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A visit to the What a typical screening is like dermatologist My personal account: I was a superhero By Edward A. Forbes

By B.A. Belthoff

I had my first-ever visit with a dermatologist, and it wasn’t as traumatic as I had envisioned. I was fortunate to discover that we have a specialist coming to our fair city, and I had no need to leave the city limits to be treated. I have several spots on my bald head that need to be looked at. All of us who live on the Gulf Coast, especially those of us that are less that faithful about using sunscreens, need to be checked periodically, especially as we get older. I now qualify by residence and age. I knew that I had found my doctor when he asked: “What brings you in today?” I couldn’t prevent myself from responding, “my truck.” He

October is breast cancer awareness month. We will be reminded by billboards on the highways, pink ribbons in storefront windows, ads on the television and even by the pink that some pro teams incorporate into their uniforms for the month. I recently made my voyage to have an annual screening mammogram. I was given a royal blue cape. All superheroes need capes! Except maybe the Incredibles, when Edna Mode declared to Mr. Incredible regarding his newly designed outfit: No cape!

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I had to learn how to handle being stared at

By Ernie Williamson The Bulletin

We rolled into a crowded restaurant on the South Loop. Judging by the stares, we must have been quite a spectacle. Our collection of about 15 quadriplegics, paraplegics, stroke

The View from My Seat survivors and accident victims had one thing in common: We were in wheelchairs. As part of our rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann, we had been bused to the restaurant to give us experience in dealing with realworld challenges that might arise after discharge from the hospital. It was, for most of us, our first time in public since becoming disabled.

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There were lockers along the wall where you could safely stow your belongings during the test. Each had a nameplate of a strong woman from recent history. Some of my choices included Wonder Woman, Helen Keller, Audrey Hepburn, Queen Latifah, and Maya Angelou. I was going to choose Wonder Woman, feeling that since I already had the cape, the choice would be appropriate. Someone else had beat me to it, though. Instead, I chose Serena Williams. She’s a mom who is balancing work and family. Our similarities don’t stop there. She’s bold and expressive, fiercely competitive and has a killer backhand. (Continued on Page 19)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Special section inside this issue on how to reduce your chances of getting breast cancer and what to do if it is diagnosed. See pages 9-14

San Bernard awaits its winter visitor, the Sandhill Crane By Janice R. Edwards The Bulletin

Living along the lower San Bernard River, we are usually lucky enough to witness the annual arrival and visit of the Lesser Sandhill Crane this time of year. They come in great numbers to winter in the area’s accommodations of large freshwater marshes, prairie ponds, prairies and grain fields and to partake of the local winter cuisine of mostly plant matter (they love all kinds of grain), insects, aquatic invertebrates, reptiles or amphibians, small mammals and fish. The San Bernard provides a four-star habitat for these winter visitors. Before Roy and I spent any time with Tommy and Dona Worrell on

My home improvement saga has begun

By John Toth

Editor and Publisher

I was suffering, and there was no escape from inside the warehouse home improvement superstore. I was bombarded by questions to which I didn’t have any answers. There seemed to be no end to my agony, but I bravely carried on like everything was fine. I am a trooper, after all – sweating on the inside and cool as a cucumber on the outside. It had begun. There was no turn-

Ramblings ing back. We had to decide on flooring, paint and backsplash for the kitchen, which is about to get a new look, thanks to HGTV’s programs that Sharon loves to watch. But I should not put all the blame on those fake home improvement programs. It is also partly my fault for not making enough improvements over the decades. I can’t blame myself entirely, either. I like old things, the retro look, and follow the theory that if it’s not broken, leave it alone. It was brought to my attention that kitchens don’t need to be broken to be outdated. The stove that had (Continued on Page 6)

INSIDE THIS ISSUE the Poole Ranch, I had often heard a bird call I could never identify. But one afternoon years ago now, we were having a glass of iced tea on the porch, and I heard the sound.

“Do you know what bird makes this sound?” I asked. Dona said it was from a Sandhill Crane and that a family of them

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Strange but True By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, Ph.D. WALKLAKE SAYS OPEN WIDE Q. “Please stand in front of Walklake for your examination,” the teacher instructs the child. What is Walklake, and what examination is being conducted? A. Walklake is a health-checking robot with a boxy body and smiling, cartoony face, capable of diagnosing a variety of childhood ailments in just three seconds and trained to scan for symptoms of fever, hand blisters, sore throats and more, says Yvaine Ye in “New Scientist” magazine. In China, children between two and six years of age in more than 2000 preschools have their health checked daily by Walklake. In case of any problems, it alerts a teacher or school nurse for a follow-up to determine if they should be sent home. Since 2016, the Chinese government has recommended such exams in all preschools. According to Karen Panetta of Tufts University, better health monitoring would be especially helpful in places that have large populations but not enough skilled health professionals. Additionally, robotic-generated data can be used to pinpoint the spread of diseases and enable health officials to imple-

ment proactive intervention. But, cautions the University of Bath’s Joanna Bryson, all data transmitted and stored on the internet run the risk of being hacked or used for unauthorized purposes. OLD WORDS ABOUT CHILDREN Q. It’s not child’s play, but the following words are all powered by kids: “filiation,” “hypocoristic,” “puerperal” and “teknonymy.” Can you define any of them? A. From the Latin “filius,” for “son,” comes “filiation,” meaning “being descended or derived from someone or something,” says Anu Gard on his “” website. Consider that tracing one’s filiation can sometimes be traumatic. “Hypocoristic,” relating to pet names, derives from the Greek “hypo” (under) and “kor” (child), as “Malena is the hypocoristic form of Madalena…” (Champaign, Illinois “News Gazette,” March 2, 2001). And “puerperal” (pyoo-UHRpuhr-uhrl) refers to “childbirth or following childbirth,” as used here: “In the 1830s, women having babies at lying-in hospitals ran a far greater risk of dying from puerperal sepsis than women having babies at home” (“The New York Times,” June 23, 2019). Finally, “teknonymy,” from the Greek (979) 849-5407 October 1, 2019 THE BULLETIN Page 3

