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Lydia presents the new cover look to cover model Liz Barnez.
Lydia, I love the direction Style is going with online media! Cindy DeGroot Markley Motors, Inc Lydia, Just to say it one more time: I love, love, love the new look of the magazine! Tiffany Villavicencio Marketing Coordinator The Promenade Shops at Centerra Name Clarification
Thanks for the article and pics in (the June 2012 issue of) Style! We appreciate it very much and I’ve already had some feedback over the last couple
of days. Unfortunately, some of that feedback has surrounded the confusion about my company/TV show name. It appears in the article as both Fishful Thinker (which is correct) and Fishful Thinking which is a Canadian fishing company/show that came along after me. Thanks, Angie. Once again, we do appreciate the exposure regardless of the writer’s oversight! Chand LaChance Fishful Thinker LLC Chad – We apologize for the name confusion. You have created a wonderful organization that certainly deserves the recognition in Northern Colorado. We regret that our error may have detracted from that.
Dear Angie, On behalf of the Fort Collins Elks Lodge I would like to thank you for the recent article and pictures in Style Magazine [August 2012] about the women of the Elks. Style Magazine is well respected in the Northern Colorado area providing information about local organizations, individuals, events and charities in our community. We have received many favorable comments about the article and interest in our lodge. Again, thanks to you and also to Saundra Skrove and Kay Rios. Joyce Bonanno Past Exalted Ruler Fort Collins Elks Lodge
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Logan, I just wanted to thank you for the article you wrote about me entitled “Northern Colorado Authors Abound”(August 2012). I was so pleased with your writing, and have had many compliments as a result of your magazine. Again, thank you for including me in Style Magazine.
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Lydia, I just wanted to say thank you again for such a fun day at the photo shoot. I had such a great time. You provide a wonderful service for women affected by breast cancer. Thanks for all that you do. You are a very special person. Kristen Olenic, Fort Collins
Lynne Boortz Dear Lydia, I want to thank you for the Business Profile in the June issue of Style. I have never had very much response to my various forms of advertising, but when my article and ad came out in Style, everyone I have ever known called and let me know they saw me in Style. Style Magazine is seen by everyone and really works! Tim Swan Swan Heating & Air Conditioning, Loveland Angie, I just got to see a hard copy of the magazine this morning. Thank you for the feature – it looked good! I also noticed the feature on your website of Keely which also looks great. I’ve been getting some really great feedback (August 2012, NoCo Street Styles). Emily Warren www.nocostreetstyle.com
Dear Lydia, “Thank you” doesn’t begin to say how much I appreciate your generosity. Last Friday was the most fun I’ve had in quite a while. Everything was perfect, especially the warmth among all the women. Thank you for all the pampering before hand. Barb at Salon deChelle has two new clients – my husband and me. I hope I can give back to Hope Lives even a small token of what you and the organization have given to me. Regards, Carole Crane, Fort Collins
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On the Cover: Olivia Newton-John, who will be performing at Union Colony Civic Center on Oct. 5, looks stellar at 60+. Find out how her personal health struggles have changed her life and her focus.
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LIVING in the NOW Perhaps some of you remember reading my tribute of gratitude to my 93-year-old Uncle Jack, Ph.D. and retired Colonel, in the June publisher’s letter in Style, which I read to him in Colorado Springs when visiting later that month. He was so touched that he wrote a response, which was included in the August issue of Style as a surprise to him. This issue was delivered and read to him on Aug. 10, and he passed away just three days later after a prolonged illness. He was lovingly remembered in a military memorial service on Aug. 19, which in many ways reemphasized to me the importance of living in the present and making each day count. We can do nothing to change the past, and the future, for the most part, is unknown to us. All we have any control over is this moment, today. I feel it is so important to not waste this precious now by worrying about the past or fretting over what might happen in the future. One group that realizes the importance of living in the now is the precious group of women we feature in this issue. They are all different ages, sizes, backgrounds, some working in their careers and some choosing not to work, but all have one thing in common. They have all at one time received a breast cancer diagnosis and have survived or shall I say, thrived! Yes, some are still in the fight, some healing and others quite far removed from their disease. But one thing is for sure, each woman has been changed forever as a result of it and will never again be the same. I don’t know of a more inspiring group of women. Courageous, positive, inspirational, loving and most importantly, they are living each
and every day with a deep appreciation and have a profound new set of priorities. Thank you to each of these inspiring women for sharing their intimate personal story of their cancer journey. And, thank you to each of them for spending a glorious day sharing, crying, laughing and supporting each other as we danced, celebrating life at our photo shoot. Their strength, courage, positive attitude and sense of humor will empower other women who might face this devastating diagnosis to know that they too can have hope to get past cancer. One such woman who battled breast cancer and used it as a springboard to help others is our beautiful international cover star Olivia Newton John. We are honored and thrilled to have her on our cover and include a personal interview in this issue. Be sure to read how she has turned her challenging experience into something positive by promoting healthy lifestyles in her book and the creation of her foundation. Helping women diagnosed with breast cancer has been my passion since being diagnosed in November 2000. While in treatment in 2001, I listened to my calling and founded Hope Lives! The Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center to provide free services to women in Northern Colorado diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then it has provided over 14,000 free services: complementary care services to help improve healing and relieve discomfort, lifestyle support services such as house cleaning and errand services, free wigs, reference materials and more. Unfortunately more and more women need our services, but we are limited as to our resources. If you are looking for a worthwhile cause, look no further. We can use your talents, your volunteer time and your financial support. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and on Oct. 20 we will hold our annual Celebrate Life in the Pink Gala fundraiser at the Hilton Fort Collins. The highlight of this fun event is the Breast Cancer Survivor Fashion Show where local survivors celebrate life. Come join us to cry, laugh and cheer as these beautiful and courageous women remind us how precious life is. Enjoy a gourmet dinner, lively auction and opportunity to help women undergoing treatment. Tickets are $150, corporate tables for 10 are $2,000 and both can be bought at www.hopelives.org or by calling (970) 225-6200. Enjoy this issue and learn how “Molecular Diagnostics Improve Breast Cancer Outcomes” and about “Mammography Advances at McKee Breast Cancer Center.” This issue is packed with interesting and informative reading; enjoy this special issue of Style. Wishing each of you good health, and a rich abundance of friendship, love and opportunities to help others.
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Fr e n c h N e s t O p e n - A i r M a r k e t Though we may be worlds away from the streets of Paris, we can still enjoy the feel of a traditional outdoor market, featuring artisan, vintage and collectable items. Held every third Saturday, May through October at Civic Center Park in Fort Collins, there are still two more outdoor bazaars to peruse before the French Nest packs up for next spring. Take in the experience, complete with food carts, coffee and live music, on Sept. 15 or Oct.
20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Make it a day in Downtown: start at 8 a.m. at the Larimer County Farmers’ Market just two blocks away, swing by la Creperie & Bakery (on the corner of Mountain Ave. and Mason St.) for an authentic French croissant or galette for breakfast, then amble over the open-air market to wander through the booths featuring original art, antiques, jewelry and more. La vie est belle.
Reducing Breast Cancer Risk Exercise has always been a good way to stay healthy, but a recent study has found that even mild exercise can reduce breast cancer risk in women during reproductive and post-menopausal years. Researchers at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill used data from the Long Island Breast Cancer Study, a series of government-funded studies conducted to investigate possible environmental contributors to breast cancer on Long Island. The study included over 3,000 women from Long Island aged 20 to 98 who were predominantly white and upper or middle class. To find a diversified sample within this study, the researchers focused on recreational activities the women performed in their spare time. This study showed that women who exercised mildly or moderately 10 to 19 hours a week reduced their risk of breast cancer up to 30 percent. In breast cancer survivors and patients, exercise is still recommended. “I tend to encourage 20 minutes a day, at least five days a week,” recommends Regina Brown,
in the news M.D., at Cancer Center of the Rockies in Fort Collins. Dr. Brown also relates that what type of exercise factors in as well. “The type of exercise is important. For example, focus on core body fitness, which can be achieved by multiple means. The variety allows patients to figure out what works for them,” Dr. Brown says. “One of the great programs we have within the PVH system is the Oncology Physical Fitness Program. I try to encourage all of my patients to consider enrolling in the program. They get a full assessment of where they are and a fitness program specifically tailored for them.” The study also found that women who were obese and exercised did not reduce their risk for breast cancer, but had a typical risk of a normal weight woman who was not exercising. In the end, women do not have to be marathon runners to reduce their risks. With just moderate activity, whether normal, overweight or obese, taking the dog for a walk still has benefits. Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
web now It’s not always easy to master the colorcombination of black and brown in an outfit. However, Brooke Bowell, 28, managed to do just that as she was spotted on Mountain Avenue. Originally from Grand Island, Neb., she lives in Fort Collins and works in sales for State Farm Insurance. She is dressed perfectly for the office in this simple, yet sophisticated black top from Banana Republic and stonecolored pants from the Limited (her black heels look chic under that slight flare). Her caramel-colored Michael Kors bag fits in flawlessly, keeping the neutral-color theme of her overall outfit consistent and stylish. This is a great transitional look as we move into fall and abandon our bright, summery hues. Interested in more? Visit the NoCo Street Style link on our website at www.stylemagazinecolorado.com and find out who else made the cut. My name is Emily Warren. I decided to start NoCo Street Style because I’ve always had an intrinsic passion for fashion. This column will offer a way to recognize superior fashion sense along the Front Range and act as a mode to celebrate it. Women and men of Northern Colorado, put on your best (dressed) behavior. You may be the next feature on NoCo Street Style.
Be sure to visit our website to read these exciting additional features. Check out the full story via our webpage, www.stylemagazinecolorado.com.
Life After Cancer By Tracee Sioux Cancer can be horrifying, painful and harsh. But, it doesn’t necessarily have to be all of those things. There is a better way, says Kerri Geary, a three-time cancer veteran and a certified professional cancer coach. Life after cancer can be transformative, giving patients a new perspective on quality-of-life. However, transformation can be challenging for both the cancer survivor and their family members; there is often an unexpected period of loneliness and adjustment. Through cancer coaching, patients can more easily navigate the physical and emotional terrain of diagnosis, treatment, recovery and post-cancer phases.
Old Gringo Boots Channel your inner cowgirl. The “Taka” Old Gringo studded boots are perfect for this fall. Wear them with your favorite flowy skirt, skinny jeans or even a pair of tailored shorts. They look great with anything and will remain a staple for years to come. $671, available at Sole Mates, 172 N. College Ave., Suite A3, Fort Collins.
Sew What? By Corey Radman Trepidation and intimidation are the first two words that many people conjure up when embarking on a sewing project. Standing in front of the pattern cabinets at a chain fabric store is, perhaps, the most frustrating, befuddling experience possible (next to phoning tech support, that is). But there is a place in Fort Collins where would-be seamstresses can go for hand-holding, where projects actually get finished. Mama Said Sew owner, Angela Gray, wants people to enjoy, revel and relax into sewing. She’s there to help.
in Beautiful By Tracee Sioux
Cozy Spaces By Connie Hein
Plagued with skin issues growing up, cosmetologist C.J. Weimer was inspired to open the state-of-the-art Barcelona Clinical Spa & Salon in 1996. This spa provides others with the same exceptional skincare that boosted her self-esteem. Specializing in every aspect of skincare and beauty, Barcelona Spa has locations in Fort Collins and Greeley, and offers extensive services ranging from establishing a basic skincare protocol to multi-beam laser therapy. Customers can enter Barcelona Spa feeling unattractive and strut out with confidence after waxing, permanent make-up, Botox, Juvederm, laser hair removal, teeth whitening, tanning, peels and massage. “I never had good skin growing up,” reflects Weimer. “So when I was able to self-treat my skin with a knowledge of skincare it inspired me to help others. It makes me just as ecstatic when I can help others achieve healthy skin.” Colorado, Weimer says, can be very hard on skin. The dry, high altitude air dehydrates skin, causing skin cells to lose moisture and volume. This dehydration causes wrinkling and secondary acne. Skin becomes so thirsty that it overproduces oils to compensate for the lack of moisture. The oils then cause acne. This type of acne is unlike hormonal acne and requires a particular treatment plan. Moreover, parched skin causes more wrinkling than occurs in more thirst-quenching, humid climates. When the skin loses volume it tends to sag, crease and crack. One of the most attractive features of Colorado – sunshine for 300 days a year – can create unattractive effects on the skin. Hyper-pigmentation – random discoloration, dark spots and sunspots – can result from even incidental sun exposure. The bright glare of the sun also ages the skin, causing additional wrinkling. Barcelona Spa offers several options to reverse
wrinkling and hyper-pigmentation, and resolve all types of acne. One of the most effective is the HydraFacial procedure. Noninvasive and nonsurgical, this technique infuses a hydrating serum with lactic acid, glucosamine and six anti-oxidants into skin cells. The procedure immediately hydrates the skin, replenishing cells and strengthening the cell membrane. For moderate to extreme cases of acne, scarring, hyper-pigmentation, redness and sagging skin, Weimer recommends PPX laser treatments. PPX uses a broadband laser, which induces treatment of multiple skin conditions simultaneously. The eyes are the windows to the soul; frame them boldly. At Barcelona Spa customers can have eyelash and eyebrow tinting, 3D lash extensions and Latisse, which is like Miracle Grow for lashes. They also offer a new product called Cry Baby, which is 100 percent waterproof semipermanent mascara that lasts two weeks. At Barcelona, Weimer found her calling, “Even when I do something that might be a little uncomfortable, people still leave with a smile on their face and they thank me. I don’t know many industries where you can get that kind of response.”
Tammy Ahlquist, co-owner of Cozy Cottage Antiques and Collectibles, says her passion for retail business started when she was just 7 years old, at her mother’s side. She was with her mother, Anne Pfenning, nearly every day at the successful retail store she owned in downtown Loveland, called Expo II. “I remember playing with the stone turtles, and loved ringing up customers,” she says. “I knew even then that this was my passion.” Tammy learned how to merchandise and serve their customers. “My mom has an amazing talent,” Tammy says. “I feel very blessed to have learned from her.” Tammy worked with her mom in retail for many years, but eventually decided to take a break. After her children, Kyle and Taryn, were grown, she got slowly back into retail business. “I started doing antique shows, mixing old and new merchandise,” she says. The combination became so successful she decided to open her first Cozy Cottage at Centerra in Loveland and expanded to a location at Flatirons Mall in Broomfield. Recently she moved the Centerra store to Front Range Village in Fort Collins. Following family history, Tammy says her daughter Taryn started working part time when she was young just as she had. It wasn’t long until Taryn started arranging displays. “It quickly became obvious that she had amazing merchandising talent,” Tammy says. Taryn is now merchandising manager, doing most of the buying and became co-owner in 2011. “She is amazingly talented,” says Tammy. “I am so blessed to be able to do this with my daughter every day.” Tammy and Taryn balance each other with their different decorating styles, which gives their customers many options to choose from.
Tammy says it has truly become a family affair. Anne still works a few days a week and Tammy’s husband Randy has made this his full time job, moving furniture from location to location. “Cozy is only successful because of what our family and staff bring to the table,” she says. Jessica Goins, district manager, says she believes their customers sense the family atmosphere when stepping inside Cozy Cottage. “Customers tell me the experience doesn’t feel like shopping, but brings feelings of coming home,” she says. To make the shopping experience even more unique, Cozy Cottage is divided into small areas. “Each cozy space features a different theme,” Goins says, “designed with lots of care and attention to detail.” They always include a seasonal area along with their primitive, French, gourmet and vintage nooks. “Also woven into the shop are linens, jewelry, candles and books,” she says, “almost anything you could think of for decorating or giving as a special gift.” Goins says there is seldom a day when things look the same. “We have many one-of-a-kind antiques that come through the store that might be here today and gone tomorrow.” She says their customers have learned to visit often so they don’t miss a thing.
Barcelona Clinical Spa and Salon C.J. Weimer, owner 3307 South College Avenue, Unit 112 in Fort Collins (970) 226-2596 2928 West 10th Street in Greeley (970) 378-9000 www.barcelonasalon-spa.com Tracee Sioux is a writer and author, she can be found at www. twitter.com/traceesioux and www.thegirlrevolution.com.
Cozy Cottage Antiques and Collectables Tammy Ahlquist, co-owner 2721 Council Tree Ave., #125 Fort Collins (970) 203-9453 www.cozycottage.biz Connie Hein is a freelance writer living in Windsor. Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
And You Said You
Couldn’t Paint By Michelle Venus
For Kim Fain and Tony Curtis, it all started when Fain went to visit her daughter in Houston and was invited to “go paint and drink wine.” She walked out of that Pinot’s Palette with more than a painting – she walked out with the germ of an idea. That germ sat in the back of her brain while she completed her graduate program at Regis University, where she earned her MBA in Operations Management. “I spent my last year in graduate school researching business opportunities,” Fain says. She and her business and life partner, Tony Curtis, kept coming back to the “Paint and Sip” model after looking at other types of businesses such as commercial real estate, a pet store or grooming operation and possibly a restaurant. “We liked what Pinot’s had to offer,” explains Curtis. “It’s very fun and social. It’s an activity that you can do for a girls’ night out, with your family or church groups or for corporate events. It’s for everybody – and everybody becomes an artist, whether you think you are or not.” Indeed, the website states that Pinot’s Palette is perfect for ages 6 through 60. But don’t worry if you fall outside those age boundaries. You’ll be happily invited in to dabble in the paint. The studio has its grand opening scheduled for Sept. 14, and is located at 159 W. Mountain Ave., next to La Creperie. “We wanted to be right in Old Town,” says Fain, who has lived in the Fort Collins area since 1980. “Fort Collins has such a strong energy and life about it. Through the years it has developed into a destination from many surrounding areas, including Wyoming. The diversity and opportunities it offers are vast and we feel very fortunate and blessed to be a part of that.” Curtis and Fain have backgrounds in business management and finance. After a stint in the Navy as an Aviation Ordinance Specialist, Curtis worked as a buyer for IBM for 25 years. He retired in 2007. Fain has worked Style 2012
with a variety of governmental agencies in finance, budget management, grant management and human resources. Between them, they have four children and five grandchildren. “Paint and Sip” studios have been springing up all over the country. Few of them are franchises, like Pinot’s Palette. The concept is simple: Patrons go to the website to reserve a space at a class, which is led by a local artist (known as an “Art Entertainer” in Pinot’s Palette). Everyone paints the same piece while sipping wine, beer or some other beverage and nibbling on finger foods. The Fort Collins franchise will start with bar snacks. According to Curtis, a menu is in development. “There are over 1,000 choices in the Pinot’s library,” states Fain. Most are created by Pinot’s Art Entertainers, while others are inspired by famous paintings by Van Gogh or Monet. In fact, both Fain and Curtis painted Van Gogh’s Starry Night at one of the Pinot’s Palettes in Houston. “Hers came out better than mine,” says Curtis with a grin. Classes start at $35 and include the canvas, paints and instruction. There is also a private party studio available for birthday parties, bachelorettes, or any kind of group get-together. Wine, beer and snacks are also available. The music, talking, laughing and fun are free! Pinot’s palette Kim Fain and Tony Curtis, owners 159 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins (970) 214-5208 www.pinotspalette.com/fortcollins Michelle Venus is a freelance writer who works and lives in Fort Collins with her children.
Jennifer Ackerfield Jennifer is a botanist at CSU. She has twins, Connor and Jordan, 6. Jennifer enjoys hiking, playing games, hanging out with her kids and friends, looking at plants, going on adventures and just plain having fun. “I had so much fun trying on different outfits at Designs, and could not believe how amazing I looked after getting my make-up done (and having eyelashes again was great too)! This experience has been so wonderful and I will treasure every moment for years to come. Thanks Lydia and Hope Lives!”
Anne Aspen Anne is an artist. Her partner is Jane Aspen, and she has a step-daughter, Michelle. Anne enjoys being in nature, riding her bicycle, walking, cross country skiing, gardening, camping, swimming, singing and reading aloud to her grandkids. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’ve been treated like a Queen from head to toe. I loved everything at Cloz to Home. I’m grateful to Rachel at Arabella, Barbara at Barcelona and, Lydia and the Hope Lives team for helping me celebrate the new cancer-free me.”
Trisha Bates Trisha is a business access analyst for Advanced Energy. She is married to Richard “Shorty” Bates and has two children: Rhett, 14, and Rhyse, 12. Trisha enjoys reading and hanging out with her friends and family. “I had a wonderful time! All the ladies and people I’ve met have been awesome. Since having cancer I haven’t pampered myself. This is like one more triumph. Thank you, Lydia and ladies.”
