help. So many advances are being made and early detection of most cancers is very treatable. You owe it to yourself and you owe it to your family and friends.

I have now finished with all of my annual exams and testing and all is great with my health. If you go to my Spage and you see pink...its for my mom and its for awareness.


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