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I hope this email finds you well and enjoying this little thunderstorm. I know my salsa garden is! I just wanted to take a few minutes to send you and the models committee a huge thank you! The photo shoot day was beyond my imagination. The whole day was above the most treasured day I have had, it ranks right up there to my wedding day almost 30 years to the day of the photo shoot! Spending the time with all those beautiful and courageous women with different journeys was inspiring, special, and full of love! The encouragement just poured from every corner of your beautiful house! It felt so good to let go and be free of emotions at the end of my shoot. And...I can't thank you enough for being the first person
to tell me, I deserve this and I was beautiful! I certainly was out of my comfort level and I'm not one to be comfortable with being fussed over. But I'm so thankful I took this ride, especially with the beautiful warrior women! I want to also let you know I'm thankful for Marcus, he is a talented person and he truly loves his work and models! He made me feel at ease. My time at Cloz to Home was a warming and welcoming feeling from the store staff. The ladies were so kind, thoughtful and encouraging. They really know what a person will like and be comfortable in just by knowing their product and asking questions and taking the time to get to know the models. My door prize gift card was to Xanadu as you know. My time there was wonderful, relaxing and very much therapeutic. Lucy truly is a master of her work. She made my sore muscles
from radiation, exercising, tamoxifin treatment and working horses so much more free of stiffness! Such a beautiful facility as well! Lastly, thank you Lydia for your creation of Hope Lives and for what it stands for. Hope lives in me every day in my personal and professional daily journey. I can't explain it other than the word Hope is all I need to make it through life's challenges and it served me well through my journey! To the beautiful committee members, thank for your passion, love support, guidence and FUN personalities. Each of you are so filled with life, love and encouragement! You all are, too, oozing with inspiration! Thank you! I look forward to more time together! Warm Regards and Much Gratitude, Kim Ellis
Women Arenâ€™t the Only Ones
Celebrating Life in the Pink
Prestigious Neighborhoods: Mariana Butte
Design Diversity Offered by Naturecraft Custom Homes
Samaritan Society 20 Good Loveland Village Spotlight 22 Business The Sleep Store of Fort Collins Spotlight 24 Business Aspen Speech Therapy
RamStrength, Fighting Cancer 26 Community In Ram Country
Jeep Grand Cherokee 28 The Summit is a Great Choice! When Safety is Foremost
Million and Counting, Community 30 100 Foundation Marks Milestone
Meet The Models
60 Med Spas Pamper Breast Cancer Thrivers Beauty
3D Mammography 64 New at Banner Health
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70 Pets Old Modalities Become New Again 92 Travel Oktoberfest Colorado Style departments
10 From Our Readers 16 Publisher's Letter 96 About Town
Hanging With the Heroes
Colorado Cowgirl Roundup & Art Show Summer Bash
Relay for Life – Fort Collins Blue Hawaii Luau
Swinging ‘Fore’ Miracles Realities Cup
THRIVERS CELEBRATE LIFE There was a special sisterhood and immediate common bond of breast cancer we all shared that special day when we gathered at my home to celebrate life. Eighteen beautiful women, some in treatment, some in remission, were pampered and made to feel 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 look and our committee was there to make it a very special memorable day. We enjoyed mimosas as we danced and cheered each woman being photographed. We all celebrated being women, shared stories, supported each other, laughed and offered hope and encouragement. Our special bond was evident; we had gathered to celebrate the preciousness of life. Each year Style invites breast cancer survivors to share with us their story - the challenges, the heartaches, and the victories of their diagnosis and treatment 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, each of these women were changed forever and their lives would never be the same. As you read their stories, you’ll see how these women confronted their challenges, faced
their fears and gathered their strength through their tears and heartaches 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 with a new set of priorities. Thank you to each of these awesome women for openly sharing their own personal story. May their stories uplift, empower and encourage any newly diagnosed woman and give her inspiration courage and hope. Most of our survivor stories speak about the deep gratitude they have for their faith, families and friends who provided them enormous support and encouragement to endure their journey. Although our focus in this issue is women, it is important for men to realize that they aren’t immune to breast cancer. And for that awareness, we want you to be sure to read “Women Aren’t the Only Ones” to learn of a local man who fought breast cancer and won. Early diagnosis is key for the best outcomes. Since mammography is key to diagnosing breast cancer, please read the good news about Banner Health bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to Fort Collins. Read “New 3D Mammography at Banner Health.” 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 started a not-for-profit, 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 16-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 inception, Hope Lives! has offered free services to over 750 women equaling over $400,000 in Northern Colorado. Services such as free wigs, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, lymphedema massage, couples counseling, and lifestyle support such as house cleaning, errand assistance, pet care and more. These services are generally not covered by insurance but are extremely important to improve a woman’s emotional, psychological, and physical healing and recovery during treatment. Hope Lives! could not provide their important services without the generous support of our Northern Colorado communities. 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 17th Annual Gala will be held October 21st at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Loveland. Individual tickets and corporate table sponsorships are still available. I invite you to join