Pam Bonda Rust Pam is an adoption subsidy coordinator for Larimer County. She is married to Bill and has a 7-year-old son, Alex. She loves spending time with her son, shopping with her mom, cross-stitching, and her husband is trying to get her into hunting, so maybe she will be in a hunting magazine too! “This week was so much fun! I found styles, colors and patterns that I would normally pass by. I tried on some really fun outfits and a lot of fun jewelry. I think I have found a new look and style!”
Bonnie Buck Bonnie is a band instrument repair technician at Boomer Music. She has five grown children: Reid, April, Robert, Steve and Kelli. Bonnie enjoys reading (3-4 books at a time), playing the flute and French horn in the Foothills Pops Band and New Horizons Band, square dancing, round dancing and quilting. “Getting together with the other models was tons of fun! It was just one big pajama party! Lots of personal sharing, tears and laughter.”
Karisa Cerullo Karisa is a stay-at-home-mom with two children, Aiden, 9, and Ashlinn, 4. In her spare time she enjoys taking photographs of her children and hopes to learn a lot more about photography in the future. “It was so much fun trying on clothes and jewelry and wearing something out of the ordinary. I felt so pampered getting my hair styled and my make-up done – like a princess!”
Carole Crane Carol is a career consultant. She is married to Myles and has two grown step-children, Bryce and Jennifer. Carole enjoys dancing, Tai Chi and Nia at the health club, playing with her dog, taking walks with her husband, reading, crocheting and cooking. “I had a glorious time. It was the greatest fun to try on all the clothes at Cloz. Barb at Salon deChelle did a beautiful job on my hair, and Sammy with Lancome made me into a new woman. A million thank-you’s to Lydia.”
Cathy Davis Cathy is the employment manager for the Larimer County Sheriff. She has a grown daughter, Erin. Cathy loves to read, travel, hike, shop and enjoys the mountains. “Modeling was such a treat and the perfect thing to look forward to at the end of my treatments. Shopping at Coldwater Creek was so fun. I loved my outfit so much I bought it. Sammy from Lancôme made me feel so pretty and I loved having eyelashes again. The photo shoot with Lydia and Marcus was fabulous. Thank you for this wonderful experience.”
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Doris is married to Don. She has four grown children: Jim, Jean, Joan and Jacky. She has nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Doris is retired and enjoys gardening and spending time with her family. “It was a fun-filled day and the hair stylist [Barb at Salon deChelle] and makeup artist [Faoz Jafar at Sephora] were great. I loved the clothes and jewelry. Thanks to Lydia and her volunteers.”
Karen works for Larimer County in information technology technical support. She is married to Randy and has a 6-year-old dog, Cheyenne. Karen enjoys spending time with Cheyenne, walking, the great Colorado outdoors, camping, motorcycle riding, vacations, photography and gardening. “The whole experience made me feel special. I have never been so pampered. The hairstylist, Kristen, was very helpful and made me look very nice. The Coldwater Creek staff made great suggestions and helped to select the right clothing. The photo shoot was an experience I will never forget.”
Kris is an admin executive for Affordable Roofing and Restoration. She has two grown sons and two puppies, Piper, 2, and Ruby, 1.5. Kris loves flower gardening, hiking, wine tastings and girl time. “Spending time with ladies who have walked in my shoes has been so inspirational! All of you are so lovely and comforting. This experience with Lydia and Hope Lives is definitely on the top of my Life’s Resume! I have so much appreciation for her and this cause.”
Jenny is married to Jeremy and has two children, Maraia, 12, and Kai, 8. Jenny enjoys bargain shopping, going to Broadway shows, walking her dog, going to her kids’ soccer and baseball games, and reading. “This is not something I would normally do and I loved every minute of it. Laura at Arabella Salon styled my hair exactly how I have always wanted it and the girls at MkLaren picked out great outfits. Then to top it off with amazing makeup by Carissa, I felt so special.”
Cindy is a fitness coach and Zumba instructor for Curves. She is married to Mark and has a daughter, Danielle, 21. Cindy enjoys Zumba, hula, ballet, tap, piano, reading, crocheting and crafting. “I loved all of the ladies who helped me with hair and make-up. And the ladies on the committee who got me into a dress that was fun and not something I would normally choose. The whole experience has been so uplifting and fun!”
Trudy is a certified public accountant. She is married to Wes and has three grown children, Todd, Tiffani and Nancy. She also has three grandchildren, Tate and Brynn, 4, and Jade, 15 mos. Trudy loves snow skiing, and is a full-time volunteer for the Greeley Stampede. “Such a fun experience – just like it was 27 years ago only without the cancer connection. Lydia is so giving of her talents and her caring through Hope Lives. She is truly an inspiration for all of us.”
Maggie is an advisor/social worker for Project Self-Sufficiency. She has one daughter, Madelyn, 14. Maggie loves listening to music and singing, hiking, walking, yoga, hanging out with her awesome daughter, shopping, walking her dogs and laughing. “The entire experience this week was so uplifting. From the flattering hair styling that Alichia gave me at Arabella Salon, to the clothing fitting at Lady Gaia, where Susan used her expertise to find just the right colors and style. Sammy put the finishing touches on my look with wonderful Lancôme makeup.”
Pat is retired from the Poudre School District. She is married to Wally and has two children, David and Kathy. Pat plays the piano keyboard in a Dixieland band, the Stover Street Stompers, and enjoys book clubs, gardening, church activities and her family. “Another exciting adventure! Like playing dress up all week. Meeting and being with so many positive, supportive and interesting women has been a high point and their enthusiasm will stay with me for a long time. Thanks for a beautiful gift from Lydia and Hope Lives.”
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Linda is the administrative assistant for CBW Automation. She loves cooking, reading, exercise, tennis and wine tasting. “It was fun! Susan at Lady Gaia was so nice and she is wonderful at creating and accessorizing outfits. Getting make-up appropriate for photography was great and the photo shoot itself was so fun; I would do it again in a heartbeat!”
Jenny is married to Ed and has two children, Audrie, 28, and Ken, 24. She is a reading tutor and, although helping children to read is her work, it feels like a hobby because she loves it. She enjoys hiking, Zumba, reading recipes and spending time with friends and family. “This has been an amazing week! I’ve been waited on and pampered to my heart’s delight! I’m so very glad for this opportunity to show other women that there is indeed life, fun and adventure after breast cancer.”
Kristen Olenic Kristen is a physician assistant at First Care. Her partner is Mark Stabler. Kristen enjoys swimming, biking, running, reading and spending time outdoors with her dogs. “I had so much fun choosing an outfit at MkLaren. The clothes there are so flattering and unique. Shauna did a wonderful job on my hair. She made the experience enjoyable and relaxing. I love the way Shantelle from Sephora did my make-up. Thank you for making me feel beautiful!”
Style Magazine salutes the recipients of Hope Lives! The Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center’s 2012 Champions of Hope Awards. We celebrate these tireless individuals for their unceasing commitment and service to the mothers, daughters, wives and sisters of Northern Colorado who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Thank you for your generous support of Hope Lives.
Medical Honoree Sam Shelanski, M.D. Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Loveland “I became aware of Hope Lives very shortly after I moved to Northern Colorado seven years ago. In fact, I believe that Lydia was one of the very first people I met who was involved in the breast cancer survivor community here. Since that time I have had numerous patients who have benefited from the
services provided by Hope Lives. “I have been fortunate enough to build a thriving practice in Loveland and Estes Park. Of that practice, 20 percent consists of treating woman, and a few men, with breast cancer. These are people who have ranged in age from their mid-20s to over 90, and they all have stories, dreams, fears and hopes that I have been privileged to share. I am often amazed at the bravery and strength that these women demonstrate in the face of a very frightening diagnosis. It has certainly helped me put the challenges I encounter in my own life into perspective.”
Community Honoree Ken Sargent President/Co-owner – Porter Industries “During a marketing visit to our office in 2000 we met Lydia Dody. She happened to be going through chemotherapy for her own encounter with breast cancer. She shared her vision for Hope Lives during that meeting, and since the owner, Bob Stone, and several others had been touched by breast cancer in some way, we became involved that year
and have been involved ever since. “I am also married to a beautiful breast cancer survivor, Michelle, who has been cancer free for 16 years! However, my story also has a challenging chapter: I lost my mother, Elizabeth, in 1992 after her crusade against breast cancer that lasted more than a decade. In retrospect, a group like Hope Lives could have made a significant difference for her: people to talk to, resources in unlimited directions and friends to hold on to when the days were dark… It is one of the reasons I continue to contribute. “I have met many inspiring women (and men) during the past 12 years. I have met hundreds of people absolutely on fire for the cause of providing services and care for women going through breast cancer. I am humbled by the opportunity to call these real-life Champions of Hope my friends.”
Care Provider Honoree Janet Yelowchan, ND, LAc, LPC, LAC Practitioner of Chinese Medicine and Psychotherapist, Medicine Buddha Clinic “When I first found out about Hope Lives in 2004, I signed up to be a provider right away. I believe in practicing Dana – the perfection of giving – as part of my spiritual practice and what better way than to give my services to women undergoing breast cancer treatment? “My mother died from breast cancer in 1988. She made the choice she did, not to treat with chemotherapy, because she didn’t want to endure the side effects from the chemo. Now we know so much more and have the technology to minimize the side effects of treatment. I am humbled to be able to offer my Chinese medicine and therapy skills to support these women through this life challenge. “I have met the most wonderful group of women through Hope Lives – women who inspire me by their courage and resilience to be the best practitioner I can be in order to help them on their individual journeys to healing. I have made lifelong friends, have witnessed some amazing healings and supported dear ones whose healings have taken place by leaving this world behind. I am truly blessed by each and every woman with whom I’ve been privileged to work.”
Volunteer Honoree Sandra Pilkington Licensed Mortgage Originator City First Mortgage Services “Hope Lives was an oasis of hope for me while I was wandering through the difficulty, uncertainty and fear of breast cancer treatment for the second time almost seven years ago. I was dealing with chemotherapy, surgery and all that goes along with cancer treatment but was also being pampered with massages, counseling, hair (or no hair) care, and pain management, as well as being educated, consoled, cared for and even had my house cleaned by the wonderful providers of Hope Lives! Without Hope Lives I might never have learned about acupuncture, which cured my neuropathy resulting from one of the chemo drugs. I knew while still in treatment that I wanted to volunteer with this incredible organization and give back by helping the next women who would go through this awful disease. “The brave women I’ve met fighting this battle have become my Champions Of Hope! I have been touched and inspired by my sister breast cancer survivors. Their perseverance, strength, resilience, and the “keep on keepin’ on” attitude they have while making this journey makes me even stronger. Sharing our experiences with one another adds another element of knowledge and fortitude to our resources for continued success.”
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Health Quest By Angeline Grenz
Long-time fans are in for a treat when Olivia Newton-John takes the stage on Oct. 5, at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley as part of her North American tour. The Grammy award-winning performer became America’s darling in 1978, co-starring with John Travolta in Grease, and with her hugely popular hits “Physical” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”
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ecades later, at the age of 64, Olivia is going strong, currently promoting her “Grace and Gratitude” album, an album that showcases the struggles and triumphs throughout her career. One such challenge was her breast cancer diagnosis in 1992. After fighting her way back to health, she decided to use her experience to help other women become more proactive about their own breast health, culminating in 2008 with the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Olivia has since proved tireless in both her creative career and her advocacy for breast cancer diagnosis, research and support. She launched her first book, LivWise: Easy Recipes For a Healthy, Happy Life, in 2011 and continues to be devoted to healing through music. Olivia graciously agreed to answer a few questions for Style’s readers in our yearly magazine dedicated to women and their journey through breast cancer diagnosis and healing.
1. The popularity of Grease obviously launched your career into superstardom at an early age, but what portion of your career brings you the most personal satisfaction? Grease was such a blessing to me and I have been so lucky to have had so many great songs and songwriters (and hits!) throughout my career. Each of those songs and hits take me back to a different memory or time in my life and that is a wonderful thing to have. But, if I had to say what part of my career gives me the most personal satisfaction musically, it would be my recent healing music. I wrote an album of healing songs called “Grace and Gratitude” and I really love singing those songs as I do think that music has the power to heal – and everything my life has centered around lately is health! 2. You have mentioned that you believe music is healing. Describe how this influences your songwriting and the music you create? Well, as I mentioned, “Grace and Gratitude” is an album I wrote at a very difficult time in my life and we all have those times – we all have good times and not-so-good times. For me, healing is such a powerful topic and as an artist and songwriter those types of songs come from me very easily. When I was diagnosed with cancer in 1992 I thought - this is it, I’m going to retire. And, I kept hearing these songs in my head that I just had to write down and record – that CD, “Gaia” is very special to me. 3. Your efforts to empower women through their breast cancer journey sprang from your personal breast cancer experience. How does this continue to shape your life? I know this will sound funny but getting breast cancer really gave me so many gifts. It gave me the opportunity to help other women Continued on PG 66 Style 2012
Linda Norman Hiser The official diagnosis came in April 2005, though I knew the answer before I got to the doctor’s office. Being called for a repeat mammogram is not a good sign. I had annual mammograms and religiously performed self-exams, but there was no family history of breast cancer. When the doctor informed me that I did have breast cancer, I didn’t have many tears. I asked, “What have I done to cause this?” It had to be my fault, didn’t it? Due to the nature of the cancer, lumpectomy was not an option; I needed to have a mastectomy, even though the cancer was early stage 1. Because I had been directed to a new doctor in town who was less busy than the other doctor, I requested a second opinion. The second opinion came from the fantastic vascular surgeon, Dr. James Vopal of Stuart, Fla. His diagnosis wasn’t any different. I went into action. I have always been a very strong individual. I didn’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I was 56, single, recovering from an unwanted divorce after 23 years and rebuilding my life in a new state. I had to get this fixed and get back to work and on with life. I found the cosmetic surgeon to team with Dr. Vopal and we set the date. I chose bilateral mastectomy, I wasn’t going to go through this twice and I could also get a new matched set! The final pathology report proved me right; the other breast contained “suspicious cells.” I really didn’t feel a “loss;” my breasts certainly did not define me and I had immediate reconstruction, so I walked into surgery with breasts, and walked out with breasts – just different ones. Immediate reconstruction certainly is not a one-time process – there are many variables and possibly several surgeries. Even though your breasts may not define “you,” they can affect how you feel, physically and mentally. My cosmetic surgeon for the initial reconstruction was an excellent doctor, however, we had a failure to communicate and I wasn’t completely satisfied with the result, but I needed to get back to work and be self-sufficient again. Moving to Fort Collins four years later, I visited one cosmetic surgeon who told me he couldn’t help me and summarily dismissed me – I left his office in tears. I certainly wasn’t striving for perfection because the original set wasn’t perfect either. Then I found Dr. Denis Gonyon in Loveland. We went through additional surgeries to help me, both mentally and physically. He is a truly caring man and an excellent, talented cosmetic surgeon. My breasts no longer precede my entry into a room. The worst part of this entire process was the limitation of activities after surgery. The restrictive time period after the initial surgery was the worst. A girlfriend flew in to stay with me for a week; other dear friends cleaned my house, mowed my yard and transported me to and from work until I could drive. These six to eight weeks seemed like an eternity; I’m used to doing everything for myself. I am incredibly thankful for the wonderful Colorado friends and family who have driven me to surgeries, stayed with me the first night and continue to help me in so many ways. Irrespective of cancer, the Continued on PG 68 Linda dances in her brilliant Amma “Anastacia” gemstone paisley tunic, $159, and matching Lysse capri leggings, $69. The look is finished with her Boutique Chic charm and crystal necklace, $59, aspen leaf golden earrings, and bright metallic woven purse, $79. Courtesy of Lady Gaia, Fort Collins. Makeup by Faoz Jafar, Sephora at JCPenney. Hair by Rachel Iberlin, Arabella Salon & Spa.
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Karisa is sassy in her Lola & Sophie hot pink asymmetrical overlay tunic top, $108, and Vitrin ruched black leggings with a flower ankle detail, $84. Accessories by Brighton finish the look. A Pebble Cascade necklace, $92, Midnight Ice necklace, $62, charm hoop earrings, $25, and Story leather multi strand charm bracelet, $89, (with charms at $130, $175) add unexpected chic touches. Courtesy of Designs Boutique, Fort Collins. Makeup by Carissa Landsperger, Sephora at Front Range Village. Hair by Rachel Iberlin, Arabella Salon & Spa.
