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Share & Care N EWSLETTER www.womensupportingwomen.org A PRIL 2009 F ROM T HE D IRECTOR Spring is a beautiful time of the year with new bright green grass, flowers, and warm weather, but not all is cheerful ! Be aware that this is the season of the year that many people have trouble with depression. It is hard to understand what is going on when everyone else seems to be happy and that is not how you are feeling. People who have chronic depression will find this a more difficult time and may need to engage their therapist more frequently or ask for an increase in their medication (may be temporary). Some may just feel down for a couple of weeks. If you find that those feelings remain, please seek coun- seling. Dealing with breast cancer, surgery, and often chemotherapy changes your internal chemistry’s and finding someone to talk to whether it be a counselor, minister, or even a good friend may be very helpful. Come into one of our offices and talk with us or we can find someone in similar circumstance Sue Revelle with whom you can share. You are never alone. We are always here for you. Executive Director WSW & R OMMEL A CE H ARDWARE P ARTNER FOR M AY Women Supporting Women and Rommel Ace Hardware are partnering throughout the entire month of May to provide breast cancer awareness to the community and funding for our organization. Ace is going to request their customers in all 12 stores in this district to donate a $1.00 and in return, give them a paper with information about Women Supporting Women and a $5.00 off coupon to be used at any of their stores. We hope you will join us by offering to give us 2 hours of your time on a Wednesday or Saturday in May from 10am – 2pm. We want to have a presence at as many stores as possible. Please CALL us as soon as you are able if you live in Chincoteague, Exmore, Millsboro, or Stevensville and are able to donate your time. Thanks. INSIDE T HANK Y OU - B REAK T IME Wicomico 2 Basket Bingo 3 Women Supporting Women proudly thanks Break Time Sports Grill & Pub and Pat Scott, Owner, for all of their fundraising efforts through their first annual “A Night of Blues and Jazz”, a benefit in memory Worcester 4 of Kim Scott, Pat’s wife, on February 26, 2009. The night was a great success, and they raised over Humor 4 $9,000 and fun was had by all in attendance. A special thank you goes out to the “Hill Streets Blues Somerset 6 Band” for donating their time and wonderful music that night. Proudly with Pat’s continued support, Mid Shore 7 we will be able to help so many others that are touched by breast cancer. Humor 7 Medical 9 –10 M ERCI ’ - O CEAN C ITY P ARROTHEADS Nutritional 11 Our sincere gratitude goes out to the Ocean City Parrotheads, their Board of Thank You’s 11 Directors, and to the entire Mardi Gras committee. We appreciate all of the Thought For the Month hard work, time and effort that was put into the Mardi Gras. It was a unique, once in a lifetime event. There is no chance, no destiny, We made new friends and brought awareness to our organization and to our Berlin office. We are no fate, that can hinder or grateful for everything. control the firm resolve of a To India Bandorick and Irene Hansen—thank you for everything. We were in contact with them daily determined soul. and they spent countless hours working on this project. Ella Wheeler Wilcox Our publishing deadline on the newsletter was March 20, so we will have more information in the next newsletter with pictures and details of the event. S HARE & C ARE N EWSLETTER P AGE -T WO - W ICOMICO C OUNTY C HAPTER N EWS M EETINGS & 106 W. C IRCLE A VE ., S UITE 101 H APPENINGS (I N THE C ANNON B UILDING ) S ALISBURY , M ARYLAND April 2, 2009 410-548-7880 O FFICE H OURS : Survivor Meeting M ONDAY -T HURSDAY 9:00 - 4:00 106 W. Circle Ave F RIDAY 9:00 - 3:00 Salisbury, MD Kim Poole Guest Speaker The Salisbury office, like all of the WSW offices, has been very busy. We appreciate all of the 7:00 p.m. hard work that everyone has put in on our behalf. April 14, 2009 There are several upcoming events that are notable. THE GREENE TURTLE in Salisbury is Lymphedema Meeting having their “FUNDS FOR FRIENDS” on April 21st, 2009. Ten percent of the day’s sales are New Location donated to Women Supporting Women, so please tell your family and friends and stop by The Women’s Health & Prevention Greene Turtle to dine in or carry out. 3rd Floor—PRMC Our Longaberger Basket Bingo is on May 7. This always promises to be a fun night. A special April 21, 2009 thanks goes out to Sarah Albresh and to Joyce Hickman for their planning and time and to Knitting Class Penny Bradford for assembling the baskets and cooking food. Salisbury Office 1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m. Our Survivor meeting will be on April 2 at the Salisbury office. The guest speaker will be April 24, 2009 Kim Poole, a registered massage