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Taylor Arnold is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.A. in illustration and a M.F.A. in professional writing. Her work has appeared in Atlanta-based publications such as Atlanta’s Finest, Points North, Jezebel, Atlanta InTown and Atlanta Woman. Today she serves as copy editor for Best Self Atlanta and is a regular contributor to the magazine. Read her article, Breast Cancer: Then and Now, on p. 37.
Sawyer Photography is made up of Dan and Gail Sawyer. After attending classes at Brooks Institute of Photography and Pasadena Art Center College of Design, they opened their first studio in Burbank, California. Their work has appeared in many major magazines, on album covers and in corporate reports. In 1994, the Sawyers opened their full-service custom studio, Sawyer Photography, in Marietta. See their work on this month’s cover and in the profile on p. 45.
Jessica Dauler is the founder of JessicaShops. com, where she shares valuable information on where to shop, dine and how to save. Jessica can be heard weekly on Star 94 Radio and seen weekly on CBS Better Mornings. She also writes a weekly column in The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Deal Spotter. Her monthly columns appear in Best Self Atlanta and Southern Journal Magazine. Check out Jessica’s pick of the month on p. 17.
Katie Otto is a proud native of Atlanta, currently residing in Old Fourth Ward. Her background includes several high-profile writing gigs and digital marketing consulting. She runs a freelance content marketing business called Content Queen. Katie has a passion for empowering women and serves as the lead teacher at Pure Barre Virginia Highlands. Read her article, Going Clubbing, on p. 27.
Genie Burnett, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in eating disorder treatment. She began her private practice work in 1999 and founded Manna Treatment & Counseling, a private practice group in 2006. She also created the Manna Fund in 2006, which is a nonprofit dedicated to helping those with life-threatening eating disorders receive the intensive treatment that they need to survive. She is also a published author and a speaker, and when she grows up, she wants to make jewelry at the beach. Read her article, What’s She Thinking?, on p. 54. www.bestselfatlanta.com
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What are some common foundation trends people get stuck in? People think more is better when it comes to foundation, but using too much can lead to an unnatural look and even cause the skin to produce more oil in some cases. Start with a very small amount and build the coverage only in places where you really need it.
What blush trends do people get stuck in? Using the same color until it runs out and even longer. Also, always sticking with powder instead of creams or sticks.
What lip color trends do people get stuck in? I see too many women still wearing a glossy pink that is out of 1987.
What eye makeup trends do people get stuck in? The most common one would be the smoky eye with lots of eyeliner, which will close in the eyes. Instead, use a nude or flesh tone color as a liner on the bottom inner part of the eye to make eyes appear open.
Why should women update their hair color and style? Any lifestyle change that necessitates a new wardrobe also necessitates a new hair style. A subtle transformation can yield as much impact as a total makeover.
How should someone update their foundation for the fall? Often, people need two foundation colors: one for summer and one for winter. As people’s summer tans fade, mixing the summer and winter colors often gives the right transition color for fall. What are the most important factors when selecting a foundation? Ingredients and color. Choose a foundation with ingredients that will improve the health and vitality of your skin, such as plant-based oils and antioxidants. Avoid ingredients like parabens, mineral oils, talc and synthetic colors that can clog pores and irritate skin. What styles of foundation are best for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond? Typically, skin loses moisture as we age, so a moisturizing foundation with a plant oil base, such as coconut oil, will improve skin condition while promoting a youthful appearance. www.bestselfatlanta.com
What is the most important factor when selecting a blush? Your underlying skin tones and your hair color will affect the blush color and application you choose. Also, consider how much time you want to spend on application. Do you want to dab some cream blush on with your fingers and go, or spend more time highlighting your cheeks and creating dimension? What blushes are best for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond? Always use mineral makeup. I have been using Jane Iredale Skin Care Makeup since I was 25! Women in their 40s will also benefit from a cream to add moisture and radiance. I like to think at any age you can wear any type of blush as long as you know how to use the product you have. What blush do you recommend this season? Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Blush in color “Whisper” and In Touch Cream Blush in color “Connection.” The cream blush makes it dewy and radiant on the skin.