us and our 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, fun live auction and more. Tickets are available online at hopelives.org. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 970-225-6200. I deeply appreciate the kindness and support of those individuals and businesses who contribute services, donate, sponsor and volunteer to help this worthwhile cause. I thank you, as do the women we serve. We will continue to help these women and support this cause until a cure is found. We hope you have enjoyed our neighborhood series of articles. This issue features “Mariana Butte, Exceptional Homes in Prestigious Neighborhoods” in Loveland. It is a beautiful area with amazing views, great golf, and a family friendly trail system. Residential building is continuing to boom in Northern Colorado. Be sure to look at this issue's featured builder in “Design Diversity Offered by Naturecraft Custom Homes.” Travis builds throughout the region and his quality, design and interesting use of natural materials make his homes unique. Be sure to make your vote count and take a few minutes to vote for your favorites in business in our fourth annual “Best of Style” online at bos2017now.com. Voting continues through October 15th and results will be revealed in our December issue of Style. In good health,
Thanks to the awesome Hope Lives 2017 model committee!
Good Samaritan Society Loveland Village Grows to Meet Demand
By Kay Rios Lisa Melby, Holly Turner, Cynthia Benfield, Kristine Koschke
The recent grand opening of the Wellness Center and Town Center at Good Samaritan Society Loveland Village gave the community a look into new offerings and possibilities in living for the 55 plus crowd. The redesign now provides more places to gather, learn, create and play with expanded workout areas, and additional meeting areas for small or larger gatherings. The newly renovated areas add to the options for which the Village is well known.
ON THE JOB
The Good Samaritan Society Loveland Village offers a range of living choices for its residents. Holly Turner, director of senior living/marketing, says that range includes independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, rehab and memory care. “We have 80 duplexes, 103 apartments, and 51 assisted living units.” In addition, the Village currently provides skilled nursing and therapy services for 104 residents and is Medicare/ Medicaid certified. For the assisted living apartments,
protective oversight is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Independent living areas are configured in several choices: one bedroom, a deluxe one bedroom, or a twobedroom apartment, all of which feature careful planning for maximum space and comfort. The Village campus includes a number of garden level twin homes with spacious two bedrooms and two baths, a garage, utility/storage areas and sunrooms. All in all, around 400 residents are accommodated in all levels of care. Creating that care, approximately 225 staff members keep things running smoothly. The complex is, indeed, a village, because of its additional offerings which include a hair salon, swimming pool and spa, fitness room, country store, ice-cream parlor, woodworking shop, library, greenhouse, media room, and pool room. The outdoor areas offer a wellness trail, pavilion for barbeques or parties, as well as a fish-stocked lake and dock for fishing, all of which create a true, welcoming community feel.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
The newly redesigned and creative approach appeals to the growing population and the increase in activity that more seniors enjoy, Turner says. “The whole first floor was gutted. We removed ten apartments and recreated the space. We increased the workout room and now have a large space for classes. Currently, we have classes for balance, strength training, Tai Chi, seated movement and meditation. Our goal is to expand what we have to offer and eventually open that up to the community.” Additionally, the renovation expanded the library and reworked the pool, she says. “The pool has an ultra violet filtration system so it uses very little chlorine. We also put in a juice bar and a vending machine with only healthy snacks.” The underlying effort is to continue providing the high quality of housing and supportive services to seniors of all faiths and beliefs as it has done for over 40 years. It all began with a simple idea. Eliese
Kammeyer and Lillian Akers envisioned a retirement complex where people could live and be cared for as they age and decided to put their dream in motion. The retired teachers approached the Loveland Retired School Teachers on March 17, 1971, and were greeted with enthusiasm. A steering committee was formed and, after extensive research, the group liked the mission of the Good Samaritan Society – Bonell Community in Greeley. In July 1971, the committee approached executives at the Good Samaritan Society's headquarters in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and both parties quickly realized that Good Samaritan and Loveland were a perfect fit. In March of 1972, land was purchased in south Loveland and phase one ground breaking started the process on July 23, 1972, with Kammeyer and Akers turning the first shovels of dirt that would create 64 apartments and the healthcare center. The first resident moved into the Village healthcare center on June 1, 1973. Loveland Village was an immediate success and, as growing senior needs became apparent, more building began. During the summer of 1980, duplexes were built and the first apartment addition, the Boulevard wing, was opened in 1982 with 59 apartments. Assisted living apartments helped expand the mission of the Village in 1987 and, at the same time, conversion of the original four-story apartment wing began. The community’s need for expanded healthcare services inspired the 24 additional beds which were added to the skilled healthcare center in September 1990. Growth, based on demand, continued over the next few years, culminating this year with the new redesign. Along with its physical growth, the Village
has added more offerings including home and community-based health services, hospice, post-acute rehabilitation services, and outpatient therapy.