Karisa Cerullo Tax Day, April 15, 2011. The day that forever changed the direction of my life, the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36. While breast cancer was not something that I ever fully expected to happen to me, I was somewhat prepared for it. My mother was also diagnosed at 36, and at the advice of my doctor, I started mammograms early at 35. The first year the results were negative; the second year they were not. As a child and young teenager, I watched my mom bravely battle the disease through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, only to succumb to it five years later. Suddenly, I found myself in a very similar position, raising my two young children, ages 8 and 2, when abruptly faced with the same life-threatening challenge. Although my diagnosis and treatment has been much different than hers, I have struggled with the fact that we were the same exact age and the location of the cancer was identical. It has been very difficult not to compare my journey to hers, but thankfully, my cancer was detected earlier, which will greatly increase my chances of being cured. Even though the idea of a breast cancer diagnosis has always been in the back of my mind, my initial reaction was shock. I was numb with fear. Shortly before that, I remember lying quietly on the ultrasound table before my biopsy, fighting back tears and experiencing a full circle of emotions in a matter of minutes. As I faced my mortality in those brief moments and the reality of the situation set in; I went from denial, to fear, to anger, to despair and finally to some acceptance. Yet underneath that turbulent surface, a sense of calm and peace was beginning to take root. I made the decision not to wallow in self-pity. I was prepared to spend the next year doing whatever was necessary to fight the cancer and then return to normal life. I meticulously researched all of my options and carefully weighed every outcome. Very early on, I knew in my heart that the only decision for me was a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. I did not want to live under a cloud of doubt the rest of my life, wondering if the cancer would return. I knew I had to take control. I underwent surgery in May, about five weeks after the diagnosis. My sentinel node biopsy was negative, and my oncologist felt I would not benefit from chemotherapy or radiation. Unfortunately, I endured a long, slow recovery due to complications. I decided to go with my husband on a week long vacation to San Francisco for a little R&R before my second reconstructive surgery in September. Since then, I have had one in-office cosmetic procedure with another one scheduled this coming fall. I began taking Tamoxifen in November and have endured my share of what feels like a revolving door of side effects. Thanks to my treatment, which I am truly grateful for, my cancer is gone and so is the fear and doubt I experienced initially. What I have been through has been very difficult but has without a doubt made me much stronger. One of the most difficult lessons I have learned throughout the past year is to graciously accept help from others. I have never felt worthy enough and as a result have pretended to be self-reliant. Because I was the primary caregiver of my family, it was challenging to let someone else help me. But as I learned to release that control, I soon discovered I did deserve to receive assistance. I was blessed by the way my friends and family came to my side. Cancer has also forced me to slow down, listen to my body and make myself more of a priority. I had directed all of my energy toward taking care of others, and in the process, I completely forgot about myself. While I thoroughly enjoy being a wife and mother, I realize now that life is about balance. In order to be the best person that I can be, I must first nourish my own soul. Although still a daily challenge, I have realized that happiness needs to be my priority. By choosing happiness, I feel like a new and better version of myself, one that is eager for the future and excited to see what lies ahead. We have a choice every day, in every moment, to â€œchoose joy.â€? That became my daily mantra after reading it on a blog that I follow. The woman who writes the blog was going through her own battle with a different form of cancer at the same time I was, and her message resonated deeply with me. We can either let cancer, or the never-ending laundry, or that stack of bills weigh us down. Or we can use it as an opportunity to choose a better feeling and to find the good in everything. Life is meant to be enjoyed and cherished, and we are meant to be happy. To me, the path to that happiness lies in what we choose to focus on. Birthdays are no longer something to begrudge but instead a true celebration of the privilege of another year. I take more chances and am grateful for every single day. I want to be true to myself, live fearlessly and with no Continued on PG 68 Style 2012
Trudy dances the night away in her flirty raspberry Alfani top, $59, Jockey black camisole, $26, and AGB Picture Perfect black stretch pants, $44. Jones of NY accessories complete the look – a QG gold disk bracelet, $38, matching loop earrings, $22, and double strand necklace, $40. Courtesy of Macy’s, Fort Collins. Makeup by Faoz Jafer, Sephora at JCPenney. Trudy Sargent On Dec. 3, 2009, Wes and I were in Las Vegas attending the National Finals Rodeo. As I dressed, I felt a lump in my left breast – I swear it was not there the day before. My annual physical had been Nov. 19! Once we were back in Colorado, I had appointments, mammograms and finally a biopsy on Jan. 8, 2010. The call came Monday evening. Your life is turned upside down in less than a minute! Write this down: Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma – I was in tears before I got off the phone. When you have no cancer history in your family, to hear the words, “You have cancer,” is shocking! They must be talking about someone else! The next morning, I was in the parade for the National Western Stock Show with the Stampede Committee. I was waving and saying, “Good morning,” but my brain was consumed thinking about cancer. Wes and I met with Dr. Diana Medgyesy at Front Range Cancer specialists. She said I’d feel better after this appointment and she was right, I did. It was Stage 1 but HER2 Positive, which meant it was very aggressive. Dr. Quaid performed the lumpectomy and put in my port on Jan. 27. He was pleased with the results and felt nothing had spread into the lymph nodes. On Feb. 3, the pathology results came back and showed everything to be clear. We were so excited and sent an email to all my friends saying ‘all clear,’ and hoping this would be the end! Not so fast, on Feb. 10, Wes and I met again with Dr. Medgyesy. Since my cancer had this aggressive gene, there was a 40 percent chance cancer was already somewhere else in my body. The treatment process would be 18 weeks of chemo, 52 weeks of Herceptin, 33 radiation treatments and five years of an estrogen blocker pill. On Feb. 24, I attended Chemo Education. Diane French was the oncology nurse. It was more than overwhelming. Every side effect imaginable was covered. (Unfortunately, I did experience more than my fair share). I was definitely on overload! Diane said, “Now, you will start chemo on March…” I lost it and said, “No, I will not. I will tell you when I will start the treatments!” We later laughed about that, but at the time I needed control to absorb what lay ahead. Thank God for Wes. For over 34 years, he has been my rock and my stabilizer. Heading into cancer treatment was no different. He sat down with the calendar and looked at the dates for the Greeley Stampede and carefully set my chemo schedule. Every third week would be a heavy and hard dosage; the other two weeks would be shorter with only one drug, not three. We lead a full and busy life and decided cancer would not change that. In visiting with our good friend, Dr. Jim Wise, he said the process could be a major undertaking or just a blip on the radar screen. We opted for the blip! We did not dwell on the issue and sometimes with cocktails in the hot tub, we admitted growing weary of discussing cancer at all. On March 23, Nancy picked me up for my first chemo treatment. It wasn’t as bad as I anticipated. My friend, Bonnie Dean, had told me about her experience and mine did follow suit. The first day I was fine – the second day I had so much energy I could work around the clock. Then the slide started and by the fourth and fifth day, I was down. The nausea was the worse. Diane, the oncology nurse, told me there were plenty of drugs, we just had to find the right combination. In the meantime, I got very good at throwing up. It is no longer a big deal. On an April trip to Florida, I went in to throw up three times just during breakfast! We finally found the right drug, which was greatly appreciated! My daughter, Nancy, thanks to her great employer, Agilent Technologies, was able to attend every chemo session. She selected a project for us, to organize my photos for the last 10 years. I also realized how liberating it was to not have hair. Going through the pictures made me aware of how many ‘bad hair days’ I had – even with all my efforts to look great. I loved my wigs. Wig shopping took place in Las Vegas at the Wig Outlet. Last season’s styles were on sale – 2 for $120 (not real hair of course). My kind of shopping – so I have several and they all have names: Rod Stewart (my favorite), Reba (the redhead), Elvira (black), Marilyn (platinum) and so on. Even though my hair has returned and is thicker than before, I periodically throw on a wig and go. The other liberating result of the cancer process was having my eyebrows tattooed! Like the hair situation, my brows had never been very defining. Thanks to Anne Marie at the Harmony Laser Center, they are now great! After the chemo treatments, I got a break before starting radiation. My first treatment was on Aug. 11 and the last on Sept. 28. The treatments were tiring – and a real test to have to be someplace at the same time every day of the week. I like structure in my life, but that was ridiculous! I decided to Continued on PG 69
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Bonnie is energized in her pink and orange knit two-piece blouse, $49, from the JM Collection, and her Style and Co. comfort waist black stretch pants, $49. Matching Style and Co. purple shell and gem dangle earrings, $16, long necklace, $28, three tier necklace, $24, bracelet, $24, and Anne Klein sling back peep toe black wedges, $79, add pizazz. Courtesy of Macy’s, Fort Collins. Makeup by Sammy DeQuazie, Lancôme. Hair by Barb Johnson, Salon deChelle.
Bonnie Buck I credit Buddy Check 9 with my detection of Stage 3, Phase 3 HER2/NEU cancer in my left breast in February 2011. For the previous 10 years I had faithfully gotten my annual mammogram, fully expecting the usual “results are normal.” But my physician was away on vacation that August so I didn’t get the test scheduled as I always had. Then life got in the way – the beginning of another school year, the holidays – you get the idea. On Feb. 8, 2011, a reminder was mentioned at the end of the newscast urging women to perform a self-exam the next day. Sure enough, I felt a lump that hadn’t been there a few months before. The flurry of tests and a confirmed diagnosis didn’t scare me as I thought it would. Perhaps because I had been down the road of dealing with terminal cancer just seven years before when I lost my husband. The hardest part was telling my children, who had lost not only their father, but both grandmothers in just 18 months time. Actually, I felt at peace. I knew that, whatever the outcome, God had my back. Very quickly, I learned just how many friends I had. I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of encouraging notes, cards, calls and welcome offers of help I received. I began chemotherapy in March, prepared to put up a gallant fight. Thank goodness my daughters and close friends lived nearby, as chemo became a difficult battle. But I battled on, taking my last chemo treatment on July 6, 2011, my 62nd birthday. After a brief recovery period I had a modified radical mastectomy in August and radiation treatments in December and January. A barrage of tests has revealed that I am cancer free. All through this ordeal I was reminded by many, many friends that attitude is everything. They reveled in my positive outlook. I knew that I wasn’t the first and I won’t be the last person to face the “Big C.” I trust that my experience and the little things I learned that got me through it will help bolster others as they “hunker down” for what may very well be the battle of their life. Jenny is lively in her Connected Apparel neckline embellished charcoal patterned flirty dress, $79, and Calvin Klein soft black shrug, $79. Sparkle is added with Alfani brushed metal and gem teardrop earrings, Lucky Brand brushed gray metal bracelet, $49, and Charter Club embellished gray and black crystal ring, $28. Courtesy of Macy’s, Fort Collins. Makeup by Carissa Landsperger, Sephora at Front Range Village. Hair by Shauna Troxell, C&S Workshop.
Jenny Wilcock At 3:15 on the afternoon of May 3, 2010, I received the diagnosis that every woman fears – I had breast cancer. I went through a frenzied period of disbelief, anguish and finally, reluctantly, acceptance. I was faced with decisions that were inconceivable but nonetheless had to be made, all in a short period of time. I found courage, I found that I could make impossible decisions, and I resolved to handle this unwanted, scary disease with grace and courage. It never occurred to me that I might die and I never felt as if I was ‘fighting’ cancer. I felt that surgery and chemo were enabling my body to get rid of it and to heal. I was included in every medical decision, which made me feel empowered, and at the same time, overwhelmed. I handed my life over to wonderful, reassuring doctors and medical personnel and a hospital system that I had complete faith in. As I went through treatment, I learned what I could and could not do. I learned to accept help and support from the small army of friends and family, both here and all over the world, who were with me every step of the way. I learned over and over again to be aware of my energy limitations and to honor them. I learned that I could make it through anything. Until I was asked to write this, I didn’t think cancer had changed me. I never had any “aha!” moments and there were no dramatic changes in my behavior or my outlook on life. My changes have been subtle but if I look carefully, as I’ve slowly regained my life, I can see them. I realize that I’m embracing things that make life more fun. I’m more joyful and a bit more daring. I say “yes!” and “why not?” more often to things I never would have dreamed of doing before – from going a little wild with toenail polish to riding every roller coaster at Disney World and thoroughly enjoying each one! Instead of being black and white, my life is now much more a kaleidoscope. My strength to meet this health challenge head on came from friends and family. I felt buoyed by the love I received in so many different forms. I wanted to be strong for my husband and my children who are in their 20s. I wanted to feel proud of the way I handled surgery, chemo and recovery. “Grace and courage” became my mantra. Thoughts of how my mother handled life when she was struggling gave me strength to get dressed and put just a touch of makeup on each day, even if it was the only activity I could manage. I am so thankful for the PVH Cancer Rehab program and to Miramont for their 6-month free membership for cancer patients. Those two programs gave me a great start on my journey to being physically active once again, which was essential to my recovery. Because of them, I now enjoy a fully active life that includes yoga, strength training, Zumba, hiking and skiing. Being part of this Hope Lives project has been so much more than just the fun of being pampered and getting to do something special. It goes much deeper than that. It’s given me a chance to reflect more deeply on this whole unwanted experience of cancer and to say “yes, this did happen to me and I did get through it,” which is something I never thought possible. I was fortunate to make it through breast cancer on my terms and know that I can face anything now with grace, courage and a touch of humor.
Carole is radiant in her trendy, shimmery Silver Collar top, $70, and flattering black Lysse Leggings, $58. Her look is complete with a modern, yet elegant turquoise and silver bracelet, $18. Courtesy of Cloz to Home, Loveland. Makeup by Sammy DeQuasie Lancôme. Hair by Barb Johnson, Salon deChelle.
Carole Crane For 20 years, I took private classical ballet lessons three days a week. If I slipped or fell or pulled a muscle, I knew instinctively whether to rest, exercise or see a doctor. I felt in control of my body. With breast cancer, it was quite different. I’ve been diligent about getting mammograms, and often I am called back for more pictures (“probably nothing, but…”), particularly on my left breast. This time, I was called back for my right breast. A biopsy was scheduled. Perhaps, deep inside, I knew it was cancer. On the other hand, how could it be? I was in good shape and ate fairly healthy food. No one in my family has had cancer. Having been through callbacks and breast aspirations many times before, I really thought the news would be the same: negative. I was in a business meeting on April 18, 2011, when my internist called with the news. Not that I totally remember her exact words, because I was in shock. However, I do remember that she was wonderfully supportive, saying, “We’ll beat this!” I left the meeting, called my husband and went home. When the shock wore off, I jumped into action. I didn’t think about how I felt or how frightened I was. I just kept moving. I knew it would hit me later. It did! I tried to push it away. The fear stayed, so I lived with it and knew it was an important part of the journey. I had been seeing an oncologist annually for four years because of a protein in my blood that could lead to multiple myeloma. I called for her first available appointment. My cancer was in a calcium deposit: an aggressive, triple negative, Y-shaped tumor. Thankfully, it was caught very early. The decision was to undergo a lumpectomy, which took two surgeries to get the right margins. Since the cancer wasn’t in my lymph nodes, only radiation was recommended after the operations. Having just started a new job six months prior, I was grateful that my CEO generously agreed that I could work part-time to accommodate the 33-treatment schedule. I was glad for that because I wanted to spend as much time as I could in the afternoons with my husband, Myles. There were so many things to think about: What does this mean for my life? My husband’s life? My sense of self? What do I really want out of life? Will it come back? I joined a support group for help in understanding it. I let go of my normal control and asked God to lead this journey. I’d follow and fight whatever obstacles I slammed into on the way. Thank goodness for the Internet, where I learned what triple negative meant. Toward the end of my radiation treatment regimen, I started to realize how easily I tired. I could no longer exercise as much as I used to. My energy is coming back now, and most days I am my enthusiastic and energetic self. My biggest source of strength, besides my faith, was my husband, Myles. He tried to anticipate what I might need. He brought flowers and encouraged me to eat the foods I should. We exercised together. He went to nearly every radiation appointment and doctor’s appointment, remembering and writing down what we were told. While waiting to be seen at each radiation appointment, we laughed heartily together while doing jigsaw puzzles or chatting with the staff. We decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary before the start of the radiation course and went to Jackson Hole. It was marvelous! We almost forgot I had breast cancer – but not quite. We went back a year later to celebrate again. My dearest friend Ellen, who lives in St. Croix, called every day. She was my outlet. I could cry to her, tell her how angry I was, and give her the details of my day. She was always there for me. She and her husband came to visit, and she went with me to my appointments. Her support was beautiful. My friends and neighbors were there, too, with food, inspirational books and kind words. I feel blessed living in Fort Collins. Though we have no family here, we are very lucky to have friends who have taken up the slack. My stepson and his family, who live in South Africa, called often on Skype to tell me jokes, show us the babies and get progress reports. And the people in our support group – each one was there when needed. Then there was the medical staff, to whom I am most grateful: my oncologist, Dr. Medgyesy, for her wisdom; Amy Wing for leading a dynamite support group; Dr. Dickinson, an excellent surgeon and so positive; radiology oncologist Dr. Petit, who was very kind and spent much time explaining everything to us; and his staff – always gracious, and everyone had a smile. I almost looked forward to going there every afternoon. Almost! I am truly fortunate to have Dr. Ow as my internist. She was always supportive, listening, giving sound advice. I also appreciate the Patient Navigator Program and Hope Lives. I learned that Fort Collins is a boundless city when it comes to providing help to those with breast cancer. I’m overwhelmed with how many people helped me get better, and how thoughtful and generous everyone has been. Thank you, one and all. Have I figured everything out yet? NO! So far, I have decided that it’s important for me to do the things I love doing and feel passionate about, whether that is working professionally or volunteering my time and experience. I realize that there is a new me emerging, and I am excited to see where all this will lead. Yes, Hope Lives!
Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
Doris is polished in her smart Charter Club outfit. A cotton brown and cream zebra jacket, $79, brown knit shell, $24, and cream colored classic fit pant, $64, create a sophisticated look. A Kenneth Cole gold multi chain necklace, $48, Anne Klein enamel and metal bracelet, $36, and Style and Co. multi textured gold and cream flat, $39, complete the look. Courtesy of Macy’s, Fort Collins. Makeup by Faoz Jafar, Sephora at JCPenney. Hair by Barb Johnson, Salon deChelle. Doris Hauan In May 2011, I was diagnosed with my mammogram. I knew surgery had to be done as soon as possible. My faith and prayers have kept me strong. A few weeks later, I had surgery. My first experience with cancer was when my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and he had survived being a POW. I don’t recall him ever using sick days from his job; yet he died one year after he retired. Later, my mother had a skin cancer surgery but lived to be 97. They had six daughters and two sons. At age 55, my oldest sister died from breast cancer. Several years later her daughter died from breast cancer at age 53. My second oldest sister died from lung cancer at age 60. Now it had reached my turn. I had my annual mammograms, plus MRI and ultrasounds because of my family history. My three younger sisters all had breast cancer surgeries and are doing great. After my 80th birthday, I skipped my doctor’s appointment for a year. When I returned, my doctor told me “age doesn’t stop cancer….” I had my mammogram and was informed I needed the ultrasound and MRI. Now the second cancer appeared. There was no doubt in my mind about a double mastectomy. But first I wanted the genetic test for my family. The test came back clear; which was a joy for our three daughters and my nieces and granddaughters. However, our family will probably never know what environmental events could have taken place to cause this dreadful disease. My surgery on June 13, 2011, was very successful. There was no cancer in my lymph nodes or glands; so I wouldn’t need any chemo or radiation. The next morning my doctor discharged me to go home. I did my own therapy and soon found out that cleaning windows was better than the therapy. My husband and I have been married for 63 years. We have four wonderful children, their spouses, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. That inspires me to stay healthy and take part in their lives. My thoughts and prayers are with so many young women going through breast cancer and we all hope for a cure very soon.
Maggie is feminine in her Bella Luxx of LA blousy black tunic, $72, Santa Rose WindRiver light aquamarine knitted vest, $55, and zipper bottom Lisse Leggings, $75. A multicolored beaded and wooden belt, $30, creates the perfect silhouette, and Tracy Game handcrafted glass earrings, $29, a turquoise, black and cream stranded necklace, $13, and vintage crystal beaded lariat, $45, complement the look. Courtesy of Lady Gaia, Fort Collins. Makeup by Sammy DeQuasie, Lancôme. Hair by Alichia Wright, Arabella Salon & Spa. Maggie Murray I remember that Saturday morning in early March 2004, standing at my kitchen sink with a full view of the front door below. There stood Peggy Milano, my nurse practitioner from the Women’s Clinic holding a copy of Dr. Susan Love’s The Breast Book. Just the week before, during a routine exam, Peggy found a lump in my left breast and sent me to the Breast Diagnostic Center for a needle core biopsy. Peggy, a trusted friend and professional, decided to make a house call that day. Her news felt like the shock of an earthquake followed by the tremor of fear; an eruption in my steady rhythm. Now all my thoughts were aimed at my precious Madelyn Kiyomi. At just a month shy of 6 years old, my daughter was like a breath of fresh air; pure beauty like her Japanese middle name. I somehow managed to work part-time and care for my daughter during the chemotherapy treatments and radiation. Working helped me focus on things other than my appearance and the side effects of the chemo. Yet with a bald head, missing eyebrows and eyelashes, I felt exposed, naked, as if you could see deep down into my heart and soul. I worried what others might think of me. Would I be a reminder to them of their own mortality? As an advisor for Project Self-Sufficiency, I received wonderful support and encouragement from my co-workers and participants who saw me through this life-changing experience. Even on those days when I looked in the mirror at a face that was slowly becoming unrecognizable, they lifted me up and kept me moving forward until the dreaded treatments were over. Fran Richburg, co-worker and breast cancer survivor, was right there every step of the way. Project Self-Sufficiency participants are all single parents striving to create a more financially stable and hopeful life with their children. During this time, I felt more connected to my participants since we shared a common struggle to break through our situations. My daily practice of Nichiren Buddhism helped me change the poison of cancer into medicine for my life. I remember waiting for my epiphany, some sign that would help me understand why this was happening to me. I eventually learned that my experience with breast cancer was going to be a journey filled with great life lessons and wake up calls. My wonderful parents, Doyle and Tsutae, and my precious sisters and brothers, Louise, Doyle, Roy and Naomi, along with my long time friend, Gloria, never skipped a beat in expressing their love and support. My partner Jeff kept things going on the home front, driving Continued on PG 69 Style 2012
Jennifer is energetic in her Lilla P. origami wrap rose top, $98, 6 Degrees chocolate tank top, $48, and breezy Jane and John asymmetrical tan skirt, $174. Her look is complete with delicate accessories by Brighton: Pearlicious necklace, $108, Metal Play long necklace, $108, Sterling Lace bangle, $62, Bauble Bath bracelet, $72, and Bronze Cher wristlet, $80. Courtesy of Designs Boutique, Fort Collins. Makeup by Shannon Doylen, Lancôme.
Jennifer Ackerfield When you hear the words “you have cancer,” time stands still. Just stops. Everyone else around you keeps talking, but you don’t hear a word they are saying. All you can keep thinking is “I have cancer. I am going to die.” I’ll never forget that moment in April 2012 when I was diagnosed with stage IIB breast cancer. It was like the world just crumbled down around me, and all I was left with was this box of tissues clutched to my chest. And they weren’t even the soft kind. I just remember staring blankly at walls over the course of the next couple of weeks, crying, unable to focus on anything, unable to talk about it and definitely unable to say that horrible word: Cancer. Because saying it would make it all real, and I just couldn’t accept that yet. I was only 36, for crying out loud, with 6-year-old twins and had recently separated from my husband. This was not supposed to be happening to me right now. I plan everything, and I definitely did not plan this. I felt like all I had left in life was fear and despair, and lots and lots of tears. Oh, and of course, my mug of tequila. Ultimately, one cannot live in fear and despair forever. You eventually run out of tears. And tequila. You have to take charge of your situation, and figure out how to make it through. So, I pulled myself together and decided that I was not going to let this thing win. The person I was, this soft-spoken, longhaired hippy chick, was going to have to go away and be replaced by a badass. A badass that speaks her mind, takes charge and doesn’t give up. A badass that kicks cancer’s ass. I preemptively chopped off my long, beautiful hair and said hello to a spunky, funky girl with short hair and purple streaks! I was finally ready for the journey to begin. To scream “suck it cancer, you’re going down!” at the top of my lungs and truly mean it. Losing all of my hair was hard because I knew it was coming and because it made everything so real all over again. I couldn’t hide the cancer anymore. I felt like cancer girl, out there for the world to stare at. But then I had a revelation – I’m not going to be bald forever. I repeated “not bald forever” in my head over and over. And then it clicked. I’d better embrace the bald, hold my head high and meet the stares with a smile. And my kids are so proud of me. They delight in telling their friends “my mommy’s bald, and she has cancer.” They do it with a smile, and I love them for it! My friends and family have been amazing. They helped me refocus on my life, my strength and beating this thing. They arranged for meals to be brought to me. They threw me a head wrapping party for my birthday. They came over to my house at 8 in the morning to bring me food when I couldn’t get out of bed. They would even rub my bald head for good luck! I couldn’t have made it through this journey without them. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and that some things are meant to happen to shape us and make us the person we are. This was one of those things. Being told you have cancer really puts things into perspective. All those little things you thought were so important melt away into oblivion. You realize the things that do matter: your kids, your friends, your family and, don’t forget, yourself! My journey is not yet complete, but I feel confident that this bald-headed badass will beat it. I shall rise from the ashes like a phoenix, ready to conquer anything that life throws my way. I was afraid of all the things that cancer was going to take from me – my freedom, my body, my hair, my work, spending time with my kids and basically just enjoying life. Doing all the things I had planned to do. Being me. What I’ve found is that cancer has actually given me things I couldn’t see before – my real strength, my true confidence, my real beauty, how truly amazing my friends and family are, and a new appreciation for everything life has to offer. And I realize that while this cancer has taken some of my freedoms, it hasn’t taken away a lot of the things that I hold dear. I still have my positive attitude, my wit and sense of humor, my fun-loving sense of adventure, my kindness and my love of plants. And I am still enjoying life! This cancer doesn’t stand a chance.
Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
Kristen looks breathtaking in her Q40 soft leather zip jacket, $598, and Viereck zigzag maxi dress, $169. An Octavia Bloom long charm necklace, $218, and Urban Posh smokey quartz earrings, $68, finish the look with a stylish touch. Courtesy of MkLaren, Fort Collins. Makeup by Shantell Imlay, Sephora at JCPenney. Hair by Shauna Troxell, C&S Workshop. Kristen Olenic With a family history of breast cancer, I was no stranger to mammograms. I’d had one every few years since age 30 because my mom, grandmother and great grandmother were breast cancer survivors. Then some benign-appearing calcifications showed up on a mammogram. These had been followed closely, but 18 months later, they changed appearance slightly. This prompted a biopsy. I was diagnosed with breast cancer (DCIS) in 2010 at age 39. I remember feeling paralyzed when I found out via a phone call on my lunch break. The next six weeks were a blur of doctor’s appointments and decision-making. The time immediately after my diagnosis was the toughest for me. I had to make decisions that would affect the rest of my life. I was obsessed with reading everything I could about different treatment options, and I especially wanted to hear about the experiences of other breast cancer survivors. I felt like I was running on autopilot and found it difficult to focus on anything but my diagnosis. After much deliberation, I decided on a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. One of my biggest fears was how this would affect my ability to exercise. Two years prior to my breast cancer diagnosis, I’d made the transformation from couch potato to triathlete. Being able to swim, cycle and run were very important to my mental, emotional and physical well being. My surgeons and I decided on reconstruction surgery that would have minimal impact on my early return to the activities I loved. I was able to participate in the Fort Collins triathlon six weeks after my last surgery. I completed three more triathlons and many 5K races that summer. Every time I finished a race, I felt like I’d made another step towards recovery and normalcy. I did not want to allow breast cancer to define me. At most races, I wore a hat whose logo became my mantra: “Breast cancer is a speed bump, not a road block.” I am forever grateful to the following people: my mom, Kathy, a 13-year breast cancer survivor who inspires me daily by living her life with grace and courage. She put her life on hold and came from Pennsylvania to stay with me for a month after my first surgery. To my boyfriend, Mark, who has been so supportive in my decision-making and who made me feel beautiful despite all of the changes with my body. To my friend, Jenny, who has been by my side as we shared this experience. To my friends, family and co-workers who sent food, gifts, love and prayers. Thank you for your support. To Drs. Boustred, Dickinson, Medgesy and Florant, thank you for your expertise and compassion. Continued on PG 74
Kris looks fabulous in her Ellen Tracy Sunday Brunch multi-print knit dress, $120, and cropped cinnamon jacket, $129, that looks professional with an edgy vibe. Black and clear drop earrings, $16, matching bracelet, $35, and matching ribbon necklace, $35, all by C.A.K.E. bring sparkle to the outfit, while Style & Co. Bubbletau taupe and black peep-toe platform heels complete the look. Courtesy of Macy’s, Fort Collins. Makeup by Carissa Landsperger, Sephora at Front Range Village. Hair by Barb Johnson, Salon deChelle.
Kris Kittleson I was diagnosed in July 1997, just two months after my 36th birthday. I felt a lump that literally hit a nerve and knew right away that this was nothing to put on hold. I was recommended to the best healthcare in Minneapolis, where I lived at the time, but there was a wait. I made demands on doctors’ schedules and within six days I received the news while at work that I had cancer. The news was hard to process. Since I had no family history of breast cancer, and I was healthy and young, the diagnosis made no sense. My healthcare team made recommendations on what steps to take next, so I immediately made the attempt to schedule surgery for a mastectomy. I was told there was a three-week wait. One of the few things I remember my surgeon explaining was, although I was in stage one, it was aggressive. They may not have detected it four weeks earlier. Now they are asking me to wait for three more weeks? I stayed on the phone until my appointment was set at the beginning of the following week. Relieved I was scheduled, I began to contact my family and close friends with the news, “I have breast cancer.” I felt the news was as negative as it could get. I lived through it, and understood the only way to conquer the battle is to be proactive and positive. It was a dark period at times, but I threw myself at my work, spent as much time as possible with my family and friends, and with the six months of chemotherapy, I did some alternative healing techniques, massage, acupuncture and used a homeopathic remedy to boost my immune system. I felt pretty good throughout most of the six-month treatments, until the last four weeks. It got pretty close to impossible for me to get out of bed in the morning for work, but I did it, as much as I sobbed some mornings over the butt-kicking the treatments were giving me. But I fought the fight and also gave myself permission to call in a few times, especially when I dozed off and ran off the freeway driving home from work one afternoon. At that moment I thought I was dying of a heart attack and not cancer! Although it was the Style 2012
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Cindy dances to the beat in her short satin strapless peacock dress, $80, by David’s Bridal. A stunning silver Bay Sales necklace, $40, accents the dress perfectly for any formal occasion. Courtesy of David’s Bridal, Fort Collins. Makeup by Shannon Doylen, Lancôme. Hair by Shauna Troxell, C&S Workshop.
Cindy Lewis I had not had a mammogram since my early 20’s (at that time they told me I had fibrocystic breasts – so I was used to being “lumpy”). Every year I put off getting my mammogram and just didn’t worry about it. As a fitness coach at Curves, I was aware of some of the signs of breast cancer – every October we are very involved with women’s issues, chief among them being breast cancer. In February 2011, I noticed that my right nipple was inverting. I knew that was a sign of cancer and called my doctor for an appointment and a referral for a mammogram. In March I had an ultrasound-assisted mammogram followed by biopsies in the right breast and lymph nodes. I was not shocked when my doctor called to say it was cancer – I already knew. However, she told me that the “good” news was that it was not in the lymph nodes – which was incorrect as my surgeon showed me the biopsy report that clearly stated that it was. I am very fortunate that I work at Curves with a lot of ladies who are nurses. Following the biopsy, one of the ladies, a surgical nurse, called to tell me that the surgeon she was working with that day had recommended three surgeons for me. My doctor’s office made an appointment with one of the surgeons. When I met with her, she asked who my oncologist was. Again my lovely Curves ladies had come through with a list of who they thought were the best. I told her whom I was considering seeing and she went and called my top choice right then. They consulted and decided that pre-surgery chemo would be the best course of action. In April (on my birthday), I had my port put in. When I saw my oncologist I told her that we had a vacation planned for May (Hawaii, one of my favorite places in the world). She said that I should go and not to worry – she feels that a patient needs to be emotionally and mentally ready before starting treatment. When we returned at the end of May I began my chemotherapy. Because my immune system would be impacted I couldn’t go to work during this time. There was a box put out at Curves – a “sunshine” box – and the ladies would drop things in it for me that they thought I would enjoy: cards, angels, silly putty, etc. Because I was in very good shape from Curves workouts and teaching Zumba, I was able to continue to be very active at home during my treatments, I was even able to do Zumba in my basement! I was very fortunate that I was never sick; I had no fatigue (from chemo or radiation), and no brain fog (just my normal forgetfulness). I developed a bit of neuropathy in my feet and fingers, some of which has remained in my toes. I lost a couple of fingernails and my big toe nails. Of course the hair loss was the most telling to the rest of the world as to what I was going through, and it was the only time I cried, even though I knew it was coming and I had a really cute wig. After the first chemo treatment my hair started to come out in big clumps. Pretty soon I looked like an old man with a bad comb-over, so I had my daughter help me shave the rest off. I was sure that my head would be lumpy and bumpy so I was very surprised to find out what a nice shape it is! Throughout my cancer journey, I have had the great fortune to have the support and love of my wonderful family and friends. My husband has been there to build me up and give me priesthood blessings before each of my procedures. We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I have always had a lot of faith. I believe strongly in the power of prayer, and I was blessed with the prayers of many people from many different faiths. My daughter went with me to every appointment she could, including most of my chemo infusions. My mom and sisters and their families offered all the help that they could. One of my sisters came from West Virginia to see if she could help. I think she was a little frustrated because I was doing so well and she couldn’t help more. After chemo was finished I was sent to talk to a radiation oncologist. As she looked at the results from my most recent PET scan she kept asking, “Where is the tumor?” She did recommend radiation to follow my surgery and expander placement to clean up any microscopic cells. I had a single mastectomy in November 2012. At that time they found only three spots of cancer cells and scarring in two lymph nodes that indicated cancer involvement, but it was gone. From stage three to almost nothing is amazing, and a great testament to me of the power of the prayers that so many had offered on my behalf. As I continue on now with reconstruction (and I have been further blessed with a terrific plastic surgeon), I will continue to be grateful to all of the wonderful people who have touched my life on my cancer journey, from chemo, surgery, radiation, reconstruction and beyond. What saved my life? Love, faith, hope, family, a sense of humor, Curves and Zumba!
Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
Trisha swings to the music in her XOXO Red Illusion halter chiffon dress, $89. The stunning silhouette is enhanced with Silver Crystal shoulder duster earrings, $15. Courtesy of David’s Bridal, Fort Collins. Makeup by Shantelle Imlay, Sephora at JCPenney. Hair by Rachel Rota, The Parlour. Trisha Bates My name is Tricia Bates. I am 40 years old, the mother of two wonderful sons, the wife of an awesome husband and a SURVIVOR! Everyone has a defining moment in his or her life. Mine was February 17, 2011 at 7:03 p.m., when I found a lump in my left breast during a self-breast exam. I knew it didn’t belong and I knew in my heart it wasn’t good. On March 1, 2011, I was diagnosed with cancer; a second tumor was found through an MRI on March 11, which also turned out to be cancer. When all was said and done, I had two tumors, my primary tumor was tubular carcinoma; my secondary tumor was tubulobular, ductal in situ carcinoma. Once you are diagnosed with cancer everything goes at hyper speed; you go from one doctor to another to get all surgeries scheduled. My husband sat through all my appointments with me and even carried my pink binder with Tinker Bell stickers to take notes. My family stood behind me and never treated me like a victim; they treated me like the fighter I am. I know it was very hard for them not to show emotions around me but I needed that in order to remain strong. My friend, “the keeper of the hamster,” was my rock; she had gone through cancer and walked me through every step of the way. On April 28, 2011, I had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction and unbeknownst to me, the waiting room was filled with people there for support. My mom took a leave from work to help my husband take care of me during my recovery. I will never be able to repay her for her love and support during this time. I could not shower myself so my mom would wash my hair and back, all the while remaining strong. When my tubes had to be cleaned my mom or husband would help clean and measure. You never know how much you are truly loved until you go through something like this. Throughout my journey I have learned so many lessons and met so many wonderful warriors. I would like to thank my husband, my mother, my family, friends, “the keeper of the hamster” and all the doctors who walked with me during my journey. I would like to thank God for holding me in His arms when I was scared. Cancer was not invited into my body; I fought and evicted it! I will continue to fight and I will forever be grateful for my journey that showed me what a warrior I am! Fight or flight, I chose to fight!
Pat is stunning in her gorgeous R&M Richard Mocha two-piece tiered shimmer jacket dress $148. Majestic Pearl Co. brown matching jewels, $11, add a touch of sparkle. Courtesy of David’s Bridal, Fort Collins. Makeup by Shannon Doylen, Lancôme. Hair by Lauren Hastings, The Parlour. Pat Venable-Jungmeyer My Christmas surprise came on Dec. 21, 2010. I almost put off the annual mammogram until after Christmas but decided to get it over with. After all the years of regular tests it was just routine. Right? Not this time. My next decision was to wait to share the news until after Christmas. Husband Wally and I had planned a January trip to San Antonio and while we waited for a clear spot on the surgeon’s calendar, we enjoyed a restful and reflective week in Texas. The diagnosis was a small cancerous lump and a lumpectomy was performed in January 2011. There were no complications and I was back to normal quickly. My many thanks goes to the radiologist who spotted the small lump so early (it could have been easily missed) and to Dr. Chiavetta, my surgeon who removed the entire tumor. He also removed two lymph nodes and initial tests showed no cancer cells. However, finer testing found a few “rogue” cells in one node. I also had a triple negative cancer, which is somewhat more aggressive, and I had recently celebrated my 80th birthday, so it was decision time again. Wonderful Drs. Brown, Chiavetta, Lisella and Petit were part of a roundtable of professionals who decided on a recommendation. I felt ready to make the final decision. Since I was in very good health, I had a good chance of living another 10 to 15 years. I had a chance of the cancer reappearing, and a better chance of preventing death by breast cancer by choosing radiation therapy. That made sense to me. Sure, some bug is going to get me some day but I’d just as soon die of something other than breast cancer. Through all the decision-making I never felt rushed or pressured – just cared for! Everyone explained each step in as much detail as I wanted – and I wanted a lot of information. I was accepted to join an on-going research project that will continue for several years of follow-up. What a joy to be able to help the cause! As soon as my surgery incision healed, I began six weeks of radiation. It was not a bad ordeal for me, though I did take afternoon rest periods for the first time since I was a child. Now, 15 months since the end of the therapy, I feel quite recovered and so very grateful for the professional yet caring attention I received. Today my life is full – of family and friends; my home and garden; the pleasure of continuing to learn and enjoy through my church, books, theater and concerts; the delight of playing piano/keyboard with the Stover Street Stompers, (a Dixieland Band); and the privilege of living in Fort Collins. I am so thankful: thankful that my cancer was found in stage one; thankful that it waited to arrive in my later life when demands of family and work were diminished; thankful for all the care from the Fort Collins medical community; thankful for all the love from my family and friends; thankful for my faith in God and for the strength that came from the assurance and love that I felt in the prayers of so many. When they have a contest for “Great-Grandmother of the Year for Breast Cancer Prevention” I plan to apply. I’m a believer in mammograms for those of us golden girls as well as through our younger years. We are all worth it!
Pam is celebrating victory in her Charter Club detailed black and cream cotton knit tunic, $49, and cream sweater vest by Calvin Klein Jeans, $70, paired with black skinny denim Levi jeans, $54. Jones New York brushed gold drop earrings, $34, toggle clasp necklace, $46, and matching bracelet, $46, paired with a Kenneth Cole long chain necklace, $55, and Jones New York green and gold gem necklace, $48, add a playful touch. Courtesy of Macy’s, Fort Collins. Makeup by Carissa Landsperger, Sephora at Front Range Village. Pam Bonda Rust I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Nov. 16, 2011, a date that I will never forget. Dealing with numerous breast lumps since 1999, I had my share of worry and fear with each. When I found a lump in early 2011, I went to see a surgeon and was sent for a mammogram and ultrasound. I was told that everything appeared normal on the images and I accepted that at that time. The lump never went away and began to change. When it began to hurt, I went back in again and was sent for another mammogram and ultrasound. Again, I was told that everything appeared to be fine. I had an appointment with my gynecologist, Dr. Micetich, for my annual exam. She checked the lump and I told her about the mammograms and the ultrasounds and how it was beginning to change size and hurt. She suggested that I go to another surgeon and have it re-checked. I immediately made an appointment with Dr. Dickinson. After hearing that it was hurting me, he said he would take it out and biopsy it. Thank you, Dr. Dickinson, for not making me wait any longer, for not sending me in for another mammogram and ultrasound, and for doing something that I had asked for all along, but was never able to get. Dr. Micetich, thank you so much for making that suggestion to me, your advice just might have saved my life and for that I will be forever grateful. On Nov. 16, 2011, I got the call from Dr. Dickinson with the biopsy results. He told me that it was very early stage cancer. He also told me that he knew after I heard “that word,” I would remember nothing more about the conversation. Boy, was he right. My worst nightmare had just come true. I was at work when I got that call. I walked into an empty conference room and collapsed in the chair. My supervisor happened to be walking by and saw me crying. She sat down with me, not having any idea to whom I was talking to or why I was crying. I got off of the phone and told her that I have breast cancer. I don’t believe that I ever told her “thank you” for staying with me at that moment. I was not alone when I took that call and for that, Catherine, thank you for being there. Since I battled with breast lumps for such a long time, my choice was a fairly easy one – bilateral mastectomy. My rationale – I am a mom to a wonderful 7-year-old son, a wife, daughter, sister, someone that wants to live a long life with my family. And I was so tired of living with the fear, panic and worry that comes along with each and every biopsy. It was 15 days between the time that I was diagnosed and the day of my surgery, some of the hardest days I have ever been through. Sleepless nights, tears, fear, more tears and my first appointment with a doctor that I had never thought I would ever have to go to… an oncologist. My dear friend Jeanne, thank you for taking the time to go to that appointment with me. You listened to everything that she said and asked the questions that I was too upset and scared to ask. My thoughts were so scattered, and you were the calm and clear thinking I needed that day. I had my surgery on Dec. 1, 2011, a bi-lateral mastectomy and the removal of one lymph node under each arm. I could have never made it through without my family by my side. Mom, you were my rock, my sanity, the shoulder to cry on and the hug that I needed. No words can ever express my gratitude and love for you. My mom stayed with me for two weeks after my surgery. Between her and my husband helping me with my drainage tubes and getting me through the many, many tears that followed, my recovery was a speedy one. I want to thank my friend Rita, who happens to be an oncology nurse, for her support and knowledge during all of this. She came to my house two days after I got home from the hospital, in the evening, in a snowstorm, to help me with my first shower. I was scared to death to take my first shower because of the drainage tubes on each side and needing to remove the bandages to reveal my incisions. You came and helped me and never thought twice about doing so. My dad would drive between Loveland and Wheatridge almost daily during the two weeks that my mom stayed with me, running errands for us and checking on his little girl. Thank you, Dad, I love you so much, you mean the world to me. My husband is my optimism in this life. He stayed so positive and strong, keeping me from slipping too far into the “what if” thinking. Thank you, honey, I love you, I have always known that we were meant to be together. Obviously my life has changed in many ways. No matter what stage cancer it is, it is still
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Jenny feels the music in her beautiful C&C California Hi Low lively tunic, $118, and flattering 7 for All Mankind Black Ponte pant, $169. Lisa Freede gold hoop earrings, $40, add a playful touch. Courtesy of MkLaren, Fort Collins. Makeup by Carissa Landsperger, Sephora at Front Range Village. Hair by Laura Howie, Arabella Salon & Spa.
Jenny Rubin I found a lump on my own right before my 34th birthday in 2007. After my annual exam, an ultrasound and a biopsy, the doctors didn’t think that it was cancerous. I was completely shocked to receive the call two days later that it was cancer. I was terrified after hearing the news, especially the word “invasive.” After meeting with the doctors and figuring out a plan, I prepared myself to do whatever I needed to become a survivor. I have tried to remain positive throughout everything. It has really helped me get through treatment with minimal complications. Since my diagnosis, I take better care of myself. I eat healthier and try to exercise regularly and I feel better now than ever! Having two young children, I remind myself each and every day to cherish every moment. It has always been hard for me to accept help from others, but I couldn’t have made it through chemotherapy, surgeries or the emotional rollercoaster without the wonderful support of my friends and family. They brought meals when I was too tired to cook and collected a variety of hats when I decided a wig was not for me. I received weekly mail from out-of-state relatives that always made my day! My cousin Brenda has been my inspiration. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 20’s, over 25 years ago before all the advances that have been made in treatments and medications. I have also met many amazing cancer survivors along this journey that give me strength every day! Looking back now on that first year of treatment and surgeries, it was hard to see my life ever returning to normal. Now, after recently celebrating my five-year anniversary, it all seems like a blur. My life has returned to normal for the most part and I am proud to say I am a survivor!