What are the current trends for fall lip color? Deep red or chocolate brown lips that are primarily matte. There are a lot of options, but the common denominator for fall is richness of color. What is the most important factor when selecting a lip color? The only real rule of thumb is to balance out your look. Make sure that if you have a bold mouth, you have softer eyes. When trying a new lip color, give yourself time to let it grow on you. We are creatures of habit, and it can take two hours or longer to get used to a different lip color. What styles of lip color are best for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond? In your 30s, this is the time to have fun and play with some trends! Then as we age, we tend to lose color in our skin, so the lips will appear stronger. A little more color makes us look brighter and a bit healthier. Just remember that if you haven’t changed your makeup, people can tell exactly how old you are by the way you wear it.
How can someone get a dramatic look with their eye makeup this season? Start with a volumizing mascara, and top it off with a bold black liner on your lash line. If your lashes are still not getting the length and thickness you desire, you can add eyelash extensions. What is the most important factor when applying eye makeup? First determine the shape of the eye, which will help you decide whether or not a bold, smoky eye or a natural, nude eye will be best suited. For close-set eyes, stay away from dark colors on the lid area, which can make the eyes appear closed. With deep-set eyes, use darker colors in the crease area and more soft nudes or vibrant colors on the lid. What styles of lip color are best for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond? At any age, the best style is soft and natural because it’s classy and timeless.
What are the most important factors when selecting a hair color and style? Your hair type, meaning hair texture (coarse, medium or fine), density (the number of individual hair strands on one square inch of the scalp), porosity (the ability of the hair to absorb moisture) and elasticity (the ability to stretch and return to its original length without breaking). Also consider the pH levels required for your hair type, the growth pattern of your hair, your facial features and your skin tone. What hair colors are best for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond? If you’re thinking red, go blond. Red hair is tough on mature skin tones, but a honey blond with golden tones works every time. If you’re a brunette, shifting from espresso brown to a softer shade like maple or chestnut can erase years. If you want to show off your gray, use cool, ashy highlights to improve the color. They are one of the best kept secrets of stylish, gray haired women.
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The scoop on what’s new around town 2nd Annual Moustache Dash 5K/1M After a breast cancer-focused October, male-centric “Movember” will take the stage, encouraging men to grow moustaches throughout the month. This humorous rebranding of the month of November is intended to raise awareness for men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer. To support this movment, Best Self Atlanta and Georgia Urology present the family-friendly Moustache Dash race, which includes 5K and one-mile options stepping off from New Balance Buckhead. The pre-race activities include free stick-on moustaches, prostate cancer education, a health expo and group warm-up, and post-race festivities include free food and awards.
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Great Life Giveaway Winner Meets Oprah! Amy Angeli, one of Best Self Atlanta’s Great Life Giveaway contest winners, won two VIP tickets to Oprah’s “The Life You Want Weekend” tour. She and a friend attended the life-changing workshop in Philips Arena on September 5 and 6. After the event, she told Best Self Atlanta, “It was one of the most incredible weekends of my life!”
Beer of the Legends The local brewery Orpheus Brewing keeps your beer tasting experience close to home and, simultaneously, steeped in tradition. Their name and philosophy draw from Greek mythology, but their flavors are cutting edge. Recently they unveiled a new brew called Lyric Ale, which joins the beer Atalanta as options available yearround. To try these and their seasonal offerings, head to the Orpheus Tasting Room, which overlooks Piedmont Park and the BeltLine. Enjoy these beers and lots of other local ales at the Decatur Craft Beer Festival on October 18 and the Georgia Craft Beer Festival on October 25.