REASONS TO GO
The official invitation listed on the website says it all: “Come see for yourself why retirement is brighter at Good Samaritan Society – Loveland Village.” Personal tours and a complimentary lunch are available upon request.
CLAIM TO FAME
“What sets us apart is the fact that we have all levels of care on one campus and now a state of the art wellness center that no one else in this area offers,” Turner says. “We are the largest not-for-profit in the country that provides housing and service for seniors 55 and over. We accept all faiths and beliefs.” Good Samaritan Loveland Village has won attention for its offerings. “For the past ten years in a row, we’ve won the Reporter Herald Readers’ Choice Award for best retirement community.”
“All of the renovation is to keep up with the current market and the changing face of seniors and their needs,” Turner says.
HOW TO FIND THEM
Good Samaritan Society Loveland Village is located at 2101 S. Garfield Ave., Loveland, CO 80537. Find additional information on the website at https://www.good-sam. com/locations/loveland-village. For an appointment to tour the facility, call (970) 669-3100.
Life’s Too Short To Sleep On A Bad Mattress The Sleep Store Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary
By Kyle Eustice
ON THE JOB
Walking into The Sleep Store of Ft. Collins’ expansive showroom on South College, it’s immediately clear why the longtime Fort Collins business moved down the hall last year. They’re now nestled in their new spot in The Square Shopping Center, just east of Trader Joe’s. The space is bright and impeccably organized, allowing for the best possible shopping experience. The new floor layout allows for a great selection of mattress models to be displayed. The Owner, John Cramer, has been in the mattress and furniture business for decades. In fact, this month The Sleep Store is celebrating their 45th anniversary. The Denver native started the business while still at CSU. Cramer’s first location was on LaPorte Avenue. He soon opened a second location in Old Town. Eventually, he established The Sleep Store in 1972 and never looked back. “I love the business,” he explains. “The community has been very supportive of our employees and our store. Not many businesses make it 45 years. Obviously we couldn’t have done it without the people in Northern Colorado. It’s been good. We try to give them value, expertise, and an individualized shopping experience. We work hard to earn their business and I think we consistently succeed in doing that.”
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
The Sleep Store stocks a plethora of mattresses, adjustable foundations, futons, pillows, sheets and linens, bunk beds, platform beds, Murphy beds, waterbeds, headboards, and footboards While online shopping has certainly changed the nature of the bedding business, Cramer prides himself on his old school values. By spending money at locally owned businesses, each dollar nourishes the community and in turn, it thrives. That’s why top notch customer service has been integral to their success. “Customer service is everything, especially now with the brick and mortars versus bedin-a-box online e-tailers” Cramer says. “We
can match any price they can do — that’s not the issue. It’s just that the new world is to get a bed-in-a-box. I’ve been at this a long time and I don’t understand that. Why would you buy a bed you can’t try out first?” With his business philosophy firmly rooted in tradition, Cramer still ensures The Sleep Store keeps up with the changing times. “I may be an old school guy, but we’re progressive in what we offer,” he explains. “We have a bed-in-a-box program, but you can try it in the store and take it home with you. If you want to ship it to your winter home, your summer home, your student… we can do that. One size doesn’t fit all. We have a firm, a plush and a middle bed, so you can get what you want, which is what we believe buying a bed is all about...we sell comfort, we sell sleep”
CLAIM TO FAME
Thanks to its well-educated sales staff, and long-time Manager, Dennis Landry,
their warm, inviting approach and superior knowledge, each employee is able to provide the consumer with an overall positive and enlightening experience. “Our people have been in the business for a long time,” Cramer says. “They’re more into the education than the selling of the customer, and that’s the difference. If we educate them well and answer their questions, they’re going to buy here. On price, we can match anything anyone else can do, but some things we can do better. We’re a member of a $13 billion buying group, so we can buy at great prices. Because of our size, we’re a big mom and pop.” In addition, the new location has made a huge difference in the showroom’s appearance. He admits the last location wasn’t as nice as it could have been. “The other one was ‘dumpy,’ he says with a laugh. “We had stuff everywhere. We knew we were going to move, and didn’t want to STYLEMEDIA.COM
Life Is Good.
