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w w w. s t y l e m a g a z i n e c o l o r a d o . c o m PUBLISHER/MANAGING EDITOR Lydia Dody lydia@stylemedia.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR Scott Prosser scott@stylemedia.com SENIOR DESIGNER Lisa Gould lisa@stylemedia.com DIGITAL DIRECTOR / BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Austin Lamb | austin@stylemedia.com ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVES Jon Ainslie (970) 219-9226 Debra Davis (917) 334-6912 Lydia Dody (970) 227-6400 Ann Kool (970) 412-8855 OFFICE MANAGER/ABOUT TOWN EDITOR Ina Szwec | ina@stylemedia.com ACCOUNTING MANAGER Karla Vigil CIRCULATION MANAGER Trisha Milton CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Marcus Edwards, Marcus Edwards Photography Eliott Foust, W.E. Foust Photography Petra Lansky, Fawntail Photography Rob Pentico, Pentico Photography CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Malini Bartels, Kyle Eustice, Angeline Grenz, Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, Kay Rios, Brad Shannon, Elissa J. Tivona, Michelle Venus AFFILIATIONS Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Loveland Chamber of Commerce Greeley Chamber of Commerce 2016 STYLE MAGAZINES January-NOCO Wellness February-Style March-NOCO Wellness April-Style May-Style June-Style July-NOCO Wellness August-Style September-Women’s Health & Breast Cancer Style October-NOCO Wellness November-Holiday Style December-Best Of Style Style Media and Design, Inc. magazines are free monthly publications directmailed to homes and businesses in Northern Colorado. Elsewhere, a one-year subscription is $25/year and a two-year subscription is $45. Free magazines are available at more than 300 locations throughout Northern Colorado. For ad rates, subscription information, change of address, or correspondence, contact Style Media and Design Inc., 211 W. Myrtle St., Suite 200, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521. Phone (970) 226-6400, ext. 208. Fax (970) 2266427. Email ina@stylemedia.com. ©2016 Style Media and Design Inc. All rights reserved. The entire contents of Style Magazine are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Style Media and Design Inc. is not responsible for unsolicited material. All manuscripts, artwork, and photography must be accompanied by a SASE. The views and opinions of any contributing writers are not necessarily those of Style Media & Design, Inc.



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The article and cover of “The New Life For Jessup Farm” piece in your Lydia’s Style Magazine published on our artisan village, Jessup Farm, in your June 2016 issue truly exceeded our expectations. We have received countless compliments from our regulars, and even more from the new faces we have seen at the project since the article came out. The images used in the magazine were simply stunning, and we loved that each of our artisans were featured individually so that they really had an opportunity to shine. Thank you for the great piece Lydia’s; it was excellent! Gino Campana Jessup Farm developer/owner Thank you for all the wonderful and more than thoughtful gestures you do for breast cancer patients and survivors. You are one very special and amazing friend. I just wanted to let you know it is appreciated more than you know. The photo shoot was a very memorable and fantastic day. Everyone was so kind, caring and very thoughtful. I met a lot of fantastic and beautiful ladies and look forward to all of our new friendships. Thank you my friend.

I didn’t get a chance to speak to you before I left your home today, but I do want to thank you again for all your incredibly hard work, as well as your astounding graciousness and generosity as a hostess. I did so enjoy myself today, getting to know many of my “sisters” much better as we cheered each other on while Marcus’ shutters clicked away. Thanks again, Lydia! Jean Currey, Survivor Timnath, Colorado Lydia, I received my August issue of Style in the mail today and was filled with gratitude and tears as I saw your cover and read the article written by Kay Rios. She is such a nice individual and so caring. Her article is so well written and will touch readers hearts, I know. Thank you so very much for your kindness to help us share this Women's Legacy project with our community and beyond. What a gift you have given us, Zonta, and the community to be able to learn about these incredible women, of which you are one. I am sad that I could not join you all at the symposium this year. Enjoy and I will look forward to hearing about the speakers.

Renée Spickard, Survivor Carr, Colorado

Patti A. Smith, RN Health Education Consultant Zonta Club of Fort Collins

What an honor to be included in the magazine this last month. We've enjoyed having your publications at our office over the last several years. Our clients read through them while waiting for meetings and I personally love looking through the "About Town" section. The most recent "Women In Business" was particularly meaningful not just for me, but for all professional women. Love seeing the support of the community and the idea of taking an entire month to acknowledge "Women in Business!" You've done it again! Thanks Lydia. Looking forward to the October issue.

Thank you so much for the wonderful article in August's issue of Style Magazine. I'm so happy and honored to be in this issue with other business women in Northern Colorado. I love how well written the article is. It sounds like what I would want to say, but in a much better way than I could ever say it. Just wanted to let you know "I'm thrilled!". Thanks again, keep up the wonderful magazine, excellent writing and insightful articles. I look forward to this magazine every month, but especially like this August's issue! All the best,

Alicia Lewis, Owner Layman Lewis Financial Group

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I've just got to say that I am liking the way the magazine is looking these days! I like the paper, like the layout and design, like the photography, and REALLY like the latest cover! Great work from your creative team! Kari Armstrong Fort Collins

In our July issue of NOCO Wellness, in the article “Get in the Swim,” we inadvertently listed Fort Collins 24 Hour Fitness having Aqua Zumba classes. Fort Collins 24 Hour Fitness offers an indoor lap pool and water fitness classes. We regret the error. In our August edition of Style, in the article “The Dynamics of Transformation,” the long building in The Music District campus became home to KRFC in 2003. We apologize for the error. We apologize for attributing the “Party Planning” article in the August issue of Style to the wrong author. The article was written by Lynette Chilcoat.


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Celebrating Life in the Pink


Family Cancer & Preventative Pink


New Life For Old Materials Reclaimed, Recycled, Repurposed


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around town

21 Style Files Spotlight 22 Business Roughing It In Style

Success 65 Redefining Q&A's From Northern Colorado CEO's Exercise is Important in Recovery 72 Exercise From Cancer

Spotlight Travel 24 Business Embassy Suites by Hilton, Loveland of Milk & Honey 82 Land Delta County, Colorado Spotlight 26 Business Ten Salon & Spa 84 Pets The Queen of Parades NOCO Personality 28 Sharon Jackson: Women Caring For Women


noco style

30 Nutrition Battle Cancer With Good Nutrition 34 Meet The Models 36 Beauty New & Updated Styles

of Hope 62 Champions 2016 Honorees 14


10 From Our Readers 16 Publisher's Letter 86 About Town

Swinging ‘’fore” Miracles Realities Cup Women of Vision Relay for Life – Windsor Prairie Dog Classic FOCO Chamber Golf Classic Songs in Summer GroupGives Celebration STYLEMEDIA.COM

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This 16th annual issue holds a special place in my heart as we celebrate Life in the Pink with a sisterhood of women touched by the common thread of a breast cancer diagnosis. We all shared a special day together when we gathered at my home to celebrate life. Fifteen beautiful women, some in treatment, some in remission, were pampered and made to look beautiful to be photographed for the pages of this issue. It was a very long anticipated day of celebration after generous salons and make-up artists had pampered our women, fashion stores had helped select just the right outfit and our model committee chaired by Suzanne Fries, was there every step of the way to make it a very special memorable day. We enjoyed mimosa’s as we danced and cheered each woman being photographed. We all celebrated being women, shared touching stories, supported each other, laughed and offered hope and encouragement. Our special bond was evident; we had gathered to celebrate Life in the Pink. Each year Style invites breast cancer survivors to share with us their stories - the challenges, the disappointments, and the victories of their diagnosis and healing journey. These women are all ages, all stages, and of all backgrounds. Despite these differences, they had one thing in common: they had all encountered breast cancer and as survivors now had a deeper appreciation of life. Some of the women were still in treatment, some just starting to recover, and others already victorious over cancer and leading a normal life. But one thing for sure, breast cancer impacted each of these women and their lives would never be the same. As you read their stories, you’ll appreciate how each woman confronted her challenges, and collected her strength to move forward and survive. These women are courageous, strong, positive, inspirational, loving and


most of all, are living with a new appreciation for each day and a more positive attitude. Thank you to each of these awesome women for openly sharing their own personal journey. May their stories uplift, empower and encourage any newly diagnosed woman and give her inspiration, courage, and hope. Although breast cancer doesn’t discriminate and will strike one in seven women during their lifetime, some families see multiple members afflicted. Some can explain this occurrence due to genetics but others simply have multi generational breast cancer occurrences. Two such families shared their stories. Read “Family Cancer and Preventative Pink” to learn about the experience of two families. Two important aspects of healing during treatment and beyond are nutrition and exercise. Kaiser Permanente is very focused on wellness and prevention so we called upon their professionals to speak to these two topics. For general good health and support for the body during treatment, read, “Battle Cancer with Good Nutrition,” and “Exercise is Important in Recovery From Cancer.” Over the years I have openly shared my personal journey with breast cancer. Through it I found my passion was to help women faced with this same diagnosis. In 2001 I founded Hope Lives! The Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center whose mission is to help women in Northern Colorado who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Now as a fifteen year survivor myself, I am passionate about serving these women through our Complementary Care Program which provides free services to improve healing, recovery and quality of life during treatment and for six months after. Since the beginning, Hope Lives! has provided over 22,000 free services to women in Northern Colorado. Services such as free wigs, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, lymphedema massage, therapeutic massage, couples counseling, and lifestyle support such as house cleaning, errand assistance, dog watching, meal preparation and more.These services are generally not covered by insurance but are extremely important to improve a woman’s mind, body and spirit during healing and recovery. Every year, the annual Hope Lives! Celebrating Life in the Pink benefit gala brings together people from our communities to celebrate life and raise money to provide funds for women in Northern Colorado diagnosed with breast cancer. This year the 16th annual Gala will be held October 29th at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Loveland. Individual tickets and corporate table sponsorships are still available. I invite you to join us and entertaining emcee Reggie Rivers (former Bronco running back) for this fun and inspirational evening of surprise entertainment, live band and dancing, gourmet dinner, survivor fashion show, silent auction and fun live auction and more. Email Mary@hopelives.org, or call 970-225-6200 for information, buying a ticket ($150) or sponsoring a table. It’s with much appreciation and gratitude to all the many people who contribute services, donate, sponsor and support this worthwhile cause. I deeply thank you, as do the women we serve. We will continue to help these women and support this cause until a cure is found. In support of small business we are enjoying introducing you to interesting and passionate entrepreneurs

in our continuing “Redefining Success” section. Be sure to read their compelling answers to questions we posed them. Follow up online at stylemedia.com to see their complete answers. And, be sure to catch the excitement and vote for your favorites in business in our third annual “Best of Style” online at bos2016.com. Voting continues through October 15th and results will be revealed in our December issue of “Style.” Wishing everyone an abundant fall,


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Shark Tank Dancing with the Stars Better Late Than Never

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“The earth is flat and I have the YouTube videos to prove it!”

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Kubrick's Odyssey is a documentary on how Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landings and then how he tried to inform the American public through his direction of The Shining. It will blow your mind!

I've seen every episode more than once and they never get old. Curb Your Enthusiasm is a classic that still stands up. Rumor Alert: Amazon is trying to get Larry David to reboot the series with them!

Phil Rosenthal was the creator and head writer of Everybody Loves Raymond. His true passion is food. This show is funny & heartwarming. Watch one episode and you will fall in love with Phil Rosenthal.



By Kyle Eustice


Roughing It In Style sits on the south end of College Avenue in a newly revamped 20,000 sqft showroom full of unique furniture, handmade goods, artwork, and accessories. Gerry and Sue Torgeson, the founders, started Roughing It in 1997 in Wisconsin. They moved out west in 2014 to open a location here in Fort Collins because they thought that the Front Range was a perfect fit for the store’s style, product selection, and brand of customer service. They attribute their company’s continued growth to a focus on finding solutions for customer’s needs, unmatched service, offering a product mix drawing from hundreds of different sources,


and Roughing It’s exclusive line of reclaimed barnwood furniture and kitchen cabinets.


“Frankly, what’s kept us going for 19 years are our wonderful and supportive customers.” Gerry states. “We’ve been very fortunate to find a niche in business that allows us to work with folks that are down to earth, appreciate comfort and quality, and want to outfit their homes with a distinct style.” They have two more locations and a cabinet & furniture workshop in Wisconsin. “We were

already delivering out to Colorado periodically from our Madison and Harshaw stores.” he explains. “Our customers were constantly telling us we needed to be out here.” They had a son that had moved out to Fort Collins to teach a few years earlier and Gerry and Sue started to look for possible sites or buildings that could work for a Roughing It. They opened the doors in December of 2014 and have been thrilled with the reception. “We discovered that the people here in Colorado love what we offer and keep spreading the word that we’re here.” Roughing It In Style has even developed a discount program to keep familiar STYLEMEDIA.COM

faces coming back. “That’s why we created our popular preferred customer discount program, so we could keep bringing the customers we loved working with back to the store, and reward them for choosing Roughing It again.”


Roughing It In Style’s flagship line also happens to be the one they manufacture themselves. “Our biggest category is our reclaimed barn wood furniture,” Gerry states. “I’ve always had a love for the reclaimed look and there was a lot of barnwood going to waste. We saw furniture and cabinets as a viable way to reuse and recycle a resource that has, historically, been burnt or bulldozed.” The challenge was keeping the character and beauty of the aged wood while offering the form and functionality of modern day furniture and cabinets. After a lot of trial and error they began to get the look they wanted. They started with a tiny workshop with two cabinet makers and have grown into a full cabinet manufacturer with over 20 craftsmen. “The fact that we’re saving this wood and finding a new use for it is great, but it wouldn’t have any appeal if the look and style of the furniture and cabinets didn’t speak to people.” He says. “Luckily time, nature, and the elements have worked a kind of magic on the wood that is impossible to recreate with new materials.” He feels the draw is partially in the look’s timelessness. “We’ve had success with the line for over 10 years. I think deep down people understand that this reclaimed material is not something that will be around forever.”


In addition to Roughing It In Style's intriguing inventory, which includes leather/ fabric upholstery, rustic lighting/decor, interior design, custom furniture, window treatments/ blinds, unique gifts, one-of-a-kind treasures, and antiques, customer service has always been at forefront of the business. In fact, Roughing It In Style won the HOUZZ Award for Best Customer Service in 2016. “We don't just say it, we live it,” he says. “We have a lot of integrity in our business and we don't compromise on that. if we tell someone we are going to deliver something at a certain time or give them a certain price or whatever, we stand behind it. That's just how we do business.” He admits doing the right thing isn’t always STYLE 2016

the easiest (or most cost effective) route, but it's worth it to retain their reputation for top notch customer service. “‘We are honest people that give an honest product at an honest price,” he says. “We are very hands on with customers and try to be as attentive as we can to anyone that stops by.”


5816 South College Avenue Fort Collins, Colorado 80525 Phone: 970-282-9400 Fax: 970-282-9350 www.roughingitinstyle.com


Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WORDS OF WISDOM After almost 20 years in the business, Gerry has learned a plethora of valuable lessons about running his own business, but there are a few that have stood out over the years.

"If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a dream, definitely follow your heart, but you have to remember, it's not always easy," he says. "But it's very rewarding. In retail, you have to work seven days a

week and absolutely love retail. Follow your dream absolutely, but be careful because you might get what you asked for [laughs]."

He’s also seen the value of what teamwork can bring, in life and in his business.

“We’ve been able to build a phenomenal team through the years and

understand that we’re all in this together.” He says. “It’s our people

that make the difference. They have a passion for creating beautiful environments for our customers from the top of the organization

down. Our focus is team first and that’s a force multiplier. We can do so much more together.”



Donna Clark, Director of Sales & Marketing, Tom Dwyer, General Manager, Lou Ann Hoehne, Director of Event Sales, Michael Sheehan, Director of Event Operations.

By Kay Rios

Director of Event Operations Michael Sheehan and the staff in each of their departments. “Everyone, from other catering managers, to sales and operations staff, works together and constantly communicates,” Cole says.


