Self exam 101
Mammography (with occasional ultrasound) 201
Breast Thermography 301, the best and last option I will ever need.
Here is a picture of Laura and her camera and computer! What a pleasant way to get your boobs checked out…no squishing, no manipulating, no ultrasound gunk! Laura comes from Sophia Natural Health Center to Full Circle Family Care and that’s where I’ve been going for my thermograms for a couple of years now. I used to get mammograms but I AM DONE!!! Considering my family history (mother and grandmother) of breast cancer, a “traditional” doctor may not agree with my decision. Lucky for me, my doctors have an educated mind and know that thermography is a viable option.
It works by using Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI). “Commonly known as thermography, DITI has been found to be more effective than mammography in early cancer detection because of its unique ability to image thermovascular aspects of the breast. Studies have shown that it observes extremely early warning signs of cancer, in some cases a decade before any other detection method. The procedure is most often recommended for women under 40 who have a family history of breast cancer, women who cannot have mammograms due to prior surgical procedures or other issues such as extreme sensitivity, and women who have pacemakers or defibrillators.”
My mother’s cancer was never detected by mammogram. She felt a lump and mammo didn’t show anything. One biopsy later and the diagnosis. Would she have seen this coming if breast thermography was around? Who knows…but I like the statistics I’ve heard and read. Just today, Laura told me about a woman (who she just imaged last week) who has a sister with BC and was ever vigilant herself. She had just gotten a mammo and ultrasound with negative results. She insisted on an MRI and thermography, the MRI saw a blip but the thermography was “lit up”. She is getting the help she needs and while it may not be cancer, it points to an imbalance in her body that she can take care of. What was the impulse for her to insist on the extra tests? She knows her body.
As women, we have to be self advocating and we have to know how we can get the best care for our bodies and our selves. I am so glad that I found this…my poor little boobs just couldn’t take the unbelievably painful, horribly uncomfortable smashing of the mammography.
My head is bursting…I can’t sleep at night. I write in my mind, I just hope I can write here. I’ve become vegan, I’ve lost 65 pounds, I still knit and I am making jewelry, I am frustrated by the economy and the government and I have a lot to say. Whew! At least I got that out!!
Going vegan was an interesting departure for me! When J told me she was going vegetarian, AFTER I got over the shock of my carnivorous daughter giving up meat, I decided to join her. I’ve toyed with the idea in my head for while but never really thought I would do it. She was the push I needed, interestingly enough, she doesn’t even live at home the majority of the year, yet we are doing this “together”. That was about 2 1/2 yrs ago. Being veg wasn’t so difficult, learning to like vegetables was the hard part. But I was successful and I did feel better (tho not as energized as J was when she made the change). When she decided to go vegan, well, that was slightly a different story. I could see giving up steak and even chicken (I never did give up sushi!!), but now, dairy??? Oy! It’s been about 6 months but here I am, no dairy, no meat, no poultry, no fish (oops, I do have the occasionally sushi, don’t tell!), no eggs (oh boy!) and, a side benefit, I lost 10 lbs the first month!!!
J didn’t necessarily go veg/vegan for philosophical reasons…yes, we have pets, yes, we wear leather, but the more she learned (mostly from PETA and others less militant), the more she saw how the cruelty in animal farming was so prevalent, and she views some of her decisions on that. My story is a bit different. My father was a butcher (albeit a kosher butcher so in my mind, not so butchery) so I had meat in my veins growing up. Favorite food? Lamb chops, hands down! (Besides the fact that I haven’t been able to afford lamb chops for years and years, just the thought…) So, bottom line, my going vegan wasn’t based on the farming tactics or the cruel methods of animal slaughter. I did it for health, for the discipline it involves and, what I have since learned, the dramatic impact on the environment that animal farming is doing…and, as my daughter shows me more videos and documentaries, I especially liked Food Matters, the more I feel I made the right decision and for the right reasons.
