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Friends and Family of Mary Schnack - This is the private group we have set up to support one another and to generate ideas for what is best for Mary and Erika moving forward. Jackie Copp

Welcome

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I have had endometrial stromal sarcoma (ESS) eight times now — my eighth surgery will be in November. Radiation and chemotherapy really don't attack this sarcoma so hormone therapy is often ...

Fighting the Fragmented System

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I’ve been learning, primarily through EmpowHER.com, how to advocate for my health. And with eight occurrences of cancer, I know how important it is. I am on the computer all day for work and am ...

Using Technology to Aid Advocacy

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Today is a very difficult emotional day. The emotional response from my most recent cancer surgery on Jan. 11, 2011 hit hard on Tues., Jan. 18 and then yesterday I was fine but today I can't stop ...

The Emotions of Recurring Cancer--A Personal Story

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In less than a week, I will undergo my seventh abdominal surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. It will be my fourth such surgery in the past 46 months. The only reason I'm not totally despondent ...

Sports Provide a Goal Through Cancer Treatment

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As of January 11, I will be a seven time cancer survivor. That is the day I will have my seventh surgery since 1996 to remove endometrial stromal sarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer. ...

Thriving, Not Just Surviving, Despite Cancer

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When I got notice of this study in my email box the other day, it really hit home for me. I have had uterine cancer now six times. Today is my follow-up cat scan to my last surgery. My last two ...

When Sadness Becomes Serious

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As I sit and wait for my Monday cat scan results, I got word last night that my friend in Albuquerque, Judie Framan, died. She has had re-occurring cancer so we’ve been there for each other. ...

In Memory of Judie Framan

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I am allergic to some common anesthesia drugs that make it difficult for me to wake up after surgery. (My lungs are not strong enough to pump out the anesthesia after these drugs are used). And ...

Challenges with Anesthesia

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There is SO much in the news about the law of attraction. Going into my latest surgery, we did not know if it could be done vaginally or not. There is a BIG difference in recovery if the abdominal ...

The Law of Attraction?

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I had my sixth surgery for endometrial stromal sarcoma (ESS) last Tuesday, April 13. It is my third surgery since February 2007. Fortunately, the tumor was again at the top of my vagina (three ...

Paranoid About Being Paranoid

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Focus on the Family will air a 30 second anti-choice ad that features University of Florida football star Tim Tebow, during the popular sports event, the Superbowl. All headline news has ...

Mary Schnack commented on Anna Portela's post Anti-Choice Ad to Air During the Superbowl- Editorial

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January 2010 would not necessarily be a month that Elizabeth Edwards would want to remember. Not that she's probably had many memorable months in the last two years. The recent revelations in the ...

Playing the Cancer Card

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I have taken the PASSION TEST twice and it is an incredible tool that helps me focus my time and energy--and my life! What was really interesting to me was that "good health" did not wind up being ...

The PASSION TEST, a three-hour workshop in Phoenix

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I had the pleasure of working with the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women in Dallas, Texas last week in their Peace Through Business program. Peace through Business® trains women ...

Frozan Raufi: An Empowerd Woman in Afghanistan

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Is their research valid? How do you verify such research? The real question here might be--what is the best way to research the BEST vitamins? One doctor told me--if they're sold through ...

Are Usana vitamins better than anyone else's, as they claim?

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A friend gave me the "Passion" test today. It is based on the book, “The Passion Test,” by Janet and Chris Attwood. I think it is a terrific book and I highly recommend the exercise of taking the ...

In the Big Picture, How Important is Good Health?

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Write your Congressional Representatives (both House and Senate) today expressing your support of key principles critical to healthcare reform. A 2009 member poll by Women Impacting Public Policy ...

Health Care Reform and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)

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Thanks to Sarah McLean, Sedona Meditation Training Co. [sarah@sedonameditation.com] 1) Aromatherapy: use pure rose or sandalwood oils. You can even spritz these cooling oils on your ...

16 Ways to Keep Cool

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I had my last surgery on March 24 (my fifth surgery to remove endometrial sarcoma) and part of the small intestine had to be taken out due to the cancer spreading there and mangling part of it. ...

Are Sarcoma Centers the Right Place to Go?

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I've heard that nearly 100% of all people with cancer have low thyroid function. Has research been done to correlate the two?

Mary Schnack commented on Anonymous' post is it true there's a connection between poor thyroid function and cancer?

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I'd like to start a dialogue amongst those of us who saw "My Sister's Keeper." I also read the Jodie Picoult book. SPOILER ALERT: The movie and book have vastly different endings. For those of you ...

My Sister's Keeper movie

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Read this Reuters story: Ordinary web users in China will be banned from surfing sex-related medical and research websites from next month, amid an Internet crackdown on pornographic online ...

China censorship: Would they allow EmpowHer.com?

