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October – More than Just Candy

7 Oct


So, we all know that October brings Halloween which brings candy which brings happiness and fulfillment..Or a close facsimile thereof.

October also brings us…Boobs.

All boobs, all the time.

It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That is why everything you see/eat/drink/wear is pink!  I’m not against bringing awareness at all. And a random Facebook conversation this evening made me decide that I’d do a “Fact a Day” about breast cancer.

This means lots of random, short posts that may or may not have breasts in them!

Seriously, I know way too many ladies who have had an encounter with breast cancer – either themselves or family. Way. Too. Many.

And I bet there is a lot we don’t think about. I know I have learned a thing or two.

So let’s start with the facts. In no particular order of importance, and I may or may not go back to days 1-6 so you’ll get 31 facts or you’ll get 25. We don’t know.

Fact 1: (ps, I’m gonna call them facts…they may be…accepted practice, random ideas, ….whatever. Hey, I’m not a doctor, just a PoliSci grad trying to make people laugh. And maybe think. And do. Sometimes I want people to “do”

So, fact 1: Get the freakin’ mammogram!! Per the new and “amazing” Affordable Care Act – it should be free!! FREE!!! (More on that later!) We love free stuff right?! So…go get one! One a year.

And, lot of people talk about the “pain” — I’m betting it hurts way less than a late cancer diagnosis!!!

If you haven’t put them on the glass in a while, call your doctor and I bet they can set something up! And if it’s been more than a few years, times have changed…or…I’ve gotten used to the pain…;)  Results are nearly instantaneous and even if you’re worried about what they’ll find, it’s way better than finding out too late.


The Week With Two Fridays!

4 Jul

Yesterday was a busy busy day. And, contrary to popular belief (or, maybe it was just me) it was NOT Friday!


Started the day with a 6 am Bikram class – Great way to start the day! I was working from home which worked out great for the next bit of excitement!


It was bath day for the little mister! And, my first big splurge after starting my new job was having the mobile groomer come to the house – she was FAST! And, she did a great job giving him his summer “puppy cut”. And, as most everyone always does, she loved the Phred. He even got a great decoration for his collar. (if you’re in my area, I highly recommend Wagging Tails for your furry friends!)


Celebrating America’s Birthday!


Presenting Mr. Earnest Phred and his beautiful summer ‘do

My next adventure was an attempt to donate blood. I had a mailing when I got home Tuesday and there was a drive going on at a local car dealer – if I timed it right and didn’t have to wait forever then it would work out!!


How it works….


My view while donating blood


The after. Sometimes they’ll draw a better picture..not just dots!

Success!! In and out in about an hour which might be a record!! Given that summers are low blood donation months – for several reasons – and there seems to be a greater need for blood and blood products in the summer, I suggest you get yourself down to a local Blood Drive. Find one at Red Cross and sign up!! You get cookies!! 

Which gave me time to go home and walk the dog before heading off for my annual mammogram at my local outpatient center.


The Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center and Outpatient Center. Also, Radiology

They gave me a fancy outfit to put on and set to getting things done. I didn’t even have time to hang out in the waiting room.


The pants were mine…and I’m pretty sure taking pictures was breaking the rules!

Another quick trip! I find that if I go in the evening, there’s no waiting to go in and no waiting to get “films” read – though it’s all online so there are really no films anymore. Just time to go home and wait another year!

Hope everyone enjoyed their bonus Friday this week!!

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