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Thursday September 15, 2011 - Issue #555

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Can You?

Although I would much rather memorialize the birth of a loved one than their passing, tomorrow is the second anniversary of the passing of a young woman who meant so very much to me; someone I have written about on our shared birthday in March since she was taken from us.

Two years ago, in a senseless automobile accident, we lost Sara Kaufman.  I am saddened by the loss of a force of nature who I know was on her way to making a big difference in many lives as she worked towards entering public life.  I grieve for Sara’s friends and family members, and I do not know how I will be able to get through the years without our traditional birthday phone call filled with the life, love and Saraisms that tripped off her tongue, making me smile no matter what else was going on in my life....continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Ovarian Cancer: Who is at Risk?

By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

Deemed one of the most dangerous gynecological cancers, ovarian cancer occurs in one in 58 women. The American Cancer Society also reports that ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer in women today and the fifth most deadly. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are, for the most part, silent until it has spread beyond the ovaries into other areas of the body...continued

Guest Column

A Bit of Whiplash

By Chaplain Norris Burkes

One of the Bible's most recognizable quotes comes from the author of Ecclesiastes who wrote that there is "a time to every purpose under the heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die."...continued


Planning for Long Term Care  

Most older people are independent. But later in life--especially in the 80s and 90s--you or someone you know may begin to need help with everyday activities like shopping, cooking, walking, or bathing. For many people, regular or "long-term" care may mean a little help from family and friends or regular visits by a home health aide...continued

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Sharing Wisdom - Q&A

From Louise in Atlanta, GA

Tip for the end of the week:  Get together with one or two friends and go see a movie, maybe go away for a weekend, or do something else to give yourself a break from being a caregiver. Whatever our circumstances, it is so easy to get burnt out and forget ourselves. I refuse to let myself go. I have a mentally challenged husband and until now, I was losing myself. It is comments like yours that keep me built up, so thanks.


From Carol in Georgia

I have been the sole caregiver for my husband for a year. He is 23 years my senior and we have been married for 30 years. Last year, he broke his hip and had a replacement. He has not recuperated and is slowly going downhill. That is usually how it goes for someone his age (84). He has taken a turn for the worse lately, becoming disoriented and confused. I called a local hospice organization and that was the smartest thing I ever did. Hospice is not just there for people who are very close to death, but also for those who show no signs of improving and are failing to thrive. If you have no one else to help you with someone who is in a terminal condition, but can stay at home, consider hospice. There are misconceptions about what hospice's role is. They are angels on this earth and become like family. Medicare pays for hospice. Just a thought for anyone who doesn’t know what to do in a situation like mine.




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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Can You?

Feature Article

Ovarian Cancer: Who is at Risk?
Guest Column

A Bit of Whiplash


Planning for Long Term Care      
Sharing Wisdom



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