Life’s too short to sleep on a bad mattress. - John Cramer
spend money remodeling the store then. In addition to the newly designed showroom, we’re adding a warehouse that includes additional new storage and showroom space. It’s going to be even better.”
REASONS TO GO
The Sleep Store’s staff is like a small family and the close-knit vibe reverberates throughout the store. Even if the customer walks away without purchasing something, they’ll probably leave with a good impression. In fact, Cramer’s closest friends were once customers. “Some of my best friends I met in this store,” he says. “We ride motorcycles, take trips … we’re in their bedroom [laughs]. We have great customers and very few issues. It’s great.” The Sleep Store also carries all the major brands under one roof, along with exclusive lines like their newest additions, Posh + Lavish and Rally Beds In A Box.
“If you don’t like what you do, you’re
doomed,” he says. “I haven’t had a job for a long time.” At nearly 70-years young, Cramer still enjoys his work so much that he doesn’t intend to retire anytime soon. “Many of my friends are retired and they ask when I’m going to retire. I do what I want to do now,” he explains. “If I retired, I probably couldn’t. It’s very important at the end of the day that you can say, ‘Yeah I accomplished something today. I did something I’m passionate about. I don’t know if retirement would be a good fit for me.” In his spare time, Cramer likes to ride motorcycles, fly planes, travel and enjoy his cars.
WHEN TO GO
Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.
HOW TO FIND THEM 3500 S. College Ave. www.sleepeasy.com (970) 223-4567
Standing: Cassandra Scott, Jessi Hogan M.S., CCC-SLP, Erica Hawks M.A., CCC-SLP, Amy Bradley B.S., SLPA
Seated: Kristi Kelly M.S., CCC-SLP, Mari Gottlieb M.A., CF-SLP, Katelyn Leedom M.S., CCC-SLP
Kristi Kelly, a Strong Female Role Model By Kyle Eustice
ON THE JOB
After earning her undergraduate degree at Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, Texas, Fort Collins transplant Kristi Kelly set out to get her masters at Abilene Christian University, graduating in 2006 with her Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders. The 36-year-old mother of two knew she wanted to pursue a career in speech therapy, something she’d figured out as a young adult. In 2013, she made her dream come true and opened up her own private practice — Aspen Speech Therapy. “My mom is a nurse and worked in the ICU at a hospital,” Kelly says “She was pretty well established and high ranked, and became a nurse educator. One day, I shadowed a physical therapist, speech therapist and an occupational therapist. I fell in love with speech therapy. I was probably in high school at the time, right before college when I was trying to figure out my career path .” Kelly started out at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and worked there for five years
until the hospital began the transition to UC Health. “Health care in Fort Collins was dynamically changing,” she explains. “I always knew I wanted to own a private practice and grow as a speech therapist in this setting, but as a young professional new to the field, you can’t go open a clinic right away. You have to build your skills as a therapist and establish your reputation with physicians, colleagues and the local community. “I was able to do this working at the hospital, and identify the huge need within Northern Colorado for a speech therapy clinic. The hospital transition was a perfect opportunity for me to pursue my dream of having a private practice,” she adds. In 2013, Kelly opened her first Aspen Speech Therapy location and two years later opened a second one in Fort Collins. She’s never looked back.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
Aspen Speech Therapy treats people of all ages with a multitude of conditions. According to its website, it specializes in “dysphagia, cognitive and language disorders related to neurological impairments or injury, voice problems and other speech therapy related issues.” It’s also the only private practice
in Northern Colorado trained in performing Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing. Speech therapy is not solely about teaching children how to pronounce their “R's,” which Kelly says is a common misconception. “Most people don’t know what a speech therapist is beyond the basic misarticulation of sounds” she says. “We work with people who have head/neck/throat cancer who can’t swallow because of surgery or intense radiation, we rehab their muscles involved in swallowing and teach them how to eat and drink again. We treat patients with vocal cord issues — from P.E teachers to cheerleaders who overuse their voice. We work with cognitive issues with the elderly population or people involved in car accidents who sustain a traumatic brain injury. We work on language, and social skills for children with autism, too. Most people are not aware of all of the medically focused stuff we do.” For Kelly, it’s her life’s mission. Since she was young, she always wanted to serve others in some way. As a speech therapist, she essentially gives people a voice again. “If you can’t eat and drink or communicate, why even be here?” she says. “If you can’t communicate effectively your quality of life suffers. I can help people.” STYLEMEDIA.COM
CLAIM TO FAME
