Friday, February 25, 2011

Diane von Furstenberg.......Reinvents The Wrap Dress!

Diane von Furstenberg Launches 'Diane' Vintage Collection

The Diane Collection


Diane von Furstenberg


1974: President Richard Nixon resigns, "Blazing Saddles" fills movie theaters, People magazine debuts, and new U.S. laws and landmark court rulings mean being a woman is about to become even more interesting.      (And I am 20 years old in 1974!)



And something else: Diane von Furstenberg invents the wrap dress.



It's sort of hard to imagine fashion without it. Beyond being beautiful and flattering on all body types, it is also a dress for day or night. It works for stay-at-home moms or career women or, as is more often the case, women who manage just fine in both worlds, thank you very much.



So what's not to love about DVF introducing a whole slew of designs based on the brand's rich history? Hitting stores this week is the Diane vintage collection, with wrap dresses in three lengths, wrap blouses and even small leather goods (hello, new iPad case!) in the historic prints that helped make the brand famous.


 Diane von Furstenberg........Always so stylish!


Parts of this post by Stylelist Staff

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Essie Weingarten



Click here to read how Essie Weingarten started her nail polish empire.

Jackie Collins



Read about Jackie Collins here.  Yes she does have the means to take the best care of herself but I have to say that she looks so young and beautiful.  Jackie Collins is 73.  Numbers do not mean anything anymore!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Canasta and Mahjong......Yup......my sister!!!

Written by Wendy Joy

Canasta, anyone?!?
Something very frightening happened to me a couple of months ago.  I don't know how to say it,  let alone write it down,  but I must.....


Please be advised that the following content could be very upsetting.

I called my sister one day (I have two sisters and one brother and we are all very close) and I asked her to meet me for lunch. When I called her I was in a great mood and feeling very full of life. I am the youngest of four and there will always be a part of me that feels like the baby. A part of me feels like the youngest in the room even when I could be one of the oldest!  It's a part of my soul, a part of my makeup.....and I take my brother and sisters there with me. They are young too and for brief moments in life we are all four together again back at our suburban house that we grew up in. In my heart, we are forever young together.  OK,  back to the lunch. My sister told me that she couldn't meet me....and this is where it gets very scary for me.....she couldn't meet me because she was playing CANASTA.  Let's take a moment here.  I may have yelled at her, I'm not sure.  I'm still in shock and this happened months ago. Apparently she even got her husband into it now!  I'm very upset!

Canasta and Mahjong are for older people!!!  Not for us.  They are for people in their forties, fifties and up......I know, I know that is us but forget about that for a moment...... WHAT!?  Canasta?  When I think of Canasta and mahjong I think of older ladies on the beach with long nails clanking chips together and talking for hours on end.  I was the young bathing beauty that would walk by those ladies in disgust.  I'm being honest here. My young self could not comprehend the benefit of these games and to me it was a scary sentence of getting older.  So my dear sister who looks like Diane Lane and has the body of a 21 year old and is eight years older than me......is involved in these shenanigans. I'm telling you my head was spinning as she tried to explain how much she looks forward each week to meeting this same group of women to play this game. She explained how much these women mean to her and described the comraderie they have together.....I"m still thinking... "old....and maybe I can get her to stop before anyone finds out".
 Listen, I'm still recovering from this and I know she is still doing it once a week!  I don't mean to offend anyone here and I am hoping that someone can enlighten me and hold my hand through the process. Does playing Canasta and Mahjong mean that one is getting older?  Oooyyyy!  I know people that play that have full time jobs...they play on the weekends....so it doesn't always mean you have too much time on your hands.  But what about these games makes me think like this?
All I know is that my next post is going to be about the coolest restaurant that I ate at last night.  It was young and fun even though I truly could have been everyone's mother!!!


P.S.  Look what I just found!!! 

These young children are learning to play Mahjong.
In China it is taught to the young!
(please click here)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Harris S. Hausen, M.D.