“teknon” (child), means “the custom of naming a parent after her or his child,” as in saying Billy’s Mom or Billy’s Dad, when you can’t remember the names of the parents of your child’s friend. And, adds Garg, a “bimbo” is, literally a little child (from Italian), “El Nino” is the Christ Child (from Spanish) and “pupa” is a little girl or doll (from Latin). FREEZEFRAME 1878 Q. In 1878, English photographer Eadweard Muybridge set up cameras with a shutter speed of 1/1000 of a second to capture the motion of a running animal. What animal was it, and what old dispute did he finally resolve? A. Using thread-triggered glassplate cameras along a track and a zoopraxiscope he invented to display a rapid series of stills, the photographer proved that a galloping horse had all four hooves off the ground at the same time, says Vaclav Smil in “IEEE Spectrum” magazine. The airborne moment came not when the horse’s legs were extended, away from its body, as some famous paintings showed,

but rather when its legs were beneath its body, just prior to the horse pushing off with its hind legs. Muybridge went on to photograph all manners of animal and human locomotion: “…not only running domestic animals (dogs and cats, cows and pigs) but also a bison, a deer, an elephant, and a tiger, as well as a running ostrich and a flying parrot. Human

sequences depicted various runs and also ascents, descents, lifts, throws, wrestling, dances, a child crawling, and a woman pouring a bucket of water over another woman.” These 781 plates comprised his magnum opus, published in 1887. (Send STRANGE questions to brothers Bill and Rich at

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Tropical Storm Imelda left impression Tropical Storm Imelda was the fifth-wettest tropical cyclone on record in the continental United States, causing devastating and record-breaking floods in southeast Texas. Five deaths are linked to floods from the storm, the worst storm in Texas since Hurricane Harvey and one of the wettest tropical cyclones in the nation’s history, according to the National Weather Service. Imelda formed Tuesday (Sept. 17) afternoon just off the Texas coast and made landfall in Freeport a couple of hours later with maximum-sustained winds of 40 mph. Imelda is tied with Tropical Storm Chris of 2000 and Tropical Storm Philippe of 2017 as the shortest-lived tropical storm,

and had the lowest Accumulated cyclone energy index on record, as it lasted only six hours. The storm that had barely earned a name took many residents by surprise with its relentless rain, rekindling memories from

when Hurricane Harvey dropped more than 50 inches of precipitation in some areas and caused dozens of deaths in 2017. According to the Weather Channel, Imelda dropped more than 41 inches in some areas, compared with Harvey’s highest rainfall total of 60.8 inches. (979) 849-5407 October 1, 2019 THE BULLETIN Page 5

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always returned each year. She used to love waking up to their calls. Things have changed since then – we’ve had two hurricanes alter the habitat; Dona has passed away; and parts of the ranch have been sold. But I still drive by the ranch in the winter, and I still see the little Sandhill Crane family return each year. I am still thrilled when I hear their calls. The Sandhill Crane is a large crane in North America, and their name refers to their preferred habitat, such as the Platte River on the edge of Nebraska’s Sandhills, where yearly up to 450,000 cranes migrate through. The adult bird’s plumage is mostly gray with some patches, especially on the back and wings, where there is stained rust or brown from repeated contact with the mud containing iron oxide in the marshes and their habit of preening with vegetation. They have a red forehead, white cheeks and long, dark, sharppointed beaks. Their wingspan can be up to 7 feet – all the better

to soar and catch the thermals to obtain lift. With this wingspan, they can stay aloft for many hours with little exertion of flapping their wings as they migrate. The sexes look the same. The Sandhill Crane is similar in size to the endangered Whooping Crane, which is mostly white with a red head, but the Sandhill falls into the “least concern” category of conservation status. The Sandhill Crane is, however, much more successful in its breeding habits than the endangered Whooping Crane, which is federally protected from hunters with stiff penalties should one be confused for the other. In fact, a crane fossil structurally identical to the modern Sandhill Crane found in Nebraska is 10 million years old - which would make it the oldest-known bird species still surviving. Their breeding habitat is marshes and bogs in central and northern Canada, Alaska and part of the midwestern and southeastern United States. They nest in marsh vegetation or on the ground close

to water and generally lay two eggs on a pile of vegetation. In many western states, including Texas, the Sandhill Crane is hunted during waterfowl season, and it is considered a meat source. If we get to know our wintering guests better, we will find some other interesting facts: • Cranes mate for life, and both parents feed the young. They are noted for their elaborate courtship displays. Two displays are used to form mating pairs while three other displays occur only between mates and serve to maintain the pair bond. • The Sandhill Crane does not

breed until it is two to seven years old, and the average generation’s time is 12.5 years. • The Sandhill Crane can live up to 25 years in the wild and has been known to live twice that long in captivity. • Mated pairs stay together yearround and migrate south as a group with their offspring. • A young Sandhill Crane is not called a “chick,” but rather, a “colt.” • A group of Sandhill Cranes share many collective nouns, including a “construction,” “dance,” “sedge,” “siege,” or “swoop” of cranes. No matter what you call them, the Sandhill Cranes gather up their

families and choose to winter along the San Bernard River each winter. So, if you look, you may catch a glimpse of them dining in the marshes and grain fields. And, if you are lucky to live out in the county, you may hear their evening family conversations. Well, our San Bernard, the “Singing River,” has prepared winter accommodations for the “dance” of cranes, and the door of hospitality is open wide. May these forces of nature make beautiful music together this winter. (Write her in care of The Bulletin. Email: Snail mail: The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton TX, 77516.)

