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Battling Breast Cancer – From Fear to Courage: The Surgery

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Part 2 – The surgery… this is actually kinda scary to me…

Originally posted on wobblenot:

I’m a tennis player. I love the sport and play in USTA tennis leagues. I couldn’t believe it when my surgeon described to me another surgical procedure that would threaten my ability to play tennis with my dominant arm.

Prior to and during the lumpectomy, there were a lot of “ifs.”  The one that concerned me most was if cancer cells had entered the sentinel node, my surgeon would do an axillary lymph node dissection.  The dissection involves scooping out lymph nodes under the armpit and testing them for cancer.  The procedure would leave my arm forever at risk of lymphedema.  My surgeon would find out what she needed to know through surgery pathology reports.

The Nightmare Scenario:  pumping fluid daily from a perpetually swollen arm, having limited arm mobility, and wearing a compression sleeve and glove 24/7.

My health care provider’s literature explained that lymphedema may not…

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Battling Breast Cancer – From Fear to Courage: The Diagnosis

Originally posted on wobblenot:

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on February 13, 2008, the day before Valentine’s Day. I cried for four days. It was my wake-up call.  After hiding out in my office, I got myself together. I  started to deal with my new reality, methodically, like an athlete in training.  Armed with a high school-level knowledge of anatomy and a lot of common sense, I started my research.

I found an unnerving amount of information on cancer and glucose. I immediately cut my sugar intake, starting with my daily hot chocolate (with extra pumps of chocolate in skimmed milk with whipped cream); a pastry; and a Big Grab bag of M&Ms. (Humans are wired to have a sweet tooth, and mine is ridiculous.  My brother, David, called me “Cookie Bear.”)

So began a lifelong struggle to give up the sugar.

My chiropractor, Dr. Melanie Six of Six Chiropractic in Alexandria…

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Ferguson: Let’s not stop here

Question: Who told this society that the life of a young black man was worthless? Did WE do it by ignoring black on black crime? Did WE do it by the continued support and proliferation of values perpetrated by Gangster Rap, misogynistic and violent lyrics in the music and artist WE promote? Did WE do it by the DEAFENING silence from our own communities, churches, and black public officials when OUR communities are under siege by our own youth? When are WE going to value our young black children? Must we ALWAYS wait for a white man to kill a black youth before we are outraged by a life violently and needlessly cut short?
Yeah, let’s blame (clearly) out of control racist police departments for ALL the violence in our communities. That’ll show that we care about the violence on young black men. Right.

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Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood

I am a Law and Order groupie. You know, the television show. I like Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Law and Order: LA and Law and Order: UK. I do not and have never liked Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

For years and years I have been sick and tired of television and movies glorifying the victimization of women and calling it entertainment. Nearly every rape, murder, serial killing, kidnapping and abuse story features a woman as the victim. And we are surprised at the  mysogynistic actions of young males in society. Then we tell them that in America you have the right to solve your problems (real or imagined) with guns. Then… we give them guns…

Go figure.

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Shame on you…

Originally posted on Seriously Left:

Civil Rights March on Washington, leaders marc...

Civil Rights March on Washington, leaders marching from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mayor Vincent Gray uninvited Donnie McClurkin from the festivities celebrating the 50 year celebration of the March on Washington. Now, I may or may not agree with Donnie’s Christian perspective on homosexuality, BUT, the brother has never, NEVER, to my knowledge run anybody down because of their sexuality. He is one of the FEW christian artist and preachers to actually preach the love of Jesus – exclusively. 

Mayor Vincent Gray is cowardly and hypocritical. Period.

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Shame on you…

Civil Rights March on Washington, leaders marc...

Civil Rights March on Washington, leaders marching from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mayor Vincent Gray uninvited Donnie McClurkin from the festivities celebrating the 50 year celebration of the March on Washington. Now, I may or may not agree with Donnie’s Christian perspective on homosexuality, BUT, the brother has never, NEVER, to my knowledge run anybody down because of their sexuality. He is one of the FEW christian artist and preachers to actually preach the love of Jesus – exclusively. 

Mayor Vincent Gray is cowardly and hypocritical. Period.

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