Details: 1440 Dutch Valley Place NE, Suite 2001, Atlanta, GA, www.orpheusbrewing.com www.bestselfatlanta.com
Go Green in Your Closet Think beyond just the grocery store – now your clothes can be organic too! BeGood, a clothing brand that launched this summer, produces garments using organic cotton and other naturally occurring fibers like silk and bamboo.The clothes’ colors come from non-toxic dyes, and most of their textile mills are Global Organic Textile Standard certified.To offset their environmental impact even further, BeGood partners with the nonprofit group Evidence Action to donate 12 gallons of clean drinking water across Kenya and Uganda for each piece sold.These responsible garments start at just $15, and BeGood’s fall line is available online now.
Cycle Your Way to Health Currently, six out of 10 Atlanta residents are overweight or obese. My City Bikes, a national public health initiative, has partnered with the local store Fresh Bike Service to help change those numbers.Together they launched the free Atlanta Bikes app, which serves as a guide to Atlanta’s cycling community. It’s built specifically for Atlanta and includes information on road, mountain, recreational and commuter biking in and around our city.The app is available now for Apple and Android.
Details: www.mycitybikes.org, www.freshbikeservice.com
Pick of the Month A facelift without surgery! These days, going under the knife is not always necessary to improve the appearance of your skin. Ulthera is a relatively new skin-lifting procedure that uses ultrasound waves to spur collagen growth deep below the epidermis without harming the outer layer of skin. It’s FDAapproved, and a single treatment can improve the skin on the neck, eyebrow and chin in patients 35 to 55 years old. Noninvasive surgery means no downtime, but some do experience discomfort during the 45-minute procedure. Immediate results can be seen with one treatment, and full results can take up to six months to appear. To learn more or schedule a consultation, visit www.gardnerdermatology.com. Jessica Dauler For more info, visit www.bestselfatlanta.com For more info on Jessica, visit www.jessicashops.com BEST SELF ATLANTA
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Healthy and tasty ideas to nourish your body
Two-Layer Salted Pecan Bars This classic dessert comes from local dietitian, food journalist and author Carolyn O’Neil’s latest work, “The Slim Down South Cookbook.” She has given these bars a trendy twist with a sprinkle of kosher salt – a simple addition that upgrades sweet treats to a new level of tasty. Plus, at less than 170 calories per bar and a total prep time of less than an hour, this will give you an easy, guilt-free treat to enjoy while your kids dive into their Halloween candy. Ingredients: Vegetable cooking spray 1½ cups finely crushed pretzel sticks ½ cup butter, melted 3 tbsp. sugar 1 large egg white 40 caramels 1 tsp. vanilla extract ¾ cup finely chopped pecans ¼ tsp. sea salt Method: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides. Coat foil with cooking spray. Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter, sugar and egg white. Press mixture on bottom of pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 11 minutes.
While crust is baking, combine milk and caramels in a medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until caramels melt. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Remove crust from oven. Pour caramel mixture over hot crust. Sprinkle with pecans and salt. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Chill at least 30 minutes. Lift mixture from pan, using foil sides as handles. Cut into 20 bars. Store in refrigerator up to one week. – Courtesy of “The Slim Down South Cookbook” author Carolyn O’Neil, www.carolynoneil.com
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At six o’clock on a weekday evening, the fast food chains on your drive home may tempt you with their convenience. Christophe’s To Go offers an option that is just as simple and affordable, but much better for you. Born and trained in France, Chef Christophe Le Metayer prepares gourmet to-go meals from scratch for pickup in Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and a new location in Dunwoody. Every day, he uses fresh, local ingredients in dishes such as Paleo turkey lasagna, spinach and kale quiche, and eggplant parmesan. Whether you order online in advance or just walk into the store, picking up a to-go meal has never been such a tasty, healthy option.