Aspen Speech Therapy is able to treat all kinds of impairments with limited restrictions given the number of therapists and locations. There are no extensive waiting lists, making treatment more easily accessible. “I’m always learning and growing personally and professionally” she adds. “Whether it’s starting an equine-assisted therapy program or providing speech therapy services to home health agencies or a school district, I’m always looking for ways to expand the business. We always stay on top of treatment methods, and implement the latest and greatest therapy techniques.”
REASONS TO GO
Each employee has a different skill set that diversifies the type of care Aspen Speech Therapy is able to offer. “If you look at most clinics of private practices they have one specific focus or they only work with kids or adults in this one particular setting,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to be very diversified. We see patients from eightdays-old who have feeding issues to 80 or 90-year-old patients struggling with cognition or swallowing issues. “We see people at the clinic, in their homes, and have local contracts with schools and nursing homes,” she says. “There are remote places where people live five hours away, so we also provided telepractice therapy, we are also starting to do equine-assisted therapy, utilizing horses as a treatment tool to target specific deficits in both adults and children.”
As a mother to two young girls — 7-yearold Kinley and 9-year-old Copley — Kelly wants to set an example of what being a strong woman means. “I’m a busy mom with two busy, busy kids,” she says. “I’ve had to become the master of time management. My daughters are exposed on a daily basis to the perks of mom/business owner. They go marketing with me, listen to business phone calls, watch the operation of managing the clinic and staff, and most importantly observe the beauty of helping others in need. As a mom and a woman, I think it’s super important that they see successful women and mothers.”
HOW TO FIND THEM
Offices in Fort Collins and Greeley www.aspenspeechtherapy.com (970) 682-3743
By Michelle Venus
No two days are the same for Michelle Boyle. Sonny Lubick’s only daughter is the Executive Director of RamStrength, a nonprofit organization based in Fort Collins that supports cancer patients. A typical day includes day to day administration, meeting with donors, hospitals and patients, writing grant proposals and planning and coordinating events. It’s a little bit of everything,” says Michelle. Since the organization’s inception in 2008, it has helped over 1,300 people battling cancer. Michelle Boyle with her dad Sonny Lubick How It All Began In 2006, Michelle’s brother Marc was diagnosed at age 28 with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer of the skeletal muscle cells. Typically a pediatric cancer, only about 350 cases are diagnosed annually in people under the age of 21 in the United States. For adults, that number is much lower. According to the Journal of Pediatric Medicine, just over 400 adult cases have been seen at cancer centers in the US and Europe over the past three decades. Today, Marc is a ten-year survivor. “Marc asked us to give back if he didn’t make it,” Michelle recalls. “We told him he was going to make it, and decided we’d give back no matter what.” Thus, RamStrength came to be. The Lubbock family looked at the devastation caused by cancer—the emotional, physical, and financial ruin that can follow a positive diagnosis. They heard heartwrenching stories about people foregoing
life-saving treatment or eating dog food in order to pay for the care that could save them. “That just isn’t right,” states Michelle. “RamStrength does whatever it can to make sure these things don't happen to anyone. We want people to concentrate on fighting their disease, not worrying about the next rent check.” Patients can apply for RamStrength grants with help from their case workers at UCHealth or Banner. Once financial need has been established after a screening process, monies are dispersed. Patients are eligible for an annual $750 grant as long as they are in active treatment. “Most of the patients use the grant for rent or a mortgage payment,” explains Michelle. “We’ve paid utility bills, and provided gas cards to help with transportation costs to and from treatment. But mostly, we’re letting them know that they are not alone; that people in the community do
care for them. That may mean more than anything else.” In addition to the financial grants, RamStrength awards scholarships to Colorado State University students who have been impacted by cancer. Currently there are three recipients. Michelle goes on to explain that “amazingly generous donors” help to fund RamStrength’s programs. But the annual events generate the bulk of the revenue. Right now, Michelle is coordinating with Prost Brewing, in Old Firehouse Alley, for Blues, Brews and BBQ, a family-friendly event scheduled for September 10th. Next on the docket is the RamStrength Tailgate Party. Michelle is expecting over 600 attendees for the October 28th party. “We invite people we’ve helped over the years to join us,” she says. “This year we’re going to be at the new stadium and that’s really exciting. Everyone is looking forward to it.” STYLEMEDIA.COM
Noriko Yoshikawa, Carol Jo Lubick, Marc Lubick, Michelle Boyle, Haruto Yoshikawa, and Daichi Yoshikawa (RamStrength recipient)
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Adults from left to right are Tim and Jasper Piccarreto. Boys from tallest to smallest are Josh, Levi, and Gabe Piccarreto. They are all brothers and RamStrength recipients.
