Been away too long …

It’s been a very long time since I posted anything on this blog. Part of that is because of professional obligations that have taken over my life and part of that has been a lack of energy when it comes to topics. Lately, I have been thinking about getting back into writing — whether that be blog posts here or something more creative, I don’t know yet. I do know that there are a lot of things floating around in my head that I want to get out on paper. Not sure if anyone will read them or not but that’s OK.

It’s the beginning of my vacation for the holidays and I am thinking about so much for which I am thankful. I have a wonderful, supportive husband. My life is full of amazing friends. I have a family that is healthy and happy. I’m professionally blessed with a job I love and volunteer efforts that provide fulfillment. Take a few moments over the next few weeks to think about all that you have in your life and not worry so much about what you don’t have.

In the last week, there have been several unexpected deaths in my circle of friends. All young. All taken far too early. Their deaths have made me think about those things that are truly important — family, friends, faith, etc. Spend time with those people who are especially valuable to your life. Step away from those who bring you down and add unhealthy habits to your life. Life is too short to spend with people who don’t add something to your world.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month, if you weren’t already aware. I don’t share this story often, but it’s important for women of all ages to take their breast health seriously. I feel compelled to share my story publicly to encourage you to

I was 25, relatively young in breast health years, when I started having problems. My doctor referred me to the breast health center at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa where I underwent my first mammogram and a needle biopsy. Very scary for me knowing my family history. I had a great aunt on my mother’s side of the family pass away from breast cancer and an aunt on my father’s side of the family choose a double mastectomy as her treatment program for breast cancer. Fortunately I didn’t have cancer, but rather had calcium build-up in milk ducts, which they removed. Now 10 years later, I have an annual mammogram and watch things very carefully to ensure the family history doesn’t creep up on me.

I encourage you to conduct regular self-exams and if you find anything abnormal, please do not be afraid to seek medical care. Early detection saves lives.