“We also believe it’s a partnership with the client,” Sheehan says. Clients can come in with an idea or simply a goal, says Cole. “Most come to us with a theme or price point and then we work to make it unique.” In any case, the initial meeting sets the parameters and then the team begins to work its magic, says Director of Sales and Marketing Donna Clark. “Next, Chef prepares a meal and they have a tasting. After that Michael and Lou Ann put ideas together that make the event attractive and draw in attendance. With everyone involved, we can pull off a flawless event that offers good food served with finesse, entertainment and an environment that makes attendees want


The Embassy Suites by Hilton, in Loveland continues to solidify its image as a premier gala event center in Northern Colorado. In addition to its well-known hotel rooms for travelers, the facility can also host up to 2350 people in special events and fund-raisers. With conference areas adjustable for any number from 12 to 2100 people, the staff stands ready to cater to any need. It’s a team effort, says Executive Chef, Chris Cole. “We make sure we make the event work for the client.” The team includes Cole, Director of Event Sales Lou Ann Hoehne,


WINNING LEADERSHIP Brainstorming and change are part of daily business and they all credit the positive energy to General Manager Tom Dwyer. “He empowers us but also challenges us,” Hoehne says.

That has been proven out in accolades. In 2016, Embassy Suites by Hilton one of Hilton Worldwide’s thirteen market-leading brands, announced that Dwyer was awarded the General Manager of the year for his ongoing outstanding leadership of the team at the Loveland Embassy Suites. The award is presented to the general manager who best demonstrates outstanding leadership, superb management, accountability, business sense and creativity.

Executive Chef, Chris Cole, and his team in their vegetable garden.

to come back. It plays well if they enjoy themselves.” As an example, Sheehan uses the Hope Lives Gala, a fundraiser for The Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center. The event this coming October 29th, is the 16th annual, so much of the plan is already put in place. “There’s already a theme and the colors are in place but we still meet and register in any possible changes,” Sheehan says. He adds that staff becomes part of the event. “For Hope Lives, Lou Ann got us pink ties and myself and all the supervisors wore tuxedos and pink boutonnieres. The relationship with that organization has been built with good experiences.”


Cole’s creative kitchen work adds another layer to the event. “Chef makes sure that everything that comes out of the kitchen is perfect,” Hoehne says. The result, she says, is a very successful event. “Both money raised and event attendance have increased,” Hoehne says. “What is neat about the galas is how the staff comes together,” Sheehan says. “It takes a tremendous amount of coordination as all the game plans are executed. Change can happen the day of: add a table, add more people. We joke that, in the back room, it’s organized chaos.” Cole agrees: “Everyone is working, multitasking and making sure we have enough of everything. We meet several times a week to go over the events and then communicate regularly.” While non-profit events, celebrations and Christmas parties are a big part of the Embassy Suites offerings, the effort doesn’t end there. Cole and his crew established an outside vegetable garden that produced enough food last year to feed 350 people at one gala. STYLE 2016

In addition, the lobby houses several video games for the kids. Before thanksgiving, a gingerbread house is created and, for Halloween, a spooky graveyard takes root in the garden site. Additionally a lemonade stand is provided in the summer and hot cider in the winter. Out in the community, along with supporting non-profit efforts, Embassy Suites partners with Colorado State University’s (CSU) Hospitality Program. Each semester, Sheehan goes to classes the first day of each semester and recruits students to work. In fact, 90 percent of the serving staff comes from CSU.


Internally, Embassy Suites is more a community than a hierarchy, Hoehne says. “It’s a very positive environment. We’re in the top 3 percent of all Embassy Suites in the world.” In 2015, Embassy Suites by Hilton in Loveland, won the Award of Excellence for its ongoing outstanding quality assurance and customer satisfaction. Dwyer and his team are looking forward to the million dollars that John Q. Hammons will invest into their facility this coming year which will include new TVs in guest rooms, a complete redo in the dining room, and new tile in the Conference Center entry. “They keep making us better and making changes to keep us in the top tier. Who knows what is yet to come,” Clark says.


4705 Clydesdale Pkwy Loveland, CO 80538 (970) 593-6200 www.embassysuitesloveland.com



of the partnership. Moving away from Aveda was a strategic initiative. “We weren’t able to offer our clients all the services and treatments they were looking for [with a single product line],” Amanda states. “By having more products in the salon, we are able to provide solutions that satisfy all of our clients’ needs.”


Amanda is quick to point out that Ten Salon and Spa gives something to clients that is especially precious: time. “Think about it,” she says, “what is it that none of us have enough of ? Time. With a salon and spa in one location, our clients can get their hair done, have a mani-pedi or facial without having to travel for each of these services. When our clients walk through the door, they know that not only will they leave looking beautiful, they will leave feeling relaxed and stress-free, because they’ve been able to take advantage of having all these services at their fingertips.” Expertly manicured fingertips, that is. Spa treatments include customized facials, microdermabrasion, microinfusion (microderm coupled with a specialized serum for each skin type), dermaplaning, chemical peels, and fassage—a combination of back and leg massage with a facial. Body wraps, massage and exfoliating full-body treatments round out the services menu. Aaaaaaah.


Aimee Schriner, Medical Esthetician, Tisha Lauden, Spa Manager/ Medical Esthetician, Mina Muirhead, RN, Injection/Laser Specialist & Educator, Amanda Wicker, General Manager.


Build it and they will come; come for cutting edge hairstyling, top notch salon services and a new line of luxury products by Kérastase, Shu Uemura, SkinCeuticals, Maxeylash and Baxter of California. And coming soon an innovative new hair cutting technique called Calligraphy Cut and it will be exclusive to TEN in Northern Colorado. And not only just for women. Guys, Ten Salon and Spa has a Grooming Lounge made just for you. It’s only one of the changes made recently at this 9,000 square foot luxury salon and spa located at The Promenade Shops at Centerra, just off I-25


in Loveland. Ten Salon and Spa has been the go-to salon for stylish Northern Coloradoans since it opened in 2005 as an Aveda salon. With it’s grand reopening—and reinvention—the salon now carries a wide array of high end product lines with an international flair. Hair care line Kérastase, founded in Paris in the early 60s, is found in only a few salons along the Front Range. With the most advanced formulas, dedicated to enhancing the natural beauty of the hair, it’s a highly sought after line that promises an elevated salon experience. “It’s by invitation only,” explains Amanda Wicker, general manager,

The highly sought after Mina Muirhead, RN oversee’s the Medi-Spa. She brings nearly 20 years of nursing experience to Ten Salon and Spa, with more than half of it dedicated to esthetic, injectable, and laser techniques. With certification from the College of International Esthetics, and as a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, the 2013 winner of the Mrs. Colorado title ensures a high level of skill, experience and professionalism that Ten Salon and Spa customers have come to expect. Clients looking for the longer lasting effects of medi-spa treatments can choose from injectables such as Botox®, Kybella®, and Sculptra®. Dermal fillers Belotero®, Juvederm Ultra®, Juvederm Ultra Plus®, Restylane®, Voluma®, Radiesse®, and Restylane Lyft® are available as are antiaging breakthrough laser treatments for the face, neck and décolletage and hair removal. STYLEMEDIA.COM

New Mens Grooming Lounge.


The newest area is the Mens Grooming Lounge, an area dedicated to men only, where they can let their hair down (so to speak) and enjoy classic barbering services such as straight razor shaves, haircuts, and fades. Three 55-inch HD televisions broadcast sporting events and shows while gentlemen indulge in craft brews and other beverages, with or without alcohol. Other services such as custom grey blending, exfoliating scalp treatments, beard and mustache trims, along with eye treatments and clay mask facials round out the options. A luxurious steam shower is available as an add-on. Baxter of California hair, shave and skin products complete the package. Men leave feeling just as relaxed and looking just as great as their female counterparts. It’s perfect for established and up-and-coming executives who wish to be well-groomed and professional looking. For women and men looking for precision haircuts administered by highly professional stylists and salon and medi-spa treatments, Ten Salon and Spa is the ultimate destination. It definitely puts the aaaaaaah in spa.


Shops at Centerra 6045 Sky Pond Dr., Ste R100 Loveland, CO 970-669-4836 tensalonandspa.com


Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat & Sun 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Giving Big,

Soft, Warm, and Cuddly By Michelle Venus

Though she and her husband, Bob, have lived in Loveland only a short time, Sharon Jackson is making a big difference in the Northern Colorado community.

Transplanted from the Dallas area two and a half years ago to be closer to grandkids Tanner and Hailey, Sharon knits and crochets lap blankets and shawls for Hope Lives breast cancer patients. Back in Dallas, her Methodist church had a knitting group that made shawls and baby blankets, among other items that were donated by the church to various individuals. It was such a rewarding and enjoyable experience that Sharon actively sought out a similar opportunity when she landed in Colorado. Through her daughter-in-law, she hooked up with a group started by fellow needlework enthusiast Julie Sather-Browne, called the Clever Crochet Club and started “making shawls like crazy.” Since she started, she’s donated more than 40 items to Hope Lives. “Hope Lives is certainly a worthy cause,” says Sharon. “The shawls are so soft and comforting, and very warm. I understand that sometimes chemotherapy can get sort of chilly. I thought that [the shawls] would be a nice thing for those ladies to have while they are going through that.” Sharon says knitting is “sort of like idiot work.” She can work on projects without even looking at them. She watches television or socializes while her fingers fly with needles and yarn, a skill that comes in handy when she’s knitting en masse with the Clever Crochet Club. While her own life and the lives of her loved ones have not been touched by breast cancer, Sharon worked for many years as a medical technologist at Saint Colin University Medical Center and


has seen what the disease does. Her empathy and compassion has translated into her avocation. Sharon has not yet met any of the recipients of her shawls: she delivers them directly to the organization. She did “bump into a lady at the store, looking for yarn” who had received a blanket from Hope Lives years ago when she was being treated for breast cancer. “She said she was humbled and very appreciative,” muses Sharon. “That was nice to know. It’s nice to hear how Hope Lives makes a difference in these ladies’ lives.” Hope Lives is a Fort Collins nonprofit organization founded by Style publisher, Lydia Dody, after her own experience with breast cancer. She wanted women in Northern Colorado to receive post diagnosis support and free services. In addition to donating shawls and blankets to those undergoing treatment, Hope Lives collaborates with healthcare professionals as well as other service providers to provide free services for mind, body and spirit to help with healing and recovery. From acupuncture to wigs, to house cleaning, pet care, physical therapy, counseling, and much more, members of the community are stepping up, just as Sharon Jackson has, to support loved ones and strangers alike as they make their journey through breast cancer. For Sharon, knowing that she is touching others in such a powerful and positive way is enough to keep her reaching for her knitting needles and another skein of yarn. “Oh, I love doing this,” she says. “I really do.” Michelle Venus is a freelance writer and the Development Director at KRFC 88.9 fm. She shares a home office with a Basset hound, a mutt and a sweet little cat. Her two kids are brilliant and beautiful. STYLEMEDIA.COM

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When it comes to battling cancer, patients need to use every weapon at their disposal and food is as important as any other part of their treatment. Yet good nutrition can be a challenge when the body finds little interest in food. Mary Taylor Englick, registered dietitian with Kaiser Permanente Colorado, works regularly with cancer patients. She advises patients and their families to view the importance of food as medicine during cancer treatment. “Nutrition helps you heal from any type of cancer treatment, and helps you withstand the rigors of treatment,” she


says. “Food protects your quality of life and keeps you well both physically and psychologically. It is one of the few things that you can control for your health during treatment.” But often during cancer treatment, patients experience many challenges that reduce their desire for food. A lack of appetite, a change in the way food tastes,

sensitivity to certain foods, even sores that may develop in the mouth can make it difficult to take in food. “Individuals undergoing cancer treatment must face a new reality. What they used to enjoy they may no longer want. They need to be patient and open to trying new options,” says Englick. Her first piece of advice: eat often. “Food STYLEMEDIA.COM

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is medicine and often no longer provides enjoyment.” The most important dietary issue is to get adequate calories. Rather than relying on the body’s hunger instinct, Englick says this is the time to rely on your watch: “We recommend patients try to eat and drink every two to four hours.” She also recommends that the ritual of eating be honored as much as possible. “Build out your support system. Eat with someone. Part of the eating experience is a positive environment and the enjoyment of dining with others. Attempt to create that same dining atmosphere when you are undergoing treatment.” But what is “good nutrition” when someone is battling cancer? Good nutrition is different than it is in a healthy person. While the general recommendations are to have at least five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day and to make half your grains be whole grains, Englick says, “When cancer treatment causes eating and appetite issues, eat and drink whatever you can. There are no bad foods.” Too often, fad diet recommendations during cancer treatment may advise staying away from certain foods. Yet this is not the time to cut out any foods from the diet. For instance, sugar is one food that has been maligned. And some research points to the fact that sugar feeds cancer cells. But Englick says that is only half the story. “Sugar feeds every cell in our body. Yet some patients attempt to avoid every type of sugar, even fruit sugars. They start to lose weight and then are not able to handle the rigors of treatment. The bottom line is that they need all calories to help with healing. Patients would do better to decrease the responsiveness to sugar by taking in enough protein at each meal.” Adequate protein is another important aspect of the cancer patient’s diet. “You need protein at most meals and probably even with snacks.” She advises against the juicing fad, which may strip fruits and vegetables of their fiber. She warns that drinking large amounts of fluids with such a concentration of antioxidants could even work contrary to chemotherapy. “Always alert your physician that you are juicing.” Veganism is another diet that may be counterproductive. “Cancer patients really need protein and that is hard to get from vegetables alone.” Additionally, a poor appetite may not be tempted by a vegan diet and patients must work at taking in enough calories to support their treatment. Englick strongly encourages patients to


work with a dietitian—one of the resources available to them during treatment. “Consult with them. They know all kinds of tricks of the trade. It is good to keep a perspective from the medical field.” Such tips may include using certain types of fats to smooth over any mouth sores and make eating more comfortable. Or adding maple syrup or agave to make bland-tasting food more appetizing. Sprinkling lemon or balsamic vinegar to bring out different flavors in food. Adding protein to meals and snacks to stabilize the blood sugars can also help. “Be flexible and open to ideas. Eat something small rather than avoiding food altogether,” she adds. If it is difficult to take in calories, drink store bought fruit juices and Gatorade. And though the concentrated juicing may not be beneficial, smoothies can be a boon, especially when coupled with protein powders. Above all, Englick emphasizes there are no bad foods during cancer treatment. “I have had people die, not from their cancer, but from malnutrition. There is benefit to all food. People get mixed messages yet there are very few foods that need to be avoided in the midst of cancer." Consider food as medicine; look to it for healing. Enjoy it with family and friends, try new things, be open to change, and be strengthened by good nutrition.

IMPROVE NUTRITION WITH THESE RESOURCES Cookbooks for Before, During and After Treatment

The I-Can’t-Chew Cookbook: Delicious Soft Diet Recipes for People with Chewing, Swallowing and Dry Mouth Disorders -Wilson and Piper“Eat Well and Stay Nourished – Recipe and Resource Guide,” www.spohnc.com The Essential Cancer Treatment and Nutrition Guide & Cookbook -LaMantia and BerinsteinThe Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing Big-Flavor for Cancer Treatment and Recovery -Katz and EdelsonOne Bite at a Time Revised: Nourishing Recipes for Cancer Survivors and Their Friends -Katz and Edelson-

“Be flexible and open to ideas. Eat something small rather than avoiding food altogether” Mary Taylor Englick






(includes educational handouts) www.kphealthyme.com

Cookbook author and “Culinary Translator,” Rebecca Katz specializes in the needs of cancer survivors www.rebeccakatz.com

Angeline Grenz is a freelance writer based in Loveland, Colorado. STYLEMEDIA.COM

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Meet the

Models Barbara Allen

Barbara has been married to Greg for 35 years. They are parents to Sara Beck, 33, Samantha Symsack, 30 and Timothy Allen, 25, and grandparents to Lillian Jean Beck, 4 months. Barbara is retired but keeps busy spending time with her new granddaughter, kayaking, camping, scuba diving, and traveling to European and beach destinations. “I am so excited to be part of this wonderful and supportive group! Gallipot was fabulous and treated me like a queen. The shopping experience at Macy’s Centerra was special trying on fun clothes. All the women, models and helpers were fantastic! Thanks for such a great experience!”

