When I was 21, my late husband told me, “This is my train, and you’re welcome to ride it. If at anytime you don’t like the destination, you’re free to get off, but overall, you won’t find a better ride anywhere.” As I think back on his statement, I realize it was selfish, egotistical and often ignored what was in my best … [Read more...] about What Are You Waiting For?
The other day, I met a woman whose mother, sister and aunt had all been diagnosed with breast cancer. When I asked if she had taken the genetic test that would tell her if she had inherited the gene that might make her a candidate for breast cancer, she said, “No. I’m just going to leave it to God… Plus I eat healthy.” … [Read more...] about Your Risk for Breast Cancer
Once again, we're in Las Vegas while my husband plays in the World Series of Poker. While Las Vegas has always been an adult Disney land, the adults seem to be getting younger—or maybe I’m just getting older—and their choice of clothes, or lack there of, is rather surprising. Men wear flip flops, shorts and no shirts at all, and women look like … [Read more...] about We Need Better Role Models
Did you know that almost twenty-five percent of husbands leave their wives after they are diagnosed with breast cancer? Statistics say many of those marriages are in trouble to begin with, although when roles are reversed, only three percent of women leave their husbands. It makes me wonder what part of “in sickness and in health” do men not remember? I know of a man who left … [Read more...] about In Sickness and in Health? Not Really…
When I was 12, my father died of cancer. People didn’t talk openly about cancer then except for occasionally whispering the “C” word and certainly not in front of the children. While I knew my father was sick, no one ever told me what was wrong with him, or why he was in the hospital for prolonged periods of time. In fact, I never even visited him, … [Read more...] about When Mothers & Daughters Role Reverse