I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting the good doctor.  Or should I say the great doctor.  I cannot wait to visit Medical Aesthetics of Woodbury, the practice of  Dr. Harris S. Hausen, which is located at 370 South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview, New York.  I am hearing such rave reviews about his work.  Hands of gold is what my friend, Shari, is telling me.
I think that all of us (well, at least I do) would like to turn back the hands of time a few years.  Actually I would be thrilled if I could look as I did ten years ago.  It's funny that back ten years I was so critical about the way that I looked and now when I look back I say to myself that I looked pretty darn good!  I guess I will say the same thing (G-d willing) ten years from now.  But....yes... BUT... things on my face bother me and I would like to freshen myself up a little.  I guess everyone has a part of their face that bothers them the most.  For me it is the bottom half of my face.  It's not that my crows feet or  those two lines between my eyes are okay with me, it's just that my jawline has dropped and it really, really bothers me.  I feel like this drooping is very aging and I feel young and want to look the best that I can look.  I don't want to look like someone else.  I want to be the best me that I can be.  I am hesitant regarding surgery and it is also extremely costly, but,  I do think that the only way to lift the jowls IS by surgery.  I am certainly hoping that Dr. Hausen can prove me wrong!  I know that there are fillers to  plump up my lines.  I probably will try a little filler by my mouth.  But what I really want to know.......can my face be tightened without surgery?
My friend, who is a patient of Dr. Hausen, or should I say a huge fan just dropped off his brochure to me.  I am reading it like I am a kid in a candy store.  I am so excited to see all the procedures that Dr. Hausen offers.  What is more impressive is that Dr. Hausen performs all procedures personally.  Which means that if you are getting a laser treatment it is done by Dr. Hausen, himself, not by a technician.
Dr. Hausen offers many exciting procedures.  Following are some of the procedures that are offered.

  • Abdominal Sculpting
  • Age Spots Removal
  • Botox
  • Body Sculpting
  • Cellulite Reduction
  • Chemical Peels
  • Laser Skin Tightening
  • Lip Enhancement & Lip  Plumping
  • Restylane
  • Leg Vein Reduction
  • Hand Rejuvenation
  • Thermage Skin Tightening (Eyes, Face, Neck, Arms, Legs, Body)
  • Thigh Contouring
For a complete list please click here to visit Dr. Hausen's website.

What I think that is so important and impressive is that my friend Shari told me that Dr. Hausen talks to you first.  Maybe I should clarify and say that Dr. Hausen listens to you first.  He spends a lot of time getting to know you and really understanding your needs.  I am told that Dr. Hausen has a very kind, soft voice and that he is calming and reassuring.  My friend Shari received Juverderm as well as Botox and Laser Skin Tightening,  loved the results and said that it was painless! Sounds good to me!  Sign me up!!!

Ladies......I will keep you posted on my visit to Medical Aesthetics of Woodbury!
                                                                        


Harris S. Hausen, M.D. has been invited to lecture and present his research at medical conferences throughout the United States and Europe and is the author of numerous papers and contributions to the medical literature.  He has been selected seven times by the Consumers' Research Council of America as one of America's Top Physicians.  Dr. Hausen is a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and is a Member of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology, the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, the American Society for Photodynamic Therapy, and the Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Association.
  












Medical Aesthetics of Woodbury!
 Dr. Harris S. Hausen
            370 South Oyster Bay Road
    Plainview, N.Y. 11803
                                                (516) 931.2525                                            

Friday, February 18, 2011

Celebs on Menopause


Suzanne Somers
Actress and fitness guru Suzanne Somers has been telling us how to be healthier since she first brought us the Thighmaster in the 80s. Now, in a more controversial move, she’s urging us to use bioidentical hormones to combat the effects of menopause. In a 2004Today Show, she bemoaned the "seven dwarfs of menopause," which she called "itchy, bitchy, sweaty, sleepy, bloated, forgetful and all dried up."