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Explore new ways to get more out of life Fun and Fitness at Gran Fondo By Lizzy Stroud Italian culture has made its way across the pond in food and fashion, and now it’s here in fitness too. The City of Roswell, the Southern Bicycle League and Bike Roswell! have partnered to bring Gran Fondo Italia to Georgia on October 19. This international cycling event is the first of its kind in the South, blending recreational cycling with the flair of Italian culture. The Gran Fondo Italia ride in Roswell is modeled after the popular Italian style of long-distance group rides that offer amateur riders a recreational ride with some competition thrown in. This particular event offers ride lengths of 34 miles, 63 miles and 106 miles, as well as a Gran Premio della Montagna challenge. This timed climb section lets riders compete against each other or themselves for their personal best times. No matter your skill level as a rider, everyone begins this ride together at a combined start with a police escort, contributing to the sense of fun and camaraderie that makes the event famous. And your Italian cultural immersion doesn’t end with the ride. After the cycling is done, the Gran Fondo Italia Expo will be held at Roswell City Hall. The expo features the best products Italy has to offer, with merchandise ranging from cycling nutrition, wine, travel packages and clothing. The City of Roswell, the Southern Bicycle League and Bike Roswell! hope to get Atlantans riding bikes more often for fun, fitness and friendship. The Grand Fondo Italia Atlanta-Roswell ride is the perfect way to get everyone up and riding, with some Italian style to boot! Registration starts at $90 and varies based on course length.
This month, try pairing your favorite wine with spirits of a different sort. Ghosts of Marietta offers a Spirits and Spirits Tour, combining fine wine and good scares for a tasty, spooky gathering. Marietta’s long history holds plenty of frightening tales, from Civil War soldiers to mysterious residents of Marietta’s older homes. You will hear about all of them on this tour, which begins at the Marietta Wine Market with a glass of wine and a few ghost stories. Then the tour takes to the streets for a lantern-lit one-hour walking portion. Ghosts of Marietta also offers a haunted pub crawl, a ride on the “Scaryetta” trolley, and private tours. Tickets start at $17 for adults but may vary based on the chosen tour.
Enjoy the whimsy and beauty of Cirque du Soleil right here in Atlanta. One of their newest touring shows, Amaluna, will be performed under the blue and yellow big top at Atlantic Station starting October 3. This show, the group’s 33rd production, celebrates the power of women by transporting the audience to a mystical island governed by goddesses and the lunar phases. Plus, the cast is 70 percent female and is accompanied by an all-female band. Tickets start at $35 for adults.
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Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest
Oct. 4 Celebrate fall in the streets of Historic Downtown Alpharetta with two great bands, brews, wine and food. Tickets are $10. www.awesomealpharetta.com
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Oct. 4 Starting and finishing at the Forsyth Conference Center, this annual Life Time Fitness race now offers a 5K option and Michelob ULTRA beverage samples for finishers who are 21 and up. www.131marathon.com/atlanta
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Oct. 5 All fitness levels and ages are welcome in this clue-solving scavenger hunt through Atlanta. Registration is $55 per person. www.cnation.squarespace.com/atlanta
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Oct. 8-26 Bring the kids to experience this American fairytale at Center for Puppetry Arts. www.puppet.org
Oct. 10-11 Whole World Improv Theatre celebrates its 20th anniversary with a weekend of live music, food and of course, improv performances from the award-winning ensemble. Tickets start at $15 for the Friday night show. www.wholeworldtheatre.com
Oct. 11-12 Experience authentic German food, beer and music at this free, familyfriendly festival held at Stone Mountain Village. www.stonemountainvillage.com
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Oct. 18-19 This two-day festival includes food trucks, acoustic music and children’s activities. www.festivalonponce.com
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3. Natalie Kenny, Ryan Landy (Flot Spa) 4. Joshua Haney, Olympia Haney, Lee Haney, Shirley Haney, Forrest Dabney (I.A.F.S.), Rachel Payne (House of Payne) 5. Jazzy Walker, Courtney Klusack, Alex Casas (Orangetheory Fitness) 6. Leisha Murphy, Karine Bailey, Abbie Futch, Sarah Banks (Single Atlanta) 7. Mandy Putnam, Eliyah Hamer (Back on My Feet) 8. Steve Hargrove (Atlanta Community Food Bank)
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Why can I not lose my belly fat? Abdominal fat, also known as visceral fat, is the most dangerous accumulation of fat in the body. It has been associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and inflammation. Women have more trouble with belly fat as they approach menopause, since hormones like estrogen and progesterone fall, while cortisol levels increase and insulin becomes more stubborn. While much has been debated about the best way to lose belly fat, the secret may be having the right balance of bacteria in your belly. Probiotics, digestive enzymes and fermented foods may be good first steps in getting rid of belly fat.
