Thursday, November 1, 2012
A local breast cancer survivor expresses thankfulness to the readers of Patch.
In an article posted on Severna Park Patch, local blogger and cancer survivor Beth Kaufman strongly urged residents to donate to nearby oncology centers. Following the article, Kaufman began to receive more and more contacts of people seriously interested in answering the call. In the weeks that followed, Kaufman was able to personally deliver donations offered by Patch readers. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, Kaufman wanted to personally thank everyone who donated and helped make local cancer patients' lives a little easier—even if only for a day. Her letter to the editor can be found below: I just wanted to take a minute to thank you and the readers of Patch who donated books snacks and various other items to the …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The team will play a key match against Arundel and raise money for breast cancer research and awareness.
The Severna Park volleyball team will do their part in spiking breast cancer Thursday, as they travel to Arundel for the annual "Dig Pink" game. The teams will wear pink, and proceeds and donations from the games will go to support the Side Out Foundation, which raises money for cancer research. It's also a key game for the two squads. Arundel remains undefeated, and the Falcons suffered their first loss of the season on Oct. 17 at South River. The junior varsity match starts at 5 p.m. at the Arundel High gym, with the varsity match to follow.
Friday, October 19, 2012
"Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors" shares the wisdom of breast cancer survivors with the newly diagnosed. What's your story?
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the greatest challenges for those who have been newly diagnosed is finding sources of support. Patients are eager for information on everything from enduring surgery and chemotherapy to how to deal with hair loss. While there are many local resources and support groups available in Anne Arundel County, women can also find comfort in a sisterhood of survivors who have already been in their shoes. Best selling author and breast cancer survivor Barbara Delinsky has gathered the wisdom of hundreds of breast cancer survivors who are eager to inspire those who are new to the “breast cancer sisterhood.” She shares all of the stories and tidbits she found in her book "Uplift: Secrets from …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The mortality rate has dropped over the past decade, but the rate of local breast cancer patients is still higher than either the state or the nation.
Women in Anne Arundel County have a higher rate of breast cancer than in other areas of the state and the country, according to statistics from the county's Department of Health. Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Patch has assembled stories of survivors, local groups that work to battle cancer and programs you can take to inform yourself about cancer. According to Anne Arundel County's 2012 Community Health Report Card, the mortality rate for breast cancer patients was 25 per 100,000 women—exceeding the national rate goal of 20.6, between the years of 2004-2008. The Capital reported that mortality rates between 2000 and 2009 have dropped to below the state's levels, but are still higher than the national average. The incidence of …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Breast cancer survivors and health professionals give guidance on life after the surgery.
Life without the girls. No more tatas. Adios to the twins. About 80,000 women every year have one or both breasts removed. Some of these are after breast cancer, and some of these follow a pre-diagnosis. The results for life after mastectomies differ in every way physically, socially, economically and emotionally. Some survivors are just plain thankful for the potentially deadly body parts to be gone, while others are devastated by the pain or by their new appearance. Tobey Young chose a double mastectomy several years ago after testing positive for the gene associated with high-risk breast cancer. She had lost her mother 18 years earlier to breast cancer, and another relative had been recently diagnosed. “I had a decision to make. I …
Monday, October 24, 2011
One survivor advises that honesty at an age-appropriate level is important.
Be prepared for all kinds of inquiries but here’s the main question most children will want to know, “What about ME?” Then, “How will my schedule change?” “Will you still have time for me?” “Is this my fault?” “Am I going to get it?” “Will I lose my hair, too?” Even the most compassionate children, who will surely want to know that their parent is going to be OK, will want to know the impact the disease and treatment will have on them, said Marsha T. Oakley, nursing coordinator at The Hoffberger Breast Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Centerin Maryland. “It’s good to be positive and to let them know as much as they want to know,” she said. Breast cancer survivor and author Lisa Klenoshek agrees. Her daughter, Zoey, was 4 when Klenoshek was …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Allen Wilson shares his breast cancer survival story.
Allen Wilson doesn’t mind being a poster child for a pink cause. “Exploit me,” he said. Wilson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 when he was 51. Now he’s using his experience to save other grandfathers, fathers, sons, brothers and uncles. Wilson, of Houston, noticed a lump under his nipple, but he ignored it until the day he collided with one of his sons while playing basketball. He did some research and decided he needed to see his doctor. “Two days later, I had a mammogram. It’s amazing what those technicians can do with so little tissue to work with,” he said. Wilson had a mastectomy and chemotherapy. His hair was falling out, so his two sons helped give him a Mohawk and paint half red and half green for a family Christmas card. …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The newly-opened Severna Park office welcomed a group of women who networked while learning about mammograms.
What better host than Bay Radiology for this month's Coffee Connections gathering as it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A newcomer to Severna Park, the office opened in June and features digital mammography. About 20 women gathered last Thursday morning in the front reception area to network and introduce themselves and what they do best—work, juggle families, take care of aging parents, shuttle kids to sports while enjoying some down time with their counterparts in an informal setting. Hostess Dr. Helen Mrose, not only served up pastries and coffee to the group, (thanks to her staff) but also an important message about mammograms. "The benefits [of a mammogram] exceed the risks," said Mrose, whose philosophy on mammography is to use …
Friday, October 14, 2011
Support groups both in person and online come to the rescue in many ways for breast cancer patients and survivors.
Full support or light support – breast cancer groups offer up all sizes. Traditional support groups find participants sitting in a circle sharing stories, struggles and advice. But breast cancer patients and survivors can find comfort and help in many ways and in many places, both in person and online. Major breast cancer websites have online discussion groups where people may connect, get tips or share advice for coping with treatments and side effects. Among our favorites: Plenty of information, such as “what to do the day of surgery,” is readily available. Some of these major websites also have thousands of discussion boards, many of them splintering into local meet-ups. “Support groups help validate your experience,” said Selma …
Families and friends are invited to share stories, photos and videos of their lost loved ones as Severna Park Patch continues to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Breast Cancer Awareness Month turns a pink spotlight on our health. For some of us, it’s a reminder to schedule a mammogram. For others, it’s a chance to join an event that raises money for research or celebrates the survivors in our communities. For those who have lost a loved one to breast cancer, we honor them with races, with luminaries, with moments of silence. Though Breast Cancer Awareness Month lasts only 31 days, we never forget. In Patch communities all over the country, we want to help you pay tribute to your lost loved ones by publishing their photographs on Patch.com. You are welcome to share your stories of these special people with others in our online community. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a …