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worked well for decades didn’t look good enough anymore. Sure, some of the knobs had come off, but they were successfully glued back in place. Anyway, I waved the white flag of surrender and agreed that the kitchen should be gutted and rebuilt by experts who do this for a living

and are not trying to squeeze projects in between publishing deadlines. Which is why I was standing around the color samples in this cavernous store with no beginning or end, and was expected to help decide on color schemes even though Sharon knew that I am not the best source of which colors

match what. “What do you think about this one,” she asked. “It’s white, like the last one you showed me,” I replied, hoping that she would just make some decisions and we could go do other things, like watch the rerun of last night’s Astros game. “It’s a different shade of white,” she said. “It just looks white to me,” I replied. We went through the same ritual

DAR meets at Columbia Historical Museum

The Asa Underwood Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met at the Columbia Historical Museum on Tuesday, the National Day for “Bells Across America.” Chaiman Rowald stated that all DAR chapters in America were celebrating the Constitution of the United States by ringing the bells at 3:00 p.m. all over the U.S. The Regent Laura Otto welcomed the group, along with Michael Bailey of the Brazoria Historical Militia. Refreshments were served after the meeting.

trying to pick out a backsplash. To me, they all looked good, especially the less expensive ones. But Sharon thought that there was too much green or brown in some of them, or the designs were not right. “I don’t see any green in this one,” I said, holding up the least expensive square I could find. It didn’t make the short list. She finally flagged down a worker who was more knowledgeable and patient than me, since he was being paid to answer questions like: “Do you think this one has too much tan or not enough?”

The guy was a lifesaver because I was about to litter Aisle 42 with white color samples. The new kitchen will look fabulous, regardless of the colors. I’m easy to please. “Oh, look at the time. We’ve been here for three days. Let’s go see if there have been any missing persons reports filed on us,” I suggested politely. It was over for now, but the battle had just begun. Where did I put that white flag? (John welcomes your comments. Email him at john.bulletin@gmail,com.) (979) 849-5407 October 1, 2019 THE BULLETIN Page 7

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I will never forget one young man in our group. A horrific accident while driving a truck in the West Texas oilfields had left him a quadriplegic. A therapist fed him that night at the restaurant. On the way back to the hospital, the young trucker confided in me that he felt humiliated because of the stares. He vowed he would

never again venture out in public. I lost track of the young man after I left TIRR, but I hope he was able to break his promise. Don’t stare. I couldn’t begin to count the number of times my mother scolded me about that. Now, decades later, I am on the receiving end of stares. After seven years in a wheelchair, I am pretty

much accustomed to people staring, except when the stares come from children. Adults and children stare differently, in my opinion. Most adults stop staring relatively quickly or stare when they don’t think you can see them. And then there are the overly polite adults who are conditioned to look away from disabled people because they

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responded, “that’s good” without missing a beat. He looked at some scarring on my left arm, and I said “Bougainvillea.” He then told me: “My Dad planted three in his yard, and I now have to mow for him. I wear a longsleeved flannel shirt and gloves when I mow.” We then discussed the relative merits of this cursed plant (beautiful flowers vs. viscous thorns). As our discussion wore down, he asked: “Are you familiar with liquid nitrogen?” In a vacuum, liquid nitrogen (N2) has a temperature of -346 degrees F. It is used in cryotherapy to remove potentially malignant skin lesions, actinic keratosis. These are usually pre-cancerous, and early

removal followed by a check-up is an effective treatment. He asked if I was familiar with it, and I told him I was. He then asked if I had ever had treatment by a dermatologist using the liquid nitrogen. I answered no, because technically a friend who was a doctor had used it on me once, but he wasn’t a dermatologist. He then warned me that it might cause some “discomfort,” and I replied: “If by discomfort you mean pain, am I allowed a curse word to mitigate the discomfort?” He said that was acceptable and proceeded to spray small amounts from a steel-insulated vacuum container to each of the offending skin lesions. It stung a little, but pain is too big of a word to describe the discomfort. I limited myself to only

one four-letter word, and it wasn’t darn. I did not receive a sucker as a reward for good behavior, only a sheet with printed instructions for the treatment of the areas. In layman’s parlance, clean and grease twice a day or wash with soap and water or alcohol and apply antibiotic ointment twice a day. Healing takes from one to three weeks. Cancer is a scary thing. If you or a loved one notice unusual changes in a mole, a scaly area, or a reddened area that doesn’t seem to heal, check with your doctor. You are too precious to lose over treatable skin lesions.