therapist/yoga teacher. She will be speaking on "Massage & Look Good /Feel Better Yoga for Breast Cancer." Kim has been specifically trained in massage and yoga for the breast cancer survivor. This presentation will be specifically how massage & Yoga can help in your Sponsored by the ACS daily life for relaxation & increasing your immune system. at PRMC Please call Malindie at (410) 543-7006 to make a reservation. F OOD L ION S IGN U P Auction and Sale To benefit Women Supporting Women Have you linked your Food Lion Featuring Fine Art, Travel, Dining & More! MVP card to us yet? Live Auction - Silent Auction Go to Live Music - Refreshments www.foodlion.com Beer & Wine then click on Preview Friday May 1, 2009 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. In The Community Auction & Sale Saturday May 2, 2009 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. then click on Lion Shop & Share Location: Adcock Studio, 106 East Green St., Snow Hill, MD then click on For more information call 410-726-2440 or WSW at 410-548-7880 Register MVP Cards put in Women Come out for the day and enjoy Live Music, Refreshments, a nice walk along Supporting Women the River and bid on Beautiful Art by Local Artists, gift certificates for din- ing, traveling and shopping. and follow the easy directions. Please come out and show your support! S HARE & C ARE N EWSLETTER P AGE -T HREE - Annual Pink Ribbon Basket Bingo Salisbury Moose Lodge 833 Snow Hill Road Thursday, May 7, 2009 Longaberger Baskets Filled With Goodies! Doors Open At 5:30 p.m. - Games Start At 7:00 p.m. Tickets $20.00 In Advance / $25.00 At The Door Refreshments For Sale— 50/50 - 2 Special Raffles Call (410) 548-7880 For Tickets Or Further Information This event is not affiliated or endorsed by The Longaberger Company. S HARE & C ARE N EWSLETTER P AGE -F OUR - W ORCESTER C OUNTY N EWS M EETINGS & T HE E UNICE S ORIN C HAPTER H APPENINGS 10026 O LD O CEAN C ITY B LVD ., S UITE 4 B ERLIN , M ARYLAND April 14th 410-641-2849 AARP Health Fair O FFICE H OURS T UESDAY —T HURSDAY 10-2 OC Convention Center A special thank you goes out to Virginia Reister and all of the volunteers who have manned the Berlin April 15th office due to staffing changes. All of your hard work and time is very appreciated. You are the heart and soul of Women Supporting Women. We also want to thank Delana Wisnauskas for the donation of Survivor Meeting the couch. This was an unexpected gift that was truly appreciated in our time of need. 10026 Old Ocean City Blvd Despite the changes, the office continues to be successful in fulfilling WSW’s mission to provide aware- 6:30 p.m. ness, education, and support to all those who are affected by breast cancer. The fitting that was held in April 18th March was quite successful and everyone enjoyed the company afterward. Thanks to Denovas for pro- Ocean Pines viding the refreshments. Community Center The annual Flea Market will be held on April 18th at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Any and all Flea Market donations will be accepted at all of our offices. Please note the times each office is open on their appro- priate chapter page. 8:00—12:00 We are honored to announce the message below for our friends and supporters, The Manoly’s. Larry, Debbe and their family worked hard during the Mardi Gras to raise funds for Women Supporting Women and we would like to help them with their wonderful organization, “A Message of Hope.” A Message of Hope is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide direct financial assistance to families who face the monetary burdens associate with cancer. We work with local families to provide hope by cover- ing the hidden costs of cancer. We believe in helping real families, right now. Our vision is to offer support with co-pays, prescription drugs, gas to and from treatment, groceries and any other medical related ex- penses. We believe in providing hope to our local community by helping families during their fight. What would you do if you were diagnosed with cancer and had to stop working? What would you do if you had to stop working to take care of your child with cancer? It costs money to fight – with or without insurance… This year we are proud to announce a new branch of A Message of Hope – Here on the Eastern Shore. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping with event planning! Maybe you have a special talent that can be used to help us! Or maybe you are not sure how you could help, but you are willing to make a difference in the lives of local families. Please contact, Debbe, at 410-991-2848 for information about the Eastern Shore branch. To make a donation or to speak to our founder, call 240-678-9808 and ask for Meredith. You can also visit our website at www.amessageofhopecf.org With a lot of people doing a little bit of work, we will remain an all-volunteer organization. Last year we raised, $100,000 and our operating costs were only 4.6%. S HARE & C ARE N EWSLETTER P AGE -F IVE - Snacks - Dessert Buffet - Cash Bar - Live Auction $25.00 per person (Limited Tickets) S HARE & C ARE N EWSLETTER P AGE -S IX - M EETINGS & H APPENINGS S OMERSET C OUNTY C HAPTER N EWS 609 W. M AIN S T ., U NIT 105 April 16th C RISFIELD , M ARYLAND Survivor Meeting 410-968-9131 H OURS : T UESDAY -T HURSDAY 10:00—2:00 Crisfield Office 6:30 p.m. Greetings from Somerset County! Spring is FINALLY here and we are gearing up for two of our upcoming fundraisers. April 18th The Pink Ribbon Spring Fling Dance is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2009. Tickets are Pink Ribbon now on sale at Jane’s Accents or at the WSW office in Crisfield. Tickets are $25.00 per person and tickets are limited. We will reserve tables for paid parties of eight. The dance will be held at Spring Fling the Crisfield Elks on Route 413 from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tickets include snacks and a des- Crisfield Elks sert buffet. We will have a cash bar and a “Live Auction” with lots of good stuff to bid on. Come 8:00 p.m.—12:00 a.m. dance the night away with music by The Venturas. If you are looking for a good time, then look no more. Come out and enjoy the great music and atmosphere. For more information on the dance, call either Jane Riggin at 410.968.1649 or the WSW office at 410.968.9131. We would like to thank the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce for their recent donation of $500.00 for our Pink Ribbon Spring Fling Dance. We will use these funds to pay the rental fee for the Elks Club and the additional funds will help defray other expenses for the dance. THANK YOU Crisfield Chamber of Commerce! We have begun preparing for the Somerset Walk 2009. The Somerset Walk is a fundraiser for WSW hosted by the Somerset County Curves exercise facilities in Princess Anne and Crisfield. The date of the walk has been scheduled for June 6, 2009. This year’s walk will take place in Princess Anne. This 5k (3.17 mile) walk will begin at the Howard Anderson Building on Park Avenue in Princess Anne and will end at the Princess Anne Curves facility. The registration fee is $25.00, which includes a T-shirt, water, and light breakfast. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. with the start time beginning at 7:30 a.m. We will also be giving away prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. We had a great turnout last Paula Holmes talking to some of the year for Somerset Walk 2008 and hope this year’s walk will be bigger than ever. students at Holy Grove about Women For more information on this fun walk, please contact the WSW office at Supporting Women and Breast Cancer 410.968.9131 or either Lonnie Diskin, Owner, Princess Anne Curves or Jonna Bradshaw, Owner, Crisfield Curves. Please come out and help WSW continue their mission of helping breast cancer survivors and their families. Several Somerset county schools have volunteered to host “Casual Days” at their schools to help raise money for WSW. Woodson Middle School in Crisfield hosted their “Casual Days” event from March 16th through March 24th. Cris- field High School hosted theirs on March 16th, 17th, 23rd, and 24th. Green- wood Elementary in Princess Anne has agreed to host a “Casual Day’s event at their school in April. The dates of this event will follow in our next newsletter issue. THANK YOU TOO ALL THE SCHOOLS for their support. We will let you know how much was raised from the schools in our next newsletter. The “Feed The Pink” Fundraiser is still going strong in town. The Crisfield Curves members are constantly feeding the pig. Their program will end on Friday, March 20th. Soon we will have a number of the amount of money donated by Curves. We still have 3 other piggy banks in town where you can still “feed the pig”: one at Circle Inn Restaurant, one at Gordon’s Confec- tionary, and one at Marion Pharmacy. Don’t forget to FEED THE PIG the next time you are in one of these 3 businesses. THE GREENE TURTLE in Pocomoke is having their “FUNDS FOR FRIENDS” on May 5th, 2009 10% of the day’s sales are donated to The Somerset Chapter of WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN. Our April meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in our office in Crisfield. We look forward to seeing you all at our April meeting. Enjoy your spring season! - Jane & Paula S HARE & C ARE N EWSLETTER P AGE -S EVEN - M ID -S HORE N EWS M EETINGS & 21 N. H ANSON S TREET , #112 H APPENINGS E ASTON , M ARYLAND 410-822-9420 April 16th (S UPPORTING C AMBRIDGE , E ASTON & D ENTON ) Survivor Meeting O PEN T UESDAY T HRU T HURSDAY 10—2 Easton Office—6:30 p.m. April 21st Hello to everyone from the Mid-Shore Chapter! Spring is here and we are full of en- Cambridge Support Meeting ergy, preparing for the Oxford Day 10K! The committee has been meeting over the past Christ Episcopal Church few monthes to put all the