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What are ingrown toenails, and when should I seek treatment if I think I have them? Ingrown toenails curve and grow into the skin, which can be caused by trauma such as stubbing the toe or running or walking in a tight toe box shoe. This can create pain, redness and swelling in the toe. You should seek professional treatment if you have pain lasting longer than 24 hours, signs of infection such as nausea, vomiting, chills and fever, redness, swelling, drainage or pus at the toe, or if you have a high-risk medical condition such as diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation.
What can be done to fix a botched injection of Botox or another filler? Depending on the filler utilized, we actually have a “cure.” Vitrase is an injectable that degrades hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm, Restalyne and Voluma. Unfortunately, non-hyaluronic fillers such as Radiesse and Sculptura can’t be removed as easily, and one has to wait for them to degrade over time or address the outcome with a more invasive option. With Botox, if there is a significant asymmetry, the doctor can likely do additional injections to create a more aesthetic, symmetric appearance.
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Depending on the location of their radiation treatment, cancer survivors may experience poorly healing wounds, pain or bleeding with urination or bowel movements, among others. Fortunately in Atlanta, hyperbaric medicine (HBO) programs are widely available, including in the suburbs. HBO, the breathing of oxygen in a pressurized environment, has been shown in published studies to be very effective at resolving these late effects of radiation, and insurance covers HBO for problems related to previous radiation treatment.
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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and what can I do about it? SAD is a type of depression that affects people around the same time of year and is characterized by loss of energy, moodiness, anxiety, sleep disruption and appetite changes, among other symptoms. Often, SAD is triggered by a reduction in the amount of sunlight we receive, especially during the winter months. Phototherapy (light therapy) has proven to be effective in treating SAD, along with psychotherapy and medications. If you experience symptoms for several days, call your doctor, who can diagnose SAD and prescribe treatment.
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he music is bumping, and you’re sipping your favorite cocktail, exchanging glances with someone tall, dark and handsome across the room. The lights flash on signaling “last call,” but you’re not ready to leave the crowded club. Oh, wait. We’re talking
about a different kind of clubbing. This month, we’ve rounded up some of the best and most welcoming clubs in Atlanta. From bookworms to barbecue lovers, there really is a club for everyone. These active groups keep the heartbeat in our city, allowing people of all ages to come together and bond over a common passion. Let’s go clubbing, Atlanta.
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The Wine Cellars Wine of the Month Club Whether you have an untrained palate or you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur, it’s easy to get stuck drinking the same familiar wines over and over. The Wine Cellars Wine of the Month Club will keep things fresh, though, featuring two new wines each month and holding member-only wine tastings. “Member-only wine tastings often feature winemakers and always feature tastings with higher-end wines,” says Reneé Rowe, the group’s president. Monthly memberships cost $39.99, but discounts are available if you pay to join for three, six or 12 months at a time. Plus, Rowe says, members receive a monthly newsletter. “The TWC Newsletter includes information on featured wines, recipes, gift features and more.”
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Fun Fact: You are allowed to bring one guest to the monthly tastings, or you can purchase a membership for a friend. Just make a note of “gift” in the comments section when you order online, and your friends will be ready to wine and dine right along with you. Insider Info: The Wine Cellars also hosts two large galas each year, which are catered and feature special tastings of more than 30 high-end wines for their members.
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Details: 1295 W. Spring St., Suite 100, Smyrna, GA, www.winecellarsonline.com/wineclub
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If you’re looking for the perfect blend of social and professional networking, the Atlanta Over 40 club might be for you. Darrah Brustein, the group’s founder, says, “The people who attend are of the same mindset and are attracted to events that allow them to enjoy great conversations without fear of being sold something or being hit on, like might happen at a singles event.” Events consist of three-hour happy hours, giving you a chance to explore and mingle through a high-energy crowd.