Ann Chantler

Jo has been married to Carlo for 37 years and is the mother to Jessica, 40, Carli, 31, Jovan, 29, and grandmother to 8 grandchildren. She loves spending time with her grandkids, and helping out at Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch working with the horses. And, she loves making her mama Jo’s grape jam. “Amazing! Everyone was so loving, kind, and encouraging! I love all the sweet ladies and I am forever grateful to have met them all. I am Blessed beyond measure!”

Ali Gessler

Ann is recently widowed; married to Gene for 22 years. She is mother to Heather, 41, Holly 38, and stepdaughter, Connie, 45 and grandmother to 5 grandchildren. She is office manager at Centennial High School. Ann loves spending time with family, friends, and grandchildren. She also likes crafts, photography, cooking, and traveling with friends enjoying new places. “What a blast! Every step was exciting, new, fun, and positive. I felt special getting my hair colored, pampered getting my makeup done and what fun at Macy’s Centerra trying on clothes, laughing, and looking fabulous! Lydia and crew are amazing and so caring and kind. The love and concern is really overwhelming. I have been blessed many times over meeting these people and sharing in this experience. Thanks!”

Ali is married to Dan and is mother to Ashton, 11, and Channing, 8. She works as a teacher in early childhood at First United Methodist Preschool Coop. Her hobbies include spending time with family, yoga, paddle boarding, crafting, reading, traveling, and learning new things. “I felt so pampered and beautiful. It’s so much fun and freeing to finally have hair long enough to have cut and styled. Shawna Edwards at Buzz and Bliss Salon made me feel beautiful, confident and like a woman. I felt like a princess trying on all the dresses at Dora Grace, and when I put the blue dress on, it immediately felt like the one. It was such an amazing experience to meet and bond with such incredible women. It’s fun to celebrate life and triumph after focusing on cancer for so long. It feels like closure and celebration!”

Jean Currey

Jeanne Graber

Jean is married to Larry and is mother to Diane Hayes, 30, and Thomas Currey, 27, and is grandmother to two granddaughters. Jean is a musician and school rep for music teachers. She freelances as a violinist/violist with Boomer Music Company. “As a violinist, I love playing chamber music with friends and colleagues. However, my number one priority is worshipping my God, but I honestly spend more time with my family. My husband, Larry has been my biggest supporter, my best friend. My children have been empathetic and supportive.” “This has been so much fun. The salon experience was like getting a wonderful massage for my face, and the photo shoot was fun, with the other models, Lydia and committee as my cheerleading squad. I know especially with this common bond, many of these relationships will last a long time!”


Jo DiPerna

Jeanne has been married to her high school sweetheart, Chuck, for 41 years and is mother to Erika, 27. Jeanne loves cooking, gardening and hiking with daughter, Erika. “I had such a great time being pampered and cared for. I’ve met some very strong, fantastic women. It was such a positive and uplifting experience.”


Patrice Grant

Patrice is retired but stays busy volunteering for the arts, helping the Lincoln Center as a docent, and singing in many groups throughout the years since 1977. Her faith in God sustains her and is the basis for her positive attitude. “The fashion shoot was great! All the providers were very accommodating, and everyone was supportive and encouraging. It was a fun photo shoot!”

Tonia Hemmer

Tonia is mother to Alyssa, age 20. She works as revenue agent and licensing with the City of Loveland. In her free time she loves to travel, go to the movies, and spending time with family and friends. She is passionate about educating and inspiring others to live in the moment to live their best life. “Everything has been amazing! I have met some amazing women, all beautiful, strong and inspiring. It was so nice to be pampered and made to feel so special!”

Jennifer Merriam

Jennifer is married to Mark and mother to Makaila, 7. She is a teacher in the Laramie County School District #1. Jennifer loves preserving memories through scrapbooking especially because they take lots of photos on vacations and of family time. She also enjoys reading books, especially love stories. “I have loved meeting all the really positive women from the meet and greet to the photo shoot day. It has been great to talk to young women with families who have had common experiences. There is nothing better than being pampered! I had such a fun time being a model!”

Meghan Pierce

Meghan is married to Jeff and is mother to Madeline, 8, and Elle, 6. She is a stay at home mom who loves being with her family. She enjoys camping, canoeing and hiking along with reading, yoga, running and working in her garden. She loves spending a lazy day on a beach with family and friends. “Hope Lives is a wonderful organization that provided me with so many generous caring services during my treatment. I am honored to be a part of Lydia’s Style Magazine. The salons gave us top-notch service and it felt great to get all dolled up and pampered. It was a wonderful experience to step out of my comfort zone and meet some amazing ladies! Thank you Hope Lives!

Jan Schroeder

Jan is mother to four children, Bob, 53, Mike, 51, Jared, 44, and Melissa, 41, and grandmother to 9 grandchildren. Jan is retired and enjoys spending leisure time knitting, watching movies, and cooking for her family. “I just moved to Fort Collins in May so this was a fun way to meet great women. It was a new experience for me and was a lot of fun!”

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Renée Spickard

Renée is married to Mark and they stay busy taking care of three dogs, 25 chickens, and 4 honey bee hives. She is a phlebotomist/ MA with UCHealth. In her free time she enjoys flying with her husband in their small airplane, knitting, cooking, and baking. “I felt so pampered. Matthew at 'Ohana gave me the best shampoo, and the owners of Cloz to Home, Anna and Penne, were sweet and helpful. My photo experience was such an enjoyable time and it was so special to receive such great encouragement and support. What a very special experience; one that I will never forget. Thank you!”

Valerie Weide

Valerie is married to Steven and they are parents to Nathan, 32, Natalie, 30, Jace, 16, stepchildren Justin, 24, and Rachael, 23, along with grandparents to Atticus, 2 ½. She works in administration at Immanuel Community Church. She enjoys reading, learning new things, walking, hiking, anything outdoors and spending family time. “I had a blast at Gallipot Salon! I absolutely loved my hair and felt 10 years younger! I had so much fun the day of the photo shoot. Everyone was laughing and dancing together, having a great time, and I’m so grateful I could be part of it. Shopping at MKLaren with 10 other ladies was a blast. Thank you, Hope Lives for this once in a lifetime experience!”

Katarina White

Katarina’s significant other is David Martinez, and she is mother to Iyana, 11, and Quinn, 6. Katarina is a Swedish translator. She loves to spend time with her amazing family and friends. She also especially enjoys a group of Swedish friends to be able to speak the language. She loves being outdoors, skiing, walking, sailing, and horseback riding. She used to exercise a lot and is getting back to doing that. “I feel so loved! I matter and I have hope. I’ll beat this! Buzz and Bliss Salon took such great care of me. They truly feel Blessed to be part of Hope Lives. Also, I found MKLaren was the perfect clothing store for me. I’ll be back! Hope Lives introduced me to a group of amazing women who are going through the same thing I am. I’m not alone. The photo shoot was so much fun! It was a blast – lots of laughter and pure joy! Thank you Lydia. You are an amazing person!”

Dawn Zakanycz

Dawn is wife to Paul and mother to Rusty Hill, 27, Casey Hill, 24, Christina, 18, and Jonathan, 15. She works as a RN at Medical Center of the Rockies. In her leisure time she enjoys biking, hiking, taking walks, reading, drives in the mountains, and spending time with family. “The entire experience has been absolutely amazing! I have met so many wonderful people. It is so nice to have a group of women who understand what each have been through. The salon was great, the clothing experience was fun (I bought my outfit) and although this was very intimidating and out of my comfort zone, I had so very much fun!”



New & Updated Styles Our models were treated to hair make-overs including cuts, color, highlights and styling from leading stylists at Buzz & Bliss, a salon and spa, Gallipott, and O’Hana Salon. Thank you for pampering our 2016 survivors!

Model – Valerie Weide Stylist – Kaelen Schocke Gallipott apothecary hair salon 1611 S. College, #200 Fort Collins, CO, 970-682-2261 www.gallipot.com The Plan – To update and add a little fun to Valerie’s look. Using all natural organic Davines Products, for a safer and healthier approach to hair care. The plan was to color and paint highlights, apply a toner for shine and conditioning, and then give Valerie a sassy cut. Valerie beamed, “I love it!”

Model – Renée Spickard Stylist – Matthew Kennedy 'Ohana Salon 2126 Milestone Dr, #115 Fort Collins, CO 970-232-1564 www.ohanasalon.com The Plan – To create texture, interesting shadows and depth in her hair by using color. The plan was to lighten her base, and introduce low lights for golden warmth in her hair using Goldwell Color and Oribe cleansing, conditioning and styling products. A precise cut to give shape and movement and blow out to give the hair its flirty look. Renee loved her fresh and vibrant new style. “I’ve never had such a great hair experience!”



Model – Ali Gessler Stylist – Shawna Edwards Buzz & Bliss, a salon and spa, 4019 S. Mason St. Fort Collins, CO 970-223-2121 www.buzzandbliss.biz The Plan – To shape the hair into a sassy pixie cut with freehand hair highlights accented with foiled pops of highlighted soft pink color. Top of the line color product, L’Oreal Professional, and Pravana for the pink shade and Kerastase styling products were used. Ali was thrilled! “I love it! It’s exciting and fun and totally out of my comfort zone!”

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Celebrating Life


in the Pink

Each year Style invites breast cancer survivors to share their cancer journey with us. We admire these women for their courage, determination and strength to overcome their challenges. We support these women in recognition of their triumph. May their example empower you when faced with any kind of adversity. Photography Marcus Edwards Photography

Hair & Makeup Design courtesy of: Buzz & Bliss, a salon and spa Gallipott apothecary hair salon 'Ohana Salon Fashions, Shoes & Jewelry courtesy of: Apricot Lane, Fort Collins Cloz to Home, Loveland Dora Grace Bridal, Fort Collins Macy’s Centerra, Loveland MkLaren Boutique, Fort Collins


Barbara Allen

After 2 needle and surgical biopsy scares (in 2000 and 2008), as well as mammograms and ultra-sounds every 6 months, I told my husband, Greg, that if I had another scare or cancer, to say goodbye to the 'girls' because it was too hard to go through. In 2014 at age 60, I went through one more biopsy and found out it was actually cancer. I am a woman of my word because I had a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. I walked into my first appointment with my oncologist, Dr. Medgesy, and told her that I was going to have a bilateral mastectomy. She was a bit surprised, but told me that that is what she was going to recommend. Since my cancer was slow spreading and there was no immediate danger, I had to wait 7 weeks for my mastectomy surgery. That was one of the hardest parts. I was scared and my plastic surgeon, Dr. Boustred, had to talk me off the ledge because I was ready to just wimp out and do a lumpectomy. I started a blog (Carepages.com) and had amazing support from my family, friends, co-workers and even my Zumba class. The day of my surgery, May 21st, the air conditioning at the Harmony Surgery Center was broken and they debated whether to postpone my surgery. I heard the nurses talking about it. I was ready to get a knife and do it myself ! I don't know if I could have waited any longer. Dr. Boustred came out and explained that although it was hot in the operating room, they decided there was no danger to me, so they would go ahead with the surgery. He and my general surgeon, Dr. Quaid, carried on! I was told later that an afternoon thunderstorm had cooled everything off and it wasn't too bad for them. While the cancer, surgeries and recovery were hard to go through, I maintained my sense of humor - telling all the nurses and doctors that I hadn't been felt up this much since high school!. Once I had my implants, I proudly wore a shirt that said, "OF COURSE THESE ARE FAKE, THE REAL ONES TRIED TO KILL ME"! I was so grateful that I didn't need to do radiation or chemo. My husband, Greg, our daughters, Sara and Samantha and their spouses, Justin and Ken, and our son Tim were so loving, helpful and supportive. Actually, Samantha and Ken got married 3 months after my initial surgery. That was great because it gave me something else to focus on other than my cancer. Life now is terrific. Greg and I went to Europe for 3 weeks last summer, I became a certified scuba diver this spring - something I would never have been brave enough to do before, I retired this June and now have one granddaughter, Lilly and another granddaughter due in October. Implants were never something I would have done otherwise, but I am proud of my bigger, perkier breasts and clothes look so much better on me now. I am much more confident than when I had smaller breasts. Fourteen years is WAY too long to worry about something and now I am free to enjoy my life and family! My thoughts are with all the survivors and those struggling to become survivors. Keep up the good work! Barb is keeping time to the music in Calvin Klein’s black suit jacket with gold zippers, $99.50, black and white v-neck sleeveless top, $69.50 and lively red straight leg ankle dress pants with gold zipper accents, $79.50. Smart long length black and gold pendant with tassle, $39, bracelet by 2028, $20, and fun earrings, $22.50 accent her look. Stylish I.N.C. high heels with gold accented straps add a dressy touch. Courtesy of Macy’s, Centerra



Jeanne Graber

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts in May, 2010. It was devastating and overwhelming to hear the word, ‘cancer,’ and especially to hear I had it in both breasts. The waiting for appointments, test results, surgery and prognosis of what I was facing was excruciating. It was a very lonely and cold struggle. I was very fortunate, however, that it was caught early, was Stage I on both sides, and did not require chemotherapy or radiation. I had a bilateral mastectomy in June, 2010 and started on the path of reconstruction. I thought reconstruction was going to be the easy part, but it turned out to be the most difficult by far. Early into my many surgeries (too many to mention), I had friends and family question why I was putting myself through it. To that, I did not have any answers, and questioned every medical decision. I was wondering what was the point of choosing to go through it again. It became very difficult to tell friends and family that I was having another surgery. It was not until I met Dr. A. Mark Boustred in the Spring of 2015 that I was finally able to answer the questions. He performed a total reconstruction in August, 2015 and through the healing process I am finally getting the results I had been hoping for. Through his kindness, wisdom and expertise, I learned that the more “normal” I look and feel physically, the less I focused on the cancer. I know this is not the case for everyone, but it has been life changing for me and I am forever grateful. I have had many glitches along the way, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Now that I have finally gotten the surgeries behind me, the depression and anxiety are hopefully lessening. I am finding my way back. The rollercoaster I have been on is finally slowing down long enough for me to step off ! There will always be good and bad days with the memories of the cancer. I know the rollercoaster can start up at any time, but I now know I can “hopefully” choose to get off. As time has gone on, the anniversary dates of diagnosis, surgeries, checkups and monitoring are not quite so vivid and the dates can now pass with little thought. Thank you to my husband, Chuck, for his support, care and unwavering optimism. He has been to most of my appointments and listened when I could not. He is my rock and I could not imagine going through this journey without him. Thank you to my daughter, Erika, for her kind, loving heart and for being my hiking buddy. She pushes me and is my inspiration. Thank you Hope Lives! for allowing me to participate in this experience and introducing me to the wonderful women involved. It has been very healing to reconnect with women that are all on the same journey and for giving me hope once again!

Upscale casual Jeanne looks smart in her Dylan geometric and floral tunic, $98 topping flattering NYDJ black ankle length jeans, $110. Drop leaf earrings add the finishing touch, $58. Courtesy of Cloz to Home, Loveland.

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Jan Schroeder

I found out that I had triple negative invasive ductal in September 2014. I was surprised that at the age of seventy-four I could be diagnosed with breast cancer. Although I was surprised, I had hope that I could conquer this battle and had a very positive attitude from the beginning. I had heard about all of the problems people had experienced from chemotherapy, but I did not have any reactions and felt great through all of my chemo treatments. I truly lived my normal life during my treatments. Of course I lost my hair, but wigs were great and took care of that problem! I was able to do anything I wanted to, eat anything, travel and drive to Fort Collins from Denver for my treatments and doctor appointments. Through my treatments and my battle with cancer, I have had my faith in the Lord and He keeps watch over me and His plans for my life. My goals are to live a great life and enjoy my children and grandchildren. My hope comes from my faith in God, my loving family, and my loving friends. I have the mind of Christ – hopeful, joyful, and thankful and because of Jesus the best is yet to come. Jan sways to the music in an elegant Komarov silver evening dress with flirty flip skirt and beautiful jacket, $398. Feminine necklace, $36 and coordinating earrings, $12, complete her ensemble. Courtesy of Cloz to Home, Loveland. Her playful Grapevine Sepia wig is cute and stylish with playful bangs, $29.95. Courtesy of Life of the Party, Fort Collins.

