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It’s all about stats and hope. As the last week of breast cancer awareness month and the World Series end I thought I would mention some similarities. Shocking to many and even to me that I am ...

What Does the World Series and Breast Cancer Have in Common?

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I picked 10 myths about breast cancer. They always show up and make the news but they are just myths. 1. Bras cause breast cancer. There actually was a recent study showing that this myth is ...

Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

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Preventative cardiology is a field where cardiologists like to make an intervention or after the heart ‘event’. I was lucky enough to hear a preventative cardiologist for women speak. The ...

Are you at Risk for a Little Heart Attack because of denial?

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This is a tip that I want to share that my dentist told me over 30 years ago. As you age so do your teeth, your fillings in your mouth don’t last forever. All fillings will grow up to become ...

All Fillings Grow Up to Become Crowns

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27 million women in the USA have hot flashes and night sweats. Could it be 26,999,999? My hot flashes are waning. I am alerting the media! I still get night sweats but the hot flashes, knock on ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post Are my Hot Flashes Gone ???

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My Doctor Follows Me and is a Fan Just a mere 10 years ago I would have to call my doctor’s office to schedule an appointment. If I had a question or concern I would leave a message and wait for ...

Social media and Health Care

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27 million women in the USA have hot flashes and night sweats. Could it be 26,999,999? My hot flashes are waning. I am alerting the media! I still get night sweats but the hot flashes, knock on ...

Are my Hot Flashes Gone ???

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Recently my sister noticed a mole on the side of my face. We looked at a few old pictures and no mole. After convincing myself that the start of ‘The Blob’ was growing below my eye, I made a ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post A Skin Check

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Recently my sister noticed a mole on the side of my face. We looked at a few old pictures and no mole. After convincing myself that the start of ‘The Blob’ was growing below my eye, I made a ...

A Skin Check

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A rose is a rose is a rose except with breast cancer. What Gertrude Stein meant about the rose is a thing is itself no matter the name or how it is described. The language used to describe the ...

Breast Cancer Name Debate

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For Breast Cancer Awareness Month….If I had the luxury of hindsight here is a letter I would write to myself about my breast cancer journey: Dear Haralee, Today is a Monday in 2002 and it is ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post A Letter to Myself about My Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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For Breast Cancer Awareness Month….If I had the luxury of hindsight here is a letter I would write to myself about my breast cancer journey: Dear Haralee, Today is a Monday in 2002 and it is ...

A Letter to Myself about My Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Every year in December oncologists, and other cancer professionals meet in San Antonio Texas for a breast cancer symposium. There the latest news on clinical trials is presented. Every one wonders ...

Breast Cancer, Some Good News!

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National Cancer Survivor Day, Sunday June 2, 2013 Every year on the first Sunday of June, cancer survivors and their families have an official day to celebrate survivorship. If you or your ...

National Cancer Survivors' Day, Sunday June 2, 2013

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Is the subject of menopause accepted and acknowledged in the work place? Is it the excuse, the joke or the put down? Is it still taboo? I remember very clearly sexist remarks when I was just ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post The Status of Menopause

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Is the subject of menopause accepted and acknowledged in the work place? Is it the excuse, the joke or the put down? Is it still taboo? I remember very clearly sexist remarks when I was just ...

The Status of Menopause

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Summer is coming. Those of us who have hot flashes at night are dreading the change in weather. Waking up with your hair stuck to the pillow, or needing an entire change of pajamas is not ...

Haralee commented on Michele Blacksberg RN's post Hot Flashes at Night? Options to Help Keep You Cool

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Know anyone who has had Shingles? It is truly dreadful! I have a neighbor who had it twice in 2011. Both times she had to go on pain medications to cope with the pain from Shingles, missed work ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post My Shingles Vaccine Saga

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Know anyone who has had Shingles? It is truly dreadful! I have a neighbor who had it twice in 2011. Both times she had to go on pain medications to cope with the pain from Shingles, missed work ...

My Shingles Vaccine Saga

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I have garden fever. A few nice days and a trip to the grocery store confirmed I am not alone. It is getting to be that time of year. My husband has expanded our gardens to about 800 square ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post Planning Tips for Your Summer garden and Healthy Eating

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I have garden fever. A few nice days and a trip to the grocery store confirmed I am not alone. It is getting to be that time of year. My husband has expanded our gardens to about 800 square ...

Planning Tips for Your Summer garden and Healthy Eating

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Are you a social worker? Are you a nurse? Are you looking for ways to volunteer and use your skills? Are you looking for a new career in the health field? Are you just starting your college or ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post Becoming a Cancer Navigator

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Are you a social worker? Are you a nurse? Are you looking for ways to volunteer and use your skills? Are you looking for a new career in the health field? Are you just starting your college or ...

Becoming a Cancer Navigator

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I recently started my 4th clinical exercise study for cancer survivors. For this study I was randomized to a Tai Chi class. The other arms of the study are a stretch class and a strength training ...

Tai Chi and Me!

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The Lance Armstrong’s confession of being a liar, a cheat and ruining the careers of many fellow athletes has captured the news since October with the climax being an interview with Oprah. In ...