We Make Love Happen Have you tried online dating and everything else, but still don’t have the love you want? Atlanta’s matchmakers, Leisha Murphy and her twin sister Lisa Lyngos have your solution. It’s time to date different!
Simply put, we match people, not profiles.
Fun Fact: No memberships for this club! Just come to any events that fit your schedule.
Insider Info: This group grew out of the success of Atlanta Under 40, so if you don’t meet the age requirement for Atlanta Over 40, you have another great option to have fun and network.
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Atlanta BBQ Club Have you ever attended a “meating” in Atlanta? Here’s your chance. Every month, the members of the Atlanta BBQ Club meet up at a local barbecue spot to eat, chat with the owner of the restaurant and receive a tour of the smoker and kitchen. Live like a true Southerner and attend some awesome events like The Atlanta BBQ Festival held every year. “Everyone loves barbecue, and it brings people together for good food and good memories. Hog heaven on earth,” says Bob Herndon, the down-to-earth club president.
Fun Fact: Atlanta boasts the highest ratio of barbecue restaurants per capita of any other city in the nation, and we’re the only city in the U.S. with a barbecue club. Even more reason to join!
Insider Info: The Atlanta BBQ Club offers an app for iPhones called “Atlanta BBQ Club Locator.” No matter where you are, you can always find some delicious barbecue nearby.
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Insider Info: The club’s demographic mainly includes adults from ages 24 to 35. About 60 percent of participants are male, and 40 percent are female. Not bad, ladies! Details: www.atlantasportandsocialclub.com
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Atlanta Outdoor Club Need some fresh air? Get off your couch with the Atlanta Outdoor Club, founded in 2000 for Atlantans ages 21 and up. This organization hosts more than 200 outdoor events each year, including urban hikes on the BeltLine, camping in Georgia’s state parks and rafting or paddling trips on the Ocoee. Jennifer Howle, the group’s vice president, says, “Being able to leave behind the stress of work and day-to-day life to connect with nature is priceless.” In addition to the connection with nature, you can’t beat their activities in terms of fitness. “I have seen people drop 50 pounds and go from being able to barely hike a mile to scaling a mountain with ease,” Howle says.
Fun Fact: Membership is free! Simply join online to begin registering for events. There may be occasional fees associated with specific trips, but most of their events are free.
Insider Info: Before signing up for an event, check out the difficulty rating online. Even if you’re enthusiastic, you don’t want to get stuck in an event that is more demanding than you expected. Details: www.atlantaoutdoorclub.com
Midtown Review Book Club Get swept away by a love story or wrapped up in a mystery novel at the Midtown Review Book Club. This book club’s attendees are low-key, welcoming to new members and always up for a good discussion. Monthly meetings usually include 10 to 20 members sitting down for dinner and drinks at a local restaurant, followed by two questions: “Did everyone read the book?” and “Did everyone like the book?” Then the conversation takes off from there. The organizer of the club, Dana Barrett, is a former independent bookstore owner with a passion for books, authors and readers. The organization attracts people of all ages from diverse backgrounds who share a common love of reading and are open to discussing important topics, and the voluntary membership fee is just $24 per year.
Fun Fact: The club often hosts local or visiting authors to join in and deepen the discussion. Insider Info: In addition to monthly meetings, the group posts about book signings, author visits and more on their Meetup page, so you can keep your finger on the pulse of Atlanta’s literary scene. Details: www.midtownreview.com, www.meetup.com/midtownreview So whether you’re interested in food, fitness or good old-fashioned fun, these Atlanta clubs can deliver. Join in today!