Cheryl Ladd
For actress Cheryl Ladd it was hard to accept that she was entering menopause when she began experiencing mood swings and skin changes. In a 2002 interview she said, "I considered myself informed on health matters and thought I could handle menopause without too much trouble. Only later did I realize that this was another form of denial." Ladd revealed that she decided to use hormone therapy (HT) because "eventually my mood swings got to a point that my husband asked me to please speak with the doctor."



                                                                  
In a 2001 interview with O, The Oprahmagazine, the Divine Miss M revealed, "I did have night sweats and hot flashes at first. Then I did this soy-and-primrose oil thing, which helped tremendously. I don’t suggest anyone obsess over menopause and aging. Still, it is true that in this culture, they throw you out when you get older. I see it all the time, especially in my business. At my age, you’re playing somebody’s mother-and there aren’t even a lot of those roles!"           

Madonna
Pal Rosie O’Donnell implied in a 2009 interview on the Tyra Banks Show that Madge has already dealt with menopause, and had imparted some wisdom to the comedian. "She‘s [Madonna] great, she’s a lot like a big sister. When I started having my hormone things, I’m like ‘What the hell is going on?’ She’s like ‘get the cream.’"

Whoopi Goldberg
When Whoopi Goldberg suffered a lengthy hot flash on a 2008 episode ofThe View fanning herself, she shared how she can’t stand the way her underwear sticks to her. In another interview, she said, "I’m up, down, hot, cold, I’m all over the place. My sex drive has totally changed. One minute I’m like ‘yeah I can’t wait for it.’ The next I’m saying ‘Oh God, go away.’"

Cybill Shepherd
Shepherd initially thought of her hot flashes as "sort of fun power surgers." She also said, "I was the first baby boomer to have a prime-time hot flash." But, later she admitted the hot flashes became "really intense and not much fun." In 2004, Shepherd made fun of her situation in a hilarious song and video aptly named The Menopause Blues where she belts out her sufferings while helplessly trying to cool off.





I'm not sure who to give credit to for this article.  I think that I found it in "More Magazine".
Ladies.....What is your take on menopause??????   I'm going to get the cream!!!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Couger Town


Wrinkles and the Younger Man

Embrace your age with confidence and he will, too.

by Maggie Arana & Julienne Davis
Photograph: iStock
Maggie Arana and Julienne Davis, authors of Stop Calling Him Honey and Start Having Sex, reassure us that when it comes to love, age ain’t nothing but a number.
You’re worried because he’s younger. We all know worrying never helps anything—especially in the case of dating a younger man. You shouldn’t be focusing on negative thoughts. Thoughts like: “I’m not as fit as he is. Can he see my wrinkles? My cellulite? My stretch marks? Every time I look at an attractive woman who’s younger than me, I worry a little that he’s going to trade me in for her, or someone like her. And what will happen when I really start looking old?”
Be positive and look at why he chose you in the first place. You are interesting and fascinating to him. He thinks you are hot. He admires your wit, your intelligence, and yes, your experience. So, when was age mentioned here?
Exactly. It wasn’t.
The more you focus on your age, the more he will focus on your age. What you need to be thinking about is the great aspects of you: your life, your interests, and all of what makes up who you are that is wonderful. In our book, Stop Calling Him Honey…and Start Having Sex!, we have a chapter called “Stay Separate to Stay Together.” In it we discuss how important it is to maintain who you are in a relationship and how many of us lose ourselves within a partnership. We end up becoming two halves of a whole, rather than remaining two whole separate people that come together in a partnership. That is a true partnership. Anything less is co-dependency.
Obsessing about being older is not you being a whole, independent and confident person. He compliments you, but he doesn’t complete you. And if you are with him because of the ego boost you get from “dating a younger guy,” or because you are trying to “cling to your youth” by doing youthful activities that you don’t feel confident enough to do on your own, then you may want to rethink things. If you want to go out and go surfing, or clubbing, or whatever it is, then do it!  You don’t need to cling to someone else’s youth as an excuse to do these things.
Go out and have the confidence to do whatever it is that makes you feel good about yourself. It’s fabulous that he is full of life, and the fact that he’s young and hot is a bonus, a mere compliment to your already full life. The focus for both of you needs to be who you are as people underneath it all – having nothing to do with the chronological years. After all, any true relationship should be experienced on a deeper more intimate level than having it be about age. So, if you are with him because he’s young, and you love running around boasting to all your girlfriends that you “have a toy boy,” then maybe you need to look at why you are with him. Are you being ageist? Because if that is the case, then is it no wonder that you are obsessing about the fact that you are “older” than he?
If the relationship is truthful, you should love him for the person he is, and you should love yourself for who you are, right now. Not who you were 10 or 20 years ago. Love yourself for all that you are: your age, your experience…your wisdom. You’ve made it this far and you need to feel good about that. Wrinkles, age spots, cellulite… does it really matter? Embrace yourself with confidence, and he will too.