Edward wants to heard from you. Email him at at or send comments by snail mail to The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton TX.

fear doing or saying the wrong thing. I am invisible to them, but that is a column for another day. Kids, on the other hand, stare and stare and keep staring. Intellectually, I know children are just being curious, not judgmental. Emotionally, it is a different story. As hard as I try, children’s stares still irritate me. My go-to response is to stare the kids down until they look away. That works, but I am ashamed I resort to that. After all, it’s not as if I never stared as a kid. Kids, quite innocently, also are prone to making loud remarks like “why is that man in a chair,” or “why isn’t he walking?” I was in the neighborhood pool one day with my flotation device, and a youngster turned to his mother and said, “Is that how grandpas learn to swim?” I could only laugh, that time. I also use the Pearland Natatorium for therapy. The pool has a lift that lowers me into the pool and raises me out. Children will stop what they are doing to watch. I am sure it is quite a sight for children to see a 6’ 5’’ senior citizen with a flotation device around his neck being

lowered by machine into the pool. In this case I realize the children are probably staring because they think riding on the lift would be cool. Staring also affects those with the disabled person. My wife notices it when we dine out. The stares remind her how hard it is to escape the impact of my disability. It’s another burden for her. The best advice I have heard for those with a visible disability is not to take it personally when someone stares. Remember that you are not in control of the staring, but you are in control of how the staring affects you. My advice for people who make eye contact with a disabled person you were staring at is to smile. It eases the awkwardness. And you may even gain a friend. (Ernie Williamson welcomes reader input. Please contact Ernie at

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Manvel Library program explains your Medicare options The Manvel Library’s upcoming Saturday Spotlight program on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10:30 a.m. will present information on Medicare. Carla Yager, an independent licensed insurance agent, is dedicated to helping consumers make informed decisions about Medicare. Some of the topics she will cover include the origins of Medicare, who is eligible for it, what Medicare covers, and why there are so many different options and plans. As it comes to that time of the year for making decisions and changes regarding your Medicare plan, attend this seminar to get all of your questions answered. Perhaps you will soon be eligible for Medicare, and you are confused about the process and all the options. The presentation will be followed with a question and answer period. This educational event is sponsored by


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WE’LL JUST ‘BORROW’ BOUQUET FOR WEDDING: A bride in Port Glasgow, Scotland, demanded her money back from an artificial flower company, claiming her $130 wedding bouquet never arrived. After a five-month dispute, the company decided to give her a refund. But then the company owner spotted the bride’s wedding photo on her Facebook page, proudly carrying the bouquet in question. After being threatened with police involvement, she paid up. AGGRESSIVE!? WHO, ME?: A man was ejected from a Seattle restaurant for behaving aggressively toward another customer. He then went outside and hurled a “No Parking” sign through the front window. BABY, I THOUGHT WE HAD SOMETHING SPECIAL: A woman burned down a man’s house in Woodbury, N.J., after he called her to come over at 4 o’clock in the morning but fell asleep before she arrived and didn’t answer the door. HEY, WE’VE NEVER SEEN YOU AT THE POLICE BARBEQUE: A man, impersonating a police officer, activated the air horn and emergency lights on his Nissan Sentra, and pulled over a van in Hicksville, N.Y. The van was filled with detectives from the Nassau County Police Department. The cops got out and identified themselves, and the guy hit the gas and fled. HMMM, SOMETHING SEEMS SUSPICIOUS HERE: A man, who stole a credit card from a woman who gave him a ride, used it to purchase a $200 cell phone from an electronics store in Butler, Pa., He signed “thief” on the receipt. YOU KNOW, I THINK WE SHOULD SEE OTHER PEOPLE: A woman drove a borrowed Cadillac to her boyfriend’s workplace, an excavation company in Crestview, Fla., after he called her saying he “wanted to talk.” After she refused to answer a question, he took a frontend loader and dumped a bucket full of dirt on the roof of the driver side half of the car, which did not belong to her. THIS VEHICLE BELONG TO YOU, SIR?: An intoxicated 59-year-old man stole an electric courtesy cart from a Walmart in St. Petersburg, Fla., and drove off. He was apprehended as he tried to recharge the vehicle at a gas station a mile away. PARANOID? WHY DO YOU SAY THAT?: A man who was high on meth got it into his head that people were chasing him, so he ducked into a storm drain in Peoria, Ill., and became trapped. Firefighters had to use pry-bars and rope to get him out. “MOMMY, WHY DOES THAT LADY LOOK DIFFERENT?”: An intoxicated woman, who had taken off her top at Compo’s Beach in Westport, Conn., was asked by a mother to cover up because she had her young child with her. Police said, “She did not recall what she may have done … but apologized for her behavior.” THESE LOOK VERY FAMILIAR TO ME: A couple broke into a St. Louis storage locker, snatched cases of vintage comic books, and took them to a local comic book shop to sell them. Alas, the purloined comics belonged to the man who owns the shop. Police involvement resulted. Drop us a note at or by regular mail at The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton, TX 77516. We always look forward to hearing from our readers.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A SPECIAL SECTION OF THE BULLETIN An area non-profit helps Texas women get breast health services By B.A. Belthoff The Bulletin

Early detection is the key. No matter what the type, early detection is the greatest weapon in the fight against cancer. Sometimes it can mean the difference between life and death. One area non-profit organization leading the charge in the fight against breast cancer is The Rose. From their website, their goal is to save lives through quality breast health services by providing access to screening, diagnosis and treatment services to all. They offer 3-D mammography at both of their Rose Diagnostic Breast Centers, as well as through their Mobile Mammography Program. Founders Dorothy Weston Gibbons and Dr. Dixie Melillo met while working at Bayshore Medical Center. The two recognized an overwhelming number of women were arriving for care at the center with late-stage breast cancer. They sought to elevate awareness of breast health in women, in order to reduce the number of incidences of late-stage diagnosis. When diagnosed early, breast cancer is 98% curable. Together in 1986, they established The Rose to provide breast health services to all women regardless of their ability to pay. They saw their

project as a model for others to follow. Today, The Rose provides advanced digital imaging, mobile mammography, patient navigation and strives for medical excellence. The Rose model, where every insured procedure helps cover the costs of the uninsured, is copied throughout the nation. With additional monetary help from The United Way of Brazoria County, grants, gifts, fundraisers, and a network of physicians that donate their time to care for one woman a year, The Rose is able to cast a wide safety net over southeast Texas. In fact, that safety net has allowed The Rose to serve over 500,000 women, both insured and uninsured, for the past 33 years. Annually, over 35,000 women in 24 counties are now being served by The Rose. By aligning with numerous organizations and corporations, Ms. Gibbons and Dr. Melillo have established the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas (BHC). They have enlarged the area their net is reaching to include all of Texas. With over 3,000 members, the BHC seeks to close the gap in the healthcare system by educating the community and healthcare professionals on breast health issues. (Continued on Page 10)