Editorial Resources: Dana Barrett, Midtown Review Book Club – www.midtownreview.com Darrah Brustein, Atlanta Over 40 – www.atlantaoverforty.com Bob Herndon, Atlanta BBQ Club – www.atlbbqclub.com Jennifer Howle, Atlanta Outdoor Club – www.atlantaoutdoorclub.com Karen Kaye, Big Peach Running Co. – www.bigpeachrunningco.com Korey Meek, Atlanta Sport and Social Club – www.atlantasportandsocialclub.com Wendy Robertet, Alliance Française d’Atlanta – www.afatl.com www.bestselfatlanta.com
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THEN AND NOW By Taylor Arnold
ith the rapid progression of diagnostic technology, the Internet, social media and awareness campaigns in the latter half of the 20th century, it may be hard to believe that the topic of breast cancer was once taboo in America. But until the 1970s, it was not a disease that women discussed publicly. Then several famous women including Betty Ford, Happy Rockefeller and Nancy Reagan began to discuss their experience with breast cancer, and by the 1980s, many other organizations sprang up to support education, research and treatment. The diagnosis and death rates associated with this disease have changed, too. This month, we’re taking a look at breast cancer by the numbers to see how the disease – and our approach to it – has changed through the years. www.bestselfatlanta.com
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Paint the Town Pink Charity Gala This event on October 25 benefits the American Cancer Society Making Strides Division and the Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge.
Party in Pink Make moves in the fight against breast cancer at this Zumba class at the Concourse Athletic Club on October 25.
#TBT Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament This golf tournament will be held at Wolf Creek Golf Club on October 30 and benefits Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What should I expect during the 3D mammography screening exam? 3D mammography is performed at the same time as the 2D mammogram with the same system. There is no additional compression required and the exam time may be just about the same or shorter than a 2D exam.
Is there more radiation dose?
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called a diagnostic mammogram, to rule out an unclear area in the breast or if there is a breast complaint that needs to be evaluated. Diagnostic mammogram focuses on the area of abnormality or the area of complaint. It is important to have the original images available if you go to a different facility for your follow-up exam. Please call Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound & Breast Center at 404-2523430 to schedule your lower dose 3D mammogram. 1 BREAST CANCER FACTS & FIGURES 2011, AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. 2 RAFFERTY E, PARK J, PHILPOTTS L, ET AL. “ASSESSING RADIOLOGIST PERFORMANCE USING COMBINED DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY AND BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS COMPARED WITH DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY ALONE: RESULTS OF A MULTICENTER, MULTIREADER TRIAL.” RADIOLOGY. 2013 JAN; 266(1):104-13. EPUB 2012 NOV 20. 3 SKAANE P, BANDOS A, GULLIEN R, ET AL. “COMPARISON OF DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY ALONE AND DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY PLUS TOMOSYNTHESIS IN A POPULATION-BASED SCREENING PROGRAM.” RADIOLOGY. 2013 APR; 267(1):47-56. EPUB 2013 JAN 7. 4 CIATTO S, HOUSSAMI N, BERNARDI D, ET AL. “INTEGRATION OF 3D DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY WITH TOMOSYNTHESIS FOR POPULATION BREAST-CANCER SCREENING (STORM): A PROSPECTIVE COMPARISON STUDY” THE LANCET ONCOLOGY. EPUB 2013 APR 25. 5 ROSE S, TIDWELL A, BUJNOCK L, ET AL. “IMPLEMENTATION OF BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS IN A ROUTINE SCREENING PRACTICE: AN OBSERVATIONAL STUDY.” AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTENGENOLOGY. 2013 JUN; 200(6): 1401-1408. EPUB 2013 MAY 22. 6 ZULEY M, BANDOS A, GANOTT M, ET AL. “DIGITAL BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS VERSUS SUPPLEMENTAL DIAGNOSTIC MAMMOGRAPHIC VIEWS FOR EVALUATION OF NONCALCIFIED BREAST LESIONS.” RADIOLOGY. 2013 JAN; 266(1):89-95. EPUB 2012 NOV 9. 7 CONANT E, GAVENONIS S, WEINSTEIN S, ET AL. “EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF DIGITAL BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS: COMPARISON OF CALL-BACK AND CANCER DETECTION RATES IN A CLINICAL SCREENING PRACTICE.” (PAPER PRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE RADIOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA, CHICAGO, IL, NOVEMBER 2012).
