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A Visit to One of the Last Remaining Blockbuster Stores

Update: Sadly after I ran this article the last remaining Blockbusters in Alaska announced they were closing. Original Article This month my family ventured to the Pacific Northwest. We watched whales frolic and feed, walked glaciers and even explored villages and remote areas both by land and sea.  But, it was a little store in…

My day at the #PriceIsRight: Part 2

At the Price is Right there are some really nice people who are in the audience. Newsflash: this can be a very good networking opportunity – so pack a few business cards! We met people from all over the country, including a whole bunch of Mary Kay Cosmetic representatives who were attending a local convention! If you are not a social butterfly then bring a book. They take your phones rather early in the waiting process.

Dear New Thyroid Cancer Patient,

I am writing this letter nearly three years to the date of my thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer. I was so lucky to be surrounded by great docs at Johns Hopkins Hospital and many others.

I know it seems like the trips to doctors offices, tests and treatments will never end. Your scared, frustrated and perhaps feeling a sense of doom. Welcome to cancer- land. Sorry it isn’t fun – just beastly.

For some of you this will be a short “lump” in the road (thanks to Margaret McSweeney who coined that phrase during her own bout with cancer). For others, the road will be long and bumpy. Here is perhaps a few little suggestions to help you endure whatever path you now have found yourself taking –

1. Surround yourself with those who truly care about you and don’t shut out anyone who genuinely wants to help you because you are too “embarrassed”. NOW is a time to accept anyone with good karma to help you out. (If they have a drivers license and can do errands for you post-surgery – even better!)

2. Delete from social media, your contact list and your life anyone who brings negative energy to you and yours. You don’t need them right now. Maybe never. Also, expect that some people will believe cancer is contagious and will dump your friendship like a hot potato. So be it. Remember stay positive, rid yourself of negative. There are a lot of great people in this world. Those who tossed you aside are not them.

3. Your body will betray you. The surgery will be only the beginning of the changes to happen to your body. Expect a shift in how you look. A few more pounds. A few less pounds. I haven’t met anyone who had thyroid surgery who weighed the same before and after. Your hair will get all funky for a bit. Your voice may change and you will find other oddities that are either annoying or a bit humorous. Just go with it!

4. Ladies – retail therapy for new scarves is a must! Indulge and don’t go too cheap – you want the kind that look fashionable but don’t scratch or make you sweat.

TWO YEARS LATER… My journey with Thyroid Cancer

It has been two years since I went “under the knife” and started my battle as a cancer warrior goddess against Thyroid Cancer.  I didn’t intend to do an annual update blog, but considering that several of my friends are now members of the cancer club, been diagnosed with thyroid disease or are enduring other…

8 Wishes for the 8 Nights of Chanukah

CHANUKAH is a holiday that has been celebrated by Jews worldwide which commemorates the story of the Maccabees and gives all of us a little lesson about miracles. This year for Chanukah I have decided to make 8 separate wishes, one for each night we light the menorah.  I hope the wishes come true and…

How Social Media can help grow your GROOVY business!

411 VOICES Radio Network has started a new program on Sunday evening- THE SPOTLIGHT. Our team of experts will take turns sitting in the “host chair” as we bring to the table amazing guests for all to enjoy! This week we will have Stephen Dimmick, Holly Love and Marie Walker Riddle. Three uniquely different individuals with a common bond- they met via TWITTER and the RICKI LAKE SHOW! Each has their own personal company. From computer technology to education to makeup stylist for the stars! Yep- we will cover it all!

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