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Taking place annually throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness about the disease and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

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They advocate locally, statewide and nationally, ensuring breast health issues are being addressed in legislation and assist and support patients in gaining access to care. In the last year alone, The Rose has cared for 2,476 women, of which, 334 were uninsured. Of the 24 women diagnosed with breast cancer, the youngest was just 34 years old. A long-time Rose patient named Rufina didn’t have insurance at the time of her diagnosis in 2013. She is grateful to have met Dr. Melillo, whom she originally saw for a second opinion, and Dr. Angel Rodriguez, who saw her through what she described as a life-altering experience. Her first question was, “How long do I have?” She was reassured by

Dr. Melillo that she would be in good hands. At stage 2, her cancer was found early. She left the office visit feeling confident after being told her type of cancer was rare but wouldn’t spread. “Dr Melillo hugged me when I started crying, ‘you came in on time, she told me,’” said Rufina. She was assigned a patient navigator who guided her through each phase of treatment. The hallmark program connected her with services and networks for customized care allowing Rufina to focus on healing. Catching the cancer early was critical, but Rufina still had to endure 32 rounds of chemotherapy, an additional 30 rounds of radiation, and a mastectomy. Though her journey to wellness wasn’t easy, she is still grateful to be a survivor. She admitted to being

depressed when her hair started falling out, but ringing the bell in the hospital that signifies the last treatment gave her a new perspective on life. “I remember thinking, thank God I got to go through all of this, because it means I didn’t die,” she recanted. Her family surprised her by giving her a diploma and a cake to celebrate life. She has much to live for. “I have a granddaughter. She was my reason to do well and to fight,” Rufina shared. Rufina still sees Dr Melillo every six months. What impresses Rufina the most is when the doctor, who is 70 years old, tells her to make sure she gets out to walk every day. “I have to do it for her because she walks every day to stay healthy to be with me.” When asked how life is different now, Rufina shared how she has changed a lot in her diet to make her healthier. “I live for today. I see and notice everything, and I spend more time with my family.” Those are good recommendations for everyone. To learn more about The Rose, or to make a donation, please see their website at: B.A. Belthoff welcomes your comments. You can reach her at

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What can you do to reduce your risk of breast cancer? From the Mayo Clinic

Making changes in your daily life may help reduce your risk of breast cancer. Try to: • Ask your doctor about breast cancer screening. Discuss with your doctor when to begin breast cancer screening exams and tests, such as clinical breast exams and mammograms.

• Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of screening. Together, you can decide what breast cancer screening strategies are right for you. • Become familiar with your breasts through breast self-exam for breast awareness. Women may choose to become familiar with their breasts by occasionally inspecting

their breasts during a breast selfexam for breast awareness. If there is a new change, lumps or other unusual signs in your breasts, talk to your doctor promptly. • Breast awareness can’t prevent breast cancer, but it may help you to better understand the normal changes that your breasts undergo and identify any unusual signs and

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month symptoms. • Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than one drink a day, if you choose to drink. • Exercise most days of the week. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. If you haven’t been active lately, ask your doctor whether it’s O.K. and start slowly. • Limit postmenopausal hormone therapy. Combination hormone therapy may increase the risk of breast cancer. Some women experience bothersome signs and symptoms during menopause and, for these women, the increased risk of breast cancer may be acceptable in order to relieve menopause signs and symptoms. • Maintain a healthy weight. If your weight is healthy, work to maintain that weight. If you need to lose weight, ask your doctor about healthy strategies to accomplish this. Reduce the number of calories you eat each day and slowly increase the amount of exercise. • Choose a healthy diet. Women who eat a Mediterranean diet

supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts may have a reduced risk of breast cancer. The Mediterranean diet focuses mostly on plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts. People who follow the Mediterranean diet choose healthy fats, such as olive oil, over butter and fish instead of red meat. Breast cancer risk reduction for women with a high risk If your doctor has assessed your family history and determined that you have other factors that increase your risk of breast cancer, you may discuss options to reduce your risk, such as: • Preventive medications (chemoprevention). Estrogen-blocking medications, such as selective estrogen receptor modulators and aromatase inhibitors, reduce the risk of breast cancer in women with a high risk of the disease. • Preventive surgery. Women with a very high risk of breast cancer may choose to have their healthy breasts surgically removed. They may also choose to have their healthy ovaries removed.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Contributing factors to younger women getting breast cancer Some young women are at a higher risk for getting breast cancer at an early age compared with other women their age. If you are a woman under age 45, you may have a higher risk if: • You have close relatives (parents, siblings, or children) who were diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer when they were younger than 45, especially if more than one relative was diagnosed or if a male

relative had breast cancer. • You have changes in certain breast cancer genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2), or have close relatives with these changes. • You have an Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. • You were treated with radiation therapy to the breast or chest during childhood or early adulthood. • You have had breast cancer or certain other breast health problems

such as lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), atypical ductal hyperplasia, or atypical lobular hyperplasia. • You have been told that you have dense breasts on a mammogram. Does it run in your family? If you have close relatives with breast or ovarian cancer, you may be at higher risk for developing these diseases. Does your family