Patrice Grant

I was diagnosed with cancer and was very surprised. After my regular checkup and annual mammogram, I returned on March 4, 2016, to have an ultra sound because of an area that looked to be suspicious. My previous test results had always been clear. I was totally amazed when the doctor said the tumor was malignant because of the size and shape. After the biopsy, the diagnosis was verified to be triple negative, an aggressive form of cancer, and not hormone receptive. This meant that without treatment, there was a 75 percent chance of the cancer returning in three to five years. With treatment, the chances of it returning were 25 percent. Treatment and/or surgery were inevitable. After three weeks on March 31, I had surgery. There were so many scheduled appointments with tests and doctors that I didn’t have time to think about anything. I was just going through the motions. The treatments kept me sleeping most of the day for two weeks; then I usually had one CONT. TO PG 52

Patrice is feeling the beat in her lively Alfani coral linen sweater, $59.50 topping Lucky Brand’s printed tank, $59.50 and Style & Co. straight leg denim jeans, $59. Flirty chandelier gold earrings, $24.50, and gold toned statement seed bead collar necklace, $34.50 finishes the fun ensemble. Courtesy of Macy’s, Centerra.


Jean Currey

When I initially determined the need to schedule a mammogram the beginning of November 2015, I was surrounded with encouraging factors. I’ve had a history of benign cysts, so I wasn’t overly concerned at the onset. A neighbor, who is a doctor, said that his mother had a lump she kept having checked for years, until there was literally nothing more to biopsy! The doctor who read the initial findings from my mammogram said that she thought that the final reading would not indicate anything “life changing.” So, when I got the call from my G.P. informing me that the mass indeed tested positive, I was dumbfounded. I was sitting in a company vehicle, and a friend came out to greet me. He asked how my day was going, and I replied, “I’ve had better!” He was the second person whom I told, as I had just gotten off the phone to my husband. It’s funny how indelibly etched into my memory that moment has become, when today I have difficulty remembering events from day to day. Thus began the roller coaster ride. I normally love roller coasters, but this ride promised more bumps and turns than I cared to imagine. Because God knew me before I was conceived in my mother’s womb, He, of course, knew that this was going to be an adversity I would be facing. God didn’t cause it, but He did set in place so many encouraging factors to lift me up and show me Who is in control. My family and I had, just a few years before, joined a small congregation of believers, and there are far too many cancer survivors there who are examples of complete recovery to be a coincidence. How uplifting it is to not only witness such health and vitality in so many people, but to benefit from their prayers and support! One church friend in particular (also a cancer survivor) shared with me the concept that cancer can be a blessing. A blessing, I thought? The more I pondered this idea, the more it made sense. What other than a catastrophic illness elicits prayers from so CONT. TO PG 52

Jean sways gracefully in a gorgeous champagne Ursula knee length cocktail dress. Made of tulle with soutash applique and sequins it’s the perfect feminine look for evening festivities, $338. Courtesy of Dora Grace, Fort Collins.

Tonia Hemmer

I was 29 years old, a single mother and life was just good – the last thing on my mind was breast cancer but everything changed in October 2006. About six months prior I had noticed some swelling under my right armpit and just thought I was gaining a little bit of weight. I thought nothing more of it until one evening in October when I was lying in bed and the swelling caught my eye again. I ran my fingers over the swelling and thought I felt something but I wasn’t convinced it was anything serious – yet something was telling me to do a self-exam and again I thought I felt something in my right breast, only it didn’t feel like the lumps in the fake silicone breasts at the doctor’s office. I decided to make an appointment anyway to be on the safe side. My doctor didn’t think it was anything serious, possibly an infection and put me on antibiotics. To be safe, he ordered both a mammogram and an ultrasound. After being on the antibiotics for a few days with no change I knew that something was very wrong. After my mammogram, the technician asked me to wait in the room while she made sure that the radiologist was ok with the images. I waited and waited and waited, and in that moment panic started to set in. When she finally came back into the room, her entire demeanor had changed but I still kept telling myself she cannot tell you anything, read the sign on the wall!! As she walked me down the hall for my ultrasound, it felt like I was shedding the innocence of the way my life was - knowing that when I walked out of that office my life would not be the same as when I walked in. I remember staring at the ultrasound monitor CONT. TO PG 52

Dancing to the music, Tonia looks right in style in American Rag’s fringed poly stretch blend fringed vest, $59.50, topping Style & Co. cotton short sleeved embroidered shirt, $44.50, and slim leg ankle jeans, $59. Accessories add pizzaz; Long hammered Inc. stone necklace, $40, gold hammered hoop earrings, $19.50, bronze coin bracelet, $24. Stylish Lucky Brand toffee ankle boots, $139. Courtesy of Macy’s, Centerra.

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Ali Gessler

My story starts the same as (too) many, I discovered a small lump and tightness. I’m not usually one to be worried about these things. However, I knew I needed a mammogram in the fall anyway because of a family history and my big 40th birthday coming up. I wasn’t concerned, I was healthy and too young. I was too busy. My primary care provider was out of town, so I made an appointment with his partner. I really just needed to know where to have a mammogram. The doctor told me the lump being sensitive was a good sign. Unlikely anything to worry about. I went alone to the mammogram and ultrasound. I went alone to the biopsy. It was June 2015. The start of a busy summer season with my two kids and some camping trips planned. I was taking my daughter Channing (then age 7) to a camp and planning to spend quality time with my son Ashton (age 10). Then came the call from my primary care physician that we should come in. I called my husband to meet me there. Still in denial, I thought there must be a mistake. Still life changing. At that visit, we knew it was cancer, but not the extent. We were scheduled to leave for a camping trip the next day. We decided to still go. We needed that time as a family. After meeting with my oncologist we discovered the good and bad news. Stage 1 good, triple positive bad, aggressive cancer. Then came the flurry of appointments and decisions needing to be made quickly, and the uneasiness that still plagues me today. An odd and unnerving combination of helplessly waiting for test results and a pressured urgency to have a plan. It seemed that one of the first questions out of every medical professional I saw was “do you have a daughter?” Immediate guilt. From the moment of diagnosis, I CONT. TO PG 54

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Dawn Zakanycz

My journey began in 2009 while I was on a medical leave of absence after shoulder surgery. Unfortunately, my shoulder was not getting better and in May I was told that I had 30 days to be back at work without restrictions or I was going to lose my job. One night, unable to sleep and contemplating life, I realized that not only had I missed my routine mammogram, but that I also hadn’t done a self-exam in a long time. That’s when I found it. The pea sized lump in my left breast. I scheduled an appointment with my PCP that day. She felt the lump I found but also felt something in my right breast. I went in for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound later that week. The radiologist sat down with me and showed me my results. She told me that she was almost certain it was cancer and that I needed to have bilateral biopsies done as soon as possible. I was in shock. The next day I decided that I was going to be proactive with the next steps and not just sit around and wait. My husband Paul, who is also a nurse, and I decided that we were going to put our team together just in case we needed it. This gave me a sense of empowerment, knowing that I was going to take control of this and not let it control me. I was able to talk with the surgeon we wanted before I even had the biopsies. We talked about the different scenarios and what our plan would be. I was surprised at the peace that I felt. I have always had a strong faith and I have to say that God provided me with a peace that I would have never guessed possible throughout my journey. I had the biopsies and three days later got the phone call from the surgeon telling me that both sides were positive for malignant cancer. One of


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Ann Chantler

They say there are hidden blessings in cancer. I could not believe that statement could possibly be true when I started my journey. I went to my Nurse Practioner for my annual physical and scheduled a routine mammogram. As I left my breast diagnostic center the technician told me either I would get a call or a letter in the mail. I waved and said I would look forward to my annual letter. My doctor called on Sept 30th to say my biopsy was positive, I had breast cancer. We both cried on the phone together. I didn’t know what I was in for; I thought we would take out the lump and call it good. Unfortunately my journey was not so easy and not so fast. My daughter was still healing from a brain aneurysm and I wanted to be strong for her. I also did not want to tell people and have them feel sorry for me; I was the one to help others. To receive help was a new concept for me and honestly I was not comfortable with it. The blessings started from the most unusual places. People called to offer help. I didn’t know what I needed, how could I possibly ask for help? Some wise person told me, put yourself in their position, you would want to help. The help came in ways I never expected. I work in an alternative high school and telling my staff and students was hard, but they all stepped up and the support was amazing. The staff threw me a “Farewell Lumpy Party” and supported me with an annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot and a video that would make a grown man cry. I thought I had chemo handled, the side effects and working seemed to be ok, but in January my husband died. Planning a funeral and handling two totaled cars while in chemo didn’t break me, it made me stronger. Actually my friends and family held me up and gave me the strength I needed to keep going. I met beautiful people with smiles on their faces and encouraging words when I least expected it but needed it most. I am blessed to have a family that truly loves each other. I have daughters who would do anything for me, a sister who is there in every way possible, and grandchildren who make my life happy every day. My friends are tremendous, really really good caring people. One day I found myself just crying not because I felt sorry for myself or overwhelmed with sadness, but overwhelmed with gratitude and love. I couldn’t believe all my friends cared so much. One of my good friends took me to every chemo treatment. The day after I lost my husband, I had a chemo treatment, all 8 nurses in the infusion department came to me and gave me a hug. After 5 months of chemo and 37 radiation treatments I am truly on my way to a new life. So much has changed in my life but I am blessed each day with love. I have met people who have changed my life and now more than ever cherish the family and friends who have been by my side. Ann flows to the music in her contemporary floral scarf tea length nylon dress in black and aqua floral from Style & Co., $79, topped by Calvin Klein’s light weight scarf jacket, $44. Accessories from Kenneth Cole Fun triple strand abalone necklace, $48, and hammered gold coin earrings, $38, and aqua cuff bracelet, $30. Courtesy of Macy’s, Centerra.


Renee Spickard

My story begins while I was getting ready one morning in late June of 2014. I was taking a shower and thought that it was time to do a self breast exam. I have always had my yearly mammogram but would only do a self exam every couple of months or so. This time I felt a marble size lump in my left breast. Now mind you, I thought that it was probably nothing. Then, I thought that pehaps since I was close to my cycle, maybe I was just a bit swollen. I decided to let a couple weeks pass and check again at that time. When I rechecked, it was still there. I asked my husband what he thought and he did not think it felt right either. He said that I needed to make an appointment, which I did the next day. Abby, my PA, did an exam and said it’s probably nothing but to order a mammogram and a possible ultrasound. Both of them did confirm that there were some masses in my left breast. Then a biopsy was ordered and that would be the deciding factor. A couple days passed after I had the biopsy, and I received a phone call from the nurse that my husband and I had to come in tomorrow and consult with the doctor regarding the biopsy results. I asked her to give me the results and she said that she was not authorized to do so and that I would need to speak with the doctor at that time. Now, being that I have been in the medical field for many years I knew better. I knew that if the biopsy had been negative she would have said so. At that moment I knew I was positive for breast cancer. I was very upset! My husband and I went the next day and the doctor gave us the news that no one ever wants to hear...you have breast cancer. We both cried and were sooo overwhelmed. My husband just held my hand with tears in his eyes and said, “we will get though this.” Physically, I was very impacted by the chemo treatments. I was having 3 different chemo medications. The first 2 of the 3 chemotherapy medications were the strongest and hardest on my body. I was more than exhausted all the time, especially a few days after my infusions. I could not eat or drink and lost over 15 pounds due to the fact that my senses were not normal, a side effect of chemo. Emotionally I did great! People would say to keep my spirits up and be positive. At first I thought, what the hell. You try and combine the worst flu you have ever had, with feeling like you have been hit by a truck and the worst hangover ever, and that is what chemo feels like. I still had some moments of wondering, that, “it can always be worse, Renée.'” I must keep going and keep my spirits high not just for me but for everyone. I had all the love surrounding me. How could I give up? You only have one life so I had to make the best out of the worst. I knew I had to be positive. Spiritually, I would talk to God and pray not just for me but for everyone. For those that are fighting and continue to fight for their life and for all the family and friends that have given all their love and support through this journey. I finished all my treatment at the end of April 2015. I had a lumpectomy, lymph nodes removed, then 5 1/2 months of chemotherapy and finally 33 radiation treatments. When CONT. TO PG 56

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Jo DiPerna

There I was in October 2010 back surgery! It was a mess in my L5 area. Woke up to my leg not moving, but doctor says it will come back. A week after my back surgery I get news my dear dad has terminal lung cancer. We fly to New York on November 11th; he passes on November 15th at 76 years of age. I am heart broken. Two and a half weeks later my Father-in-law dies at age 88. Both our Dads are in our home town of Catskill, NY. Flying back & forth after my back surgery was crazy and very painful. October, November & December were very tough months for us. Thinking 2011 has to be a better year. Then in April I found a lump in my left breast; it was pretty large. Scary part for me is my grandmother passed away at 54 of breast cancer and my dear mom passed away at 53 of breast cancer. I was 54 years old at the time I found out I, too, had breast cancer. I had been getting mammograms since I was 32. Had pain and itching in my left breast for a while but was told my mammograms and ultrasounds were clear. I was diagnosed with Stage 2, Grade 2 invasive breast cancer and another one, DCIS…. Ugh… two in left breast. All I could see and think about is what happened to my Mom and what she went through years ago. I found a great doctor at Rose Medical, Dr. Barbara Schwartzberg for a second opinion. I found out the previous medical facility had missed my breast cancer from over four years. I always knew if I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I would have them both removed. So, I named them Thelma and Louise. Dr. Schwartzberg laughed and agreed with me, that with my history that would be wise. I cried my eyes out. I had a double Mastectomy on July 12, 2011 and was released within 24 hours. My poor husband took care of me and changed my drains three times a day for three weeks while I just cried my eyes out. I was dealing with so much loss within nine months. I lost the ability to work out the way I use to; lost my dear dad; lost my fatherin-law that I had known since I was 8 years old; and then both breasts to the same disease that my grandmother and mother had lost their battles to. I had six surgeries with my reconstruction and removal of my ovaries, which took a toll on me emotionally, physically, and spiritually. There was nothing in my lymph nodes so they did OncotypeDX testing on the tumor to see if I required Chemo. Thank the Lord I did not. One more loss would have done me in. I have three sisters, three daughters, eight grandchildren and six are girls. I had gene testing done and I did not have the breast cancer gene. Thank the LORD again. Now being 3rd generation breast cancer, my thoughts were all over the place. Would I survive? But my Lord and Savior was always there for me. It is a big deal being the first survivor out of 3 generations. My mom’s words to me two months before she went home with the Lord; “if one person was saved or helped because of what I went through it was all worth it.” I pray CONT. TO PG 57

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Jennifer Merriam

My initial reaction to my diagnosis was disbelief…I started shaking and couldn’t stop. I never thought something like this would happen to me. This was something that happened to other people, older people, less active people! I was overwhelmed with thoughts about what would happen to me and my family. I was able to pull it together by focusing on the details of what to do next. In the first few months I was super detail fact oriented. I also knew I had to be strong for my daughter and husband. I think this experience has shown me just how strong and positive I can be. It has also allowed me to see people for who they truly are and helped me surround myself with an amazingly diverse collection of friends. My daughter’s resilience has been an inspiration to me. Seven year olds can bounce back from anything! She was so inquisitive yet carefree like it never occurred to her something bad would happen to me. A few of my insights through this experience; 1) You don’t realize your own capacity to deal with adversity until you are faced with truly difficult challenges. 2) The decisions you have to make affect more than just yourself but you are the only one who can make them. 3) Go with your gut and feel confident that you did absolutely everything you could. 4) A smile and a positive attitude are just as important as chemotherapy and radiation. 5) A little lipstick goes a long way on a crappy day!