Kusmi Tea


Written by Wendy Joy

Tea is the new candle!!!
I would love to say that I was ahead of my time...that I always loved tea.  That I'm so excited that the rest of the world has finally caught on and that I was so smart and so cool!  But that is not true...  I always hated tea!!!  The only time I ever craved tea was when I had a sore throat coming on....I wanted tea and Voila!....a sore throat would appear.  Craving tea was not a good thing but it sure felt good on my sore throat when I was sick.  But then I would kick it to the curb the moment I felt better.  I had no time for tea or it's close friendship with my sore throats!  It's safe to say that there was no love lost between me and tea and that I had good reason.   When people ordered tea after dinner instead of coffee I looked at them as if they were strange.  Why would anyone order tea after dinner or ever for that matter?....unless maybe they had a sore throat coming on that I wasn't aware of....I shouldn't judge.  Then green tea came onto the scene.  It was the healthy tea filled with antioxidants and it would help me live longer and look better!  Well if anyone was ever going to jump on that band wagon, it's me.  I didn't like the taste of green tea anymore than my old fashioned Lipton tea, but this tea was different.  In a way it was young and cool.  It was not your grandmother's tea.  I drank it every time that I went out for sushi and even brought it into my home.  I could never drink enough to make a difference in my life, but I tried.  Strangely enough I started to enjoy my green tea.  I didn't love it...but I didn't hate it.  I was maturing.
Then one day I was shopping for a gift to bring to a friend's house.  I was in the process of looking for my nine hundredth candle.....I mean how many candles can you buy?  Everyone knows that if I'm coming to their home there is probably a candle in their future.   As I was walking down Third avenue I noticed this great looking tea place!  I thought how new....how different.   What I didn't know was that tea shops, tea cafes and tea menus were popping up all over the place.  I walked into Kusmi Tea like such a newbie.  The store was modern, clean and well stocked with all kinds of fabulous teas from Paris.  I was walking through the isles and checking out all the different teas and tea products. I was deciding between the "Assortment of 5 tins" and the "Presentation box".  I went with the "Presentaion box"  but the decision was not easy.  This beautiful tea shop had wellness teas, herbal teas, flavored teas and classic teas.  With names like "Sweet Love" and "Be Cool"  and flavors like "Strawberry Green Tea" and "Orange and Cinnamon Rooibos" my experience with tea had just changed.  As I paid, the salesman gave me the history of Kusmi Tea and a sample as well!  With my bag in hand I stood there talking about tea and sipping it slowly.  I didn't want it to end.  I realized just then that tea had become sexy!  Tea had become the new candle!  
Anyway, I have to go now and make myself a soothing cup of caramel tea....and there is not a sore throat in sight!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


What to Do If You Find a Breast Lump or Have an Abnormal Mammogram

Whether you have breast cancer or not, these steps will help you get the best care.

