Friday, May 17, 2013
Jolie announced Tuesday she underwent a double mastectomy to prevent her chances of breast cancer.
Actress Angelina Jolie announced Tuesday in a New York Times op-ed piece that she recently underwent a double mastectomy to cut her chances of developing breast cancer after discovering she carries the "faulty" gene, BRCA1. Jolie wrote she decided to receive genetic testing since she was at a higher risk of breast cancer — her mother fought the disease for almost a decade before dying at age 56 — and because she wanted to make sure she would be there for her children, according to her New York Times column. Patch caught up with Selvi Palaniappan, MS, CGC Coordinator at Northside Hospital Hereditary Cancer Program, to learn more about these cancer genes. P: What are the BRCA genes? SP: They are two different genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Paige, a student at Arnold Mill Elementary, asking people to donate to a local cancer support group.
Even though she's only eight years old, that isn't stopping Paige Priest from trying help those who are suffering from cancer. Paige has launched her own campaign to raise $1,000, which will be donated to Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, a Marietta-based support group for cancer patients and their loved ones. Loving Arms was started by two oncology nurses, Diana Hurst and Shamichael Traylor, who have a combined total of more than 30 years of experience in their profession. Along with emotional support, they also provide financial assistance and transportation to treatments for patients. Paige's mother, Christy Reeves, said Paige recently got the idea from a "family fun day" she and her daughter had with another friend, Kayla Smith of …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Paige Priest, 8, is asking people to donate to a local cancer support group.
Even though she's only eight years old, that isn't stopping Paige Priest from trying help those who are suffering from cancer. Paige has launched her own campaign to raise $1,000, which will be donated to Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, a Marietta-based support group for cancer patients and their loved ones. Paige's mother, Christy Reeves, said Paige recently got the idea from a "family fun day" she and her daughter had with another friend, Kayla Smith of Woodstock. Along with Reeves and her daughter, Smith was on the trip with her sons and her mother, Debbie Ryscamp, who is battling cancer. Reeves said Ryscamp had to rest frequently throughout the day. The next day, Reeves said Paige asked her why Ryscamp had to frequently rest and Reeves …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Residents can register this month to be screened for melanoma and prostate cancer for free!
Northside Hospital-Cherokee will host two free cancer screening sessions in April, and residents can register for the screening starting on Monday. Registration for the April 16 skin cancer screening will open on Monday while registration for the April 24 prostate cancer screening will start on Monday March 11. Screenings for both will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the hospital's location in Canton. Screenings are free and Cherokee residents can register by calling (404) 845-5555. When prompted, press 0 to continue the registration process. Appointments are expected to made quickly, so residents should call as soon as registration opens in order to ensure getting registered. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) predicts that 2,000 cases…
Monday, September 3, 2012
You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save dollars these days.
Last week I plunged into the art of couponing, which is to say that I now have a hobby that could equate to a full time job if I let it. Don’t worry; I don’t have a ten pound binder loaded with categorized coupons, store policies, Sunday circulars, and store rain checks. Not yet. For now, I am a fairly unobtrusive shopper who is simply learning how to maximize her dollars in a brutal economy. My extreme couponing niece, Anna, recently showed me the ropes. Or at least the basic things I needed to know as a virgin couponer. She possesses a whole lot more knowledge than she chose to divulge, because couponing is, well, like all new relationships; it’s best to start off slow. I spent an untold number of hours at home last week, gathering store…
Monday, August 27, 2012
A Florida vacation provides a Woodstock couple some much needed respite and really great fish.
Last week my husband-who-happens-to-have-cancer and I traveled to Cape Coral to visit some good friends. We escape to this southwest Florida haven as often as possible, because the tropical surroundings and the support of longtime friends renew our spirits immeasurably. But think about it; does a couple really need an excuse to take a vacation? Not these two retirees. For most of the week, I positioned my lazy self in a corner of the pool at our friends’ home. Caught up in an excellent John Irving novel and soothed by the sound of the pool’s waterfall, I let the sun drench me in the healing warmth that only the tropics can provide. Baby lizards scampered across the lanai, ignored by Jack the Wonder Dog, whose chasing days are now behind …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Animals often outsmart us, but we eventually enjoy a bit of harmless revenge.
Recall that my husband-who-happens-to-have-cancer became a backyard bird enthusiast this year. He is passionate about his hobby and can be found throughout the day and evening on the back deck, filling and rearranging multiple feeders. Lewis tends assorted feeders, each containing seeds or mixes to attract certain birds. And after recently receiving a bird identification book as a gift, he carefully makes notes when a new type of bird is spotted at one of the feeders. Backyard birders face a common nemesis from the Family Sciuridae; otherwise known as those cute and pesky tree rodents we call squirrels. We love watching our squirrels scamper throughout the hardwoods in our back yard. But as soon as we began hanging birdfeeders, the …
Monday, May 21, 2012
One friendly little wren has nested in our garage and captured our hearts.
About three weeks ago, a wren started building a nest on a high shelf in our garage. Carefully crafted from twigs and dried grasses, the little nest is tightly wedged between pieces of clutter, and is shaped long and deep like a cornucopia. The wren spent about two weeks flying in and out of the garage, holding tightly in her beak additional stems and debris to add to her nest. My husband putters around in the garage daily, but the little wren quickly grew accustomed to his presence. Indeed, he began talking to her throughout the day and grew most protective of his little “Wren Wren.” I was a bit concerned about the suitability of our garage as a maternity ward. Would the bird and her babies be safe from our indoor/outdoor cat? Would the …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
"Why should we?" asked one of the organizers of Relay for Life of Cherokee County, which started Friday and ended this morning at River Ridge High.
If you have pictures from this weekend's Relay for Life, click the "Post Pics & Clips" hyperlink on the front page of Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch and upload them.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Initially upset about yard sale theft, our faith in humanity is now restored but we wonder about our sanity.
Readers may recall that my husband and I decided to sell stuff at this past weekend’s neighborhood yard sale. Well, about an hour into the ordeal, we noticed our son’s high school lacrosse jacket was missing from the hang up clothes. We were stunned, but had been forewarned that theft of yard sale items is common. I immediately posted an indignant message on Facebook, mostly because I was bored. My message slung insults at the pond-scum-slime-ball who would steal a jacket being offered for a whopping $3. And I mentioned that the slug that did this wasn’t the brightest bulb in the room because the jacket was monogrammed. A little while later, still full of self-righteousness, I posted another Facebook message urging my gal pals to be on the…