Thursday, November 17, 2011

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma in the news

I saw this great story in the Oakdale Leader, by Kim Van Meter:
Make-up with a mission http://www.oakdaleleader.com/section/53/article/6102/
It is a story about how a fellow ACC wearer, Mary Carey, overcame cancer treatment issues and their effect on her appearance with the help of her talented niece, Vena Hudgins. Ms. Hudgins has plans to help other cancer warriors with once a month classes.

My medical center, and probably one nearby you if you are interested, has a regular workshop called Look Good... Feel Better. Here is the homepage for that program: http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/.
I once made an appointment to go to a workshop, but chickened out when the person on the phone didn't know if the makeup techniques would work on radiated facial skin. The program is known for lifting spirits and renewing confidence of women with cancer in other areas of their body - asking them about techniques to apply makeup to previously-radiated skin kind of tripped them up. I was never one to use makeup all that much before 2006, but I would like to be a hottie for my dear husband occasionally, and I am still very much in public with my presentations and classes.

I plan on getting in touch with Ms. Hudgins to see if she has some tips on locating makeup that goes on and comes off my radiated skin without pain. If you have some tips to share, please leave a comment - I can't be the only one dealing with this issue, and your words could help many others.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Recent message from ACC Artists for A Cure

I mentioned before on this blog about ACC Artists for a Cure - I had learned of it last spring on Facebook -  and received a recent comment to the original post linked here.

I am repeating the comment on today's post, so you can know that it is a vital developing group. I look forward to following their fundraising efforts, and to passing along the new site's information to you when they complete it.

"Thanks for your review of the ACC Artists for a Cure website and for your very thoughtful comments. The idea for the Gallery came after I embarked on developing my own website, and I've always been self-conscious that the ACC AFC Gallery was just a page there. That site also has several shortcomings, as you point out...we are developing a new site, just for the Gallery, though! The intent is to have a much more accessible and use-friendly site that gives our artists more exposure while we feature their work. The Gallery itself has not raised money. It's just not set up to do that, but the artists are interested in raising awareness about ACC and donating funds to ACCRF through the sale of their work. The proceeds donation mentioned on the current site are from my own sales...and so far, I've given 100% to ACCRF. It is a super organization! People who buy my work can be sure pretty much all of the proceeds will go there, if not all. I have a dear friend who was diagnosed with ACC in March of 2009, and while he is in remission, I've met many ACC patients since...I've become very interested in helping this community to support my friend and other ACC patients and their families. The Gallery is still developing...we have four members now, but we also have other artists who want to contribute. So in the end, we should have quite a diversity of art forms, which will mostly do what art does for people...speak to them of spirit and community. That's the idea, basically. We hope one day to have an event where we can actually raise money as a group, and we are making progress. Again, we do so appreciate your comments and would very much welcome your ideas as we bring the new site on line and work on it further. xo, Edith Thompson "

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The long quiet - all is better now

I had about 10 days of bronchitis - first time for that particular ailment, and I sure hope it is my last. Something about coughing hard enough to want to retch... oh yeah, and that plays havoc with all those radiated muscles up in my head/neck area, don't it. I am well enough now to be cranky about it, so, as the dear mister says, I am well.
I will now get back into the ebb and flow of blogging.
 
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