Michelle is clear about what makes RamStrength successful. It’s the Northern Colorado community. “I just coordinate things,” she states. “The community does the rest. We are so blessed with this generous community. So blessed.” More information about events and how to support RamStrength can be found at RamStrength.org.
Michelle Venus is a freelance writer and editor living and working in a little old bungalow in Old Town Fort Collins. She can be found pedaling her bike to coffee shops and happy hours, and is known to dance in the office. Any office. STYLE 2017
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When Safety is Foremost The Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is a Great Choice! By Lydia Dody
In addition to being a truly handsome vehicle sporting a sleek distinctive design, the Grand Cherokee Summit offers the driver a comfortable ride, luxury features and ease of handling. No wonder my daughter decided that this was the car she was buying after many years of driving the old car she learned to drive in. She was sold on this vehicle and I decided to find out why for myself. I met with Ryan Buller, a long-time sales consultant with Fort Collins Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. He drives a 2004 Jeep and swears “it’s the best vehicle I’ve ever driven.“ He handed me a long list of Jeep features and I decided to focus on the safety features since those are the most important to me. Here is what I learned from him about a few of the 70 standard and available safety and security features: Quadra-Lift 4 Corner Air Suspension This feature raises or lowers the entire vehicle up to 4”, so getting in is easy, yet deep snow, rain or obstacles might require lifting the vehicle for maximum safe performance. Very convenient! Selec-Terrain Four Wheel System with 2 Speed Transfer Case (high and low range) This Jeep will maintain traction in all conditions. You can choose four conditions on your dash to direct the proper throttle response, shift mapping and how much power you get from the front or rear tires. All you do is dial auto, sand, snow, mud or rocks. The vehicle will do the rest. Amazing! Front Airbags, Knee Blocker, Front and Rear Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags In addition to being a heavy vehicle, the airbag architecture holds you in a safe position in a collision and ensures you and your passengers will stay secure. Lane Sense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist Adding confidence to your drive is the resistance you feel in the
wheel correcting you if you drift out of your lane, in addition to visual and audible cues. Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop This feature automatically adjusts your cruising speed to maintain a preset distance between you and other vehicles, enabling you to use cruise control even in stop and go traffic. Improves gas mileage! Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking This radar-based safety feature alerts the driver when approaching objects too rapidly, and automatically engages brakes if necessary for safety. Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Path Detection These systems monitor when a side or rear blind spot is encroached, and alerts you with a lighted icon on your side view mirrors or a sounding chime. Rear Backup Camera A big 8.4-inch touchscreen shows you how wide your car is, what angle you are driving and what obstacles are behind you. So useful! LED Daytime Running Lamps and Tail Lamps These LED lamps light up faster (instantly) buying you several feet of stopping. The bonus is headlamp washers that keep your lenses free of debris. Voice Command With Bluetooth Keep your eyes on the road with voice commands for your destination, accessing your playlist, making a call and more. All in all, this is one amazing vehicle packed with excellent safety features! Check it out at Fort Collins Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. Tell Ryan I sent you!
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Members of the President’s Council, Board of Trustees, and staff gather at Sky Corral Ranch.