Karen looks sensational in her Coldwater Creek ensemble. A beautiful chocolate brown sweater, $60, cascading tiers turquoise top, $50, and multicolored glossy scarf, $36, perfectly matches her dark brown boot cut trousers, $70. Rainforest gold and teal leafy hoop earring, $40, matching necklace, $60, and a wooden bangle, $20, add interest. Courtesy of Coldwater Creek, Loveland. Makeup by Shantelle Imlay, Sephora at JCPenney. Hair by Kristen Hannen, The Parlour. Karen Paulus It all started when I found a lump while exercising. It hurt to the touch, so I contacted my doctor’s office. They scheduled me to see the doctor and have a mammogram. We were surprised to learn that my lump was not visible in a mammogram. Next, I was scheduled for an ultrasound biopsy and to take a tissue sample; the lump was located, and the biopsy was taken and sent to pathology. I received my breast cancer diagnosis on Nov. 18, 2010. I was on my way to lunch, at work, and I decided to call my doctor’s office since I had not heard the result of the biopsy yet. The words, “let me get the doctor,” made me nervous and then my doctor told me “Karen, you have breast cancer.” I asked, “Can they be wrong?” My doctor answered, “It is possible and that is why the pathology lab sends the tissue sample back through the lab at least one more time, to be sure of their results.” I was shocked and angry that this was happening to me. Over the months that followed I had tears, I was scared, and I felt alone even though I had the support of many people. I was determined to beat this diagnosis and to take control. I knew this would challenge me in ways I have never experienced before. I had surgery in January 2011 to remove the cancer. My surgeons successfully removed all of the cancer (the tumor was 2.5 cm), my lymph nodes were negative, and I had immediate reconstruction. Next, I met with my oncologist and learned that I needed to go through chemotherapy; I was not thrilled to hear this but I was very happy that I did not need radiation treatments. I kept thinking how could this happen to me? I just had my yearly mammogram in May 2010 and my results were normal. I performed the monthly self-exams and never felt anything unusual; however, I did have very dense breast tissue. I have been receiving yearly mammograms since 25 years old and nothing unusual was ever found. My sister’s oncologist recommended that I start receiving yearly mammograms since she was only 33 at the time of her breast cancer diagnosis. I needed to learn everything I could about my cancer. My friend Kristen loaned me her Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book; it was very helpful to me. My team of doctors and nurses helped to guide me to other accurate information sources. I made every attempt to know as much as possible before making each decision. Physically, my body endured multiple surgeries and I have some numbness from the surgeries that may be permanent. Chemotherapy is very hard on the body. My oncologist said, “a body is not the same after going through chemotherapy; it is like taking a car to a demolition derby and winning. You may drive the Continued on PG 81 Style 2012
Anne Aspen In March 2011, at age 41, I was holding down an engaging but stressful job and looking forward to a long weekend at a women’s boating conference. I got out of the shower a few days before my vacation and saw dimpled skin on my breast. I discovered a pea-sized lump. I had my first mammogram and then left for Seattle without knowing the results. While there, I alternated between worry and denial and tried to enjoy the trip. When I returned, my doctor delivered the news – I had Stage II invasive breast cancer. My first reaction was shock; I’ve always been a healthy eater and exercise a lot. There is no history of breast cancer in my extended family. My doctor seemed as shocked as I was, but she was adamant that I didn’t need to fear. The shock fueled me. It takes a lot of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual courage and strength to get through this journey. Some of it comes from within and some of it comes from loved ones and every bit is crucial. I had a lumpectomy, sentinel nodes removed, a hysterectomy and oophorectomy all on the same day – I refer to it as my 100,000-mile overhaul. After that I had a summer’s worth of chemo and seven weeks of radiation, ending as 2011 drew to a close. I now have a hard-won clean bill of health – yay! Cancer is not for wimps – the surgeries, chemo and radiation were hard and I am still recovering my health. I was also laid off from my job. The overall experience has been positive, though. It has opened me to the love others offer, broadened my perspective and helped me focus on what’s most important in my life. I reconnected with my spirituality in Abadiania, Brazil, where it became clear to me that the healing I needed from cancer went beyond the lump. Physical healing is just the first part of the real healing, which is to shed fear and do my part to create Heaven on Earth by choosing love towards others and myself. This is my goal and challenge each day. Through this challenge, I have come to believe that I have everything I need in this life. My partner of 18 years, Jane, has been my rock, cooking, taking care of business, taking me for walks, being my swimming buddy, attending all my doctor appointments and loving me with great devotion. I am reminded daily why I chose to share my life with her. Jane led me to much-needed peace and comfort in nature as often as possible, sometimes just exploring wonders in the backyard, sometimes to one of the City’s many amazing natural areas. I relished spending this precious time with Jane and found incredible healing energy in the quiet and beauty of these outdoor places. When my body was too weak for much of anything else, I rediscovered painting, a passion that I had shelved 25 years earlier. I have found great joy in allowing my creativity room to express itself. Now I am painting in earnest and it feels right. I’d like to share my immense gratitude for my friends and family. Jane, Michelle, Lily, Aeron, Rubi and Maggie cheered me on, comforted me, took on work around the house, made and continue to make many sacrifices for me. I am blessed to have them in my life. Friends visited me, cooked and baked for me, sent me songs and flowers, and called with good wishes. It took this experience for me to realize that this love has always surrounded me. Tons of people prayed for me and I felt it. Never underestimate the healing power of prayer – it opens up everything. Dr. Jackie Fields gifted me with unwavering support, and headed up my “healing team.” She never lost sight of who I truly am: a healthy, creative, strong, intuitive woman. She worked tirelessly to support me in the tough decisions, and to support my body and soul with everything it needed to stay strong during treatments. Everyone should be treated like this by his or her doctor – there would be more health than disease in the world. My oncologist, Dr. Miho Scott, was the perfect counterbalance to Dr. Fields, offering equally respectful arguments for traditional Western approaches, sprinkled with her deadpan humor. Jackie Cooper gave me the gift of weekly nurturing and insightful Healing Touch treatments. The lovely women in my neighborhood book club really surprised me with their ongoing generosity. They took me for walks around the block, paid me visits, dropped off meals and fresh cherries from the farmer’s market or a pot of pansies to cheer me. Miramont made their saltwater pool available to me during treatments – my swim sessions and water aerobics were something to look forward to on my daily trips to the other side of town for treatments. Last but far from least, I am grateful to Hope Lives for making complementary and complimentary services available to me through CJ McDaniel, Oliver Pijoan and Cindy Rice, who are all my healing angels.
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Cathy takes a bow in her picture perfect Coldwater Creek ensemble. Prism multicolored sheer jacket, $100, and plum Perfect Prima Tee, $30, over flattering denim boot cut trousers, $70, create a sophisticated look. Pebble Whirl silver and wood disc earrings, $30, a beaded antiqued silver necklace, $40, enamel ivory bangle, $15, and blue enamel bangle, $20, add a classic touch. Courtesy of Coldwater Creek, Loveland. Makeup by Sammy DeQuasie, Lancôme. Cathy Davis Christmas last year was a blur. I had just had my yearly mammogram mid-December and, for the first time ever, I needed to go back in for a second one – there was an ”inconsistency” with previous films. I didn’t tell anyone, I just wanted to get through Christmas. On Jan. 3, I went in to the Breast Diagnostic Center for mammogram number two and an ultrasound, only to be told that there was indeed something there and I needed a biopsy. The biopsy results gave me the bad news: I had breast cancer. My initial reaction was simply, “How am I going to tell my daughter?” It has just been the two of us since she was 2 years old. We are very close and this was going to be hard on her, too. Trying to be brave and the adult, I called my daughter, Erin, blurted out my bad news, and promptly fell apart and told her how scared I was. She was the calm, rational one and told me, “We can do this, Mom. I’ll fly home tomorrow.” I had always been the caregiver, but the roles reversed with that phone call. She flew out with a bag full of books about breast cancer and a list of questions. She drove me to each doctor’s appointment with her list of questions, asked more questions, took notes, scheduled the next appointment and tried to keep me focused. Her instructions to me were “there will be no dying. That’s not going to happen, understand?” My paternal great-grandmother had died of breast cancer and both of my paternal grandmothers had breast cancer. Was this hereditary? I didn’t want this passed on to my daughter. I had the BRAC testing done and found that it was not genetic. That was a relief. I talked to women who are cancer survivors, some would say, “my cancer was…” I didn’t want this cancer to be mine. I called it “the alien” and I wanted it gone. These women were able to tell me what they had been through and give me tips and recommendations and calmed some of my fears. Erin and my son-in-law, Dave, flew out for the first surgery. The plan at that point was a lumpectomy followed by radiation. Pathology results changed the plan. I needed another surgery, the margins were not quite deep enough; the alien was bigger than they expected. I had stage two, triple negative cancer, which would require chemotherapy prior to radiation. Yet another flight from New York for the kids for surgery number two. Their employers and mine were wonderful through my treatment, they could work from Colorado and I could take off the time I needed. Then it was time to start chemo. My cousin sent me a t-shirt that says, “Fight like a girl,” with the pink breast cancer ribbon. That became my chemo outfit and I wore it to all of my treatments. My daughter flew back out each time and drove me to my treatments. She stayed with me during chemo and for a week after each treatment, taking care of me until I was able take care of myself again. Erin has, from birth, been the light of my life. I could not have gone through this without her. She is my hero. During this time I called Hope Lives to see what assistance they could offer. I found a wonderful acupuncturist that was able to ease the joint pain and help me recover from treatments. These services are invaluable. Thank you. Chemo was rough on me. I felt awful, couldn’t sleep and had no energy. My hair fell out right away. When the first handful fell out, I called friends and they came over and shaved my head and wiped my tears. All through this, my family, friends, neighbors and coworkers were there for me, driving me to appointments, bringing food, visiting, sending cards to cheer me up, calling to see if I needed anything, loaning me scarves and taking me shopping or out to eat when I felt up to it. God has blessed me with wonderful people in my life. After chemo, radiation seemed so much easier. I had internal radiation during the first surgery and only needed 25 more treatments. Today, a few weeks past treatment, I am gaining strength and feeling better every day. Through all of my treatment I had wonderful care that began in December, when Peggy Milano at the Women’s Clinic told me I had cancer and continued with Dr. Paquellet at the Breast Diagnostic Center, Dr. Kanard at the Cancer Center of the Rockies and Dr. Petit at UCH Radiation Oncology. The nurses, technicians and staff were wonderful, kind and caring. I survived treatment for cancer. I am a survivor. The alien is gone. Life is good and I want to experience all I can. I look forward to spending quality time with family and friends, traveling again and hiking and so much more, and I have been given that chance, thanks to God and modern medicine. My thanks to Lydia Dody and Hope Lives for the care I received and for this wonderful opportunity to be a part of the cancer survivor edition of Style Magazine this year. I have been so inspired by the survivors in previous issues. I only hope that my story can help someone else through their journey.
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“Every year, Hope Lives partners with area spas to provide services for the breast cancer survivor models featured in our fashion shoot. This is just one small way we help make this a fun and memorable experience for the women that participate in our magazine every year.” Lydia Dody, founder, Hope Lives! The Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center
2032 Lowe Street, Suite 103 Fort Collins, CO 80525 4450 Union St., Suite 201 - I-25 and Hwy 34 (970) 223-0193 | www.alluraclinic.com
Procedure: Thermage Provider: Mina Muirhead, RN Client: Bonnie Buck Bonnie received a Thermage procedure, which was concentrated on the lower face and neck area. Using radiofrequency energy, Thermage can help smooth and tighten skin for an overall naturally younger looking appearance without surgery or injections. Improvement in appearance continues for up to six months and lasts for up to two years.
“I was treated like royalty! The surroundings were pleasant and comfortable. Mina was friendly and gentle and immediately put me at ease. I am excited about the continuing improvement over time and that it lasts for nearly two years!” – Bonnie Buck
Procedure: Facial Treatment Provider: Stefanie Hussain, Medical Aesthetician Client: Cathy Davis “Cathy Davis was such a pleasure to have in the clinic she is a wonderful lady, I look forward to seeing her at the Gala in October,” said Stefanie Hussain. The facial Cathy enjoyed was a Signature Hydration Facial that includes very gentle hydration cleanser and two cream masques.
“What a treat my facial turned out to be. The facility is lovely and the staff, wonderful. Stefanie was so kind and thorough and the facial was a delight. Stefanie gave me many skin care tips to help my skin come back from chemo and even offered to do eyelash extensions for me before the Hope Lives Gala. I will return for more pampering. Thank you to Hope Lives, Allura and Stefanie for this wonderful experience and introducing me to this fabulous clinic.” – Cathy Davis
Procedure: BioDrain/Massage Treatment Provider: Jahna Brazier, RMT, CLT, Cert. Full Body Lymphatic Drainage Client: Karen Paulus Jahna Brazier provided Karen with a full body Bio Drain Lymphatic Massage. The purpose of this one-hour treatment is to stimulate the lymphatic system to drain the waste products and toxins from the body and improve circulation. It was custom tailored to Karen’s needs by incorporating in a massage treatment.
“I really enjoyed the BioDrain/Massage spa treatment I received at Allura. Jahna, the massage therapist, was very pleasant, knowledgeable and professional; she is also very caring. She was very interested in how to provide me with a spa treatment that met my needs.” – Karen Paulus
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Procedure: Three Hour Spa Pampering Provider: Barbara Abens, Licensed Esthetician, LMT Client: Anne Aspen
3307 S. College Ave., Fort Collins (970) 226-2596 | www.barcelonasalon-spa.com Anne was treated to a heavenly three-hour spa experience. She relaxed to a full body Swedish massage with emphasis on areas of tightness. A European Facial followed with deep exfoliation for cleansing and correcting pigmentation. And to top it off, an Express Manicure and Pedicure finished the treat.
“Barb spent nearly all day working on me from head to toe! She had nice strong hands for the massage, a soft touch for the extremely relaxing facial and she still managed to do the precision work of a mani-pedi after it all. I felt very pampered. This should be a part of everyone’s self care! Lydia, thank you again for providing this whole experience to so many women in our community, it has an enormous impact on our lives.” – Anne Aspen
Procedure: She She Deluxe Manicure and Pedicure Provider: Lisa Axtman, Cosmetologist Client: Pat Venable-Jungmeyer
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Pat enjoyed a relaxing respite with pampering for her hands and feet at She She. A warm soak, nail shaping, cuticle detail, exfoliating sugar scrub, massage, and hydrating paraffin dip were then followed by the perfect polish – the ultimate treat for her appendages.
“She She’s luxury pampering did wonders for my attitude as well as my fingers and toes. Thank you, Lisa! I feel pretty!” – Pat Venable-Jungmeyer
Procedure: Eyebrow Tattooing Provider: Abby Charpentier, Esthetician, Cert. Permanent Makeup Technician, Makeup Artist Client: Jenny Wilcock
1625 Foxtrail Dr., Ste. 260, Loveland (970) 593-3009 | www.voguelaserclinic.com Nothing gives you the return on your investment to feel and look younger than new brows, liner or permanent lips. Eyebrow tatooing can change your look no matter what age! The procedure takes about two hours from start to finish, including the design and color that is perfect for you. Abby is also a Hope Lives provider, offering free wigs or permanent brows through Hope Lives.
“When I walked into Vogue I was both excited and nervous about having my eyebrows tattooed. I’d wanted darker eyebrows for ages, had used a variety of pencils and shadows but wasn’t happy with the results. I jumped at the chance to have my eyebrows done but it was still a little nerve-wracking until I met Abby! Her professionalism and compassion immediately put me at ease. She explained the procedure in detail and allayed my fears. I am thrilled to have had this opportunity! Thank you so much to Abby, Vogue Laser Clinic and Hope Lives!” Immediately after
Procedure: 30 minute Chair Massage Provider: David Yax, RMT, CMT Client: Pam Bonda Rust
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1112 Oakridge Dr., Ste. 106, Fort Collins (970) 482-1889 | www.xanadumedspa.com Pam enjoyed 30 minutes of pure relaxation. “Pam needed the massage! I normally ask how my client feels and ask what seems tight and needs attention. I focused on Pam’s shoulders and her upper back to give her some relief.” – David Yax, RMT, CMT
“Thank you so much for the wonderful chair massage at Xanadu Med Spa! It was very relaxing and so needed! The staff at the spa made me feel so welcome. It was a great experience that I would certainly recommend to anyone. What a great way to unwind. The 30-minute chair massage was the perfect way for me to end my busy day. Thanks to David for making me feel so pampered!” – Pam Bonda Rust
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Procedure: One-Hour Massage Provider: David Yax, RMT, CMT Client: Kristen Olenic
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Procedure: Dermaplaning Provider: Jennifer Mandrill, Aesthetician Client: Maggie Murray
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Procedure: Lumilift Therapy Provider: Jennifer Mandrill, Aesthetician Client: Tricia Bates
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David Yax, CMT, RMT gave Kristen an hourlong full body Swedish massage, which is both relaxing and provides stress release. He concentrated on some tightness in her lower and upper back.
“What a wonderful relaxing experience; I was really looking forward to it! I loved the spa atmosphere and the soothing music. The relaxation was just what I needed, and David even did some therapeutic massage on some of my deep tension knots.” – Kristen Olenic
Maggie received a Dermaplaning treatment of deep exfoliation, a non-invasive method of skin rejuvenation for beautiful, healthy-looking skin. These treatments remove the outer layers of dead skin cells to immediately reveal smooth, vibrant skin.
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“I had never heard about Dermaplaning before I had this special treatment at Xanadu. Jennifer scraped off dead skin and hair from my face then treated me to a soothing, steaming facial, which left my face feeling as soft as a baby’s skin. Several hours after the treatment, my complexion was rosy and glowing! Jennifer topped off this wonderful experience with a neck and shoulder massage. The passion she has for the work she does is revealed in her care, warmth and enthusiasm. Thank you Lydia for a wonderful treat.”
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Tricia enjoyed a 90-minute LumiLift procedure and LumiFacial treatment. The skin is exfoliated, a peptide masque is applied, and a micronized current and pulsating light is directed at the skin surface to produce more collagen, rejuvenate the skin, lift sagging muscles, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and increase skin elasticity. The improvements continue for at least three months and can last over one year.
