#beBRCAware About BRCA Gene Mutations

I received $150 from AstraZeneca, and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/AstraZeneca. We all know how devastating cancer can be. If you ask a group of people if cancer has effected their lives in any way most will say they have either lost a loved one to cancer or have their own cancer experience to share. Women are constantly reminded how important it is to get screened for breast cancer. We reach a certain age when mammograms become a part of life. We subject ourselves to dreaded pap smears to check for many … [Read more...]

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Get the Holidays Right – Adopt or Foster Parent

I want six children. That was my wish as a child. As an adult, 6 kids were out of reach, but kids were an important part of my life. My first daughter was born in 1987. Then for ten years I waited for the right man to come along that would be a father to my daughter and want more children. Blessed to find my husband, who adopted Alicia our expectation for more children was at a standstill. Miscarriages kept that hope far away. Foster care was discussed, but for many reasons, we couldn’t do it. I still regret that to this day. We did have another child who was a very welcomed addition to our … [Read more...]

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Long Night Documentary: Sex Trafficking in the United States

We are counting down the days to my daughter’s 16th birthday. Sweet Sixteen. But many girls, some even younger, are involved in sex trafficking in the United States. Trafficking is not localized to third world countries and the documentary, The Long Night by Tim Matsui, shares the painful details of girls caught up in this horrible lifestyle. The Film Located in Seattle, the film follows the lives of Lisa and Natalie who have completely different childhoods, but end up caught in the web of prostitution. Both have been raped, beaten and arrested. Both have felt dirty and shamed. Both have … [Read more...]

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Gifts that Give Back: World Vision #Giveaway

World Vision provided a gift. All opinions are my own as always. The best type of holiday gifts are those that give back. World Vision has over 100 gifts which make a difference in other’s lives. Known for gifts such as goats, bicycles, sheep and ducks, they are given to people in poverty to help them earn their own money tp help end poverty. Just like “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. Yes, these gifts are donations but you can get them in honor of someone. A card is sent to that person as well. At the World Vision … [Read more...]

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Support a Family Member in Their Caregiver Role

As the member of the AARP blogger Kitchen Cabinet, this is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own as always. My mother’s health and well-being has deteriorated since August. My role as a caregiver has grown to the point where I drive her everywhere, take care of her medications, keep track of her appointments, attend doctors’ visits with her, make sure that she is eating and more. I am planning for the future because I know she will need more care, especially moving to Assisted Living. It’s been difficult to see her decline. Once a vibrant, extremely independent woman who enjoyed … [Read more...]

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