I Had the Best Summer, Ever!

dorri c scottFor six glorious days I laid on the white sands in Negril, Jamaica. I enjoyed the wonder of the ocean and spent hours with family and friends – and had a good time doing it. Daily, I wrote in my journal, finished a book that is forthcoming and caught up on lots of fun reading.

It was a great time of renewal and reflection. Too it was a well needed break from the looong days spent on the beltway, late hours in my office working dark thirty to dark thirty and away from the technology. (No phone, IPAD, computer, email or TV) YES, I truly vacationed.

At dinner on my third day I asked the waitress serving our group, “Why do Jamaicans respond with No problem Mon to EVERYTHING? With no hesitation, she answered. “In Jamaica, we have no problems.” “We only have situations.” “Everything in life is a situation, NEVER a problem,” she continued, – Just a situation.” WOW! I thought, how
powerful is that – positive thinking at its best.

Looking at our Class of 2014 Thriver Survivors, I am certain each sees life differently having had a “situation.” Tickled Pink for the 2nd year, I invite you to join me, celebrate and honor their new Happy Home called HOPE. Each will inspire you to see the glass half full, recognizing that each “situation,” if viewed with strength and courage, is not a problem at all – only a situation the requires faith, courage and much love.

See you out and about in Loudoun,

Kindly,

Dorri

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  1. Virginia Chiantella MD says:

    Hello friends of LWM, I am a Breast Surgeon, and am writing because of a comment on the cover of the latest edition of Loudoun Woman, the Breast Cancer Awareness issue. It is the statement “1 out of 8 women in the USA will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year”. This is a frequently mis-quoted statistic, as it is here, and I would like to set the record straight on this for your readers. If this statistic were true, there would be 19 million new cases of breast cancer this year, and thank goodness there will be less than 2 percent of that number of women diagnosed this year, about 300,000.

    The number one risk factor for developing breast cancer, besides being a woman, is age. The risk goes up the older we get. So, the breast cancer risk is highest in older women. The 1 in 8 statistic, often qualified with “1 in 8 women gets breast cancer in her lifetime”, only applies to women in the 80 to 85 year old age group. At age 40, the risk is 1 in 100; that is, only 1 in 100 40-year-old women is diagnosed with breast cancer. Here are the appropriate numbers:

    There is a 1 in 250 change of developing breast cancer between the ages of 35-39.
    There is a 1 in 100 chance of developing breast cancer between the ages of 40-44.
    There is a 1 in 50 chance of developing breast cancer betweeen the ages of 45-49.
    There is a 1 in 33 chance of developing breast cancer between the ages of 50-54.
    There is a 1 in 25 chance of developing breast cancer between the ages of 55-59.
    There is a 1 in 17 chance of developing breast cancer between the ages of 60-64.
    There is a 1 in 14 chance of developing breast cancer between the ages of 65-69.
    There is a 1 in 11 chance of developing breast cancer between the ages of 70-74.
    There is a 1 in 10 chance of developing breast cancer between the ages of 75-79.
    There is a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer at age 80-85.

    Also, most women who are diagnosed with cancer do not have a family history, and do not carry a “breast cancer gene”.

    There are other factors which may adjust any individual woman’s risk up or down that are independent of her age, but increasing age is still the most important.

    Thanks for allowing me to clarify this for your readers.

    Sincerely,
    Virginia Chiantella MD FACS

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