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This story from the LA Times is a great follow-up to my latest blog: A scientific take on female friendship 12:10 PM, June 4, 2009 Girl talk apparently is good for one's health, according ...

A Scientific Take On Female Friendship

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Right around the four-week recovery period, I was offered the opportunity by Vital Voices to go to Israel and the West Bank to train Palestinian businesswomen on advocacy. I would be traveling the ...

Live Your Own Life

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My difficult recovery period, physically, was four weeks. It was my wonderful network of friends that made the difference for me. During that time, there was an article in the NY Times titled ...

Surgical Recovery, Friends Make All the Difference

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My difficult recovery period, physically, was four weeks. It was my wonderful network of friends that made the difference for me. During that time, there was an article in the NY Times titled ...

Recovery, Friends Make All the Difference

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The medical student on my surgeon’s team told me that being “foggy” from the anesthesia after my surgeries fit in with the problem I had waking up. My body has a hard time expelling the ...

Adverse Reaction to Anesthesia

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This was my fifth surgery for cancer and I’ve had at least two other surgeries. After each surgery, it is really hard for me to clear my head of the anesthesia. I feel “foggy” for 1-2 months after ...

Mary Schnack: Advocating For Ones Health

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This was my fifth surgery for cancer and I’ve had at least two other surgeries. After each surgery, it is really hard for me to clear my head of the anesthesia. I feel “foggy” for 1-2 months after ...

Advocating For Ones Own Health Issues

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Another issue I had at the hospital was the nurse staffing levels. I want whoever decides those levels, whether it be a hospital administrator or an insurance executive, to have surgery with a ...

My (Un)Nursing Staff in Recovery

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Recovery was not fun. I had my surgery on a Tuesday and got out of the hospital on Saturday. That’s always with mixed emotions. On one hand, you are so sick of the hospital you just want out. On ...

My Hospital Recovery

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A brief follow-up to yesterday's posting. I said that I am now participating in a discussion group on-line. It is great in that it is specific to endometrial sarcomas. Yesterday we got word ...

The Power of Discussion Group Participation

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A brief follow-up to yesterday's posting. I said that I am now participating in a discussion group on-line. It is great in that it is specific to endometrial sarcomas ...

The Power of Discusion Group Participation

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It has been almost two months since my surgery. The physical recovery was tough – and very visible. Not so visible is the emotional recovery. The big “C” word has been a part of my daily life ...

My Invisible Emotional Recovery

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It has been almost two months since my surgery. The physical recovery was tough – and very visible. Not so visible is the emotional recovery. The big “C” word has been a part of my daily life ...

Invisable Emotional Recovery

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A four-time cancer survivor, Mary introduces herself and shares her experience with uterine cancer.

Mary Shares Her Uterine Cancer Story (VIDEO)

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Having uterine cancer four times, Mary explains if she ever takes her diagnoses personally or wonders why it's happening to her.

Mary Shares If She Takes Her Uterine Cancer Diagnoses Personally (VIDEO)

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Mary shared her experience with uterine cancer and wants you to share your health story with EmpowHer too.

Mary Shared Her Uterine Cancer Story (VIDEO)

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Mary describes how she advocates for women all over the world.

Mary Shares How She Advocates For Women Worldwide (VIDEO)

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Mary shares advice for women who are diagnosed with uterine cancer.

Mary Shares Advice For Women With Uterine Cancer (VIDEO)

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Mary describes how women can find the best doctor to treat their uterine cancer diagnoses.

Mary Shares How Women Can Find A Doctor To Treat Their Uterine Cancer (VIDEO)

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Listen, as Mary explains how she copes with her fears about living with uterine cancer.

Mary Shares How She Copes With Her Cancer Fears (VIDEO)

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Mary describes the abdominal radiation treatment she had for uterine cancer, and its side effects.

Mary Shares Her Abdominal Radiation Treatment For Uterine Cancer (VIDEO)

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Mary explains how she advocated for her health while undergoing treatment for uterine cancer.

Mary Shares How She Advocated For Her Uterine Cancer (VIDEO)

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Mary explains the current status of her uterine cancer.

Mary Shares Her Current Uterine Cancer Status (VIDEO)

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Mary describes how her life was changed by uterine cancer.

Mary Shares How Uterine Cancer Changed Her Life (VIDEO)

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Mary explains if she tried preventing, or immediately treating her sexual dysfunction side effects from brachytherapy.

Mary Shares If She Countered Her Brachytherapy Side Effects (VIDEO)

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Mary describes if brachytherapy can cause sexual dysfunction.

Mary Shares If Brachytherapy Contributes To Sexual Dysfunction (VIDEO)

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Mary explains her experience with brachytherapy and the side effects caused by the treatment.

Mary Shares Her Thoughts On Brachytherapy (VIDEO)