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Meghan Pierce

I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer June 20, 2014, at the age of 36. I found a lump in my right breast while I was staying in a hotel room in Indiana. I was in Indiana to attend the funeral for the mother of one of my best friends. My friends mother passed away after a very brave and long battle with breast cancer. Initially, I did not think much about finding my lump. I traveled home to Colorado and was preoccupied with helping my daughters finish up their school year and was looking forward to a 10 year anniversary trip at the start of summer with my husband. A few weeks passed, summer was here, and my mother came to watch my girls while my husband and I went on our trip. One night, I casually said "Oh hey mom, what do you think about this?" I put my hand on the lump which was still there. She told me that it was better to have it checked out. The next morning, I called my OB GYN at the Woman's Clinic and she was able to see me later that day. During the exam, she was not concerned and told me to go and enjoy my trip. However, to be safe, my doctor wrote me a prescription for a routine mammogram at the Breast Diagnostic Center for when I returned from my trip. Upon returning from my trip, I went to the scheduled mammogram. At this point, it still never entered my mind that it would be cancer. It was during this mammogram that all those safe feelings disappeared. In the waiting room, I became aware that all the other woman were moving rather quickly through the mammogram process. For some reason, I was waiting a long time. I was informed after my mammogram that they needed to do an ultra sound, to get a better look at my lump. It was after this ultra sound that the Radiologist told me my lump was a "solid mass". I was officially diagnosed a few days later after a biopsy. I was shocked and felt like I had been punched in the stomach. I immediately thought of my daughters who were 4 and 5 at the time. I was scared, sad, and could not really believe that this was happening. I was only 36 years old! My diagnosis changed my life in every way. I was taught not to take anything for granted. Each day is such a gift and should be lived to the fullest with the people you love. Surgery left me physically very weak and in pain. My body was forever changed and it was hard to accept the changes to my body. I had always taken pride in being very independent. Surgery left me incapable of taking care of myself let alone my young children. I was so grateful for my husband and mother who not only took care of me but my children as well. Next up was 16 rounds of chemo. Chemo left me bald, sick, and physically weaker. I found strength in every card, gift, meal, family member, friends (near and far), and my faith. It was so humbling to be blessed with so many amazing people in my life! CONT. TO PG 57

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Valerie Weide

I was diagnosed with cancer as 2016 began, so my hopes and plans for the new year changed in an instant. At first, the hardest part was the waiting. Knowing you have cancer without knowing the details is agonizing. For me, it seemed that every thought and conversation was a variation of “what if ” and “just in case.” There were so many unknowns, and I came to the uncomfortable realization that I had no idea how to plan for anything at that point. So I waited, and I prayed. I like to choose a word or theme to focus on each year, and I’d already chosen pray for 2016, not realizing how important prayer was about to become. In quiet moments spent praying, I found the hope, peace, and strength I needed each day. The initial call came on a Thursday afternoon, and all I knew was that I had invasive ductal carcinoma, grade 3, the most aggressive type. I told very few people while I waited through the weekend, because I didn’t know exactly what to tell them. As Dr. Datko sat down to talk with me the next week, she wrote Stage 1 across the top of her notepad, immediately calming my fears of a worst-case scenario. I was so grateful to her for starting my visit that way! As test results came in over the next couple of weeks, I learned that my cancer was hormone-receptor positive and under a centimeter in size, so I was a good candidate for a lumpectomy and radiation. I read studies, talked to friends and family, and prayed over each decision, and in the end I went with my care team’s recommendations. I had surgery on February 5th, and daily radiation treatments throughout March and into April. Another test put me in a “gray area” as far as the effectiveness of chemotherapy for my cancer. So that decision was easy; if there was no definite benefit for me from chemo, then no, thank you! Following up after my radiation treatments with Dr. Pettit, I asked, “When can I stop saying I have cancer, and start saying I’m a survivor?”. He answered, “Your cancer was gone and you became a survivor the minute your surgery was over.” So, I had cancer. But I am a survivor. My body got a little beat up — I have scars, I still have some pain, and I go to the Cancer Center every CONT. TO PG 58

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Katarina White

I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast cancer in August of 2015. The months following my diagnosis were a whirlwind of doctor’s appointments and chemo infusions. What the heck? I thought this was only supposed to happen to old people... Well, at least that's what I thought when I was a kid. I was 10 and grandma had uterine cancer. My parents only talked about it when us kids were out of earshot. It was very hush-hush and we simply thought grandma was old and that cancer happens when you get really old. Fast-forward about 30 years. It's summer in Sweden and I'm visiting my mom with my two girls (5 and 10). She had been experiencing back pain for several months. The doctors somehow thought it was nothing worse than a disc out of place which could be cured with physical therapy. After not giving in to that line of thought, she was diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer. She fought hard for almost two years, and all we could do was to support her with prayers and positive support while one after another chemo treatment didn't work. In January of 2015, I took my girls out of school for two weeks to go see my mom. All the unsuccessful chemo, radiation and pain suppressing morphine were starting to take its toll. In the back of my mind I knew this was the last time I would see my mom alive. I could sense that she had given up hope. But, we had to deal with another tragedy first… While in Sweden, we received a phone call from my ex-husband’s employer. He, my children’s dad, had been found dead in his home from an apparent suicide. My head was spinning, but at the same time I knew I had to remain calm and strong for my girls. I had to remind myself to “just breathe”. My mom passed on March 15. We went to Sweden to attend her funeral. It was a beautiful memorial. At that time, I had noticed my right breast was feeling firmer. But, I just couldn't deal with one more “thing”. I was too busy trying to keep my head above water and to be there for my girls. I simply put the CONT. TO PG 58

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“good” week when I was able to accomplish my errands and responsibilities. However, I was able to dog sit, which I love to do – being a lover of those furry friends. I tried to keep a positive attitude with everything. Being a single adult for years I was accustomed to taking one day at a time and pacing myself with my responsibilities. I made it a goal to get things done on my “awake” week. I have been blessed with multiple friends, my church Forever Family, and now the Hope Lives Support Center. All of these people gave me encouragement by driving me to doctor appointments, visiting, and providing support services to help me through this period. Many times I felt like I was in an altered state of mind. For me, sleep became a healing balm and a restorative salve. My belief in God sustained me each day and was my constant foundation. I knew that he would give me strength to get through this and believed that all things worked for my good if I trusted him. I knew this trial too would pass. Trusting and believing had been the cords that held everything together. . .financially, emotionally, and physically. My foundational beliefs and truths that I had built my life on manifested themselves in the reality of this situation. Like in a tapestry, on the back side are the loose threads and knots from tedious patience and labor, and on the front side is the beauty that has resulted from arduous and enduring work. I feel that this time of challenging threads has been tangled with knots but will result in a journey of a beautiful embroidery. As I tell my friends, all things will work out for the good in the tapestry of life...“just sayin'.” JEAN CURRY, CONT. FROM PG 43

many people I know, as well as hundreds of people I’ve never even met? It’s humbling and astounding when I consider those who have come forward with comfort and support. What else can show how much I can withstand? God promises that He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear (1Cor 10:13). In what other circumstance would I meet others who are going through the same thing and witness the strength that I never thought I could ever conjure? Thanks to wonderful healthcare givers and Lydia’s Hope Lives!Breast Cancer Support Center, I’ve been surrounded by such people. Also, I’m glad that both my parents passed away before they had to witness this battle being fought by their only child. In what other situation would I be grateful for such a thing?


Reading thus far, please don’t misinterpret me as being a pillar of strength, either spiritually or physically. While I’ve never been angry with God, I’ve had many days wrought with anger, depression and frustration. Those days of barely being able to get out of bed because of weakness and illness were prevalent, too. Many side effects still linger, and I wonder how they are going to affect the rest of my life. My fingers are losing most of, if not all, their fingernails and it’s easy to get anxious about the lasting effects this pain and numbness will have on my life as a professional violinist. I’m becoming well acquainted with “chemo brain”, and wonder when I’ll get my mind back. I joke that there wasn’t much there to begin with! However, this chapter in my life, this roller coaster ride, is one that I wouldn’t trade for the world. My daughter, who is an avid “fiber crafter,” sent me a gift of several things she’d made for me shortly after she learned of my diagnosis. Although there are many hats, which I love and have worn a great deal, my favorite gift is a little bear wearing a crocheted cap. The accompanying note says, “This is Hattie (short for Hatilda). She got sick a while ago and both her ears fell off. Her doctors are confident she will recover completely, but it will take time. I thought you two would be a nice comfort for each other while you both get better.” My daughter has promised ears for Hattie soon, because we’re each indeed getting better. Hattie has the help of her creator, and I have the Help of mine! TONIA HEMMER, CONT. FROM PG 43

and seeing this huge dark black mass confirming what I already knew. The radiologist came in and said, “It doesn’t look good. We need to do a biopsy,” I begged them to go get my mom in the waiting room, it was just too much. They did the biopsy on the spot and said the results would take a few days. On October 30, 2006, my doctor called and said, “I’m sorry, it’s cancer.” I was heartbroken, terrified, and angry and all I could see was my little girl’s face and I begged God not to let her grow up without her mommy. From that moment on, I was determined to fight and not let cancer win. My official diagnosis was invasive ductal carcinoma, grade 3, stage IIIB, estrogen receptor and Her2 positive. Over the next eight months my life was consumed with a myriad of appointments, PET & Muga scans, 8 chemotherapy infusions, steroid shots, fluids, surgery, anemia, and five weeks of radiation. Chemo was rough and if there was a side effect, I had it – everything from my hands burning and blistering from the Taxotere, to

my bones hurting from the bi-weekly Neulasta shots. After chemo, I had surgery for a lumpectomy, oophorectomy and lymph node dissection. I had a total of 26 axillary lymph nodes removed with 5 coming back positive. During my radiation consultation, the radiologist was reviewing my treatment plan and mentioned something to me about being Her2 positive. This was met with a blank stare because I had tested negative. It was discovered that this was overlooked. I was so angry and wanted to know WHY something so important was overlooked. Regardless of why, my port was put back in and I receive Herceptin infusions every three weeks for another year. My anger soon turned to relief as I could never quite shake the feeling that something was still wrong and once this additional treatment was put into place I had an overwhelming sense of calm. On August 24, 2007 I was thrilled to be told I was NED (no evidence of disease). It was time to celebrate!!! Unfortunately, in April of 2009, I had a local reoccurrence in my axillary lymph nodes which I was lucky enough to treat with a year of oral chemotherapy and no major side effects. My strength and inspiration came from my daughter, Alyssa. She was only 11 when I was diagnosed and I tried to keep her life as normal as possible. I shielded her from my bad days but also tried to be as honest with her as possible. The day that stands out in my mind the most, is the day that I couldn’t take her to her cheer competition and had to rely on a friend to do so. As soon as she left, I fell to my knees sobbing and screaming at God asking why he was doing this to me. Why did I have to fight to survive while others didn’t have to? I will never fully understand why but in all honesty it no longer matters. Through the darkest times there is still light and my daughter showed me that every single day. From her writing “You are beautiful” on the hood of my car after a snow storm, to telling me that “God didn’t put us on this earth to be afraid of life, he put us on this earth to face life” SHE was my why. The one thing that I never allowed to be taken away from me was my HOPE. When my doctor gave me the paper with my statistics I threw it back at him. Those numbers didn’t do me an ounce of good. If your journey is just beginning or if you are going through treatment - always keep your hope -- cancer takes enough away from us and remember YOUR tears do not in any way compromise YOUR strength!!! And to my family and friends who were there for me throughout it all – thank you for your love and support --- I love you all. STYLEMEDIA.COM

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never felt like I was going to die, but the fact that I might pass this on to my beautiful daughter and what this meant for her was difficult to swallow. With my genetic testing coming back negative, a lumpectomy with chemotherapy and radiation was the recommended course of action. But it felt to me like the trend was that most people my age still have a double mastectomy. I desperately wanted affirmation that a lumpectomy was the right course. My mom had made a lumpectomy decision and is living cancer free. I leaned on her for


advice, support and affirmation. I wanted to get back to my life as quickly as possible, so it seemed like the right decision for me and my family at the time. I was under this illusion that I would get back to “Normal.” Chemotherapy meant the loss of hair, which for me meant everyone will know. I have never felt comfortable being the focus of attention. I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me or my family. It was difficult to tell our family and friends. There was so much unknown, so much uneasiness, so much emotion. I didn’t care that people

knew, but I couldn’t tell them. Once the word was out people came out of the woodwork to support me and my family. I teach at a preschool and one of my co-teachers set up meal support. So many delicious meals were delivered to our house from my preschool friends and families. We were so appreciative. I was fortunate enough to take a medical leave of absence through my treatment. My parents came to stay with us and help with our kids, giving us time to focus on family. During every chemo session someone was there with me, my husband, my mom, my mother-in-law, my dear friends, and co-teachers. Some meaningful conversations happened during those times. Hopes, fears, humor and dreams were shared. All cancer is the same in some regards. This uninvited thing that infiltrates your life, your family’s life, your friend’s life. Cancer runs you through a gamut of emotions; denial, fear, impatience, seeking connectivity, withdrawal, gratefulness. In the beginning I wanted to talk to anyone who had been through this. You feel a connectivity. But then each cancer feels specific to you and so personal that you want nothing to do with it. I couldn’t talk about it for a long time without tearing up. I avoided people so I wouldn’t have to talk about it or myself. There were some very dark days. Some days where you just felt alone and helpless. But when you have young children, they won’t let you withdraw for too long. My amazing husband was there through it all. I couldn’t have done so well without his patience, understanding and humor. I didn’t know it could be possible, but I love him even more now. We are stronger because of it. Faith and God also had a hand. God placed people in my and my family’s life. I couldn’t have picked better school teachers for my children to have during such a strained year. As I round out my year of treatment, adjusting to my “new normal”, I’m left changed forever by cancer. I’m left feeling more emotion than before; more empathy. I’m left with an amazing support system of family and friends, old and new. But most of all, I’m left feeling grateful. Grateful for stage 1, grateful we live in Fort Collins with an amazing medical community, grateful for friends and family, grateful for the generosity, countless cards, texts, amazing food, help with my kids. Grateful for Hope Lives. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about cancer. Not a day goes by when I’m not thankful. I can never repay all the generosity; I can only pay it forward.


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the hardest things my husband and I have ever had to do was sit down and tell our kids that I had cancer. We cried as a family and also decided to fight this disease as a family. We have always been close but we became even closer. It put life in perspective. My job was just a job, in the big scheme of things, not that important. Our focus was on the family and on getting me healthy. We relied on each other and we were a team, one that could not be broken. I had a bilateral mastectomy and received a call four days later that I had microscopic spread into one of my lymph nodes and that I would need to have chemotherapy. Not exactly the news that I was hoping for but thankful that it was only microscopic and hopeful that we caught it early enough that the chemo would take care of it. I started chemo in July, eight treatments over sixteen weeks. Little did I know how sick I would become and how it would zap me of all energy! My white blood counts were so low that I ended up having to skip a treatment; the oncologist feared the chemo would kill me before the cancer did! I have always taken care of people and it was very humbling and life changing to have people take care of me. We were so blessed with the amount of help we received. We had meals brought to our home through the entirety of my treatment, help with all my appointments, house cleaning, shuffling kids and so much more. I was absolutely blown away by the love and support from our family and friends. I would have never made it without them. My husband has been the most important person through all of this. He was, and is my rock, my biggest supporter, my best friend, and the most amazing husband and father that anyone could ever ask for. I am also blessed with four children that are absolutely amazing. Their unconditional love and support is more than a mom could ever ask or hope for. I am now seven years cancer free and am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to live life with a newfound perspective. I did lose my job, but was also re-hired into the same position once healthy. I’ve learned not to sweat the small things and to enjoy life to its fullest. Having cancer has given me the opportunity to reach out to others with cancer and be supportive and understanding in a way that only someone who’s been through it can. RENEE SPICKARD, CONT. FROM PG 46

I talk to people about this they say, “oh my that’s so much!” I always say, “ you know it could have been worse and I am



doing great!” My husband who was with me every day gave me inspiration through his love and compassion. He went with me to every appointment. I also found strength knowing that God was by my side. I found even more inspiration and strength knowing how many friends and family cared and wanted to be there to help in any way they could. Many who know me, know what a huge animal and nature person I am. This may sound strange to some, but I must say my kids (dogs) Molly and Booney and even Jack (the neighbors dog who adopted us and is now our dog), were always by my side through all my treatment. One of them was always lying right next to me. I think Booney knew something was wrong long before I was even diagnosed. He would always sniff my ears and continued to through treatment. Today he may sniff them only once in a while. JO DIPERNA, CONT. FROM PG 47

the Lord uses me to help encourage others going through breast cancer. I started a Praying Pink Friends on Facebook for prayer and encouragement. What I would say to others: Any spot, mole, pain, itching or anything different in your breasts get it checked, get a second opinion. Let no one tell you, you are too young, and it isn’t in your family. Get biopsies, more testing. Be your own advocate. When diagnosed put people around you that will pray and encourage you, those that will allow you to talk, feel and express your feelings. There is always “HOPE” no matter what! I am so thankful to my LORD Jesus for never leaving nor forsaking me. To my husband Carlo for being there to nurse me, love me, encourage me and never leaving my side, “Always and Forever.” To my family and friends who supported me: Thank you from the bottom of my Heart! I’m a 5-Year Survivor! “HOPE LIVES!” MEGHAN PIERCE, CONT. FROM PG 49