“I had a wonderful time at Xanadu Med Spa. Jennifer Madrill was my aesthetician and she was wonderful. I had the LumiLift Facial, and it felt so good! Jen knows exactly what she’s doing and is wonderful. My skin feels so good.” – Tricia Bates
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Breast exams have become a routine part of healthcare for most women, and over the years, advances have taken place both in terms of science and care. Breast centers have cropped up across the country in direct response to patients who want privacy and the additional comfort and confidence that comes with breast-only care. 48
McKee Breast Center underwent some changes earlier this year that improves their ability to care for women and also speeds up the process of mammography. From January to March 2012, the Breast Center was remodeled to install two new Hologic Selenia Dimension direct digital mammography units for breast screenings and diagnostic exams. The remodel also included the creation of several dressing rooms that are getting rave reviews from patients. “The old computed radiography type of digital is more cumbersome. The direct benefit is that the new equipment is so much faster,” says Ann Dorwart, RN, FNP-BC and breast health specialist at McKee Breast Center. The technology that McKee replaced was digital, but required a reader, meaning it was more time intensive for everyone involved, including the patient. The technologist would take the X-ray, and then would have to leave the room to process the image. At that point the picture was turned into a digital image. The new machines create an image that goes directly to digital and is displayed on a screen in the room. The technologist never needs to leave, because she can immediately see the image and determine if it is correct or if it needs to be retaken. The patient doesn’t have to wait as long as she would have on previous visits. “While the new equipment is faster, it still requires breast compression,” says Dorwart. “A lot of women were thinking with new technology there might not be compression, but mammography will always have compression unless someone comes up with a new way to do mammography all together.” The new equipment is beneficial from a diagnostic perspective as well. Jean R. Paquelet, M.D., FACR, does quality assurance work at a national level for the American College of Radiology, and she is a radiologist at McKee Breast Center. “The new images have a lot less noise,” says Dr. Paquelet. “The ‘noises’ in the image are those little dots. It’s a more attractive image to look at and I think when you get rid of some of the noise it’s much easier for us to see micro-calcification.” When a radiologist reads a mammogram they look for masses, architectural distortion and small calcifications that are grouped together. These groupings of tiny calcifications can represent early signs of cancer before it becomes a mass. Other benefits of the new machines arise when a patient needs a biopsy. Needle localizations are the way a surgeon finds the cancer prior to a biopsy, and these are frequently done with mammographic guidance. A needle is inserted into the breast and mammography is used to make sure it is going through the cancer. With the new equipment, the doctor sees the image immediately and can assess whether they are in the right location right away. “It makes our job more accurate and makes something that is uncomfortable for the patient go much more quickly,” says Dr. Paquelet. While the digital equipment at McKee Breast Center is new technology, there are new discoveries on the horizon. Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) is another advanced breast screening technology, although there are some challenges Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
it must overcome before becoming the norm. “DBT also uses X-rays, and it also involves compression of the breast, but it takes pictures that look at slices of the breast, rather than a look through the whole breast,” explains Dr. Paquelet. Sometimes a radiologist will see something they believe to be a mass, but it turns out to be overlapping glandular tissue. DBT allows the doctor to recognize that what he or she is actually seeing is overlapping tissue and not a mass. Today, 5 to 10 percent of women are called back after a mammography for additional imaging, and most of these callbacks result in no further medical intervention. Ultimately the new technology will reduce the number of women who get called back after a routine screening. The issue surrounding DBT is that currently a patient gets double the dose of radiation using this technology as opposed to regular mammography. For DBT to be the norm in breast screening, the radiation levels must be reduced. Plus, there needs to be more scientific evidence that DBT is much better at detecting cancer than regular mammography. Once those things occur, it will be the next step in breast health. For now, patients at McKee’s Breast Center are getting first rate healthcare with new top
Dr. Jean Paquelet, radiologist at McKee Breast Center, works on a national level to ensure the best care for patients undergoing treatment. of the line digital imaging services. Dr. Paquelet extolls the quality at the Breast Center. “The people here are all dedicated to breast imaging,” she says. “McKee is providing a full package of care and there’s a real sense of providing quality care.” Quality care means that if a significant abnormality is discovered, the radiologist will meet with the patient to discuss the options. Quality care also means that when a biopsy is sent for analysis, McKee utilizes a specialty trained breast pathologist, and according to Dr. Paquelet, this is not common outside large metropolitan areas. There is also a dedication to making the experience at the Breast Center as relaxed as possible. Little things, like seeing familiar faces during each visit, can be a tremendous comfort to patients. Even the new private dressing rooms with lockers can add to a patient’s peace of mind. “We want to give the patients some continuity. The goal of breast centers across the U.S., and the whole idea of the breast center movement, is that the patients who are dealing with the stress surrounding breast issues are not in the same pool as everyone else in the regular radiology department,” says Dorwart. The employees at the Breast Center know that breast cancer is one of the easiest cancers to diagnose and has one of the highest cure rates, but they also realize it is a scary proposition. This is why the McKee Breast Center, located in the Physician’s Plaza at McKee Medical Center, has its own entrance and its own staff. The environment is calming, and the space is private. “We hope that you are in a comfortable place here,” says Dorwart. “We try to make it homey.”
Ann Dorwart, RN and breast health specialist at McKee Breast Center, touts the new imaging equipment available to patients that makes treatment faster and more comfortable for women.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer and journalist. She is also the Mayor of HeidiTown. com, a blog about events, festivals & destination in Colorado. Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
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McKee Cancer Center Celebrates 10 Years
From the beginning, the McKee Cancer Center was forward thinking when it came to cancer care. The cancer center, located at McKee Medical Center, is now undergoing an expansion to continue to serve the needs of Northern Colorado cancer patients. More than a decade ago, Thomas Blomquist, M.D., F.A.C.S., along with Julianne Fritz, R.N., championed the idea of building a cancer center, in large part because Dr. Blomquist wanted to run cancer trials at McKee, but to be eligible they
needed to have a cancer center. Once McKee was established as a community cancer program, Dr. Blomquist realized building a cancer center would be the best way to provide top-rate cancer care to the area. After all, a cancer center represents a one-stop shop for cancer patients, who were often traveling as far as Denver for treatment. Dr. Blomquist and Fritz approached Lutheran Health System, the owner of McKee at the time, to ask for funding for a new McKee Cancer Center. “We asked for $6 million, figuring they might give us $3 million and we could put together something nice for that amount,” says Dr. Blomquist. They got the full $6 million and went to work on creating a state-of-the-art cancer center. McKee hired Boulder & Associates, and ironically, the lead architect had grown up a couple blocks from McKee Medical Center and felt a personal investment in the project. “We didn’t want a cookie cutter cancer center,” says Dr. Blomquist. His board solicited advice on the cancer center from cancer patients and cancer survivors in the community, and knew they wanted a center that
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provided medical service, but also emotional support. The result was a cancer center like no other in Colorado. A stone fireplace graced the waiting room, while a babbling brook ran by the front windows. However, the plans for the center went beyond the architectural features of the building. The idea was to create a cancer center that would take into account the entire person, not just their disease. Today, the McKee Cancer Center is undergoing a $10 million, 6,000-square-foot expansion that will once again put them at the forefront of cancer care. When construction is complete, the cancer center will have new offices, a large new conference room and a second vault where radiation therapy takes place. The new vault will create a peaceful environment, and is equipped with a flat screen television, lighting that can be set to any color the patient desires, and constellations on the ceiling tiles. The goal is to create a custom experience for each patient. Treatment times inside the vault can be short, but occasionally last up to an hour. The patient will be able to choose to listen to music, watch movies or even family videos during their Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
time in the vault, and at the end of the treatment session their selection will be paused until the next session. “I’ve been doing this for 17 years and I’ve never been in a department that has provided an experience like this and there’s no one around here that has this,” Cindy McBlair, director of McKee Cancer Center. The new vault will also house state-of-the-art equipment. The new “super” linear accelerator is able to treat a moving target with unprecedented speed and accuracy. Tumors can move slightly in the body even when a person is only breathing. McKee has also acquired a new robotic platform enabling advanced positioning techniques. While changes are taking place at the McKee Cancer Center, the team remains vigilant in their determination to deliver quality care. A cancer patient is on a journey, and the cancer center is there to assist not only the treatment of a disease, but to help the patient by providing support groups, financial assistance and a variety of other programs. “Anything that we can do to decrease a patient’s hardship or stress, and provide them an environment that is full of hope, then we are here to do it,” says McBlair. The expansion at McKee Cancer Center is expected to be complete by mid-September. Banner Health has cancer centers at McKee Medical Center, North Colorado Medical Center and Sterling Regional MedCenter. All three facilities share resources and technology to provide comprehensive cancer care to Northern Colorado. Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer and journalist. She is also the Mayor of HeidiTown.com. Style 2012
Dr. Arlene Libby, with Summit Pathology, says advances in biomedical diagnostic testing used in Northern Colorado are able to detect characteristics in cancer cells that allow for more effective and precise treatments.
Molecular Diagnostics Improve
Breast Cancer Outcomes By Elissa J. Tivona
A dear friend received the following email from her sister in upstate New York. “…. I wanted to touch base with you as I received some unexpected news. I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I have invasive ductal carcinoma, which is the most common type.” 54
Like many people who get news of a breast cancer diagnosis in a close family member, she felt a sense of panic. But due to recent biomedical advances, her panic was short-lived. Medical professionals who treat cancer today enjoy the benefit of diagnostic tests unavailable to physicians a decade or two ago. Scientific advances allowing us to detect genes and gene products on and within cells, such as immunohistochemistry and in-situ hybridization, have given rise to procedures which distinguish different types of breast cancer and allow physicians to treat them more effectively. Dr. Arlene Libby, Summit Pathology’s breast pathology expert, points out, “We may think, oh no, someone has breast cancer, but breast cancer is extremely different depending on
[many] variables.” Pathologists play a critical role in detecting the variables and conferencing with multidisciplinary specialists including radiologists, oncologists, surgeons and others to arrive at the optimal treatment plan for each individual. Pathologists with Summit Pathology examine all breast biopsies done in Northern Colorado. Ann L. Stroh, D.O., cancer specialist at University of Colorado Health, agrees. “We know that over time certain tumor characteristics put a woman at a higher risk of recurrence than other molecular subtypes. Cutting edge technology is now looking at the molecular profile to further classify breast cancer subtypes and help tailor our treatment. Any breast cancer up until stage IV is curable.” Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
Early Detection Most physicians agree that early detection of disease remains key to benefiting from these biomedical breakthroughs. The Professional Advisory Board to www.BreastCancer.org stresses, “The earlier breast cancer is found and diagnosed, the better your chances of beating it.” In statistical terms, “beating it” means surviving five, 10 and more years after the initial diagnosis without recurrence of disease. To improve the odds, doctors recommend regular screenings, such as monthly breast self-exams and mammograms every one to two years for women over 40 or for anyone with high risk factors for the disease. Mammograms and other imaging tests like ultrasound or MRIs allow healthcare providers to detect subtle changes in breast tissue before more obvious symptoms present. These findings can mean the difference between detecting an early stage (stage 0 or I) of cancer versus a more advanced stage (stage IV) that requires aggressive measures to treat. Today, many women heed expert advice and undergo regular breast screening. Yet, not nearly as many people understand the expanded range of diagnostic tools now available to help physicians narrow in on specific breast cancer types. “In recent years, there’s been an explosion of life-saving treatment advances against breast cancer, bringing new hope and excitement. Instead of only one or two options, today there’s an overwhelming menu of treatment choices that fight the complex mix of cells in each individual cancer,” reports www.BreastCancer. org. These developments have eliminated a one-size-fits-all treatment plan for breast cancer. Rather, medical teams customize care to the profile of the individual. Decision Tree to Optimal Treatment Initially most patients undergo similar procedures. When a clinical breast exam or mammogram indicates the presence of a suspicious mass, the doctor recommends a biopsy. During the biopsy, the doctor removes a core of tissue from the breast and sends the sample to a pathologist to determine if cancer cells are present. Dr. Libby reminds us, “A lot of biopsies are other things besides cancer.” Benign tumors or cysts are common diagnoses. However, when cancer cells are positively identified in the tissue sample, pathologists follow a decision tree with the goal of effective treatment on a case-by-case basis. Dr. Libby says, “The first thing I do when I look at it under the microscope… I decide is this cancer or not? If this is cancer is this just in situ cancer? Or is it invasive cancer?“ In situ cancer refers to a tumor that is confined to the duct system of the breast, not a lesion that could spread throughout the body. The standard of care for in situ malignancy is to take it out. “If you get all of it – if you look at the margins and they’re clear, then the prognosis is excellent,” says Dr. Libby. “An in situ lesion Style 2012
is actually a precursor for an invasive tumor; so if we let that sit there, a certain number of those become the type of tumor that would metastasize throughout the body. That’s obviously what we’re trying to prevent.” Following excision of in situ tumors, doctors may also recommend a course of radiation oncology, in general running daily for 4 to 6 weeks to guarantee that all cancer cells have been eliminated. Other than the time commitment involved, most women usually tolerate the treatment well. Tumors that have already gone beyond the confines of the duct system of the breast are considered invasive and have the potential to spread throughout the rest of the body. Dr. Libby continues down the decision tree. “When we look at an invasive tumor, the first thing we do is type it, which helps us determine prognosis.” Establishing a prognosis means that the pathologist is trying to forecast the course of the disease based on multiple test results. By looking at tumor cells under the microscope, “we’re trying to predict what is the potential for this tumor down the road and how aggressive should this woman be about treating it? There are some tumor types that have a very good prognosis even if they’ve gone to the lymph nodes in the armpit such as tubular carcinoma and mucinous carcinoma. So if a woman has those types of tumor, she rarely needs chemotherapy because they have such a good prognosis just from surgery.” Dr. Libby emphasizes the need to be strict with this diagnosis because of the important treatment implication. The next step is to grade the tumor. Three considerations factor into the grade: how much the nuclei of tumor cells vary from normal nuclei in the breast; how much the cells are dividing and growing; and if the tumor is forming glands around groups of cells or is presenting as solid sheets of cells. The grade in combination with the stage, which references tumor size among other factors, is critical to prognosis. Dr. Libby goes on, “The next prognostic markers we look at to further subdivide how we think [tumors] are going to behave and how they should be treated are estrogen receptor
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“Any breast cancer up until stage IV is curable” Ann L. Stroh, D.O., Cancer Specialist at University of Colorado Health
(ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and HER2/neu.” This is where advancements made possible by IHC have greatly improved odds for predicting tumor behavior, the potential for recurrence and effective treatment options.
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Estrogen and Progesterone Receptor Tests Hormone receptors are proteins occurring in the nuclei of normal breast cells that respond to estrogen or progesterone signals that tell cells to grow. If cancer cells in the biopsy also test positive for hormone receptors, doctors gain important insight into how to manage disease. Dr Libby says, “If a tumor is estrogen and/or progesterone receptor positive, the woman is much more likely to respond to hormonal treatments like Tamoxifen or Arimidex.” Also, in DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) malignancies that are ER/PR positive, doctors may recommend preventive hormonal therapy on top of surgery and localized radiation. HER2/neu Over-expression and HER2/ neu Amplification: HER2/neu is a gene, which also has a receptor associated with it. When the gene and receptor proteins are functioning normally, one of their jobs is to regulate cell proliferation. One HER2/neu test looks for excess receptor proteins on the surface of the tumor cells, a condition referred to as over-expression. According to Dr. Stroh, HER2/neu positive breast cancer accounts for approximately 15 to 20 percent of all breast cancers. With a diagnostic result of HER2/neu positive, oncologists recommend treatment with the drug Herceptin. This drug binds to defective HER2 proteins, so that they no longer cause cells in the breast to reproduce uncontrollably. Another test associated with HER2/neu establishes the status of the gene itself. According to Dr. Libby, “This test looks at the number of gene copies of HER2/neu, compared to the number of chromosome 17 copies, which is where HER2/neu lives. We get a ratio of those two. When there are excess copies of HER2/ neu, we call it amplification.” Until recently, the test for amplification, Style 2012
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known as FISH (fluorescent in situ hybridization) had to be done in a dark field, which sometimes made it challenging to determine whether tested cells were from an invasive tumor. However, the FDA recently approved dual in situ hybridization (Dual-ISH), which can be done with a light microscope. Dual-ISH is an excellent alternative to FISH for testing HER2/ neu amplification because it allows pathologists to see the entire morphology of the sample and make certain they are measuring within the invasive malignancy. Andrea Davidson, Director of Client Services at Summit Pathology, reports that Summit brought this advanced testing procedure online this summer, making Summit Pathology a regional leader in breast cancer diagnosis. Triple Negative Tumors At least 80 percent of invasive tumors of the breast are ductal, and most of these have at least one or more positive prognostic markers. Rarely are all three tumor markers positive. More commonly cancers are ER/PR positive but HER2/ neu negative, or HER2/neu positive and ER/PR negative. Women with a triple negative pattern (ER/PR negative and HER2/neu negative) are a more difficult group to treat. In contrast to women with ER/PR positive tumors, who tend to be disease free if they are caught at an early enough stage or prone to late recurrences, women with triple negative tumors are more prone to recurrence in the first five years after therapy. Dr. Libby describes the prognosis. â€œIf you can get those women five years out without metastatic disease then their outlook is much better.â€œ Women with triple negative tumors are recommended for traditional chemotherapy. The strong chemo agents aggressively attack proliferating cells throughout the body, which accounts for some of the most common side effects of chemotherapy like hair loss and severe nausea. But the hope is to get these women through treatment and ultimately disease free beyond the five-year mark. Other Considerations An LCIS (lobular carcinoma in situ) diagnosis, although considered an uncommon condition,
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“The first thing I do when I look at it under the microscope… I decide is this cancer or not? If this is cancer is this just in situ cancer? Or is it invasive cancer?” Dr. Arlene Libby, Summit Pathology presents a different challenge. LCIS in one breast puts women at increased risk for developing invasive cancer in the other breast and elsewhere in the body if untreated. Historically, the only option for treatment was bilateral mastectomy. However, since LCIS is almost always ER/PR positive, hormonal therapy is now being offered as a viable alternative. For individuals with higher than average incidence of breast and/or ovarian cancer in their family history, one possibility is to undergo a special blood test to determine the presence of an inherited gene abnormality in BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BReast CAncer gene 1 or 2). Although women who test positive for this genetic anomaly have a much higher chance of breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes, only a small percentage (5 to 10 percent) of breast cancers are hereditary. An additional molecular test available to doctors is the proprietary Oncotype DX. This is a 21-gene assay that breaks HR positive breast cancers into subtypes to generate a recurrence score. Dr. Stroh says, “If it is low, then we know, based on previous clinical trials, that chemo will not be effective in these tumor types and they get hormonal therapy only. If it is high, then we know these tumor types benefit and [we] decrease risk of recurrence by [recommending] chemo plus hormone therapy. The difficult category is the intermediate range.” In these cases doctors try to assess whether the benefits of chemotherapy to prevent recurrence are sufficient to outweigh the risks of side effects. As a result of these and other tests, the outlook for the woman mentioned at the onset of this article, and many like her, is good. Biomedical research is constantly directed at finding targeted treatments for tumor cells, like Tamoxifen that inhibits ER and PR receptors or Herceptin that inhibits the HER2/neu receptor. “Ideally, we’d like ways to attack specific tumors but not the rest of the body,” concludes Dr. Libby. And that is good news for all of us. Elissa Tivona is a writer and international educator in Fort Collins. She resides online and in social media as the Peace Correspondent at www.thepeacecorrespondent.com. Style 2012
Chris Stockinger leads a meditation group at the Fort Collins Shambhala Meditation Center.
Meditation Every so often you find a moment of calm. For maybe half a second, the worry, the chatter, the story you tell yourself falls away... and there is peace. That moment is the entire point of meditating. The more you do it, the longer those peaceful states can last. “Most of us come to meditating with something lacking in life. We are searching,” says Chris Stockinger, meditation instructor at the Fort Collins Shambhala Meditation Center. The center teaches mindfulness-awareness meditation from
the Buddhist tradition. A student of the method since 1983, Stockinger explains, “The technique of simply sitting down with yourself in a nonjudgmental way... genuinely and gently acknowledging stray thoughts without leading or condemning, just be with yourself... that is hard. Very hard. And it is the reason why so many of us are worked up so much [of the time]. Many of us always have this feeling, ‘I’m not really good enough.’ Know that you are good enough in that moment and that’s complete. It is enough.” Stockinger says health is innate in all of us and meditation helps our body remember that. “We emphasize that there is an inherent basic healthiness which we are tapping into, which we have estranged ourselves from, but is always available. The depths and subtlety of what we already have is a joy to discover.” He acknowledges that words don’t express the intensity and tranquility available, but is emphatic that daily practice (10 to 15 minutes, daily) helps restore peace and health. Science says this 2,500 year-old practice does
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indeed have benefits. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that meditation is a powerful tool for learning control of attention, regulating emotion and increasing self-awareness. Measurable biological changes have also been demonstrated. For example, there is an association between meditation and increased neuroplasticity in the brain as well as increased antibody presence, indicating better acuity and immune function. It appears that meditation has a positive effect on the autonomic nervous system by decreasing the “fight-or-flight” stress response and improving blood flow and digestive function. Meditation is often recommended to treat pain, anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia and the physical conditions that are side effects from chronic disease like cancer, heart disease or HIV/AIDS. Reverend Cheri Jensen of the Fort Collins branch of Whole Life Center for Spiritual Living (a New Thought, Science of the Mind church) agrees that meditating regularly can bring tremendous healing. Though, she adds, that if sitting very still isn’t what works for you, that’s ok. Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
“We think meditation is as personal as each person is. It’s not so much how you do it, but that you do it. Make time every day for stillness; it might be a walk, it might be weeding the garden. It’s about you connecting with your Source and listening, being attentive. Not trying to micro-manage your life.” She adds that making space in your life for positivity is another tenet of the church’s
Free meditation instruction is available at the Fort Collins Shambhala Meditation Center. In a session there, teacher Chris Stockinger, explains posture first. “Position your spine on the cushion so your vertebrae are stacked on top of one another like a stack of gold coins. Sit like the queens [and kings] that you are.” The idea is to seat your body in a way that no muscles will strain while you meditate. To begin meditating, sit on a cushion, with
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Reverend Cheri Jensen, with Whole Life Center for Spiritual Living, says meditating regularly can be healing to the body. philosophy. Asked specifically what she tells people with cancer, she replies, “Don’t claim the cancer as yours. Don’t call it ‘My cancer.’ Every cell in your body responds to love. Those kinds of things are empowering. Cancer is a condition of the body; don’t deny medical conditions but don’t give them your energy. Focus on what you want, not what you want to shed.” The Whole Life Center bases a part of its
hips at a higher level than knees, ankles loosely crossed. Or sit in a chair with feet flat on the floor. In both positions, your spine is aligned, your head balanced atop the vertebrae. Eyes are open, with an unfocused, lowered gaze (to prevent straining the eyes). Breathing is the key. “You are not forcing your breath to do anything,” Stockinger intones, “you are simply noticing that it goes in ... and out. If you find your mind wandering away, do not judge. Identify what is happening. Simply label it, ‘Thinking.’ And return to your breath.” Allow the energy in your center to flow freely. Concentrate on breathing in and out, in and out ... Remember that you are out of cat food, then mentally start making a grocery list ... oh! “That is the flexing of the mental muscle,” instructs Stockinger. “The mind naturally wanders, the goal is not to shut it off or try to control its wanderings ... You cannot make your mind focus, but you can get out of its way.” Stockinger says, “If you try to control your thoughts, you may look quiet, but you are suppressing an emotion, which will take control of you. It’s not necessary to do that. If you are willing and able to be with yourself with a tender, open heart ... there is no need to feel bad about yourself.” Stockinger recommends beginning meditators make a regular time at least five days a week to meditate for five to 10 minutes, then gradually increase the time.