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health history put you at higher risk? Would you benefit from cancer genetic counseling and testing? Each year, over 200,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 20,000 are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. About 3 percent of breast cancers (about 6,000 women per year) and 10 percent of ovarian cancers (about 2,000 women per year) result from inherited mutations (changes) in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are passed on in families. Inherited mutations in other genes can also cause breast and ovarian

cancer, but BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the genes most commonly affected. Although breast cancer is much more common in women, men with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations are more likely to get breast cancer than other men. BRCA mutations also increase the likelihood of getting pancreatic cancer and, in men, high grade prostate cancer. Knowing your family health history can help you find out if you could be more likely to develop breast, ovarian, and other cancers. If so, you can take steps to prevent cancer or to detect it earlier when it may be more treatable.

• Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die. • There are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, thanks largely to early detection and treatment. This is why selfexamination, annual women’s exams and mammograms are so important.

• Breast cancer is more common in the left breast than the right. The left breast is 5 - 10% more likely to develop cancer than the right breast. • In most patients, breast cancer is found at an early stage when the cancer has not spread beyond the lymph nodes. The cure rates are extremely high.

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Evasive or non-evasive? From

Breast cancer usually begins either in the cells of the lobules, which are milk-producing glands, or the ducts, the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple. The pathology report will

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month tell you whether or not the cancer has spread outside the milk ducts or lobules of the breast where it started. Non-invasive cancers stay within the milk ducts or lobules in the breast. They do not grow into or invade normal tissues within or beyond the breast. Non-invasive cancers are sometimes called carcinoma in situ (“in the same place”) or pre-cancers. Invasive cancers do grow into normal, healthy tissues. Most breast cancers are invasive. Whether the cancer is non-invasive or invasive will determine your treatment choices and how you might respond to the treatments you receive. In some cases, a breast cancer may be both invasive and noninvasive. This means that part of the cancer has grown into normal tissue and part of the cancer has

stayed inside the milk ducts or milk lobules. It would be treated as an invasive cancer. A breast cancer also may be a “mixed tumor,” meaning that it contains a mixture of cancerous ductal cells and lobular cells. This type of cancer is also called “invasive mammary breast cancer” or “infiltrating mammary carcinoma.” It would be treated as a ductal carcinoma. If there is more than one tumor in the breast, the breast cancer is described as either multifocal or multicentric. In multifocal breast cancer, all of the tumors arise from the original tumor, and they are usually in the same section of the breast. If the cancer is multicentric, it means that all of the tumors formed separately, and they are often in different areas of the breast.

• Is this breast cancer invasive, non-invasive, or both invasive and non-invasive? • Is the breast cancer more aggressive or less aggressive? • Are the surgical margins negative or positive? • Are there any cancer cells present in lymph channels or blood vessels? • What do the hormone receptor tests show? Am I a candidate for medicine that lowers or blocks the effects of estrogen? • Which of these HER2 tests was performed on the tissue? IHC (ImmunoHistoChemistry) test FISH (Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization) test; SPoT-Light HER2 CISH (Subtraction Probe Technology Chromogenic In Situ

Hybridization) test: Inform HER2 Dual ISH (Inform Dual In Situ Hybridization) test. • Is the HER2 test positive, negative, or borderline? Am I a candidate for HER2-targeted therapy? • Is there cancer in any lymph nodes? If so, how many lymph nodes are involved? • Am I eligible for a genomic assay such as Oncotype DX, MammaPrint, or Mammostrat? • If any of my test results were unclear, would you recommend testing the tissue again? • Is any further surgery recommended based on my results? • Which treatments are most likely to work for this specific cancer, based on my pathology report results?

Questions to ask your doctor after being diagnosed with breast cancer

Smoking increases breast cancer risk Smoking causes a number of diseases and is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger, premenopausal women. Research also has shown that there may be link between very heavy second-hand smoke exposure and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women. Smoking also can increase complications from breast cancer

treatment, including: • Damage to the lungs from radiation therapy, • Difficulty healing after surgery and breast reconstruction, • Higher risk of blood clots when taking hormonal therapy medicines. Plus, smoking wrinkles your skin and ruins your teeth, making you look a lot older than non-smokers. (979) 849-5407 October 1, 2019 THE BULLETIN Page 15


By Dwight Perry

The Seattle Times (TNS)

Well, that’s one way to beat press coverage. Texans coach Bill O’Brien, with an unfortunate slip of the tongue at a recent news conference, drew laughter when he announced that Aaron Wilson — instead of cornerback Aaron Colvin — had been waived by the team. Wilson covers the team for the Houston Chronicle. Barn talk Justify tested positive for drugs — just before his stirring Triple Crown run a year ago — but wasn’t punished. There went horse racing’s “Just Say Neigh” public-service campaign. Sign him up A kid in the stands at Marlins Park caught two foul balls during the same at-bat. Who says the Marlins don’t have a Gold Glove candidate? Aging Unit Hall of Fame fireballer Randy Johnson, in case you missed it,

