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Category: Cancer Survivorship

Health and well-being during and after cancer treatment


I wrote my last blog Natural is Natural because it is time for everyone to realize that what

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we put on or in our bodies is so important. Coming from the cosmetic manufacturing industry, we all used parabens to preserve our products. But by the late 1990’s, a lot of buzz was being spread about the dangers surrounding parabens in skin care as well as color cosmetics. Methylparaben ,ethylparen, propylparaben, and butylparaben were commonly used. Parabens are synthetic preservatives that are being used in personal care, but also food and pharmaceuticals; allowing for longevity of the product and to meet FDA regulations.

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Walking The Walk and Talking The Talk For Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer WalkMore than 60,000 cancer survivors and supporters gathered together this past Sunday for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach.

Both my daughters have friends who are breast cancer survivors.  Every year at this time they do this 5 mile walk at Jones Beach to acknowledge breast cancer and hopefully through donations, help raise money for research.

On this beautiful fall day, both my daughters along with 2 of my dear grandchildren walked the walk for this most worthwhile cause.  Miles (on the left) made bracelets of pink and white and gave them away along with the tee shirts, like the ones they are wearing.

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My Friend Meri | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Meri happens to be one of my dearest childhood friends. Regrettably after we graduated high school, we lost touch for almost 50 years. That all changed two years ago when the 50 Year Reunion committee tracked me down and reunited Meri and me.

Olga and Meri It turns out that we had  lived less than 10 minutes from each other almost the entire time.  We had a lot of years to catch up on and we continue to make up for the lost time. She is a dear person and has become such a special friend. It broke my heart to hear about the tremendous struggle she had as a breast cancer survivor. But I could not help being filled with overwhelming gratitude that she was here to share the story with me. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I asked her to share that story with you:

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10 Years of HRT- Am I At Risk for Breast Cancer?

MammogramTechnological advances and relentless research have enabled us to finally start taking power away from the word cancer.

Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer is evidence of the shift. She explained that “Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of “. 25 years ago, breast cancer was NOT something that we could control. The National Cancer Institute has been a pioneer in changing that.

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Olga’s Secret to Restoring Vaginal Elasticity after Radiation

Question: Dear Olga, My husband heard about your product on the radio, I am 58 yearsQuestion from cancer survivor old and a cancer survivor. Since my radiation 5 years ago, I have suffered chronic vaginal dryness, making intercourse way too painful. My Dr. wants me to try Entrace but I’m worried about the hormones. My husband recommended that I ask your opinion first.  Do you think it will help me? Everytime I do use something, Replens etc., it burns so I’m a little worried about your product. Please advise. Thank you!

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Breast Cancer AwarenessBreast Cancer Awareness month, is an important time for reflection. I was thinking what I could say that hasn’t been said in the last two weeks, so I thought I would share a story with you.

When I was very small, maybe 6 or 7 years old, I remember a friend of my mother’s came to visit. I couldn’t take my eyes off her arm. It was twice the size of her left arm and I wondered how strange that looked. Mom said that she was not feeling well and she had an infection. Less than a year later, I found out Mom’s friend had passed away. She had breast cancer.

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