$100 MILLION AND COUNTING COMMUNITY FOUNDATION MARKS A MILESTONE AS IT KEEPS NORTHERN COLORADO’S FUTURE IN FOCUS By Mishelle Baun For the visitor to Sky Corral Ranch, walking the fence line offers a vantage point worthy of a Colorado postcard – a pristine mountain setting where guests build fresh memories and wide-eyed kids pick up the stories they can tell about time at the ranch. For Ray Caraway, president of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, the view is no less spectacular. But the vision represented by Sky Corral Ranch is what Caraway finds most striking. Sky Corral Ranch, located about 45 minutes west of Fort Collins, symbolizes how a community foundation can creatively connect people with the causes they find dearest. In fact, innovative and flexible Designing Tomorrow Today (DT2) identiﬁed a need for a foundation to serve Fort Collins.
approaches to serving donors has recently elevated the Community Foundation past a significant milestone – eclipsing more than $100 million in assets under management. Included among those assets is Sky Corral Ranch, gifted in 2014 to the Community Foundation by Bill and Avis Ward, who dreamt of seeing the ranch serve as a gathering place for youth and nonprofit organizations, including churches and schools. The Foundation is uniquely positioned to make that dream come true. But the ranch is just one example of the possibilities that can be realized through determined and creative philanthropy. When Aqua-Hot RV Heating Systems founder Hap Enander died in 2009, he Berthoud joined the Foundation. Assets grew to $1.19 million.
The Lincoln Center Fund was established with an endowment of $4,000.
left the company to a trust along with a set of philanthropic goals. Not certain how to achieve Hap’s vision, Aqua-Hot President Paul Harter turned to the Community Foundation for guidance. Ray and his team listened, provided options, and ultimately proposed a plan: by gifting 100 percent of the stock in Aqua-Hot, the revenue from the company would become an instrument to achieve Hap’s long-term philanthropic goals. A group of advisors is now involved in the Enander Foundation Fund grantmaking process, and in 2016, the Enander Fund established a milliondollar endowment to fund improvements and sustainability at Sky Corral. Paul Harter says the Community Foundation
Estes Valley joined the Foundation. The ﬁrst $1 million gift was received.
Loveland joined the Foundation.
2003 Ray Caraway joined the Foundation as CEO and launched the $1.6 million Cornerstone Campaign to boost operating resources.
“provided a long-lasting, living legacy for Hap Enander.” Community Foundation is a donor service organization One of the Foundation’s major roles is as a donor service organization, which differentiates it from other foundations. Over the past 40 years, the Foundation has demonstrated the ability to handle complex assets while being responsive to needs of donors – from multi-million dollar companies such as Aqua-Hot to $25,000 memorial funds established to honor a loved one. “We are a service provider,” explains Caraway, “and not in the fundraising business. What we’re focused on is: How can we help a donor leave a legacy?” The Foundation serves individuals, community groups, and large corporations by helping them crystallize their charitable dreams – using vehicles such as Donor Advised funds – and then carry out their wishes. The Foundation also works closely with the nonprofit community by managing endowments and providing tools and education surrounding long-term sustainability. In its role as a community convener, it provides the framework for productive conversations around the future of Northern Colorado. Community Foundation proudly hoists the regional banner The Foundation serves Fort Collins, Loveland, Berthoud, the Estes Valley, and six rural counties in Eastern Colorado. It’s governed by a Board of Trustees, which consists of talented, active community leaders from throughout Northern Colorado. Former Fort Collins Mayor (20052011) Doug Hutchinson stepped into the role of board chair in July. When Doug was mayor in 2005, he worked closely with the Foundation to forge a partnership between the City of Fort Collins, Downtown Development Authority, Bohemian Foundation, and Colorado State University to take a comprehensive look at the heart of Fort Collins and where it was going. UniverCity Connections was convened by the Foundation as a public-privatephilanthropic partnership.
“Government by itself can’t plan as well as when it teams up with community partners,” Doug said. The Foundation believed in the power of diversity and became the respected facilitator for what would become UniverCity Connections – what Doug calls an “extremely effective vision from which a lot of ideas (Fort Zed, Homeward 2020) emerged that have been helpful to guide city policy.” Since 2015, the Community Foundation
Board of Trustees Chair Doug Hutchinson and President Ray Caraway of Northern Colorado has partnered with the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County to bring together mayors, mayors pro tem, and city managers from Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, and Windsor to develop regional relationships and create an aspirational process for communication and cooperation. For the past 10 years, Doug says the Foundation has served as a regional catalyst, including assuming the role of champion for public-private-philanthropic partnerships. In Loveland, it donated $700,000 to the city-owned Rialto Theater Center expansion, secured a grant of $200,000 to support Arts @ the Feed & Grain, and is assisting with redevelopment of the Pulliam Community Building, a re-purposing renovation of a historic auditorium. The Foundation created a recovery fund in response to the High Park Fire.