By Beth B DuPree MD, FACS, and Meryl Davids Landau
Photograph: iStock

Step One: Make These Phone Calls

Time Frame: That Day

    * Call #1: Your ob-gyn: This doctor knows your history and breasts, and can help you through this process. Tell the receptionist that you found a lump or got a call that your mammogram is abnormal, not just that you need an appointment. The doctor may ask you to come in or may refer you right away for imaging studies or just send you to a breast specialist.
    * Call #2: A breast surgeon: Ask your doctor’s office to call the specialist directly, which may get you in faster. You may be asked to have additional mammographic views or a breast ultrasound before your visit. Even if the lump proves malignant, though, there’s usually risk if you can’t be seen for a few weeks. (But if you have sudden skin changes associated with a mass, tell your doctor since there is a rare but aggressive form of cancer called inflammatory breast cancer that requires urgent attention.)
    * Call #3: Your insurer: Especially if you’re in an HMO, your insurance company may require that you see a gynecologist or an internist before the specialist. If you don’t get a referral at the beginning, you might be denied coverage for needed treatment later. You need to know what your plan will cover and if there are restrictions about where you can receive care.

Step Two: Prepare for Your Appointment

Time Frame: Days to a Few Weeks

    * Write down details about the lump: how hard it is, whether it is painful, whether it moves when you touch it, its size (compared with a pea’s, for instance), and whether the size has changed. Plus: where you were in your menstrual cycle or sequential hormone therapy when you found it.
    * List the prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and all supplements you take regularly. (A variety of medications can cause lumpiness.)
    * Pick up your past two years’ worth of mammograms if they were taken at a different center. Be certain to have the actual films and the written reports for both mammograms and an ultrasound if you have had one.
    * Outline a brief medical history, especially previous breast lumps or abnormal mammogram findings. It is important to note any previous breast biopsies and the results from them, specifically atypical lesions.  Note any family history of breast or ovarian cancer in both your father’s and mother’s families.


Step Three: Get Evaluated

Doctors diagnose breast cancer by the "triple test": physical exam, imaging, and biopsy. If you’re at a comprehensive center that does it all, plan to be there much of the day.

The Exam

The breast surgeon will manually examine all breast tissue and lymph nodes. You will be examined sitting up and lying down. If the doctor can’t find the lump, move into the same position you were when you felt it. 