Lance and Nancy

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I have been in sales pretty much my whole adult life. Part of selling someone something is also being rejected. You get told ‘No’, quite a bit. A good sales person looks at the ‘No’ as an ...

Rejections are Sometimes Hard to Take

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Because of my old lady sciatic issues, I can no longer go to my exercise class. Without a class I easily become a slug. Sure I bike daily but what is my upper body doing? Right now the weather is ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post The Water Aerobics Problem

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Thanksgiving is over, the leftovers devoured and shopping has begun. Many are beginning to decorate their houses for the holidays and plan for the parties at schools, neighborhoods, work, and ...

Haralee commented on Dr. Carrie Jones' post 5 Tips to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

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Because of my old lady sciatic issues, I can no longer go to my exercise class. Without a class I easily become a slug. Sure I bike daily but what is my upper body doing? Right now the weather is ...

The Water Aerobics Problem

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This is part five and my final week of blogging about breast cancer for the month of October. This week the subject is alternative care during treatments and after your treatments have ended. As ...

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This is part five and my final week of blogging about breast cancer for the month of October. This week the subject is alternative care during treatments and after your treatments have ended. As ...

Alternative Care for Breast Cancer

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This is part three of my weekly blogs about breast cancer during the month of October. So what happens if you or your sister, mother, partner, bff or daughter is diagnosed with breast cancer? A ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post Breast Cancer Happens (sh&&**$$!!t)

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This is part three of my weekly blogs about breast cancer during the month of October. So what happens if you or your sister, mother, partner, bff or daughter is diagnosed with breast cancer? A ...

Breast Cancer Happens (sh&&**$$!!t)

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This is part two of my posts about breast cancer for the month of October. This week I ask the ridiculous question about being prepared for a potentially life threatening or life altering ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post Would You Be Prepared for Breast Cancer?

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This is part two of my posts about breast cancer for the month of October. This week I ask the ridiculous question about being prepared for a potentially life threatening or life altering ...

Would You Be Prepared for Breast Cancer?

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This year I am a 10-year breast cancer survivor. I am hopefully looking forward to another 10 years of survivorship, but I want to look back too. I was familiar with breast cancer before I was ...

Breast Cancer Awareness

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Have you read the story or saw on Ellen, Kellie Pickler with her head shaved in support of her friend with breast cancer? ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post It's Just Hair

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Have you read the story or saw on Ellen, Kellie Pickler with her head shaved in support of her friend with breast cancer? ...

It's Just Hair

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An interesting phenomenon is among baby boomers as we die off. Good chance if you are over 50 you have had a co-worker, friend or sibling die not suddenly. If the terminal person has a ...

Saying Good-Bye

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I have officially become an old lady. I had an inkling 2 years ago when I hurt my back doing push-ups and now have had it medically confirmed. The diagnosis is not “Old Lady” or the Latin ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post My Aching Back

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I have officially become an old lady. I had an inkling 2 years ago when I hurt my back doing push-ups and now have had it medically confirmed. The diagnosis is not “Old Lady” or the Latin ...

My Aching Back

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If you have never heard of a gong bath, it is time. No clothes are removed, no water is entered but relaxation is the end result! It is said to be a ‘sound meditation experience’. I am a very ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post I had a Gong Bath

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Shows about hoarders are pretty common nowadays, and have many viewers. The shows consist of a rather garish tour through their homes -- filled with dirt, falling down walls and roofs, open ...

Haralee commented on Susan Cody's post Hoarders: A Different Kind of Brain

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If you have never heard of a gong bath, it is time. No clothes are removed, no water is entered but relaxation is the end result! It is said to be a ‘sound meditation experience’. I am a very ...

I had a Gong Bath

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Sometimes we just look at promotions in a business life reference. Really promotions happen more often in real life and some without our own influence. Promotions: Daughter or Son (Birth ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post Life's Promotions

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While it's commonly known that exercise can help with depression, seasonal affective disorder and anxiety (and I defy any study that says it doesn't!), it also has other benefits from the brain -- ...

Haralee commented on Susan Cody's post Exercise: Good for the Brain as Well as the Body

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Sometimes we just look at promotions in a business life reference. Really promotions happen more often in real life and some without our own influence. Promotions: Daughter or Son (Birth ...

Life's Promotions

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For the last 8 years I have been in over a dozen clinical trials as a participant of the ‘Control’ group. I have had my eyes tested, bone density tested, some taste sensation, pain thresholds, ...

Haralee commented on Haralee's post Would you be a Clinical Trial Participant?

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For the last 8 years I have been in over a dozen clinical trials as a participant of the ‘Control’ group. I have had my eyes tested, bone density tested, some taste sensation, pain thresholds, ...

Would you be a Clinical Trial Participant?

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People often complain that they have tried to lose weight by skipping meals and it hasn’t helped them lose weight or they have even gained weight since reducing their number of meals. ...

Haralee commented on Joanna Karpasea-Jones' post Trying to Lose Weight? Don't Diet