SPORTS STORIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED turned 56 on Sept. 10. And there wasn’t a dry eye in the place when he blew away the candles with a 98-mph fastball. Look who’s talking Marshawn Lynch, the Marcel Marceau of NFL running backs in his playing days, is a co-owner of the Indoor Football League’s expansion Oakland Panthers. In the biggest upset in IFL history, he even talked to the media about it. Name game — Has there ever been a more fitting NFL team to tank than one called the Dolphins? — Is White Sox rookie pitcher Dylan Cease destined to become the team’s stopper? The end Ohio State University’s application to trademark “The” as part of its name has been denied. Somewhere the spirit of Woody Hayes is shredding a down marker. Brownout News of Antonio Brown’s release by the Raiders and subsequent signing with the Patriots generated 500,000 social-media mentions in

Based on the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Suffering can lead to better life

Q: Is it true that if we read the Bible and pray daily that problems and suffering will disappear so that we can experience happiness? - H.H. A: No one is exempt from the touch of tragedy: neither the Christian nor the non-Christian; neither the rich nor the poor; neither the leader nor the commoner. Crossing all racial, social, political and economic barriers, suffering reaches out to unite mankind. Suffering in life can uncover untold depths of character and unknown strength for service to others. People who go through life unscathed by sorrow and untouched by pain tend to be

shallow in their perspectives on life. Suffering, on the other hand, tends to plow up the surface of our lives to uncover the depths that provide greater strength of purpose. The Bible does not promise that we will escape life’s problems, but God’s Word does assure those who belong to Him that He will be with us in the midst, guiding and comforting. Some of the happiest Christians are those who have been lifelong sufferers. They have every reason to sigh and complain, being denied so many privileges and pleasures that they see others enjoy, yet they have found greater cause for gratitude and joy than many who experience fewer problems.

just a couple hours, according to analytics company Talkwalker. And here the Bears thought signing Red Grange in 1925 — and sparking 75,000 telegrams — was impressive. Stat of the Week Giants skipper Bruce Bochy has managed in the majors from 19952019 and, on the morning of Sept. 10, his lifetime managerial record was … 1995-2019. Paging Avery Brundage The California State Assembly snubbed its nose at the NCAA and passed The Fair Pay to Play Act — which proclaims that college athletes have a right to collect compensation for their play — by a vote of 72-0. “Hey, they can’t let our amateur players do that,” harrumphed an unnamed football coach making millions of dollars a year. Sports “Jeopardy!” From A: Joe Flacco and a baseball field. Q: What are two things people in Baltimore used to like? For those who do not know Jesus Christ as a personal Savior, turn to Him and walk with Him through life; not to escape all the problems of this life, but to live life to the fullest. We all face difficulties in life but for Christians our hope is found in the One who is with us no matter what comes. This is a great comfort to those who watch our lives. When they see the joy in the midst of trials they take notice. God will equip us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17).ness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Tribune Media Services (Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:

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• If you’re having trouble remembering something, close your eyes. Closing your eyes when trying to recall events increases the chances of accuracy, according to researchers at the University of Surrey. • Optimists tend to live longer than pessimists. They tend to get sick less often and recover more quickly, as well. • Cats form attachment styles to their caregivers similar to human babies and dogs, according to researchers from Oregon State University. • It’s officially confirmed; 2019 was Earth’s hottest summer in modern history. • Nintendo started as a playing card company FYI ... then they ran a chain of seedy hotels. (979) 849-5407

Bulletin Horoscope Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): If you keep plugging away, you’ll get somewhere. Changing your tactics or your habits might be counterproductive in the upcoming week. If you concentrate and exercise self-discipline, you’ll do better. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When it seems that all you do is work, work, work, it’s good to know that at least you have co-workers who offer some social contact on the job. Take advantage of the brief, happy diversions when they occur. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It isn’t enough to have soaring imagination and the capacity to dream. You may want to harness a vision and apply your creative ideas to a project or pet hobby in a practical way during the week ahead. CANCER (June 21-July 22): A

partner may be more concerned with practical affairs or a job that needs to be done than with cuddling and entertainment. In the week ahead, you may want to focus on being as supportive as possible. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your purposefulness could put you in the driver’s seat. If you work hard to complete a job, you might outshine the competition. Avoid impulsive changes that can create misunderstandings later this week. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You have no doubt that drive and determination will get it done. Someone else may have the imaginative and delightful concepts, but you have the self-discipline to turn those ideas into a solid reality. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Your serious side may emerge in the

week ahead, so take advantage of it: Keep busy with useful tasks. Don’t turn a mild misunderstanding into something it isn’t or let a sudden change undermine your confidence. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Spend time with yourself rather than others and bathe in thoughtful retrospection. There may be a lesson you can learn from your past experiences. Put social ambitions on the back burner this week. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You are in a cycle of selfimprovement and growth. Repeating a positive mantra will boost your spirits if anything goes wrong in the week ahead. You can always find something positive to say and do. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If everything is organized, you will

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be more efficient. Prioritize tasks so that your life becomes a smoothrunning machine. You may hit a stone wall if you try to change the terms of a relationship in the week ahead. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Expect to pay your own way. Your ability to intuitively understand how to best use your money is at a high

point. As the week progresses, you may need to call upon your coping skills to deal with erratic people. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You like to escape from the ordinary and may find plenty of opportunities to do so in the upcoming week. Look for new and interesting ways to bring some fun into your exercise routine.