Imaging: Mammogram and Breast Ultrasound

You may have one or more types of imaging (ultrasound, mammogram or, less frequently, MRI). Which one you have first depends mostly on your doctor’s suspicions about the type of lump, and may also depend upon when your last mammogram was performed.
Mammography is the only breast cancer screening tool for the general population, though high-risk women are sometimes screened with MRIs as well. Digital mammography, which allows for better imaging in women with dense breasts, has begun to replace the familiar “film screen” mammography for screening.
A mammogram done for diagnostic purposes provides views that magnify or compress specific regions of the breast. This will likely be ordered if there is a mass or if your screening mammogram shows microcalcifications (tiny calcium deposits) and/or dense tissue.
Because tumors can be diagnosed only via biopsy, you probably won’t get a definitive diagnosis immediately after imaging unless this is a feature offered by a comprehensive breast center.
Mammogram
    * In addition to the two basic views of each breast, the technician will take additional images of the area where the lump was found. The technologist may press on the spot with a compression paddle and also magnify the area to see if it has irregular borders  or if the density disappears with compression. The radiologist will also look for microcalcifications, which can be associated with cancer. (Note: Not all cancers produce microcalcifications and not all calcifications indicate cancer.)
    * Results ready: Immediately to a few days
    * A mammogram can confirm a discrete  mass but not definitively diagnose a malignancy (that’s why you’ll need a biopsy), so the radiologist will write up a detailed summary and send a report to you and/or your doctor.
    * Ask your doctor when you should expect results. To avoid waiting, request that they be given by phone or sent via e-mail.
    * If your mammogram doesn’t show a mass, don’t be surprised if you’re sent for an ultrasound. Up to 20 percent of breast cancers are not seen on mammography, but only a small number will elude both mammography and ultrasound.  If you feel a mass and the mammogram and ultrasound are both read as normal, you still need to see a breast surgeon. There are some cancers that will not be detected by either test!
After imaging, you’ll be referred for a biopsy which may be performed by either a breast surgeon or breast radiographer. It is important to see a surgeon to establish a relationship so that he or she can evaluate your breast before the area is changed from a biopsy.
Ultrasound
    * To evaluate a palpable lump or to look for a density found on a mammogram. An ultrasound may be able to determine if a mass is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid.
    * Results ready: Immediately to a few days
    * If it’s a fluid-filled cyst: Your doctor may suggest that nothing be done right away, because the cyst may deflate on its own through your next menstrual cycle. But if the cyst is large, it can be aspirated with a small needle. (If the fluid is green, it is usually discarded)  (See "Biopsy," below.) If you leave the cyst alone, watch to see whether it enlarges over the next few weeks; if it does, request an aspiration to be sure it is a cyst. Many women prefer to have the cyst drained so that they do not have to feel it.
    * If it’s not a simple cyst aspiration, a biopsy will be required.
Cancer can be diagnosed only through an examination of tissue under a microscope, therefore every solid mass or complex cystic mass should be biopsied. Don’t assume needing a biopsy means that you have cancer: More than 60 percent of biopsies in women over 40 turn out to be benign.
Time frame: Many breast centers can schedule your biopsy on the same day or the day after your imaging. A referral to a breast surgeon should occur prior to a biopsy so that your breasts can be examined before the biopsy occurs. This is particularly important if you are diagnosed with cancer so that you have an established relationship with this individual and do not have to go on the hunt for a doctor in a state of panic.
Your doctor will recommend one of the following:
Needle Aspiration
    * If your doctor suspects your lump is a fluid-filled cyst or if it appears to be a complex cyst, a thin needle, often guided by ultrasound, is inserted and the fluid is removed. This may be repeated several times. No anesthesia is required.
    * Results ready: Immediately to two days
    * If the fluid is green, the lump is a harmless cyst. Because aspiration causes a cyst to collapse, your treatment is complete. If the fluid is bloody, it is sent to a pathologist.
This biopsy can sometimes diagnose cancer but cannot determine cancer type or other details that are important for treatment. If the cytology is positive or suspicious, you’ll probably need an US guided vacuum assisted or core needle biopsy.
Minimally Invasive Image Guided Breast Biopsy (considered “best practices” by the 2009 Consensus Conference on Image Detected Breast Cancer) :
Core-Needle Biopsy
    * Under local anesthesia, a narrow needle is inserted multiple times, extracting thin cores of tissue that are sent to a pathologist.
    * Results ready: Within two days
Vacuum-Assisted Biopsy
    * Your breast is anesthetized with a local anesthesia, then a biopsy device is inserted into the breast. By using  ultrasound as a guide, the doctor is able to extract larger cores of tissue. A marker is inserted to serve as a guide back to that area if a cancer is found or to mark the area for the future mammograms. Many masses are no longer palpable after the biopsy. The scar is as tiny as with a core-needle biopsy, but doctors get a lot more tissue to analyze so they’re less likely to miss the cancerous part.
   * Results ready: Within two or three days
   * Vacuum-assisted biopsies can also be performed to evaluate microcalcifications found on mammography. They are done with stereotactic (computer) guidance with the patient lying face down on a special mammography table.
  