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philosophy on Law of Attraction (made popular recently by author, Esther Hicks). Says Jensen, “My coaching to people is, ‘What is the energy you want to create in your life? Go into chemo and know that the most perfect process is taking place. Make it a friend.” She advises people do the same for other medical processes. “There’s as much God in a pill or a surgery as chemo. Honor your choices.” Jensen continues, “Focus on the health and vibrancy you want to see. Our thoughts are creative. If we hold negative thoughts, we get negative results. You’re not going to get where you’re going by focusing on what’s not working.” Jensen works with people to explore their deeply held beliefs about themselves and try to release doubts or worries, which she says, are blocks to healing. “Cancer is a pitcher for the beliefs in your life. You want to explore your thoughts. Do you believe you have cancer because your mother had it?” she posits, encouraging people to release the myths and stories they tell themselves that no longer serve them. While Buddhist meditation is a familiar image, many nonreligious people and parishioners of other faiths also employ the practice. Pastor Barb Myers leads the Women’s Ministry and Counseling for Timberline Church in Fort Collins, an Assembly of God church. “You see meditation running all through the Bible,” she says. “Psalm 19:14 says, ‘Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.’” Myers continues, “Our minds are powerful. They can take us on a crack the whip ride (a repeating conversation in your head), or they can be a source for calm. If our mindset is to believe God is in control and he is good, that somehow gives us a steadfast mind.” In other words, faith is stabilizing, she explains. From Myers’ perspective, meditation and prayer aren’t synonymous, but interweave with each other. She cites Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” “Just sitting quietly and considering the beauty that is in front of us, knowing that there is something bigger than ourselves... that creates stillness. I think it can allow us to realize that God does have a plan in this. He doesn’t allow things to come into our lives and lose track of us. As we realize how intimately he is involved with us, we lose the panic.” “From a Christian perspective, we meditate on God’s word, and if that’s true that is going to quiet us,” explains Myers. While we may not like what God puts in front of us, she says, prayer and meditation can allow those emotions to settle. Whichever tradition you come from, it is clear that meditation is a powerful tool available to anyone who chooses it. Daily practice builds that ability, that connection to peace. However you come to it, make time for stillness.
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– to encourage them to do monthly breast self-examinations and to help them know their own body. I have a wonderful device called the Liv Aid (www.Liv.com) that helps women perform monthly breast self-examinations more easily as early detection is key to survival! But, I think the greatest gift to come from my own journey is that nearly 20 years to the day of my diagnosis in 1992, and after nearly 10 years of raising nearly $200 million and building – in June 2012 we opened the doors of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia (www. OliviaAppeal.com). That was an amazing day and probably one of the best in my life when I walked through the doors of the completed Centre for the first time. 4. Other humanitarian causes are close to your heart. What are some of these that you devote time and energy to today? I do a lot with causes to help protect animals and the environment. My husband, “Amazon John” Easterling, and I do a lot of work through his company (The Amazon Herb Company) with the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (www.ACEER.org). We help to build schools and boats and get necessary equipment and tools to the indigenous people of the Amazon and, most importantly, to help them get the deed and title to their land so that oil and lumber companies don’t destroy the rainforest. 5. You have proven an advocate for healthy lifestyle and positive mindset, and you obviously live by your words. Did this passion come before or after your breast cancer diagnosis and what advice do you give women to take charge of their health? I have always lived my life that way. My mum taught me from a very early age to eat the right foods and to take care of myself. My advice to all women is to know your body. Perform monthly breast self-examinations, get physicals and mammograms regularly and, to do something every day that you enjoy to stay healthy – body, mind and spirit. 6. Life at 60: how is it better than life when you were at the onset your career? How do you stay young and healthy as you balance your busy career today? Turning 60 was wonderful and today I enjoy so many things much more than I did when I was younger. For example I always had horrible stage fright and worried about small things. I am about to kick off a 35-city North American tour and I can’t wait to be on stage and to see everyone around the country. As for what I do to stay young and healthy is a combination of things. Firstly, I am in love and very happy, I try to do some type of exercise every day and that is usually walking (I love to walk!) or playing tennis or kayaking with my husband when I am
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home in Florida. I also just released a cookbook called LivWise: Easy Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Life and there are some great recipes from me, friends who are nutritionists and from the chef’s at my Gaia Retreat and Spa in Australia (www. GaiaRetreat.com). 7. What will the next 20 years bring for your fans? What personal projects are you invested in? I have a new album I am very excited about but can’t talk about just yet, I am working on a new CD of dance remixes of my hits through the years and, I have a new film called A Few Best Men that I am very excited about. It has been a huge hit everywhere and will soon be making its way to America. 8. You love to cook, what is your favorite meal to make for your family at home? Well, I have to admit is one of the easiest from my book and it is simply called “Olivia’s Lemon Chicken.” It’s so easy and so delicious, but I mainly like cooking it because it means less time in the kitchen and more time with my friends and family who are there with me to enjoy it! Angeline Grenz is managing editor for Style Magazine.
Linda Norman Hiser | From PG 28 value of my friends is priceless. Perhaps because my divorce was so devastating, cancer did not have such an impact. My cancer was something I could control and fix. I have been incredibly fortunate. I did not have chemo or radiation. Through all of my surgeries, I did not have any pain. My girlfriend (sounding like Dr. Phil) asked how did that feel? I felt nothing. Because I had an administrative job, I was able to get back to work 10 days after surgery. My doctors have said I was a poster child for this procedure – I was otherwise healthy and recovered quickly. My story is different than many others, and not to minimize this horrible disease, I have to say I have had colds that were worse. I’ve taken this in stride; it has not greatly affected my life and I have no physical limitations. As far as mental limitations: they have nothing to do with cancer and I’ve sworn everyone to secrecy. My intent is not to be flippant, but upbeat. I’m a 7-year survivor, and for me, there are far worse things than cancer that can happen in life.
Karisa Cerullo | From PG 29 regrets because tomorrow is promised to no one. I feel very blessed to have been given this “wakeup call;” now I have a second chance at life! Without the amazing support of my family and friends, it simply would not have been possible for me to confront this disease in the way that I did. I wasn’t alone fighting this battle; it was every single person who offered support, from acquaintances to my closest family members. My aunt Bev was my rock that held everything together. She moved in for several months and took over the roles of childcare provider, nurse, chauffeur, cook and housekeeper, all the while giving unconditional love and support. My mother-in-law Susan picked up right where she left off and was incredibly supportive as well. My husband Tony stood by me through it all and has been extremely devoted. Because he works in the medical field, he was instrumental in my decision-making process. It was on his shoulder that I would cry out my worst fears in the middle of the night. When I was weak, he was strong. When he struggled, I carried him through. My dad was a steadfast pillar of emotional strength for me. He was with me at every step, even going to doctor’s appointments and staying overnight with me in the hospital. What a lucky girl I am. And many thanks to my friend Tracy who organized meal deliveries and to those who made the delicious home cooked meals for my family! I would like to give special thanks to the Hope Lives. As a result of their amazing services and generous donors, I gave Reiki therapy a try and began sessions with Marla Mitchell two weeks after my first surgery. It’s something that I continue to this day. I believe that it has been instrumental in my physical healing as well my as spiritual and emotional well being. There are simply not enough words that could ever express my gratitude to each and every one of you.
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Trudy Sargent | From PG 30 keep track of their punctuality. For my 33 treatments, 44 percent were on time, 34 percent I waited up to 30 minutes and 22 percent I waited from 30 minutes to over an hour. When I gave the nurses their report card, they were impressed that they were on time that much. In mid-October I was back in the oncology office for a final time. I asked what was next. She said, “You’re cured. Your body is 95 percent cancer free and that’s as good as it gets.” I remember being so taken back – is it really all over? The importance of cancer research cannot be underestimated. Without research, many of us might not be here. I will be forever indebted to those research efforts and the funds raised by millions of people for the betterment of those of us who find ourselves battling this difficult disease. My friends were amazing – their words, thoughts and prayers were very appreciated. I was amazed at how many people I was personally acquainted with who had already been down this breast cancer road, some as long as 25 years ago. How amazingly strong were those women, not having the benefit of the volumes of research and what has been accomplished since then. Life is good. As the saying goes, life is what you make it, and what you make it is up to you. In my case, my incredible partner, Wes, and my children and grandchildren: son Todd, his wife Mandy and 15-month-old Jade Ella Mae; daughter Tiffani and her friend Tom; and daughter Nancy and husband Dave, with 4-year-old twin daughters Tate and Brynn. They make my life complete. I am lucky, I know it and I truly appreciate it. Looking back on two-plus years, I don’t think my friends or family see a change in me. Appearance wise, I have shorter hair and great eyebrows and can no longer wear low cut strapless gowns, but I know I have changed on the inside. I am more attuned to how fragile life is, and what a short time we are lucky enough to be on this earth. I feel emotions more deeply and empathize more with others. I thank God for being born in America where good health is a priority!
Maggie Murray | From PG 33 me to my chemotherapy treatments and doctor appointments. He was another set of ears to help me remember the overwhelming information I received. My experience with cancer “rocked my world” and as a result has made it more fulfilling, pushing me past my perceived limits. Here I am eight years later, a warrior and survivor. My daughter is now a freshman in high school and “rocking my world.” I want to express my deepest appreciation to Lydia Dody for building such a wonderful organization that has provided the opportunity to express myself through modeling and writing as well as the heartfelt connections (like Anne Aspen) that I had with so many new friends along the way.
Dr. Judy Fox, of Loveland Urgent Care Center, is one of the many volunteer physicians at the new CrossRoads Safehouse clinic.
A Clinic Grows
at CrossRoads Safehouse By Michelle Venus
Imagine feeling so alone, isolated and under someone else’s control that you never seek out medical care for yourself or your children – even if you’ve been beaten badly enough that the result is broken bones. Can you even begin to picture this? 70
One in four women can. Domestic violence is a part of their daily existence. According to Laura Williams, Volunteer Coordinator and Director of Public Relations at Crossroads Safehouse in Fort Collins, that’s how many women in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. And Colorado statistics are right in line with national numbers. “One of our top priorities is to help our clients start on the road to good and regular healthcare,” she explained. “For so many of them, this has been something they’ve neglected... and it happens for many, many reasons.” That’s why Crossroads Safehouse created an on-site medical clinic early this year. Between February and mid-July, 172 clients – including resident and transitional children and adults – have been serviced by the clinic. Outreach clients, those who attend support groups or work with Crossroads’ advocates or attorneys, have had these services made available to them since the beginning of the summer. Prior to moving into the new, larger facility located at 421 Parker Street in Fort Collins, the Crossroads staff had to find ways to help clients seek out necessary medical care. No easy task when many clients were unable to afford the cost of a doctor visit, had no insurance, or were hesitant based on prior unpleasant experiences with medical professionals. To the board and staff, an on-site clinic was the obvious answer. But how does an organization go about creating such a facility, especially when there is no funding and it must be operated completely by volunteers? With the help of John Harrold, an AmeriCorps service member and Stace Fritzler, M.D., of Fort Collins Family Physicians, Crossroads was able to accomplish just that. “AmeriCorps can be described as an American Peace Corps,” John Harrold stated, who has since moved on to Colorado State University’s Women and Gender Advocacy Center as a program coordinator. “I was given the job to get the med unit up and running.” Starting with community outreach, Harrold developed outside relationships, especially with Scott Sundheim, M.D., founder of St. Matthew’s Free Clinic in Loveland. “Dr. Sundheim helped us to develop a working model and answered a lot of questions about insurance and what supplies we would need just to get started. He was a great help.” One of Harrold’s fondest memories was watching the first patient walk into the clinic. “There was an overall good vibe to this project,” he said. “People came together and provided resources that didn’t exist before.” Dr. Fritzler, who has been named as Crossroads’ Director of Medical Services, was also instrumental in building the clinic from the ground up. “We had to collect the supplies and equipment,” she explained. “I also worked to recruit doctors and physician assistants to be on the team. Everyone volunteers his or her time. No one has received any compensation.” Dr. Fritzler has been a champion in the community, speaking about the clinic and actively recruiting physicians and other personnel to provide services. In addition, she ensures the clinic adheres to HIPPA regulations, which is especially important in abuse situations. Office hours are from 6 to 8, three evenings Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
a week. The physicians see patients for wellness checks (for both parents and children) or for acute problems like sore throats and earaches. Oftentimes, they work with youngsters who need to get on the vaccination track before starting kindergarten. Clinic hours coincide with group sessions so that a parent can visit the doctor while his or her children are being cared for. “All the volunteers are trained in the dynamics of domestic violence,” Williams said. “This gives them a better understanding of our clients and their needs, and of the logistics of the clinic itself.” Williams went on to describe future goals for the medical clinic. “We’d like to add dental care soon. Dr. Leslie Paris, our board president, is a periodontist. Currently, she’s working on recruiting dentists and technicians so we can start to offer this service as well. Once that’s in place, we’d like to get a vision care program going. Remember, all of this is being done with a zero budget, so it takes time to get it coordinated and to get the necessary supplies and equipment.” Other milestones include training physicians to screen more effectively for domestic violence in their private practices and increasing the physician roster so clients have more access to the clinic. “We’d love to be open every day and not just in the evenings. Some of our residents work second shift. Some of them take their kids to activities in the evenings,” stated Williams. In 2011, Crossroads served 412 clients: 214 women and 198 children. Sixty-four percent were from Fort Collins, with the rest coming from other parts of Larimer County as well as other parts of the state. Fifty-four percent were Caucasian, 19 percent Latino; the ethnic balance was a mix of multiracial, Asian, Native and African Americans. “We don’t keep track of clients based on income, but we do keep track of zip codes. We get people from the south side of town that live in big, beautiful houses just as often as folks who live in older communities or trailer parks. Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate and it’s very prevalent in our community. More than you would think,” Williams said. She described a client whose home was larger than the former shelter. “She went from a 7,000-square-foot home to staying in one room with three kids. It’s eye opening for us, as staff. It would be easy to pigeonhole victims, but we just can’t. Domestic violence spans gender, culture, race and socioeconomic status.” The agency takes in whoever needs help, even if they come from out of state. Sadly, 25 to 30 percent of women seeking help last year were turned away because the older shelter was too small to accommodate everyone who asked for help. Now, with the newer, larger facility, more people can be housed safely. It’s the first step to a healthy way of life. “One of the best things about working at Crossroads is the hope that comes out of here,” Williams smiled. “People are hopeful that they can have a better life; that this isn’t the way they have to live forever.”
Michelle Venus is a freelance writer who works and lives in Fort Collins with her children. Style 2012
WARNING “Domestic violence is so debilitating. It impacts victims on many levels,” explained Laura Williams. “It’s not just physical either. It’s sexual and emotional, and psychological control – all of which are just as gripping and effective as physical violence. There’s also financial abuse, where the controlling partner limits access to money. That’s especially crippling for someone who is trying to leave and start a new life.”
Here are a few signs that may indicate you are in an abusive relationship: • Your partner is extremely jealous of time spent away from him/her, even if it’s something as innocent as going to the grocery store. • You are isolated from friends and family. • Physical violence. • You feel like you’re walking on eggshells; nothing you do is right. • There is a power imbalance. Your voice is never heard. • A major age difference (especially true for teenagers, who may not have the same legal rights and privileges as an older partner). • Your partner threatens to harm your children and/or pets, or threatens suicide if you leave him/her.
A friend or family member may be in an abusive relationship if you see: • An outgoing and social personality that has become withdrawn and is no longer involved with family, friends or outside activities. • Having few – or no – close friends and being isolated from family and colleagues; being prevented from making new friends. • Bruises or injuries that look like the result of choking, punching or being thrown down; black eyes and red or purplish marks on the neck are common injuries of domestic violence. • Attempting to conceal bruises with clothing or makeup. • Making frequent excuses for being clumsy, accident-prone or tripping. • Having to ask permission to meet with, talk to, or engage in activities with people outside the household. • Having little money at hand; perhaps no credit cards or even transportation. • Meekness, being extremely apologetic and low self-esteem. • Showing signs of depression, sadness or hopelessness.
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SIGNS • Talking about and/or attempting suicide. Encourage this person to seek immediate help from a health professional. If you suspect a friend or family member is involved in a violent relationship, it is important to approach the topic delicately and with respect. Reserve judgment. Oftentimes, the victim feels extreme shame about his or her situation. Victims report feeling ‘stupid’ for having stayed in an abusive relationship for far too long or not recognizing it as abusive sooner. “I should have known,” is a common refrain. They may be heartsick at exposing their children to violent and aggressive behavior by their partner, adding to their sense of shame. It is not unusual for victims to feel that they are completely alone in their situation. Be supportive. Don’t try to force the victim to take action. Remember, someone is already controlling them. The last thing they need is to feel someone else trying to do the same thing. Don’t call the abuser names or put him or her down. The victim may feel the need to come to his or her defense. Instead call out the behavior and say something such as, “No one deserves to be treated this way.” Be supportive. Listen. And then listen more. This may be the first or only time the victim is articulating his or her situation. Let him or her talk. Ask these questions: Do you feel safe? Do you want me to help you find someplace to stay? Are you aware of Crossroads Safehouse and the services they provide? Let the victim know that there are several levels of help available at Crossroads. They do not have to commit to leaving their homes and moving into the shelter. Speaking with an advocate or attorney, or attending support groups may help them resolve their issues. Above all, never confront the abuser. You may put yourself in danger.
Kristen Olenic | From PG 35 I was fortunate to have several treatment options available because my breast cancer was discovered so early. I believe that mammograms, self-breast exams and early detection save lives. I’ve witnessed this numerous times both professionally, as a physician assistant, and in my personal life. I hope my experience will encourage women to have screenings, and that it demonstrates to younger women with a family history of breast cancer the importance of talking with their medical provider about early screening. Knowledge is power.
Kris Kittleson | From PG 35 most difficult period of my life, living through that crisis has made me a strong woman who rarely questions her actions or thoughts. I feel grounded, concise, determined and a bit hard-headed. I had belonged to a support group through the center I was being treated. My inspiration has come from watching other women fight their battles. I had watched women lose and some conquer. Some fought their battle for the first time and some for their third time. Shedding tears together and praying for God’s hand in healing was my inspiration. Running or walking for the cause has also been inspirational. There are so many events to support this cause. To see families participate in support of survivors and in memory of loved ones is overwhelming with the amount of love and caring that is shared. My parents, two sons and close friends were the one who helped me through my battle. I now have an older sister who is battling the same type of breast cancer I did 15 years earlier. Her strength has been my inspiration. She is getting through her treatments with flying colors. If I didn’t have my beautiful mother to turn to for her wise words of comfort and love (and homemade chicken dumpling soup), I would have been lost and devastated. She was my greatest source of strength. Sadly, a few short months after I began to recover from my treatments, she suddenly passed away. For anyone battling breast cancer, don’t believe for one moment that you can’t conquer this disease. Rise to the challenge and learn what you can about your body, your disease and give yourself some healing treatments. Massage, acupressure, yoga, relaxation. Become in tune with yourself. Believe you will emerge more beautiful than you ever thought possible. Accept an extended hand. Ones close to you want to ease your pain however they can. My experiences with Hope Lives and Lydia Dody have been overwhelming. I have so much gratitude for what she is doing for breast cancer and those of us who have survived this disease. I am blessed to be a part of her sisterhood! Everyone I have met through this experience is nothing short of amazing.