I found inspiration in my two beautiful daughters. I gained strength knowing that I needed to fight hard to stay on this earth with them. They needed me and I wanted to help them grow and live their lives. My husband gave me inspiration in the way he effortlessly kept everything together at home with our girls. I saw a whole new side of strength in the man I had married. He balanced work, kids, doctors appointments (months of chemo and surgeries), and house responsibilities all while never missing a beat. It was not an easy task but he did a great STYLE 2016


job and I am forever grateful! My mother amazed me in the way she did not hesitate to drop her life in another state and come pick up the pieces of my life. She helped out with my children by getting them where they needed to go so that I could be sick. She was a great distraction for my daughters and I am forever thankful! My faith gave me courage and strength to get through each day. Although I never wanted to take this breast cancer journey. To my surprise there have been so many wonderful things that have come from it. I learned that there is still so much goodness out there and I am


so lucky to have such amazing generous people in my life. Moving forward with my life after diagnosis has been challenging. I have struggled in finding my "new normal". However, I know my faith and the support of my family and friends will get me through anything! VALERIE WEIDE, CONT. FROM PG 50

week for physical therapy. I take a little white pill called Tamoxifen every night to reduce my chances of a recurrence. I have a nightly routine of stretching and massage to help with side effects I still experience. I get tired

more easily, and I sometimes feel impatient that I’m not yet completely through this phase of my life. But there’s a sense of satisfaction in working hard to gain back my strength and energy, and I’m determined to become even stronger and healthier than I was before my diagnosis. To me, the word "survivor" implies strength and resilience, and I think I gained a little more of both. Cancer is an emotional journey too. I can honestly say I never felt sorry for myself, but at times I felt quite lonely, even though my family and friends were always there for me. There were experiences no one else could go through with me, emotions that were too hard to put into words, and fears I didn’t want to burden anyone else with. These were the times I turned to prayer, knowing that the One who created me also understood me, and would hold my hand when no one else was able. I’m not sorry I experienced the loneliness or worry or feelings of helplessness though, because they brought with them lessons I needed to learn. I’ve learned to be gentler with myself, and less demanding. I’ve learned to just be still and breathe. I like to be in control, I am a planner and fixer and problem solver, but I’m learning how to let go. I’m learning to live with more trust and faith and joy in the moment, and in the God who gives me those moments. And I hope that I’ve become more compassionate and better able to encourage and support others when they need it. My family brought me so much joy through this time. It was amazing to see how each of them used their individual strengths and gifts to help me. To my loving husband, my strong sons, my beautiful daughters, and my sweet grandson - thank you. To my dear friends and large, loving extended family, - we know how to lock arms and hold one another up during the tough times, don’t we? You did that for me, and I love you all. KATARINA WHITE, CONT. FROM PG 51

"breast thing" on the back burner. Finally, towards the end of the summer, I gathered myself to make a doctors appointment, thinking that it might be something hormonal. I had no lumps, simply a firmer breast. Well, I was wrong. Way wrong! My diagnosis was breast cancer. Metastatic! Which means stage 4!!! This was not supposed to happen to me. I had already had a "hell" of a year. My little girls were not supposed to experience any more bad news after first losing their dad in January and then grandma in March. How on earth was I going to break more bad news to my daughters? And, how much more



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could my boyfriend handle? Again, I had to remind myself to breathe, and at that time I came to realize I only had one choice, and that was to fight with all my might and stay as strong and positive as I possibly could. It's now been a year since my diagnosis and I'm feeling hopeful. I'm strong and I'm fighting this. My doctors decided to treat me as a stage 3 patient since I'm young and can handle the toughest chemo drugs. I completed 5 months of chemo, double mastectomy, and 6 weeks of radiation. I had a huge success, as a PET scan showed no more evidence of cancer in my bones, however, it was discovered that a few evil cancer cells were still “hiding’ in the tissue after my double mastectomy. As a last line of defense, I decided to start 6 months of oral chemotherapy which I will complete in November. Even though I’m currently experiencing some tough side effects, I am going to beat this! In the midst of this tragedy, I am thankful for all the cancer research providing me with cancer fighting drugs (although, I hated losing my long hair!). Also, I could not have done this without an amazing support system. First of all, I have amazing doctors who make me feel that I am in such good hands. That makes me calm. UC Health, you rock!!! I have some of the best support ever from first and foremost my boyfriend, Dave, who promised to be there for me every step of the way. Together, we found humor during doctor’s visits and even chemo treatments. Second, my two daughters, Iyana and Quinn, inspire me to keep my positive attitude and find grace everyday. Third, the support from both Dave’s family and from mine back in Sweden. Thanks for all your prayers and reminding me to keep my faith. Last but not least, my amazing friends. I could not have done this without you. Thank you to all who supported me by cooking meals, donating gift cards to restaurant, taking care of my two girls on the days when the side effects of chemo completely knocked me out, arranging a pink luncheon celebrating the end of chemo, attending Hope Lives Pink Boa 5K run with me – all decked out in pink from top to toe, and to those who keep checking in on me. You all mean the world to me! Finally, I am thankful for Hope Lives services which have given me a chance to feel pampered and taken care of; something many of us with breast cancer don’t think of while going through such a tough time. Even if the road ahead isn’t as carefree as I first thought it would be, I am going to love life to the fullest. l have hope and faith, and have a strong belief that I can beat this!


Lydia’s Style Magazine salutes the recipients of Hope Lives! The Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center’s 2016 Champions of Hope Award. 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. Volunteer Honoree Carole Crane Human Resources Consultant I have been through breast cancer – twice. During my first journey, Hope Lives! was there with supportive services, which helped me feel healthier and less damaged. I was asked to be a model for the 2012 Gala. It was an incredible experience. Each model was treated like a star! l I will never forget those months. I was very grateful to Hope Lives! and knew I wanted to give back. I volunteer in the office, processing provider invoices and talking to women about their Hope Lives! programs. I volunteer at the Pink Boa 5K, and for three years I was a mentor to the Gala models, guiding them through the wild ride of the photo shoot for Style Magazine, and the magical night of the Gala. I hope that the support I give women with breast cancer helps them feel healthier, valued and special. My first breast cancer was triple negative; my regimen was a lumpectomy and radiation. Four years later I found out that I had a defective gene – BRCA1 – and a new cancer was in the same breast as before. This diagnosis led to a bilateral mastectomy and hysterectomy. In the stories I hear from survivors, two elements stand out - COURAGE and SPIRIT. Survivors are bound and determined not to let this disease get the better of them. Survivors are grateful for their faith, friends, families and healthcare providers. I am one of those survivors, and I feel the same way, too.

Care Provider Honoree Linda Gabel, MBA Certified Senior Adviser Seniors Helping Seniors As the owner of Seniors Helping Seniors, my passion has always been in line with the agency’s mission of insuring that all people have the opportunity to live their lives with dignity and respect – no matter what their circumstances. Over the years I have had close friends who have experienced the challenges of breast cancer. I have seen them lose the self-assurance that they once had due to the surgeries and changes in their physical bodies. Especially my friend, Jackie, showed me how much strength of mind it took to maintain a sense of self, hanging on to her meaning and purpose in life while battling the ravages on her body of cancer. Jackie and other close friends who have experienced cancer inspired me to find out how our agency would be able to assist. Hope Lives! is such a valuable asset in our community. This organization has done so much to ensure that the support and friendship of others is always available to uplift anyone who is experiencing breast cancer. I believe one of the greatest needs when one is ill is having someone who has had the same experience to talk to, cry with and particularly, laugh with. I have attended the Hope Lives galas for a number of years and always enjoy the fashion show. To see these strong, beautiful women who have battled this illness looking so beautiful and smiling and laughing throughout the show just fills my heart with love and joy. To be recognized is a huge honor for me and Seniors Helping Seniors, but the true honorees are the women and men who have fought this battle with smiles on their faces and grace in their hearts.



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Medical Honoree Diana C. Medgyesy, MD, FACP Cancer Care and Hematology UCHealth Cancer Center “Thank you for nominating me a Champion of Hope. You realize I do this as part of my job with great passion and caring; there is really no need for awards, ceremony or flowers. My oncology practice consists primarily of women with breast and gynecologic cancers. I have learned from my patients to convey hope, courage, strength to others and to turn a difficult situation into an opportunity to grow and to be of service to others. I have been aware of Hope Lives ever since I came to Ft. Collins in 2000. I have been involved with the organization primarily through my patients who have derived significant help from it in the form of supportive treatments (counseling, massage, physical therapy, acupuncture to name a few). I appreciate all that Hope Lives has done for my patients and our community; they certainly appreciate the commitment that you have and the love you cherish with them.”

Community Honoree Suzanne Carranza Senior Marketing Manager Waterpik® Consumer Oral Health A couple of years ago, a Waterpik® employee introduced the company to the Hope Lives founder, Lydia Dody. We were very impressed by Lydia and to learn about all the wonderful services that Hope Lives provided in Northern Colorado. As a result, Waterpik® decided to create a special pink version of our Aquarius® Water Flosser and to run national promotions in the month of October. The promotions have been very successful and we have been able to raise funds and build awareness for this amazing breast cancer support center. Waterpik® is now working with celebrities such as Tim Allen and Mayim Bialik to raise money for Hope Lives through online auctions of customized and signed Water Flossers. We’re hoping to secure another celebrity for October. Waterpik® is a close-knit team of employees and unfortunately several of us have been touched by cancer and a few by breast cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is life-altering. It brings everything to a halt. Connecting with doctors, nurses, navigators, survivors and organizations like Hope Lives is so important and helpful. They provide hope and empowerment. A powerful message that Lydia Dody shared with us is “Cancer is a gift in an ugly package. If you survive it, it gives you a very valuable perspective on life.”


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Style Magazine got a hold of Female entrepreneurs in Northern Colorado who are redefining success by their own rules. We asked them how they are rewriting the rules of traditional entrepreneurship... and they answered!

Jennifer Eichhorn SCREAMIN PEACH

Q. What was your journey like to get where you are?

A. My journey to get here started when I was 21. I worked in the

waxing industry for years at other salons and in 2006 I decided to go out on my own. I didn’t decide to open the Screamin Peach because I wanted to get rich and I definitely didn’t do it so that I could call myself an entrepreneur. To be honest, I did it so that I could take better care of my daughter. As a single mom, working for salons meant that most of my time went to work and most of my money went to childcare. I knew there had to be a better way and I knew that I could create something unique, something badass. I now employ other single moms and we support each other and are confident in our ability to be both parents and professionals. The journey hasn’t been easy. It’s been a lot of work, long hours and a lot of risk – but it’s been worth it. The constant support from my family, especially my daughter, my staff and this community has been instrumental over the past 10 years.

Q. How did you connect with industry vendors and services to establish partnerships?

A. I started the Screamin Peach from scratch. There wasn’t a blue-

print for me to follow; I had to create my own path. I didn’t have all of the answers, but I had been in the industry for long enough that I had a good clientele and I knew that I could make it work. As far as the partnerships that I’ve established, it’s simple. I do my best to support other local businesses and organizations and in turn, they support me.

Q. What advice, as a mentor in leadership, do you have for those getting started?

A. You can do anything you dream of; you just have to fight for it.

Stay passionate and find balance in your life. Remember to always value your staff and treat them well, they’re the ones who pick up the pieces when your hands are full. I know that nothing is impossible with the team that I have. STYLE 2016


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Q. What was your journey like to get where you are?

A. My journey in a sense was just simply as it should have been.

Early in life I was acutely aware of interior environments and was in awe of how perfectly imperfect nature is. I observed the way people gathered and how space allowed people to move, function and socialize. Fast-forward about 30 years and my journey into the world of art and design officially began. I re-entered college in 1998 to obtain a second degree/career in art or design (my first degree was in dental hygiene) The next several years consisted of various part-time art and design classes, having our four children and then finally attending fulltime interior design school while living in Minnesota. Upon relocating to Colorado in 2009 and facing a few more ups and downs with the depressed housing market I finally became established as a business in 2012. My client projects keep me busy while managing and keeping balance in our crazy family schedule. It’s hard work, an incredible field to be in and always a challenge. But it’s a challenge I wake up to and embrace everyday. Yes, I get tired, but it’s a good tired. It is my professional calling in addition to being the wife of an amazing man and four pretty cool children.

Q. What advice as a mentor in leadership do you have for those getting started?

A. Interior Design is hard work and is “clichéd” as being glamorous. BUT…if you love it, the hard work is totally worth it. Also, keep good and honest work ethics in your practice and be an attentive listener. I cannot emphasize any of these enough, as it is crucial to the end result of a design and client relationship.

Q. What did you learn along the way that you wish you already new?

A. With life in general, it will throw you a curve ball (probably more

than once), so it’s up to you to pick yourself back up and choose how you will respond to it.


Jordan Rubiano LEMONS & LACE

Q. How did you connect with industry vendors and services to establish partnerships?

A. I was fortunate to get to know some up-and-coming designers

through my involvement in my programs at CSU, local fashion shows, and networking in the industry. I also keep up with current styles and trends by researching online, attending trade shows, checking out boutique’s in other major cities, and on social media of course. I am a bit of a self-proclaimed shopping addict, so I have always kept up with the must-haves. I look forward to continuing with the brands that I know and love while connecting with new vendors who share my visions of lending affordability without compromising style.

Q. What advice, as a mentor in leadership, do you have for those getting started?

A. My best advice is to do what you love. Take your passion, your obsession, and carry it through to be the entrepreneur you want to be. I have always loved clothing that makes a timeless statement, so owning a store that makes a statement and stands out in Fort Collins by being true to the community is what it’s all about. Get involved with all types of networking groups that touch your soul, donate back to the people of the community who need your help, and start off at whatever pace best suits your current financial ability. Don’t overanalyze everything at the beginning. Take your time. Breathe. Enjoy.

Q. What inspires you to be motivated every day?

A. I am motivated every day by the realization of how lucky and

fortunate I am to be able to live and be a citizen of a city where staying active, eating healthy, and being comfortable in your clothes is the vibe. It motivates me to shop local, family-owned businesses, and support my community. I love discovering and promoting artists, designers, and smaller labels within Colorado. The best feeling is building relationships with customers that will last a lifetime. Opening Lemons & Lace Boutique is my dream and it is coming true!


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Cindy Tusa


Q. What inspires you to be motivated every day?

A. I could easily say, “my kids,” as they do. I could easily say,

“working with people to help them better themselves,” because it does. I could easily say, “love of life and all the joy it has to offer,” because they do. But quite honestly, I am not always inspired or motivated. Don’t get me wrong, I wake up most days excited about what I get to experience and who I will meet! I love my life!!! But there are those few days where I wake up and wonder, “What the heck am I doing??” I mean, sometimes I question my sanity and have to make myself get out of bed!!! I used to beat myself up about this as it felt like there was something wrong with me, but I have learned to embrace this facet of who I am and have learned to use it to my advantage. When those feelings of fear or doubt creep in, I face them head on, go deep within myself to find the root of that fear, expose it to myself, and use it as a stepping stone for self-actualization!! This is hard freaking work, but frankly, on those days, it is the most important work! Every time I have one of “those days,” and I am able to learn something and improve myself, I feel that much more confident in all aspects of my life! So, I guess the best answer to the question of what inspires me to be motivated would have to be, “those days.”

Q. What advice as a mentor in leadership do you have for those getting started?

A. I did not become a leader just because I opened a business.

I have worked my whole life to be a leader, whether that was as a nurse, a mom, or a friend. Leaders are those people we respect and trust as they strive to live as authentically as possible. The aspects of leadership I value most include, effective communication, honesty, humility, humor, compassion and good old fashioned hard work. I can’t say I am perfect at each of these traits all the time, no one is, but I try. And when I fail, I do my best to make amends. That is all I ask of others as well…try your best and don’t be afraid to own it when you miss the mark!