Excisional Biopsy
    * Doctors sometimes need to remove the entire lump, especially if other biopsy results aren’t consistent with your doctor’s expectation. If an ultrasound was suspicious for a cancer and the results were benign, there’s always the possibility a benign core biopsy simply missed the cancerous tissue. Excisional biopsies are also indicated for large benign masses, masses under the nipple, masses very near the skin surface and occasionally in women with breast implants. The procedure is usually performed in the operating room under IV sedation and local anesthesia. Occasionally special stains are required for the pathologist to make a correct diagnosis.
    * Results ready: From one to two days to a week

Step Four: Getting the News

Ask your doctor how and when the office will contact you. Think twice about giving your cell number. You don’t want to be driving or in the grocery checkout line if you find out it is cancer. Be specific about whether or not the office can leave a message. Doctor’s offices are very careful about how you health information is disseminated.
Recruit a friend or family member to go with you if you’re getting your results in person. (Many centers want you to come in for results, even if the diagnosis is not cancer.) Whether the results are negative or positive, you’ll need to note some important details of your diagnosis.
If it’s negative:
Get a photocopy of your pathology reports for your files.
Have your doctor carefully explain the results. There’s a whole range of benign, from truly nothing to conditions such as atypical hyperplasia, which put you at risk for future cancer. Understand the symptoms you should watch for, your timetable for any follow-up visits, and when you should schedule your next mammogram. If the biopsy diagnosis is a benign condition that can be associated with a more significant pathology, your doctor may still recommend removing the lump with an excisional biopsy.
If it’s cancer:
Once you’ve gotten the diagnosis, ask your doctor for the following.
    * A photocopy of the pathology report for your files.
    * Answers to the following questions:
What type of cancer is it?  Invasive or non-invasive? (For help reading a pathology report, go to breastcancer.org’s online guide.)
Did it begin in the ducts or in the lobules?
How large is it?
What is the clinical stage (the stage the doctor can assess with a physical exam)?
Is there evidence of invasion into blood vessels or lymphatic vessels?
What additional tests are required before treatment begins?  (MRI, CXR, Bone scan, PET? CT? These will vary based upon the type of cancer and clinical stage.)
How does the doctor perform sentinel node evaluation?
Ask for a referral to a plastic/reconstructive surgeon and a radiation oncologist to help in your decision process.
Can the doctor connect you with a support group?
Is my tumor estrogen-receptor positive or negative? Progesterone positive or negative? Her2neu positive or negative?
Ask if you are a candidate for genetic testing for the BRCA I and II gene. (Risk factors include diagnosis under 40 or 50, Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, family history of ovarian cancer, Hx bilateral breast cancers, premenopausal breast cancers, male relatives with breast cancer.)
Today many women with early-stage breast cancer should request that the biopsied tissue be genetically analyzed. One test, Oncotype DX, examines tumor genes and predicts risk of future recurrence. This crucial knowledge can drive your treatment decisions. This test should only be ordered after your lymph nodes are examined and found not to have tumor cells in them.
Beth B DuPree, MD, FACS, is chair of the Board of Advocates of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the medical director of the Breast Health Program at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania.


This article was taken from "More Magazine".

Monday, February 14, 2011

Ninety Years Young!

Gladys Morris has been a yoga instructor for more than 40 years!  She gives classes at the Shaw Lifelong Learning Centre in Oldham, England.  Her classes are always packed with her devoted students.  She teaches Hatha yoga on Mondays and Tuesdays and twice on Thursdays.  Morris credits yoga with keeping her fit and flexible.   Her favorite poses are "plow", "bridge", "shoulder stand" and "triangle".  This amazing lady is not stopping yoga anytime soon!!!
Just another awesome lady over fifty!  
Yoga at 90?!?........You bet!!!


Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day !!!!!
Just a cute little video for today from AOL!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Kathie Lee

Kathie Lee has not been happy with her "muffin top" for a long time, like probably most of us ladies over fifty.  Kathie Lee went to Dr.  Patricia Wexler in Manhattan for a "meltdown".  Love, Love, love this clip of Kathie Lee's procedure!



Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kathie Lee and Hoda

Kathie Lee and Hoda......you girls are the best!  I love your show.  Try to watch it whenever I can.  You make me laugh.  What a great way to start the day!!!!!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Suzanne Somers


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