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Modern Day Teen
Superheros By Angeline Grenz
What is faster than the speeding sting of abusive words, more powerful than a negative stereotype and able to leap tall mountains of misconception? Today’s teenagers are, without a doubt. From peer pressure to body image to the difficulty of being different, today’s almost-adults display super heroic strength when putting up with everyday challenges.
hat simple truth stuck with photographer Christy Grosboll; she is, after all, a mother of a teenager. Since a large part of her business, Sugar Mill Productions, is senior portrait photography, she looks forward to drawing out teens and enticing them to smile at the camera. But this year, she decided to take it just a little bit further. She decided to coax out their inner superhero. Grosboll, along with her business partner Janie Rocek, started thinking about the challenges teenagers face today. “My daughter, who is 15, recently came home from school one day and
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Left to right: Alyssa Mills, Brady Hilgenberg, Solomon Kunsleman, all Loveland High School seniors
just unloaded her day on me… and I started thinking about the challenges we faced when we were in high school. I honestly think today’s teens have it even worse. And I felt empowered all of a sudden – I wanted this year to be more than just a marketing campaign. I wanted it to be something of substance.” Grosboll and Rocek had already been toying with the idea of a superhero theme. “Our kids today really are modern day superheroes. They face a battle every single day, whether it is drugs and alcohol, depression, suicide, peer pressure to have sex, gossip, rumors, whatever,” says Grosball. The pair, Grosboll as the photographer and Rocek as the stylist and makeup artist, has a unique concept they offer all their clients – photography, hair and makeup at one location. Rocek doesn’t just rouge cheeks – she can create vintage era looks for Grosboll’s subjects with dramatic hair and makeup. They hired nine senior reps – students who received a free senior portrait session, with hair and makeup, in exchange for referrals for other students. In addition to the photo session, they added in something special: themed portraits that embraced Hollywood glamour, edgy Steampunk styles, gothic and superhero motifs. Sugar Mill also created a challenge for their senior reps: a point system that encouraged the reps to random acts of kindness, community service, raising funds for a local charity chosen by the student, and other actions to embrace and empower teens to rise above the challenges they face today. Sometimes the challenge was simple: name the superpower you would choose if you could. Or hug your mom and tell your
dad you love him. Sugar Mill also donates a portion of their profits from any referrals their teen reps provide to his or her charity of choice. Among the chosen charities: Make A Wish, Hope Lives!, Astep, Hearts and Horses, and more. Along the way, Grosboll and Rocek have organized superhero parties, meet and greets and other fun events. The Modern Day Superhero campaign culminates in a gallery showing at Independence Gallery in Loveland that will run from Sept. 4 to 17. They plan to display fun superhero photos with the teens’ own words of empowerment, comic strip-esque photo art and art by local teens. “I hope to incorporate all my teens in some way. I really want [the exhibit] to tell the story about how important it is that we empower our youth, that we listen to them and ask them what is on their mind, and that we remember ourselves what it was like to be in high school,” says Grosboll. “[Sugar Mill] used their campaign to give power to the younger generation, and they really made us all feel special,” said Loveland High School student Mariah Van Tress. “They let us vent about the struggles of high school and they encouraged us to overcome them and to be strong individuals.” Asked what challenges he faces today and what modern-day evil he would vanquish, Loveland High School student Brady Hilgenberg said, “[Our greatest challenge] is the will power to not follow others but to set our own moral standards.” He would also rid the world of “close-mindedness. It serves no purpose and society would function much better without
the negative judgment of others.” Throughout the journey, Grosboll and Rocek have been inspired by their teens. They have even decided to sponsor one of the teens in the Pastels on 5th art exhibit on September 8. They have met teens that have dealt with being bullied, suicide attempts, drugs and more. They have watched as many have gone from shy and insecure to embracing a new side of themselves as they donned fun outfits, big hair and alternate identities. “Through hair, makeup and photography, we can really empower teens and make them feel awesome. Even if it just for a three-hour chunk of time, they walk away and think, ‘that was fun,’” Grosboll continues. “It is almost like it gives them permission to make believe for a little while.” “It was so much fun to see myself in a different time era,” adds Van Tress. “It made me feel super confident and gave me a chance to live a little bit of fantasy.” “And it can totally changes their attitudes,” says Rocek. Even as adults, we seldom have the chance to shed our outer layers for a new persona. “They ate it up,” adds Grosboll. Angeline Grenz is managing editor for Style Magazine.
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cancer. After my surgery, pathology revealed that the cancer did not spread to my lymph nodes, so I would not have to go through chemotherapy treatments. However, pre-cancerous cells that had not been previously detected were found in each breast. My oncologist, Dr. Medgyesy, was very supportive of my decision to have the bi-lateral mastectomy. During my first follow up appointment, she said if I had just went with a lumpectomy, I would have been left with these cells growing inside of me and they would have certainly turned to cancer at some point. Would I have been so lucky as I am now? Would it have been found at a more advanced stage? Would it have spread to my lymph nodes? Thankfully, those are worries that I will not have. I knew all along that my decision to have the surgery was the right one for me. After that appointment, I knew even more so that I had made the right choice. Dr. Medgyesy walked into that first follow-up appointment and immediately gave me a big hug. Thank you so much for your kind and caring support – you are an angel and truly are the best of the best! I am still getting used to how I look in the mirror and in my clothes. I am sure it will take quite some time before I can say that I am truly comfortable with the new me. My mom told me one night as she helped with my tubes, “Don’t look in the mirror and see scars. Look in the mirror and see the chance to be a mom.” I still have to remind myself of that several times a week and it helps me to get through that moment. My son is my inspiration and keeps me going in this life. Alex, honey, I am so blessed to be your mom. You are the light in my life, my joy and the smile in my heart. On the night of my surgery when my husband and I were at the hospital and my parents were staying with our son at our home, he asked my mom, “What are they doing to my mommy?” My mom was honest with him and explained things to him in a way that he could understand. He was so worried about me. That first week, while my tubes were in, I could not hug him and play with him like I usually did. He would come home from school and stay by me. Life was not normal – or as normal as he was used to, but we all got back to our normal. Today, I look at him and know that I will be here to see him graduate, go to college and maybe someday get married. I will be here because of the care, love and support that I received from my wonderful family, friends and doctors. I am a survivor! Early detection is the best chance that we have against this horrible reality in life. I beg each and every woman that reads this, please do your monthly self-breast exams. If you find something, don’t wait. Get it checked out immediately. Most of all trust yourself. Trust your gut. If you have “that sense” that it might be something more than what you are being told, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for more tests or seek a second opinion. You are your best advocate. Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
Karen Paulus | From PG 39 car home but it will have new creaks, rattles, etc. that were not present before.” Somehow, I maintained a good attitude through it all. Do not misunderstand this, I had many moments where I was sad and scared, however, I was able to return to a good attitude and be hopeful. I learned to take the opportunity to do the important things now, and not stress over the unimportant. I learned how important family, friends, work, insurance and a great medical team are. I learned how much Eastern medicine complements Western medicine and that the combination is very beneficial. My journey has been very enlightening. I appreciate all of the opportunities that I have experienced because of the diagnosis. I know it can be extremely hard to see the positive in a bad situation. However, if I had not been diagnosed with cancer I would have never had my husband shave my head and see what I look like bald. Having no hair is not as bad as I thought, and there are no bad hair days! I am stronger both mentally and physically than I thought, I am more knowledgeable about my body and breast cancer, and I have gained so many new friends. I could not believe the amount of support that I received; everyone expressed such compassion. My husband, Randy, supported me through everything and I am fortunate to have him. He told me, “You are not in this alone; I’ll be with you every step of the way. Together we can beat anything.” Randy’s supervisors were also very supportive of his time off needs. I wish to say thank you to my friend Joyce, my mom Marchtella, my niece Amanda and my friend Veronica for taking time to provide transportation to and from chemotherapy treatments and for their company during treatments. My mom cleaned house, provided meals and supported me. There are angels among us and Joyce is one of them. She is so giving. My sister Sharon, my brother Ken, my brother Kevin, his wife Shelly and daughter Katelyn, my dad Hubert, my sister in-law Georgia, my niece Allison and all of my friends called frequently to check on me and offer support. Sharon also provided support to me through discussions about her cancer experience. Friends, family and co-workers provided meals, care packages, gifts, cards, flowers and prayers. My employer was very supportive throughout my surgeries and treatments. I have a great medical team that is compassionate about their role and how they can help me. The American Cancer Society provided me with wigs, scarves, hats, makeup and a “Look Good and Feel Better” class. The Hope Lives provided me with complementary services during my treatment and for six months after. I experienced reduced side effects from chemotherapy and support of my emotional and physical wellness through acupuncture, Healing Touch and lymph drainage. Organizations like these are priceless to those going through breast cancer. I believe a positive attitude has its own healing powers. Keep your spirits up in all of life’s challenges and live life to the fullest! Style 2012
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Healthy Fare for Your Family Restaurant dining isn’t exactly known for being particularly healthy. With large portion sizes, increased levels of fat and sodium, and unknown caloric measurements, it’s difficult to tell how healthy a restaurant meal may be. We’re mostly guessing with every dish and we’re usually wrong. Sure, it tastes great, but you know what they say, “If it tastes good, it’s not good for you.” But, that doesn’t mean that if you’re watching your waistline and caring for your heart you need to ditch dining out all together. Many restaurants offer lighter menu selections, often times with “heart healthy” symbols or entire sections limited to low-calorie options. Fort Collins has a plethora of dining options to choose from and even if you order a small appetizer, side or salad, you’ll be able to find something to fit your healthy lifestyle. However, some restaurants are setting the bar for health and nutrition by providing clear menu labeling. You won’t have to incorrectly guess calories, or grams of fat or carbs. While there are only a few, and many of them may be Colorado franchises, some of our locally owned restaurants are able to offer health-minded meals with fresh ingredients. Here is a handy list of some of the restaurants in Fort Collins that I think are great for some guiltfree eating.
Beau Jo’s Pizza
Beau Jo’s is a Colorado-style pizza restaurant that is on the prime corner of College and Mountain with one of the best patios in Old Town. This unique pizza restaurant began in Idaho Springs, Colo., in 1973, and has since grown to eight locations with one in South Dakota. They are unlike other pizza places because of the sizable thick crust and mountains of toppings that are piled on. They are also unlike any other local restaurant in the way they provide nutritional information both online and on their menu. They go as far as supplying a complete list of possible allergen ingredients, complete nutritional values and gluten-free options throughout the menu.
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Tasty Harmony, owned by Sacha Steinhouser, is a vegetarian, somewhat vegan, wheat-free, sugarcane-free, somewhat macrobiotic, organic, local farm-supporting restaurant that opened in February 2009. Situated a bit south off the corner of Mountain and Mason, Tasty Harmony is a great addition to the Downtown dining scene. This type of restaurant may sound overwhelming or possibly off-putting to the grease-loving meat eaters of Fort Collins (like my husband), but I assure you – it is absolutely fantastic. I like meat and grease myself and don’t usually opt for a salad when out for dinner; however, I wasn’t missing meat during my dining experience there.
Mad Greens Inspired Eats
Mad Greens is a Denver-based chain focusing on made-to-order salads named after historical “Mad Geniuses.” Marley Hodgson and Dan Long founded Mad Greens – Inspired Eats in 2004, with the first location by Park Meadows Mall. There are currently eight other stores around the Front Range, one in Fort Collins on East Harmony and Timberline by 24 Hour Fitness that opened in 2009. They opened a second location on College next to Bann Thai and Los Tarascos a year later. They have their nutritional information posted everywhere so you can make an informed decision when ordering. They are also a great place for glutenfree meals and allergen-free dining.
Spooners Frozen Yogurt
Who says your dessert can’t be healthy too? Spooners opened in early June 2010 in the Front Range Village shopping center right across the street from the library. Owned by Wendy and Robb Ball, head boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches at Fossil Ridge High School, they actually teamed up with the high school marketing class to let the kids help them out. A lot of the students invested quite a bit of time and energy working on logos and marketing plans, thus creating a loyal following. Every time I’ve been there (and I’ve been there more than a few since I live very close by), it’s hopping with gaggles of girls and guys, not to mention the clusters of families in between. Besides the announcements of using local dairy for the frozen yogurt, they have a large sign right above the toppings listing the basic nutritional values of three of the yogurt flavors.
Spoons, Soups and Salads
Spoons, Soups and Salads has three locations in Fort Collins (four if you count the Lory Student Center food court), all serving freshly made soups, sandwiches, salads and even cookies, using mostly locally grown ingredients from Wolf Moon Farms and Grant Family Farm. Since the Downtown location opened in 2000, Tom Stoner, owner and chef, creates eight different daily soups to tantalize your taste buds, tapping into his culinary training and experience while in New York and Hawaii. The soups are truly where the creative talent lies at Spoons. They offer complete nutritional information on their website including ingredient listings so that you can make the most health educated decision before ordering. Kristin Mastre is the premiere food blogger and restaurant critic in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado. Being an honest writer, she’ll tell it like she tastes it. Her reviews can be read on FeastingFortCollins.com. You can also get tips and restaurant news by following on Facebook at facebook.com/ feastingfortcollins and twitter @feastingFC. Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
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Swingin’ Mondays SeptOf 7 Events Calendar Dancing First Fridayevent!! featuring Gallery Walk 7 pm - 10 pmSept 8
Nelsen’s Old Town Car Show Sept 21 & 22 FORToberfest Oct 5 First Friday featuring Gallery Walk Oct 31 Tiny Tot Halloween Nov 2 First Friday featuring Gallery Walk Nov 17 Santa Arrives Nov 17 Old Town Ice Rink Opens
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DowntownFortCollins.com Gift Cards: Over 125 downtown businesses accept gift cards! Tasty restaurants, unique boutique shopping, live entertainment and art galleries, all in a historic setting! Gift cards are available at the Downtown Visitors Center and Cache Bank and Trust or by calling (970) 484-6500. For more information, visit
Downtown events happen year round but a few big festivals coming up this season are: Downtown Farmer Market - For more than 35 years, every Saturday May through October, the market is held in Downtown Fort Collins at the Larimer County Courthouse parking lot, from 8 a.m. to noon, with dozens of great farmers, artisans and local food producers. Come eat salsa, grab a pumpkin or green chile, or take home a bundle of flowers! Nelsenâ€™s Old Town Car Show - Over 200 vintage cars, classic trucks, hot rods, custom rides and more line the streets this September! Free admission, great patio dining, live music, boutique shopping, and cold beers. A show not to be missed! Stay after for the concert in Old Town Square. FORToberfest - A funky, hometown festival celebrating everything Fort Collins, including great beer, bands and bicycles! On Sept. 21 and 22 in Downtown Fort Collins. Free admission, dress up however you like and ride your bike to join in the backyard fun! First Night Fort Collins - First Night is a non-alcoholic arts-based event with over 100 live performances on New Yearâ€™s Eve with a fireworks show to ring in the new year. More info at DowntownFortCollins.com
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30TH ANNUAL JUNIOR LEAGUE TERRACE & GARDEN TOUR June 16 :: Seven Homes :: Fort Collins This signature Junior League of Fort Collins (JLFC) event brought more than 1,500 seasoned and novice gardeners together, many of whom walked or rode bikes from home to home, at this self-guided tour. Unique landscaped gardens provided color, variety and great backyard ideas for the attendees. Nearly $40,000 was raised to support JLFC programs benefiting women and children including the Poudre School District Snack Program, ABLEWomen Career Closet and others.
Alice & Daniel Owen
The Wood Family – Tom and Amy with Anna and Jack
Tricia Fechter, Amanda Abney, Kim Straw
Rachel Steeves, Crystal Strouse
Jim & Linda Temple
Heidi Sedinger, Gerry Ensminger
The Putman Family – Matt and Sarah with sons Garrett and Jaden, Sean & Danielle Minning
Amy & Jim Kuiken with Remy
Sonia ImMasche, Geri Stern
Heather Henricks, Susan Bartush
Suzanne Bertram, Ruth Brodeen
Jake Johnson, Doug Johnson, Dane Johnson
Emily Land, Dawn Paepke
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MEET THE AUTHOR LUNCHEON 2012 June 16 :: Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center :: Loveland Nearly 120 guests enjoyed an inspirational afternoon at the inaugural Meet the Author Luncheon hosted by Zonta Club of Fort Collins, a member of Zonta International and Cooper & Holly. The stimulating event included presentations by authors Marilyn Murray Willison, Debbie Martin, Judy Archibald and Susan Skog. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Zonta Club of Fort Collins’ Single Parent Mentor Scholarship Program. Photos courtesy of Caron Nicole Photography.
Back row: Deanne Mulvihill, Susan Skog, Kathy Swafford, Patti Smith, Judy Archibald, Jan Gunderson, Kris Johnson, Tammy Eversole, Marla Manchego, Judy Wray, Debbie Martin. Front row: Jill Holly, Marilyn Murray Willison, Sonia Cooper Lydia’s STYLE Magazine
SWINGING “FORE” MIRACLES – NOCO RE/MAX ALLIANCE CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT July 16 :: Fort Collins Country Club :: Fort Collins Real estate associates, community members and business owners were but a part of the 130 golfers, sponsors and volunteers at this annual RE/MAX Alliance’s fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network. Golfers had perfect weather for the shotgun kick-off. A dinner, reception and awards presentation followed play. The highlight of the day included the helicopter Golf Ball drop where participants had a chance to win $1,000 for having the winning dropped ball closest to the pin. The nearly $28,000 raised at this golfing event will benefit local Children’s Hospitals. To date RE/MAX, a corporate sponsor since 1992, has raised more than $100 million for Children’s Miracle Network.
Jon Mosier, Jason Sherrill, Jeremy Johnson, Maverick Wilcox, Bob Brex Team Landmark Homes
Gene & Carol Vaughan
Kay Underwood, Felicia Burke
Alie Daniels, Michelle Marison, Denise Johnson
2 0 1 2 R E A L I T I E S C U P I N V I TAT I O N A L G O L F T O U R N A M E N T July 16 :: Ptarmigan Country Club :: Fort Collins Nearly 250 volunteers, staff, golfers and sponsors convened under perfect Colorado skies for a day of camaraderie and friendly competition at the 2012 Realities Cup. An international food banquet and awards ceremony greeted golfers after play. The top four placing teams won great prizes, trophies and recognition of their achievement. The exciting day of golf helped to raise over $37,000 for the Realities For Children Emergency Fund, which provides services and assistance to abused and neglected children in Larimer County when all other resources have been exhausted. Photos courtesy of Christine Gressianu and Angela Kay Photography. Tom Middleton, Chris Schwartz, Dan Schwartz, Brandon Tompkins Eclipse Energy Team – Men’s Champions
Ron Flack, Craig Secher, Ryan Flack Style 2012
Amy Hayden, Jennifer Jennings, Jerri Howe, Miranda Bandemer The Matthew’s House Team – Women’s Champions
B R E A K FA S T I N T H E PA R K July 21 :: City Park :: Fort Collins More than 520 community members enjoyed a hearty breakfast buffet at the 15th annual Breakfast in the Park. Festivities included children’s activities and a beautiful butterfly release featuring 100 Monarch butterflies. More than $3,300 was raised to benefit the grief and loss programs for children and teens at Pathways Hospice, which serves over 500 youth annually. Programs include Forgotten Mourners, Horses & Healing and more. Photos courtesy of Zebra Jellyfish Photography.
Brady Miller, Christina Miller, Maddox Miller, Rosanne Miller Barbara Rakosnik, Shannon Wittstock
Terry Gogerty, Annette Winkler
Shel Myers, Kenny Myers, Aston Myers, Missy Blake
2012 PRAIRIE DOG CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT July 23 :: Greeley Country Club :: Greeley Hot summer weather did not deter 50 teams of golfers vying for coveted glass trophies and bragging rights at the 16th Annual Prairie Dog Classic. Players, made up of many of Greeley’s business leaders, rallied to hit the best shots during the fun, friendly day of play. A reception with awards presentation followed morning and afternoon flights. Proceeds from the golfing tournament will help support Greeley Chamber of Commerce programs. Kevin Kempema, Mike Bond, Jamie Bernu, Jeff Kincaid Team Advantage Bank – Winners of the A Flight
Photos courtesy of Lidiak Photography.
loveland sculpture invitational show August 10-12 :: Grounds of Loveland High School :: Loveland Thousands of people attended the largest outdoor sculpture show in the U.S., the 21st annual Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show & Sale, sponsored by the Loveland Sculpture Group. More than 200 artists of local, regional, national and international acclaim featured their sculpture works, including many life-sized images. Proceeds from the three day show help to purchase sculpture for the City of Loveland for public display as well as support local art education programs in the Loveland area schools. Photos courtesy of Heidi Muller Photography.
Judy Potter, Carol Stark, Ron Potter
Carlos Boueres, Pamela Maston
Scott & Cheryll Stasenke
Jim Garrison, Barbara Garrison
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