History of the World On This Day cleaner was patented by J.S. Thurman. 1901 - The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated. After a merger with Radio Corporation of America the company became RCA-Victor. OCTOBER 4 1777 - At Germantown, PA, Patriot forces and British forces both suffer heavy losses in battle. The battle was seen as British victory, which actually served as a moral boost to the Americans. 1893 - The first professional football contract was signed by Grant Dibert for the Pittsburgh AC. 1957 - “Leave it to Beaver” debuted on CBS-TV. OCTOBER 5 1919 - Enzo Ferrari debuted in his first race. He later founded the Auto Avio Construzioni Ferrari, an independent manufacturing company. 1921 - The World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time. The game was between the New York Giants and the New York


OCTOBER 6 1848 - The steamboat SS California left New York Harbor for San Francisco via Cape Horn. The steamboat service arrived on February 28, 1849. The trip took 4 months and 21 days. 1880 - The National League kicked the Cincinnati Reds out for selling beer. 1951 Joseph Stalin proclaimed the Soviet Union has the atomic bomb OCTOBER 7 1913 - For the first time, Henry Ford’s entire Highland Park automobile factory was run on a continuously moving assembly line when the chassis was added to the process. 1989 - In Budapest, Hungary’s Communist Party renounced Marxism in favor of democratic socialism. 2003 - Randy Quaid received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor.

Jumbles: JUICY UPEND WOBBLE GYRATE Answer: The barber who cut the Beatles’ hair in 1963 did a -- BANG-UP JOB

OCTOBER 1 1880 - Thomas Edison began the commercial production of electric lamps at Edison Lamp Works in Menlo Park. 1885 - Special delivery mail service began in the United States. The first routes were in West Virginia. 1896 - Rural Free Delivery was established by the U.S. Post Office. OCTOBER 2 1835 - The first battle of the Texas Revolution took place near the Guadalupe River when American settlers defeated a Mexican cavalry unit. 1869 - Mahatma (Mohandas) K Gandhi was born. He was known for his advocacy of non-violent resistance to fight tyranny. 1919 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. OCTOBER 3 1863 - U.S. President Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November would be recognized as Thanksgiving Day. 1893 - The motor-driven vacuum

Bulletin Crossword Puzzle of the Week

Solutions on the right side of this page In memory of Greg Wilkinson

DOWN 1 “How to Get Away With Murder” airer 2 Actor Russell 3 Whole 4 Member of the reigning NBA champs 5 Big talker 6 Graf rival 7 See 12-Down 8 The Seine’s __ Saint-Germain 9 Use to one’s advantage 10 Tease 11 Regatta racer 12 With 7-Down, sermon site 13 (In) brief 19 Prattles 21 Gentleman, at times? 25 Sitcom that starred a singer 26 Kidney-related 28 States as fact 29 Join with heat 32 Comedian who said, “I have a lot of beliefs, and I live by none of ‘em” 33 Lavatory fixture 34 Chap 35 Turn off 36 Green of “Penny Dreadful” 38 Designer Wang 39 Scene of biblical destruction 40 Spice Girl Halliwell 45 Nike competitor 46 Whole 49 Blackens 50 Jaguars, for instance 51 Garlicky spread 52 Unlikely to come unglued 53 Big name in the bags aisle 55 Fed. employees 58 Energetic spirit 59 Game with wild cards 60 Him, to Henri 61 “A Queens Story” rapper (C) 2019 TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY, LLC.

Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit



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Breast cancer screenings are uncomfortable, but save lives (Continued form Page 1)

Yup, this is where my stuff belongs, I thought. After sitting down and making pleasantries with the other women in the waiting room, I couldn’t help but wonder which locker they chose. How did they see themselves when not draped in blue? No one seemed overly anxious, so I made the presumption that we were all there for yearly screenings and not for an emergency. Every technician I’ve encountered is very genuinely caring and knowledgeable. They appreciate that women can and do feel a little uncomfortable baring their breasts, even with us knowing every woman has them. About one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Think about the women in your life: friends, family, neighbors, coworkers. I’m beating the statistics. The American Cancer Society tries to maintain a sense of positivity by claiming the one in eight statistic also means your chance of NOT developing the disease is 7 out of 8. It’s good to stay positive.

In New Jersey, the imaging clinic I routinely visited was owned by the OB-Gyn practice where I was a patient. Those doctors set up a mammography center and had an on-site radiologist who would read the films immediately after the screening. They’d have images retaken, right then and there, to get clearer visuals if an area was in question. When you left the office, you knew if you were O.K. There was no waiting for two weeks for my doctor to deliver the results, like I was recently told. When you think there is something wrong, getting immediate answers is comforting, to say the least. Several years before we moved, I felt something. From the moment I phoned the doctor’s office, it was as if they wiped their schedule clean to make room for me. It took longer to secure a safe place for my daughters to go after the school day ended than it did to get an appointment. I was in their office that afternoon. After seeing the doctor, I went directly to the imaging center to have a sonogram and meet with the radiologist. Luckily, I was one of the

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seven. There were visits when a nurse would enter the waiting area and apologize for the delay. “We’ve had an emergency; we’re sorry for the wait. If you need to reschedule, please let us know.” Those of us in the waiting room were like soldiers, trading our capes for infantry uniforms. No one minded. They had provided swift

passage for me; now it was time to clear the path for this woman. No one looks forward to these annual screenings. Getting smashed between two paddles isn’t the most comfortable experience. But it isn’t the most awful, either. Leaving with red marks from my lower neck to my underarms is a small inconvenience to endure in exchange for knowing that the test can save my life. I walked out a short time later,

sporting my red marks and ready to take on the challenges of the day – feeling like a superhero. If you’ve been putting off your screening, get it done. Attack the issue like Serena Williams attacks the tennis ball. The smashing really isn’t that bad. You could celebrate by buying yourself a new cape. (B.A. Belthoff welcomes your comments. You can reach her at

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