OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

TL SEPTEMBER IS OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS DAY

5-8 OVARIAN CANCER SYMPTOMS

http://www.whyteal.org/

I know that May 8th is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day, but the month of September is dedicated to educating women about ovarian cancer.

For me, it was not so subtle – and the timing was a God thing.  Since I’m retired, I don’t typically dress up for any reason unless it’s for church.  It’s not unusual to see me in sweat pants in the winter or capris in the summer with a large tee shirt most of the time.

But it was around Easter and I went out to buy an Easter dress.  I tried it on at the store and it fit fine.  I got the dress out on Sunday and when I put it on, it was suddenly too tight!  I knew that was strange because it fit so well in the dressing room at the store.

A voice – inner voice – God’s voice – prompted me to call my doctor.  I told her what happened and she asked some questions, then referred me to an OB/GYN.  Things happened very quickly from there.

I hardly had time to think, let alone process.

The bottom line is, the more information we share about this killer, the more likely women are to pay attention to changes in their bodies… and that’s what needs to happen.  If you ignore them or pass them off as getting older or eating a little too much, you could wait too long and it could be too late.

The ovaries are so small and the cancer does not stay contained there for long.  It doesn’t take long for the cancer to begin to spread.  Once that happens, it’s much more difficult to treat.  I’m not saying that to frighten you – but if you suspect something and need to be frightened into getting it checked out – then I’m glad I scared you.

http://wotv4women.com/2016/09/01/ovarian-cancer-awareness-month-symptoms-risk-factors-and-more/

Ovarian cancer is not detected in any routine test.  It really is up to every woman to know her own body and when something odd happens, call for an appointment immediately!

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Menopause is not a picnic, but it beats the alternative.  Don’t get me wrong…  I’m ready to go to Heaven, but I’m thankful that God still wants to use me here on earth for a while longer.  Maybe God knew that I’d work to help educate women by telling them about my experience and encourage them to see a doctor if they suspect something is not right.  🙂

 

 

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JULY IS HERBAL / PRESCRIPTION INTERACTION AWARENESS MONTH

TL JULY IS HERBAL  PRESCRIPTION INTERACTION AWARENESS MONTH

HAPPY PILLS

Most of us have had to fill out paperwork before having surgery.  They always want you to list your medications, including herbal supplements.  Have you ever wondered why?

Just as our prescription medication does a certain job, so the herbal supplements do a certain job.  I want to urge you to look through your medications, including the herbal supplements, and find out if there may be some interaction between them.

http://www.webmd.com/interaction-checker/

There are other sites that offer this service, but I trust WebMD.  If you are unable to find a drug or herbal supplement on here, please write down the name of it and contact your pharmacist about possible interactions.

While we should not discount the use of herbal supplements, I do think we should be aware of what they are capable of doing before just popping them because sister so-and-so has had great results with them.

Here are just a few drug interactions that I’m aware of.  In most cases, the herbal supplement basically does the same job as the prescription medication – so it’s like getting too much of a good thing – which is not always good.

  • An anticoagulant prescribed by the doctor should not be combined with Chamomile, Ginger or Ginseng.  Large amounts of cranberry juice or a cranberry supplement should not be taken.  Green tea has a blood-thinning quality and could cause problems.  Coenzyme Q10 and Feverfew also thin blood.
  • An anti-depressant prescribed by the doctor should not be combined with St. John’s Wort, Yohimbe, or Goldenseal.
  • An anti-seizure medication prescribed by the doctor should not be combined with Ginko Biloba or Evening Primrose Oil.
  • An oral contraceptive or hormone replacement therapy should not be combined with Saw Palmetto.
  • If you ingest much caffeine, Echinacea should not be used.  It slows  digestion of the caffeine, causing headaches.
  • Acetaminophen interacts with Black Cohosh.
  • Pain medications interact with Valerian.
  • Buprenorphine interacts with Kava.

Obviously, this is not a complete list.  Of course, if you have more concerns, talk to your pharmacist. 🙂

 

IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

IRON SHARPENS IRON
ASSUMING
I grew up in the northern Himalayan region of Kashmir.  My grandfather would take all his grandkids for walks in his apple orchards, where he would pick apples that had been tasted by a bird and carve off the opposite side to give to us.  I once asked, “Why would you not offer the ripe-looking apple untouched by the bird?”  I felt he was such a miser that he wanted to sell the “good” apples instead of feed them to his grandkids.  He rolled his hand over my head affectionately.  “The bird would only eat one that is sweet, so I pick the best for you,” he said.  “Never assume; always ask.”  This is my mantra in my personal and professional life.  – Khurshid A. Guru, MD
There are boundaries  in friendship.  Most of them remain unspoken and are respected, but once in a while the invisible line gets crossed, resulting in hurt feelings, heartache, and misunderstandings.  My dad used to say when you assume, you make an ass out of that person and out of yourself.  Actually, it goes like this:
When you assume you make an ass out of you and me. – Oscar Wilde
Straight from the donkey's mouth!
Straight from the donkey’s mouth!
Have you noticed that friendship (or marriage) can get so comfortable, you assume you know what your friend (spouse) is thinking?  We’ve all made assumptions about those closest to us.  I’m not one to eat the same meal over and over.  My husband learned a long time ago that he cannot assume I will want broccoli pork every time we eat Chinese food.  I enjoy variety and he knows it’s a good idea to ask me what I’m in the mood for.
Do you worry about the future?  It’s easy to get sucked into a negative mindset if you watch the news often.  Now, I am not saying you should not be aware of the current events in your home town, city, state or country.  I am suggesting that those negative assumptions that certain horrible events will take place should quickly be handed over to Jesus.
It occurs to me that if I’m struggling with negativity, I should be able to share my fears with my friend and be gently reminded that God is in control and He has a plan.  I hope I’m the kind of friend who can do the same.  I’m glad we can pray for one another about the fears and anxieties we feel from time to time, aren’t you?
Assuming you know what your friend thinks or wants at any given moment is akin to taking that friendship for granted.  We should never assume we can speak for a friend or spouse.  If anyone asks if my husband would be willing to do something, I let them know that I do not speak for him and suggest they ask him.
It’s wise to remember that we may not be treated by a friend or spouse the way we treat them.  God did not create robots, He created human beings.  Even friends or couples that have been together for years know that they should not assume a preconceived action or reaction.
How refreshing it is to hear a movie star declare that they are just a person.  It happens so rarely!
I’m Joe Citizen.  I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.  – Clint Eastwood
More awareness and less assumption will set us on a happier path with our loved ones and friends.  It’s a path that will lead to fewer hurt feelings and more mutual understanding in the long run.  🙂
 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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BLESS ME IN THIS PLACE