details together. This event is our chapter's largest an- 601 Church Street nual fundraiser, as well as a fun, spirited community event! All ages attend to run, walk Barber Hall 7:00 p.m. or walk the dog through the charming waterfront town of Oxford, beginning at the Oxford Community Center. All participants will receive a T-shirt, water and a lite breakfast. This year we have Teams participating from businesses to book clubs. We have a special gift for survivors and a goodie bag and bandana for the dogs. We hope everyone will come out and join in this empowering event! To register, call our office, or go to www.active.com and enter keyword, 'Oxford Day 10K'. We would like to thank the generous sponsors who have already stepped up to support the event: Hill's Drug Stores Bartlett, Griffin and Vermilye Insurance Eastern Shore Oncology Dr. Susan Forlifer Eastern Shore Paint and Restoration Easton Bank and Trust The Hill Group/Smith Barney Tri Gas & Oil In Memory of Ralph Whitehurst Family Care of Easton Talbot County Health Dept. CRF Gift Certificates for Raffle: HUMOR 208 Talbot A guy is reading his paper when Anastasia, Ltd his wife walks up behind him Martinis Restaurant and smacks him on the back of Mason's Restaurant the head with a frying pan. He asks, "What was that for?" She Osteria Alfredo says, "I found a piece of paper in your pocket with 'Betty Sue' Lori Yates and Sue Todd represented our Chapter by attending the Episcopal Diocese' written on it." He says, "Jeez, annual convention and Health Fair at the Hyatt in Cambridge on February 27th, provid- honey, remember last week ing information on our services. when I went to the track? 'Betty Sue' was the name of the horse I Thank you to Heather at Hill's Drug Store for hosting the Bra Fitting Day on March went there to bet on." She 18th. Call Hill's for comprehensive information about your eligibility for mastectomy shrugs and walks away. Three (or lumpectomy) products, or to make an appointment: 410-763-8966. days later he's reading his paper THE GREENE TURTLE in Easton is having their “FUNDS FOR FRIENDS” on when she walks up behind him April 28th, 2009. Ten percent of the day’s sales are donated to The Mid-Shore Chapter and smacks him on the back of of WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN. Please tell your family and friends and stop by the head again with the frying The Greene Turtle to dine in or carry out. pan. He asks, "What was that for?" She answers, Thank you for your Support! - Lori & Mary "Your horse called." S HARE & C ARE N EWSLETTER P AGE -E IGHT - Step out for breast cancer support! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10K Run - 5K Walk - Fun Dog Walk Saturday April 25th 10K Run Start 8am – 5K Walk Start 8:30am – Dog Walk Start 9am All events begin at The Oxford Community Center 200 Oxford Rd, Oxford, Maryland For Information & Registration call 410-822-9420 Online registration at www.active.com 21 N. Hanson St. Suite112, Easton, MD. 21601 www.womensupportingwomen.org S HARE & C ARE N EWSLETTER P AGE -N INE - M EDICAL N EWS Shorter Radiation for Invasive, Node-Negative Breast Cancer Radiation for three weeks at higher doses may be as effective as the standard five weeks of therapy By Mary Alice Hartsock, LBBC Staff; reviewed by Jennifer Bellon, MD / From Living Beyond Breast Cancer - lbbc.org T.J. Whelan, et al. Long-Term Results of a Randomized Trial of Accelerated Hypofractionated Whole Breast Irradia- tion Following Breast Conserving Surgery in Women with Node-Negative Breast Cancer. Presented at American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, Boston, MA, September 21-25, 2008. Radiation for three weeks instead of the standard five weeks after lumpectomy may be effective for women with lymph node- negative invasive breast cancer, results of a recent study indicate. Conducted by Canadian researcher Timothy J. Whelan, MD, the study examined the effectiveness of hypofractionated radia- tion, a technique in which higher doses of radiation are given for a shorter time period. Study Background Invasive breast cancer occurs when cancer has traveled outside of the ducts or lobules of the breast into the surrounding tis- sues. When the cancer does not travel into the lymph nodes near the breast and when the tumor remains small, a doctor may remove only the lump and some of the tissue surrounding the lump, also called lumpectomy, or breast conserving therapy. The standard treatment for invasive breast cancer that is confined to the breast is lumpectomy plus radiation for five to seven weeks. Radiation kills any cancer cells that might remain in the breast area after a tumor is removed. Radiation normally is given five days a week for five to seven weeks; the researchers of this study wanted to find out if radiation given at a higher daily dose over three weeks would be equally effective in preventing locally invasive breast cancer recurrence. Study