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Q. What is the meaning behind your company's name/brand?

A. Alignment within the body is needed to heal. Alignment of our

structure, our chemistry, and our thoughts about our body. The spine, nervous system, organs, glands, hormones, brain chemistry should all be in concert with one another to achieve optimal vitality and health. You want your body communicating so well with itself that you are the London Symphony Orchestra, not a grade school band performance. Alignment is about getting the health of your body in tune with itself, to prevent disease and live vibrantly in health.

Q. What did you learn along the way, that you wish you already knew?

A. That success is more of a commitment you make to yourself

that will sometimes manifest in small subtle ways that build over time and relationships.

Q. What inspires you to be motivated every day?

A. I am grateful every day that I can be of service to people

wanting to heal themselves. Also the people that come into my office inspire me by their stories and journeys. Knowing that the knowledge I have received can make a difference to help someone heal keeps me coming into work every day.

Q. What advice, as a mentor in leadership, do you have for those getting started?

A. Focus on your passion and measure your success not only in wins but also in failures that you learn from.




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Suzanne Fries Family

Sister, Kelli Lightsey, Mom, JoAnne Harris, Suzanne Fries, Sister, Jennifer Michael

Family Cancer

& Preventative Pink By Elissa Tivona

Twenty-eight years ago Jo DiPerna’s mother succumbed to breast cancer. Today, Jo is celebrating her 5th year of being breast cancer free! “When I look back 30 years when my mother was diagnosed, they didn’t know what they [know now]. They figured, ‘Let’s just give her mega-doses of chemo.’ So my Mom’s journey was extremely rough,” says DiPerna. Jo’s cancer journey, which included losses to breast cancer of both her mother at age 53 and grandmother at age 54, is not uncommon. Growing awareness of the family cancer syndrome can be attributed to those courageous women, whose experiences led to advances in diagnosis and treatment of this silent killer that is silent no longer. Jo continues, “Not too much before my mom died from her breast cancer she said to me ‘If one was saved because of what I went through, it was worth it.’ And I’ve held on


to those words—not knowing five years ago that I would have breast cancer. My prayer is to let people know that hope lives!” Of course no one ever wants to hear the words “your diagnosis” and “cancer” in the same sentence. But as scientists learn more about how cells develop, divide, deviate and proliferate, individuals who once suffered alongside beloved family members now have greater hope than ever for healthy futures. First, a quick review of cell biology as discussed by Cancer Research, UK in the organization’s article, Family History and Inherited Cancer Genes: (Read more at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/ about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/inheritedcancer-genes-and-increased-cancer-risk/ family-history-and-inherited-cancer-

genes#Zt1tJLL6xLLJxOPo.99) “All cancers develop because something has gone wrong [a fault or mutation] with one or more of the genes in a cell. Usually a cell must have 6 or more gene faults before it becomes cancerous. Most gene faults develop during our lifetime. They may happen, as we get older due to random mistakes when a cell is dividing … or due to something we are exposed to, such as cigarette smoke or sunlight. These gene changes don’t affect all body cells; they are not inherited and can't be passed on to our children.” However, some faulty genes, called inherited cancer genes, can increase cancer risk and can be passed on from parent to STYLEMEDIA.COM

child. The American Cancer Society makes near her chest wall, and was diagnosed as to genetic or environmental factors, both this important distinction: the abnormal stage 2.” Following a single mastectomy, Jo and Suzanne stress the need to take gene that increases risk is inherited, not the Harris is also going through chemotherapy extra precautions based on family histories. cancer itself. and radiation. Whenever incidence of cancer is prevalent, In the past decade heightened attenWith the ubiquitous presence of cancer especially among close relatives like a parent tion has been focused on gene anomalies in the family, brother John Harris, wonders or sibling, there is cause for concern. that increase familial risk for developing when he will be diagnosed. In these cases, women may elect to breast cancer, specifically mutations in genes Fries says, “Here is the funny thing, you undergo genetic counseling to estimate BRCA1 or BRCA2. These mutations lead would think it would be genetic. However, risk for having a mutation in one to hereditary breast and of the BRCA genes. Also, they ovarian cancer syndrome should alert healthcare provid(coined HBOC). However ers of their high-risk status and it is important to note that consider precautionary measures ly Fami Jo DiPerna only about 5% to 10% of all such as breast exams every six cancers result directly from months, MRIs (in lieu of mamgene mutations inherited mograms) and in some cases from a parent. In other preventative mastectomy. words, inherited mutations “Since our diagnoses, my are not the only explanation niece and my sister have been for family cancer syndrome. encouraged to pursue precauLike Jo DiPerna, Suzanne tionary care,” says Fries. Early Fries experienced muldetection offers promise of far tiple occurrences of breast better outcomes. cancer among close family Likewise, all three of DiPermembers. na’s daughters are extra diligent. Suzanne, the youngest of They get breast MRIs rather four children, (siblings Kelli, than mammograms and have John, and Jennie) relates, had hormone levels checked “Cancer has been a journey using a spit test. As a result, two for my entire family. First, girls found elevated hormones my dad, Bill Harris, was and have started on bio-identidiagnosed with prostate cal hormone treatment to level cancer in 2007. Then my them out. sister, Kelli Lightsey, at the At five years cancer free, age of 47, was diagnosed with Jo DiPerna is now turning Stage 4, estrogen positive, her attention to breast cancer Grandmother, Gladys Schoonmaker, Mother, Joan West, breast cancer. She endured 3 prevention: what she calls with daughters Joni, Jo, Jackie and Janet years of surgeries, chemotherpreventative pink. apy and radiation before she “ I don’t want to see women lost her battle in April 2015. go through breast cancer!” she One year after Kelli’s diagnosis, I found a none of us tested positive for the BRAC1/2 says, so she sets an example for her daughtiny lump in my right breast; no bigger than gene. Our cancers are not genetic!” ters and grandchildren. “I’ve gone more the tip of a ballpoint pen.” Jo DiPerna shares similar concerns organic: there are no hormones in the meats As both sisters struggled with lifeabout genetics. “I have 3 sisters, 3 daughI eat now. I’ve switched from dairy-based threatening diseases, Suzanne shares one ters, 8 grandchildren… 6 are girls.” So Jo milk to almond milk.” of her biggest revelations, “As I received also chose genetic testing and discovered All three children have followed Jo’s more information about my diagnosis, I that her family’s three-generation history lead by reducing environmental factors that was amazed how different my cancer, my of breast cancer was not due to inherited could contribute to future problems for diagnosis, my treatment, and my prognosis genetic faults. their young girls. Jo reflects, “Am I grateful was from my sister’s. In short, [mine] was Minus these gene mutations that that mammograms, ultrasounds and MRIs a small tumor, but it was already moving, increases the risk, what explains the family spot breast cancer? YES! But how do and it was … a different hormone from cancer syndrome in these two families? we PREVENT breast cancer? That’s the my sister’s. While Kelli’s only choice was The American Cancer Society considpreventative pink that’s in my heart for the a lumpectomy at that time, I chose to do a ers the question, “… certain types of cancer future. That’s the Hope Lives message!” bilateral mastectomy. Even though we both seem to run in some families. Sometimes, went through chemotherapy, we had differthis is because family members have certain Elissa J. Tivona is a busy journalist and ent ‘cocktails’.” risk factors in common, such as smoking, academic. She has had the great privilege Suzanne’s family’s story does not end which can cause many types of cancer. It to travel internationally to present her with the two sisters. Fries adds, “Just at can also be due in part to other factors, like work in peace and conflict studies but is the end of my journey; my mom, JoAnne obesity, that tend to run in families and always grateful to return home to beautiful Harris, found a lump in her right breast. 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For a long time, the standard approach to cancer – or any illness, really – took the approach that if you’re sick, you need to rest. Treatment focused on fixing the problem without much regard for the person. 72

Over the last decade, however, evidence has grown to support the idea that for many battling cancer, exercise can be an important part of the process of treating the whole person after diagnosis and during recovery. “First there was anecdotal evidence, and now there is ongoing formal research showing when patients get up and move, and

interact with others in a positive way, they live longer,” notes Michelle Glasgow, MD, a Kaiser Permanente physician practicing family medicine in Fort Collins. “They can be happier, and beyond the benefits of movement for the body and the immune system, the social aspect of exercising as part of a support group, with other cancer survivors, or just a like-minded group in STYLEMEDIA.COM

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your community, has positive impacts on mental and emotional health.” Moderate exercise, including walks or using a stationary bike, stretching or yoga and light strength training can boost appetite, physical and mental well-being and recovery, along with muscle mass and bone density. It can help improve sleep quality and reduce fatigue and weight gain, common complaints during cancer treatment. Research also shows it can reduce the risk of dying from cancer, reduce the risk of cancer recurring, and boost energy and reduce the side effects of treatment. Many patients who first receive a cancer diagnosis think it means the end. “That’s not how we share that information now,” Glasgow reports. Today’s approach acknowledges the illness, and that a diagnosis is not an end. “We treat the body as a whole, not just the tumor. Many cases are curable, or can be put into remission, and survival rates are improving.” For many, exercise and interacting with others can take them to a happy place, improving their morale, and helping them deal with mental and physical stress. “Anyone who exercises has less cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, and there are reports of some ‘miracle’ cases where patients have been cured, or their cancer has been put into remission,” Glasgow says. There is also evidence that exercise can help treatment – chemotherapy in particular – work better. “It seems that the body does not fight against itself as much when exercise is incorporated into treatment,” she adds. Research suggests exercise can slow tumor growth and even make some tumors

easier to treat by improving blood flow and the ability of chemotherapy to reach tumors. At Kaiser Permanente, which focuses on taking care of the person as a whole, incorporating exercise into cancer treatment and recovery is now commonplace. “We work to keep people strong, to have them use their muscles, heart, lungs; and not just those fighting cancer, but any chronic disease state. We get post-surgical patients, like those who’ve had open-heart surgery, up and moving as soon as we can. In the long run, people do better when they are stronger and moving,” Glasgow says. One of the main benefits is a change of venue for a patient, who may be laying in a hospital bed day after day. Getting them up, moving around, out of their room and to different places – even outside – boosts patient morale and can lead to shorter hospital stays. The sense of control and contributing to their own care can be important when facing an extended, trying course of treatment, and exercise can help boost self-esteem and reduce anxiety. Exercise recommendations by KP physicians to those undergoing cancer treatment or are survivors is the same as for individuals who are healthy or want to be healthier- 30 minutes of cardio a day or more. Ideally, done in a social forum like a running or walking group or fitness class. “When people get involved and meet others, including other survivors or others going through treatment, or are training together for an upcoming event, that helps motivation, and there is power in positive thinking,” Glasgow adds.

She notes that even exercising alone, and increasing your heart rate for a sustained period of time, helps your immune system, increases the body’s production of endorphins, and makes you happier. Dr. Glasgow shares a story of a patient diagnosed with cancer in her late 30s who was morbidly obese. When she learned she had invasive, stage 3 breast cancer, she had never exercised in her life, food was her go-to source of comfort, and she watched hours of television daily. “It was pretty bad,” recalls Glasgow. “She was young, with two young children, and had a bilateral mastectomy; but it changed her life, and she finished her first half marathon this past spring. She survived well beyond initial predictions, and is tumor-free two years later. She’s at a normal weight, and in a running group of women who train together and support one another. This summer she took her kids to the water park, and, for the first time, went in her swimsuit.” Of course, Glasgow stresses that cancer patients should consult with their physicians before starting an exercise program. “Healthy behaviors help fight any illness – before you are sick, while you are being treated, and after treatment. Healthy eating and exercise help patients do better in the long run. That’s where the future of medicine is,” she concludes. Brad Shannon is a freelance writer and owns Shannon Marketing Communications, a marketing and public relations consulting firm in Loveland.

“Healthy behaviors help fight any illness – before you are sick, while you are being treated, and after treatment. Healthy eating and exercise help patients do better in the long run. That’s where the future of medicine is.” Michelle Glasgow, M.D., Family Medicine Kaiser Permanente Fort Collins



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New Life for Old Materials RECLAIMED R E C Y C L E D REPURPOSED By Brad Shannon

Whether used inside or outside for architectural details, siding, an accent piece, mantel, wall covering, flooring, cabinetry, or to build a signature piece like a dining room table or as a focal point like a counter, bar top or door, designers and home owners love the unique textures and character aged materials bring to a room or piece of furniture. It even is used in decorative arts and crafts projects like clocks, plaques and picture frames. It’s a trend that Curt Viehmeyer and Steve Schwartz of Sears Trostel Lumber & Millwork has seen grow in recent years. “We had customer requests over the last two or three years, and we brought some in a year and a half ago to see what kind of response it would get,” he notes. It started with corral wood from Weld County, aged by wind and weather with a gray hue, knots and 40 to 60 years of character. “Customers were really interested, and used it for furniture, wall paneling, cabinet doors, and commercial customers were making entry and interior doors for homes. Then we got requests for beams to be used as fireplace mantels,” Viehmeyer says. There was also interest in corrugated metal, complete with decades of rust, for bar fronts and wall accents, so the company worked to offer a wide selection of this type of product. Kira Koldeway, Design Manager of Highcraft Builders, has seen the same uptick in demand for reclaimed materials over the last few years. “With the various media outlets and websites promoting it,” she says, “demand took off, but it was hard to find things and prices were an issue. Now more things are available, which is nice.” She notes that the materials appeal to both genders and most age groups. “The dynamic of re-using something with some

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history tied to it, and some homeowners’ interest in a more eclectic feel that incorporates a lot of elements and uses found, reclaimed, refurbished materials, leads to interest from a lot of people,” she concludes. Sears Trostel’s inventory includes century-old wooden beams from deconstructed barns – some circle sawn, others hand hewn with an adz, some with mortise holes and tenon tongues. At times they also have wooden floor planks from railroad box cars. For some, the most impressive pieces are large slabs cut from old trees, including wood salvaged from local trees that had to be taken down. Many are “live edge,” meaning they have the natural edge – sometimes including bark – of the tree. You can find black walnut, honey locust, maple, and more – even rare, ancient oak from Europe. “Trees get damaged or sick or die, or are removed for other reasons, and some folks, rather than having them chipped down and taken to the landfill, see that they can be reused,” notes Viehmeyer. “It can take some extra effort, but there is demand and interest in this type of wood, and people like to see it put to good use.” Sears Trostel works with and carries products from Ryan Baldwin of Baldwin Hardwoods and Baldwin Custom Woodworking,


Photos courtesy of Forrest Cramer, Pin and Scroll Elegant Wood Designs, www.facebook.com/PinandScroll/photos.



Chet Nance, Riverside location Retail Assistant Manager, Stephen Schwartz, Co-owner, Curt Viehmeyer, Co-owner.

who has built a portion of his business on salvaging trees. He has a large band saw at his mill to turn locally felled trees into slabs and a kiln to dry the wood and ensure any insects in it are killed. Forrest Cramer, owner of Pin & Scroll Woodworking, is a custom furniture maker who uses materials from Sears Trostel. He’s worked with wood his whole life, trained as a violin maker, and has done antique furniture restoration, reproduction work, and now focuses on custom furniture with an emphasis on timeless, quality pieces to be passed down through generations. He notes he’s seen interest in reclaimed materials emerge over five to ten years, and explode recently. “At first, it gained traction in areas like Boulder, where the interest in the environmental side of reclaimed led things,” he says. “But to me, early on, it was more thrown together. It did not mesh with my approach of making a quality product as the primary goal.” In recent years, he shares, more people want a reclaimed look and a rustic, old feel, and to have it fit into a contemporary design in a high-quality product. Some of his favorite materials to work with include boxcar flooring and live-edge wood slabs. “I’ve gotten more into it, with the goal of showing people you don’t have to sacrifice quality, and it doesn’t always have to be rustic, which, to me, often isn’t refined or elegant. I work to blend the character of reclaimed STYLE 2016

wood with a newer, refined, contemporary look,” Cramer stresses. For the time being, it seems the interest in using reclaimed materials will continue. A recent Harvest Public Media story focused on old barns as a hot decorating product. The barns, the report notes, are often in need of expensive repairs, can’t fit modern tractors, nor modern-sized livestock herds. It notes that Mike Bowe, host of “Barnwood Builders,” has been salvaging barns for 20 years, but notes that weathered barns are a finite resource. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer interested in adding new detail and character to your home of office, or work with a craftsman to bring your vision to life, there are a number of options to choose from to ensure your next project is unique. Prices vary, and range from a few dollars a board foot up to $800 for some of the most desirable large pieces. Check the Sears Trostel website – searstrostel.com – for inventory under “Products” and “Reclaimed” to find inspiration for using old materials to bring a new feel to your living or working space. Brad Shannon is a freelance writer and owner of Shannon Marketing Communications, a marketing and public relations consulting firm in Loveland.