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Meredith Sidewater, a Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta board member, has relatives across three generations who experienced some form of cancer. With this strong family history, including a mother who carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, Sidewater suspected from an early age that she was also at risk. Despite that knowledge, she took a cautious approach to cancer prevention. After waiting 10 years to be tested herself, Sidewater then waited until she was almost 40 to have a preventative double mastectomy. Today, she calls herself a “previvor.” To her, Sidewater says, the term means “empowerment through choice. A previvor is someone who chooses to take action in order to gain some level of control and comfort that she will preempt an illness that would otherwise have jeopardized her life.” And as she lives comfortably in the knowledge that she has drastically reduced her risk of breast cancer, she plans to eventually educate her two children – one of whom is a girl – about the role their genetics may play in their own health journeys.
When did you first consider getting tested for the BRCA1 gene mutation?
I learned that my mom was positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation in the early 1990s. I was in my 20s at that time. I was not yet married, and I was unprepared to take drastic measures in response to a possible positive test result. Because I didn’t want to spend years thinking about what would be inevitable surgeries, I made a conscious decision to wait to test for the mutation until I was done having children. I was 33 when my second child was born and 34 when I tested positive for the gene. I then decided to take a calculated risk and wait until I was 40 to have the surgery. I just wasn’t ready to face it yet.
How did you ultimately arrive at the decision to have a double mastectomy? I never considered not having the surgery. Of course, I didn’t want to have it; I dreaded it. But given the statistics and my family’s personal history, I felt certain that I would get ovarian and/or breast cancer if I opted not to have surgery. In that way, the decision was easy. I believe surgery was my key to survival.
What resources and support helped you before and after your surgery?
I sought out counsel from other young women who had chosen preventative surgery, including Lindsay Avner at Bright Pink (www.brightpink.org), which is a wonderful resource for young women who are at high risk for breast/ovarian cancer. I read books written by women who had experienced the surgery – “Pretty is What Changes” by Jessica Queller was fantastic. I talked to my aunts and cousins who had experienced it. My husband and my friends were also fully supportive of my decision. I was lucky to have a huge support system.
What was the recovery process like?
From an emotional perspective, I felt a huge sense of relief and empowerment as soon as I woke up from my first surgery. I didn’t expect that. Knowing that I took control of my destiny and faced a life-changing surgery in order to ward off cancer made me feel strong. Physically, the recovery from surgery was less challenging than I expected.
What is your risk of breast cancer now, if any? I believe my risk of breast cancer was reduced by 95 percent.
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Do you plan to address the topic of genetic testing with your children?
Absolutely. My children know about my surgery, but I haven’t spent much time explaining to them why I had it or what that means for them. They are still relatively young, and I don’t want them to spend time worrying about something that they aren’t ready to address.
What words of advice or encouragement do you have for women in the position you were? What about women who are actively fighting the disease?
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A MAMMOGRAM HELPED SAVE LONNY’S LIFE. KAISER PERMANENTE HAS THE HIGHEST BREAST CANCER SCREENING RATE IN GEORGIA.* During a 2009 mammogram, a lab technician found a small calcification of cells. After a biopsy, Lonny Catalan discovered she had breast cancer. Her first thought was of her son, Tylon. Her second was, ”I will not let this beat me.” Fortunately, Lonny’s cancer was diagnosed at an early, treatable stage. One of the benefits of our unique system is how we use advanced technology to empower care teams to identify members overdue for important screenings. The result can be quicker diagnosis, and for Lonny, it meant fast access to a focused team of doctors and nurses who successfully brought her through surgery, treatment, and follow-up care. Why does Kaiser Permanente Georgia have the highest mammogram screening rate in the state?* For women like Lonny. And sons like Tylon.
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Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc., Nine Piedmont Center, 3495 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 364-7000 *2013 ratings from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) for commercial plans published by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. HEDIS is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. HEDIS is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). For more information, visit ncqa.org
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