Design Between April 1993 and September 1996, 1,234 women who had undergone lumpectomy for invasive breast cancer were ran- domly assigned to receive three weeks of higher dose radiation or five weeks of standard dose radiation. The women did not have cancer in their lymph nodes. Study Results After 12 years, both groups had similar rates of recurrence. Women who received three weeks of radiation had a 6.2 percent risk of recurrence compared to a 6.7 percent risk of recurrence in the five-week group. The groups also had similar skin reactions (side effects like dryness) after the radiation. The researchers determined that shorter radiation is just as effective as standard radiation in controlling recurrence. They sug- gest that this approach should be more widely considered because it is more convenient and less costly to women in treatment for breast cancer. What Does This Study Mean for Me? Depending on your situation, you may be a candidate to try this new method if your radiation oncologist is open to it. Share the results of this study with your doctor, and ask if shorter radiation may be an option for you. Our new Women Supporting Women website is up and running. Be sure to check it out and email us with your questions, comments or concerns. We would also be honored to print your tribute or survivor story! WWW.WOMENSUPPORTINGWOMEN.ORG S HARE & C ARE N EWSLETTER P AGE -T EN - M EDICAL N EWS At this time of year, we remind you to be on the alert for Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection, most commonly contracted from a tick bite, that may initially cause a flu-like sickness. Untreated, or inadequately treated, it may cause long- term, persistent illness that can affect many systems of the body. Other tick-borne diseases are often contracted at the same time. Lyme Disease has become more prevalent on the Eastern Shore. The Lyme Disease Association of the Eastern Shore of Maryland meets monthly on the last Monday of each month at the Greater Salisbury Building in Downtown Salisbury at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the group or their monthly meet- ings, please call Pam Andrews at (410) 543-6252. Information from their website (www.lyme.org) is given below. Living Beyond Breast Cancer FREE Call In Educational Teleconference Triple Negative Breast Cancer: Update & Tools Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Treatment Update and Tools For Healthy Living Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Get an overview of the latest information, research and treatments for triple-negative breast cancers. Learn more about risk factors and screening, and get practical advice on nutritional and lifestyle choices that can help reduce your risk of recurrence. How to participate? Use any telephone or participate (Listen only) by computer using Real Network Player or Windows Media Player. How to register? Register online at lbbc.org. If you do not have access to the internet, call (610) 645-4567 for instructions. S HARE & C ARE N EWSLETTER P AGE -E LEVEN - T HANK Y OU F OR Y OUR D ONATIONS ! A “Delmarvalous” Personal Donations SPONSORS Thank You Helen Barry Corporate Thank you to the Eunice Sorin Delmarvalous Stampers Civic Donations Bob & Keisha Evans Gordy Tiger Marts for their continued Ocean City Soroptomists Deer Run Golf Course and dedicated support. A BIG 10K Thank You Hope Your donation of hand-made A special thank you to all Peninsula Regional Medical Center Richard A. Henson cards is very appreciated who have donated to the Cancer Institute byWSW and those Oxford 10K. A complete list will Apple Discount Drugs who receive the cards. be printed next month. Hill’s Drug Store State Farm Insurance N UTRITIONAL Karen Davis, Julie Case, Gamee Elliott Pink Ribbon Herl’s Bath and Tile Solutions Shore Appliance Connection Met Life Home Loans Support From Gary Marshall Insurance March 2009 Cactus Taverna Dr. Andrew Weil’s Awareness Self Healing Trice Geary & Myers, LLC P AGE 12 NONPROFIT ORG. PAID SALISBURY, MD 21801 PERMIT #146 www.womensupportingwomen.org 106 W. Circle Avenue, Suite 101 Salisbury, MD 21801 Return Service Requested. Our endowment through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore is now $10,747.00. If you wish to contribute to this fund please contact the office for more information. Thank you ATTENTION: If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, or wish to have it e-mailed or mailed to you, please call WSW at 410.548.7880. GREEN TURTLE THE GREENE TURTLE is proud to sponsor three local fund-raisers for Women Supporting Women to be held: April 21st in Salisbury April 28th in Easton May 5 in Pocomoke “FUNDS FOR FRIENDS” is their community program and 10% of the day’s sales are generously donated to WSW. So please tell your family and friends and stop by The Greene Turtle to dine in or carry out on the dates above!
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