It has not been easy but I don’t miss too many of the (yummy) foods I don’t eat anymore. I am worried about Passover but I’ll talk about that later.
Mashable posted Bings top ten list of most searched terms in 2009.
The Top 10
10. Jaycee Dugard (kidnapped in 1991 and finally found in August of this year, the story was national news)
9. Billy Mays (famous pitchman who passed away in June)
8. Jon and Kate Gosselin (former stars of Jon and Kate Plus 8, the public destruction of their marriage was a big topic of interest)
7. Cash for Clunkers (a U.S. government program to replace less fuel efficient vehicles with newer, more fuel-economic cars)
6. Patrick Swayze (famous actor who passed away in September)
5. Farrah Fawcett (famous actress and pop culture icon who passed away in June)
4. Stock Market
3. Swine Flu
And the number one searched term of 2009:
1. Michael Jackson
Social Media Has Captured the Public’s Attention
It’s not a shocker that any of these topics made the top ten Bing searches of 2009. There was an outpouring of interest in each and every one of these people or things. Still, Twitter being more searched than the stock market, Swine Flu, and every major public icon except Michael Jackson is an impressive feat that speaks to the mainstream reach Twitter now enjoys.
Bing also decided to release the top three most search living celebrities. While the inclusion of Transformers actress Megan Fox (#3) and Twilight actor Robert Pattinson (#2) didn’t surprise us, we were a bit shocked to find that celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was the most searched living celebrity on Bing in 2009. No matter what you think of Perez, he proves that blogs have acquired incredible reach and captured the attention of the world.
What do you think of Bing’s top ten searches of 2009? Does anything about this list surprise you? Are you shocked something didn’t make the list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
I didn’t search any of them…
L is having sort of a Halloween party get together with 2 of her friends. She’s never been given this much control over her own party and it’s been difficult. I had lots of ideas to give her but she’s basically nixed everything I’ve suggested. Food is the only real Halloweeny type of thing we will have. I am making eyeballs from mozzarella balls and mummy pizzas. I had suggested a craft…NO! Not even sure if they will go out trick or treating but I do know they will watch a couple of movies! I was even going to have a jar of candy corn or m&m’s for them to guess how many but she said no to that too. Very difficult. They will be in costume so that’s something! It’s very hard to have a child with such social skills issues and word processing deficiencies. She has trouble just telling me what she does want and if I interrupt her, all hell breaks loose. In the grocery store, she would get so mad at me but couldn’t tell me why that at times I was ready to give up…but I didn’t and we got the groceries. Now I just have to wait for the pizza dough to thaw and make all the goodies. Maybe someday things will be easier…
I have this friend who I do like but can be a bit of a challenge as far as friends go. Anyway, for the last year of so, every time she saw me knitting or wearing anything I made, especially socks, she would start asking me to make them for her. “oh come, make me socks, it’s my birthday/anniversary/valentines day/whatever” EVERY SINGLE TIME I SAW HER. People just don’t understand that to make someone a hand knitted gift is a helluva lot more than saying “poof”!(and she’s a knitter). It’s not that I wouldn’t make something for her, she begged me to make her a water bottle holder like mine a few years ago and never used it, it’s just that when you keep asking and being, let’s face it, obnoxious, it’s hard to motivate yourself to do it. She’s in my book group and at the last group when she asked yet again, I kinda snapped…”ya gotta stop bugging about that” (I actually used a yiddish word but I can’t spell it!!). Even the others in book group had gotten pretty fed up with her asking and we only meet once a month.
I thought she’d never speak to me again and I have to say, I felt bad. But I did see her later and talked to her and she didn’t seem bothered. Well, as it turned out, I had finished a pair of socks and decided, what the hell, her birthday was coming up and I wanted to give them to her. She was ecstatic!! I was taking her out to lunch for her birthday, something we’ve been doing for years, and gave her the socks. What was really great is when she called me the day she wore them and just loved them. I felt good and I’m glad I gave them to her.