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 Wednesday September 22, 2010 - Issue #504

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 


There are two anniversaries we traditionally mark when we lose a loved one: their passing and their birth. The former can be all the more painful at the one year mark, especially when the loved one was taken very suddenly and was very young. In addition to any religious ceremonies that may be conducted, family members are left to decide what memorials (if any) would be appropriate to commemorate their loved one as the years pass. 

Last week marked the anniversary of the passing of a young woman who meant a great deal to me; someone I wrote about a few months ago on our shared birthday.

I met Sara and her family as neighbors many years ago in Miami, but they all quickly became members of my own extended family and we stayed close even after they moved north.  Last week, Sara’s sister Daryl, niece Kiley and mother Coni came back to Miami to sprinkle some of her ashes into the ocean she loved so much as she was growing up. It was a private and simple ceremony, which seemed to be what Sara would have wanted...continued

Take care

Gary Barg




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Ovarian Cancer: The Caregiver's Role

by Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

The American Cancer Society reports that ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer among women today. About three percent of all cancers in women are some type of ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, ovarian cancer ranks among fifth in cancer deaths, primarily due to the fact that it is hard to detect until it has advanced beyond the ovaries into other areas of the body. Estimates are that one in every 57 women will develop ovarian cancer in the United States....continued Cancer Channel

Guest Column

Everyday Tasks Made Easier
With Accessible Technology

By Patricia Kennedy, RN, CNP

What if vision challenges made it impossible for you to read a computer screen? Or limited dexterity left you unable to type? For many people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities, these questions are in fact realities. Symptoms such as vision impairments, cognitive challenges, and dexterity limitations can make the use of technology difficult and at times seemingly impossible....continued



Tips for Keeping Safe at Home with Chemotherapy

By: Cheryl Coppola RN, MSN, OCN

As more and more chemotherapy is given in outpatient clinics and at home, it is extremely important that caregivers and patients understand the risks and hazards that household members may be exposed to. Chemotherapy can be given via a portable infusion pump or in pill form. In both cases it is possible for cancer drugs to unintentionally come in contact with caregivers. When chemotherapy is given in any form, the body must then get rid of it after it’s done its job.....continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor


Feature Article

Ovarian Cancer: The Caregiver's Role
Guest Column

Everyday Tasks Made Easier With Accessible Technology

Tips for Keeping Safe at Home with Chemotheraphy



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