By August 23rd, 1933, New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig played in his 1,308th consecutive game, breaking former Yankee Everett Scott’s record for consecutive games played.  He would go on to play in 2,130 games in a row, setting a record that would stand for over half a century.

Henry Louis Gehrig was born June 19, 1903, in New York City, the only child of German immigrants to survive childhood illness. His doting parents stressed education over sports, and he attended Columbia University on a football scholarship and studied engineering. After his freshman year, Gehrig played for New York Giants Manager John McGraw in a summer league under the name Henry Lewis; he lost a year of eligibility at Columbia when his ruse was discovered. Gehrig was then signed by a Yankees scout while playing first base at Columbia, against the advice of Giants fans who believed their skipper had let the talented slugger get away. Gehrig joined the Yankees in 1923, but didn’t see any action until 1925. According to legend, Gehrig stepped in at first base when star Wally Pipp benched himself with a headache. Gehrig didn’t miss a game for the next 13 years, and Pipp never made it back on to the field. To this day, to be “Wally Pipped” is to be replaced for good.

Gehrig set his endurance record against the Browns in St. Louis more than eight seasons after the streak began on June 1, 1925. He was honored after the first inning, when Browns and Yankees players surrounded him at home plate and he was presented with a silver trophy by American League President William Harridge. The Yankees went on to lose the game in 10 innings, 7-6, in spite of home runs from Babe Ruth and Bill Dickey.

For his career, Gehrig’s offensive output was as extraordinary as his consecutive games streak. The left-handed slugger led the American League in RBIs five times and drove in at least 100 runs 13 years in a row. He led the AL in home runs three times, runs four times and in hitting once. On June 3, 1932, Gehrig became the first player to homer four times in a single game. In the Yankees first golden era, Gehrig batted cleanup, right after Babe Ruth, the bigger star of the two. It was Gehrig, however, who was named American League MVP in 1927, on a Yankee team considered the greatest team in history. He won the award again in 1936, another championship year for the Yankees. In all, Gehrig helped the Yankees to six World Series titles.

In 1938 Gehrig’s batting average dropped below .300 for the first time in his career and he began to experience chronic illness. As his strength continued to dwindle and doctors struggled to diagnose him, Gehrig took himself out of many games. He was eventually diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare degenerative disease now often called Lou Gehrig’s disease. He retired and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939 and died just two years later.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history

May God bless those with ALS and the ones doing the IBC. Our prayers are with both. Our prayers are also with the firefighters who were critically injured while trying to help students complete their IBC.

My friend, Ally, defines ALS this way:
ALS = AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a nasty, horrible disease. ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and is often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. People with ALS eventually become completely paralyzed and are unable to breathe on their own. Although the life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about two to five years from the time of diagnosis, this disease is variable and many people live with quality for five years and more. More than half of all patients live more than three years after diagnosis.

I asked my group, A SECOND HELPING OF WELLNESS… WITH A DASH OF HUMOR & A PINCH OF FAITH what they thought about the Ice Bucket Challenges to raise money for ALS. The general opinion is that if they can have some fun for a good cause, then what’s the harm? I’m glad the money is coming in, but admit that I’m concerned about the challenges where safety is concerned.

Let me just inject something here. This is a friendly observation from the sidelines. The idea is to be splashed with the ice water – not be knocked senseless by the bucket. Ok… then there’s this:

http://youtu.be/gqyhXsifQMc
I kept waiting for that big glass bowl to fall on his head. Glad that didn’t happen. 🙂

It seems charities go in waves. Back in the 1960’s the big charity was March of Dimes – anyone remember that one? We literally marched all over the neighborhood collecting change from our neighbors for them. Hey, does anyone remember The Walk for Mankind in the 1970’s? Yep – did that too.

We tend to support the charities that hit home with us the most – it’s only natural. I support the cancer research, particularly pancreas, colon and ovarian. I also support the ADA and AHA.

The ice bucket challenge makes me concerned about safety. People are getting bonked in the head with large buckets – that’s gotta hurt! I just want to play Mama with you guys – please have fun and raise lots of money – but be safe! The last article I read said that there has been over 5 million dollars raised so far. Well done! 🙂