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Vineyard on Garvin Mesa. Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

Land of Milk & Honey Delta County, Colorado By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer It may seem overreaching to infer that a place is the promised land, but with rolling hills covered in sheep, cattle, vineyards and numerous fruit bearing trees, Delta County really is Colorado’s land of milk and honey. Historically, the largest employer in the area has been coal mines, but in recent years, the region has diversified, and is now one of the best farm-to-table destinations in Colorado. With a population of about 30,000, Delta County is located about an hour southeast of Grand Junction and just an hour and a half south of Glenwood Springs via McClure Pass. This pie-shaped county is nestled among some of the state’s most beautiful national forests including the Grand Mesa National Forest and the Gunnison National Forest, and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, rafting and fishing abound. And while recreational activities are vast, I visit Delta County for the wine and the food.


Why visit Over the course of several visits to the area, we’ve discovered that each of the small farming communities sprinkled around Delta County have their own distinctive personality. With its tree lined streets, artists’ communes and small farms, Paonia is idyllic and charming. Hotchkiss bills itself as the “friendliest town around,” and I’ve had no experiences to the contrary. It’s a work-a-day ranching community and home to the Delta County Fairgrounds. Cedaredge is an orchard town and gateway to Grand Mesa. Crawford is a cluster of small houses on a hill surrounded by hundred-acre ranches. Late musician Joe Cocker called Crawford home for many years and is still a favorite son among the locals. Delta County’s largest town, Delta, population around 8,000, is at the westernmost tip of the county. Incorporated in 1882, it’s named for its location which is where the

Uncompahgre River flows into the Gunnison River. Where to Stay Choosing a place to stay is part of the fun of visiting this bountiful area. The possibilities range from vineyard bed and breakfasts to five-star ranches. A relatively small area, no matter where visitors stay they won’t be far from any of the county’s attractions. Farm stays are plentiful and include places such as the cottage at Avalanche Cheese Co.’s farm to The Living Farm Cafe & Inn in downtown Paonia, where guests stay above the cafe, just one-mile from the family’s farm. Gunnison River Farms is a working farm along the banks of the Gunnison River. They have orchards and grow crops, including hops, and raise livestock. Visitors stay in well-appointed cabins and have access to rafting and world-class fishing. If they are so STYLEMEDIA.COM

inclined, guests can arrange to work on the farm and experience rural Western Colorado life firsthand. The property includes an airstrip providing easy access for affluent patrons. Wine lovers will want to look into staying at a local vineyard. Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyard is one such destination. Here, winemaker Yvon Gros delights guests with his wine, food and flock of friendly ducks. Stone Cottage Cellars also has a cottage on their property, and I think winemaker, Brent Helleckson, makes some of the best wine in Colorado. For those wishing to stay in town, The Bross Hotel, a purpose built hotel that’s been in business since 1906, is a great option in downtown Paonia, and is located just a block away from Revolution Brewing. Don’t miss Revolution’s sheep brats, made from Paonia’s own Desert Weyr Black Welsh Mountain Sheep. Where to Eat Speaking of food, Delta County is a foodie’s paradise, especially the North Fork Valley which is comprised of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford. From The Living Farm Cafe to the Flying Fork, both in Paonia, many of this little town’s restaurants offers farm-tofork as a matter of course. The North Fork Valley is brimming with small farms where visitors can buy fresh vegetables and fruit, bread still warm from the oven and locally raised meat. Visitors to this region need to pack a cooler because they won’t want to go home empty handed. One of our favorite joints in the valley is PJ’s Pub in Hotchkiss. Not exactly a farmto-table destination, we love that owner/chef, Peter Knapp, treats everyone as a longtime friend. He truly lives up to Hotchkiss’ title as “the friendliest town around.” What to Do The Living Farm is my favorite stop because farmer Lynn Gillespie's love for her vegetables and sheep is palpable and she enjoys educating visitors about her organic farm. Gillespie also has a passion for teaching people how to grow stuff. Follow her Garden Show online at LivingFarm.org. On our recent visit to Delta County, we toured Butte Pasture Yak Ranch in Crawford where I bottle fed a baby yak, which was a highlight of my summer. We also visited Desert Weyr on Garvin Mesa. This ranch is one of the few in the United States raising Black Welsh Mountain Sheep. These black sheep, an old British breed, are notable for both their meat and wool production. Owner Oogie McGuire has a plethora of knowledge STYLE 2016

about this unique breed and leads a fascinating farm tour. Gavin Mesa, which towers above Paonia, is also a good place to go wine tasting. Stone Cottage Cellars, Terror Creek Winery and Azura Cellars & Gallery are all within a few minutes of one another. Black Bridge Winery is also in the vicinity at the bottom of the mesa along the banks of the North Fork of the Gunnison. Another fun activity is to rent a bike from Cirque Cyclery in downtown Paonia and tour wineries and small farms. The staff at Cirque Cyclery will help you put together a customized route. This bike business is inside the old Paonia post office and offers bike rentals, bike sales, bike repairs, unique jewelry and clothing and a juice bar that will soon serve adult beverages. The spaces ooze Paonia-style charm and have quickly become a community hub. Harvest season is an exciting time to visit Delta County. The region is buzzing with activity and festivals and visitors will see signs of harvest everywhere. Mountain Harvest Festival is the perfect excuse to visit the area during the height of harvest season. Taking place September 22nd to 25th in Paonia, this festival is a celebration of all the wonderful reasons why Delta County is so special. There’s music, art, farm-to-table events, farm tours, a bike parade and much more. Find this event online at MountainHarvestFestival.org. Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer from Loveland. She is also the founder of HeidiTown.com, an entertaining source for Colorado travel and festival stories.

Yak farm visit. Photo by Ryan Schlaefer

Visiting the hop farm at Gunnison River Farm

Revolution Brewing. Photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer



The Queen of Parades By Malini Bartels

Loyal, loving, stumpy, and sassy, Corgis are the canines that relish romp, pomp and circumstance!

Last October, over 400 fluffy butts and their biped companions descended upon Old Town Fort Collins for the first ever Tour de Corgi. This year, the carnival parade will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Gathering begins at 10:00 a.m. at Civic Center Park, with the adorable parade leaving at 12 Noon and winding through Old Town Square and Oak Street Plaza. The parade will re-congregate at Civic Center Park where the public is invited to visit dog-related vendor booths. Tracy Stewart adores the breed and currently lives with three of them. She created the local display of pageantry for Corgis and their half-breeds. “They have intelligent comedic personalities and are just cute to look at,” says Stewart. “There is also something really funny about short legs!” She first saw an article about So Cal Corgi Beach Day. After some research, she found other Corgi events and started to brainstorm


about creating one for Fort Collins. She constructed the name “Tour de Corgi” and began inviting her Corgi family friends. “The event went viral on Facebook,” recalls Stewart. “When the number of participants got close to one hundred, I knew she would need help. I organized a planning committee to assist with all the details and checked in with the city for a permit.” All this required a budget, so Stewart asked all participants for a small donation to cover the first year’s fees. The group members stepped up and most of the budget was covered. Fellow Corgi owners at www.cosmiccorgi.com even designed event t-shirts. A portion of the t-shirt sales also contributed to the budget and will this year as well. Registration includes a collectible wristband and t-shirts will be available for purchase. The event will also have an original costume contest starting at 10:30 a.m. Mayor Wade

Troxell expressed willingness to judge the costume contest this year. Committee members also reached out to famous Corgi fans such as Stephen King, Alton Brown and Kirstie Alley, to see if they would be interested in joining the festivities. About the Breed Corgi memes and videos are extremely popular on the internet and can instantly create sheer joy. Their characteristic stumpy legs, fluffy rears, ginormous ears and happy grin make these creatures downright adorable. Originating in 1200 BC, there are two main breeds of Corgis: Welsh Pembroke and Cardigan. Cardigans have long fox like tails and Pembroke generally have their tails docked immediately after birth. The word Corgi comes from Cor meaning “dwarf ” and gi meaning “dog” in the traditional Welsh language. Traditionally bred for herding, Corgis love to nip at heels; their height may have something to do with that… England’s Queen Elizabeth II favors Pembroke and has owned more than 30 Corgi’s during her reign. Erin Thames is a local professional photographer and owner of Erin Thames Photography, specializing in pet portraits. She loves capturing Corgis because of their big personalities. “They are so cute and their body types are fun as well as their smiles,” says the dog lover. “They can be quite rambunctious as working dogs so I like to capture them doing jobs. To be able to see and photograph so many corgis in costume (in the parade) is an added bonus!” “The event is like a dream come true for me as corgis are my FAVORITE breed. I'm excited to see it in the new location and with vendors. I hope it gets bigger and bigger each year as it is such a fun event!” More information and registration for this unique parade can be found at www. tourdecorgi.org and by searching for the Tour de Corgi public group on Facebook.

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SWINGING "fore" MIRACLES July 11 | Fort Collins Country Club

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REALITIES CUP 2016 July 18 | Ptarmigan Country Club Fort Collins

The fifth annual Swinging ”fore” Miracles Charity Golf Tournament hosted by RE/ MAX Alliance brought out 250+ golfers, sponsors, volunteers and community members to play an afternoon of golf. The charity tournament raised more than $30,000 and will benefit Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) with proceeds donated to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver. Special guests Keegan Cook, 2015 Wyoming CMN Champion, and Madison Williams, Children’s Hospital Colorado Patient and Fort Collins local were on hand and shared their inspiring stories. Photos courtesy of TopPics.

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Standing: Kacie Thomas, Madison Williams. Seated: Kaitlynn Cook, Stacey Cook, Keegan Cook, Ken Cook

Mary Bengford, John DeWitt, Christina Koder, Michael Brown, Jennifer McGrath

Great golf, camaraderie and helping at-risk youth were on tap at the Realities Cup Invitational Golf Tournament sponsored by Realities for Children. More than 130 golfers and sponsors representing 32 teams took to the course giving it their best. Plenty of activities greeted golfers and ended with an awards banquet. The event raised more than $34,000 to benefit children and youth in our community who have been abused or neglected. Photos courtesy of Craig Vollmer Photography and Marialena Fronczak.

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2016 WOMEN OF VISION GALA July 20 | Hilton | Fort Collins An evening of glamour and celebration were the cornerstones at the 6th annual Women of Vision Gala honoring 12 women from Northern Colorado. A champagne reception kicked off festivities as guests mingled and met honorees. Dinner, special videos of the honorees and awards completed the evening. Three women also received special recognition for being “outstanding� and taking their visions to a higher level. Since its inception in 2010, Women of Vision has honored nearly 100 women in northern Colorado. Photos courtesy of A Witness to Life Photography.

Susie Ewing, Dixie Daly, Tara Pogoda, Tami K. Spaulding, Jessica Born, Ann Clarke 2016 Woman of Inspiration Award: Tami K. Spaulding

Catherine St. Germain, Alyssa St. Germain, Jessica Born. 2016 Woman of Inspiration Award: Catherine St. Germain

Paula Thomas, Ann Clarke, Janice Nerger, Jessica Born. 2016 Dr. Joan King International Woman of Vision Award: Dr. Janice Nerger

RELAY FOR LIFE WINDSOR July 23 | Boardwalk Park | Windsor More than 300 survivors, caregivers, supporters and participants came together to celebrate life, remember loved ones who lost to cancer, and to fight back against cancers of all kinds at Relay For Life of Windsor. Cancer survivors, clad in purple T-shirts, kicked off festivities as they packed the track for their honorary victory lap and plenty of activities kept the 26 teams participating excited during the eight-hour relay. More than 200 lit luminaria bags lined the park, each dedicated to a loved one lost or in honor of someone affected by cancer. The event helped to raise more than $72,000 for the American Cancer Society for research, advocacy, education, patient services and more. Photos courtesy of Sincerest Moments Photography and Design.


Susan Doughty, Isabel Porth, Jim Porth Sr., Amy Doughty, Dan Valdez, Jan Erickson, Mona Valdez, Deb Kirkman, Amber Harmon, Stacey Ladwig, Bob Kirkman Team The Fluttering Mariposas

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PRAIRIE DOG CLASSIC July 25 | Greeley Country Club

The Greeley Chamber of Commerce hosted another sell-out golf tournament with more than 200 golfers enjoying the flighted scramble format, while vying for bragging rights at this spirited event. Winners of the 20th annual Prairie Dog Classic included Slaughter Roofing taking first place in the A Flight with a score of 52 and with a score of 66 and a scorecard playoff, the Hampton Inn & Suites team took top honors in the B Flight. Proceeds from the popular golfing tournament will help support Greeley Chamber of Commerce programs.

Lynn Longner, Scott McPherson, Dan Dennie, Gene Haffner-Team Banner Health/NCMC

Brett Myatt, Kevin Keck, CJ Myatt, Barry Kennedy Team CJ 's Electric

Andy Slaughter, Jeremy Ehardt, Brian Franzen, Ben Ratliff 2016 Prairie Dog Classic A Flight Champions - Team Slaughter Roofing


The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the sold-out annual Golf Classic with 36 teams made up of chamber members and the business community. Golfers had a chance to network, have fun, win prizes as well as play some great golf during the half-day tournament. Lunch and dinner rounded out the day of golf with Team Eide Bailly taking home the trophy as winners of the 2016 Golf Classic. Proceeds from the event will benefit the advocacy work of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce. This year the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 112th anniversary.

Aug 1 | Fort Collins Country Club

Darin Duncan, Ryan Geruch, Dennis Humphrey, Kyle Merritt-Team Cache Bank & Trust

Jake Craus, Karie Gallegos-Doering, Russ Jones, Roper Marquiss Team Gallegos Sanitation


Thomas Ahrens, Sarah Kurtz, Annie Young, Jessa Labarbera 2016 FOCO Chamber Classic Champions - Team Eide Bailly


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August 4 | The Hixon Home Fort Collins

A picturesque backdrop of art and sculpture gardens provided more than 160 opera enthusiasts a prime setting for the Opera Fort Collins Guild soiree event. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres paired with fine wines greeted mingling attendees before the live musical performances at dusk of opera arias and duets, and lighter repertoire, from the outdoor stage. Proceeds from the evening fundraiser will benefit Opera Fort Collins’ Season 37. Photos courtesy of Zebra Jellyfish Photography.

Gary & Carol Ann Hixon

Trudy Manuel, Ann Wilmsen

Laurie Cadwell, Ruth Billings, Sandy Klein

Will Flowers, Kevin Flowers

GROUPGIVES CELEBRATION August 5 | The Group Harmony Office | Fort Collins

Beth Bishop, Miki Roth, Kelly McBartlett, Tara Tooley


Sharon McCarthy, Jane Sullivan, Deborah Booker

GroupGives, The Group Real Estate’s charitable fund, awarded two $25,000 gifts to Project Self-Sufficiency and Faith Family Hospitality. Administered by the Community Foundation and supported by Group Realtors and staff, GroupGives funds programs in northern Colroado that support the mission that “Every person should have a place to call home.” In addition to the awarding the grants, a silent auction and live auction helped to raise more than $42,000 for the fund. Photos courtesy of Joe Vasos.

Susie Ewing, Helen Gray, Tracy Mead, Kelly McBartlett Tracy Mead-E.D. Project Self-Sufficiency

Diane Abshire, Annette Zacharias, Susie Ewing, Helen Gray, Kelly McBartlett Annette Zacharias-E.D. Faith Family Hospitality

Lauren Roesener, Becky Vasos

Jim Schmid, Christina Mueske


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