The Foundation reached over $50 million in assets.
Make meaningful giving easy Reaching $100 million validates the Foundation’s philosophy of making giving easy and enjoyable. Or, as Ray says, “We don’t ask what the giver can do for us, we ask what we can do for the giver.” By drawing on credentials built over more than 40 years, the Foundation serves as the long-term steward of charitable assets for donors who want to make a gift that forever impacts one or more charitable projects. The Foundation provides such guidance through its dedicated board of trustees, investment and community fund committees, and partnerships with professional advisors. In addition to a track record of integrity and impact, the Foundation serves donors with its entrepreneurial approach, an ability to handle complex assets, and a responsive approach to fund management. The Foundation offers information, experience, and a different perspective. “What kind of legacy do you want to leave?” Ray Caraway asks. “How can we help you carry out those dreams? Do you have family members you want to engage in your philanthropy?” Ray believes the success of the Community Foundation is a reflection on the generosity of the community and how much people love Northern Colorado. “People come, stay, and want to leave their legacy here.” Additional information The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado is a nonprofit, public foundation working to build permanent endowments for the benefit of charitable causes and organizations in Northern Colorado. It manages more than 450 individual charitable funds and $100 million in assets. It serves a unique leadership role by bringing people and resources together around important local issues. To learn more, visit www.NoCoFoundation.org
Mishelle Baun is a writer for the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado.
Eastern Colorado joined the Foundation.
The Foundation reached total assets of over $100 million.
The Catalyst Campaign raised over $5 million to leverage ﬁnancial and human capital. The Foundation raised $1.85 million in response to the historic ﬂoods.
Women Aren’t the Only Ones
The evidence is indisputable. Physicians and cancer survivors unanimously repeat this warning, “Regardless of your gender, don’t delay getting diagnosed!”
By Elissa J. Tivona
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Health advocates urge men, along with women, to heed this lifesaving breast cancer advice because the most important factor to increase odds of recovery is timely diagnosis and treatment. If you detect a hard lump, frequently in the center of the breast near the nipple, or if the nipple itself changes in appearance, seek your doctor’s advice as soon as possible. Don Posselt did just that and it saved his life. Don, who proudly reports only missing 5.5 sick days in 17 years as a general manager with the Water District, contacted his doctor when a lump in his breast became irritated. He was immediately referred for a biopsy. The result came back: malignant tumor stage I, bordering on stage II. According to Miho Scott, MD, a
medical oncologist with UCHealth in Fort Collins, male breast cancer cases in the United States and the United Kingdom account for between .5% and 1% of all breast cancer annually. However, the outcome of the disease in men can be less favorable than in women, mainly for one reason. “Unfortunately male breast cancer tends to be diagnosed at more advanced stages than women,” explains Farrah Datko MD, also a breast cancer medical oncologist at UCHealth. Datko continues, “The most common stages at diagnosis for women in the United States are stage I and II, largely due to mammogram screening and awareness campaigns. Many men are diagnosed at stage III or IV, because many men do
not report symptoms at first.” Yet oncologists agree that serious morbidity from male breast cancer can be avoided! According to Datko, “Male breast cancer is curable when diagnosed early, before it has time to spread.” Once the cancer reaches stage IV and malignant cells have spread to other areas of the body, although treatable, it is no longer considered curable. Male breast cancer can occur at any age, although it is most common in men in their 60s and 70s. Posselt was 72 at the time of his diagnosis. Don says, “I took it in stride to have a double mastectomy because the diagnosis was that [the cancer] was relatively small… and the prognosis was that the operation could totally stop cancer,” without the need STYLEMEDIA.COM
for post-operative chemotherapy. “But the gene test afterward showed that this was not a random cancer, but was caused by an aggressive gene [mutation] BRCA2.” BRCA2 and other genetic anomalies are inherited, and Don discloses that his mother died of ovarian cancer and his sister succumbed to cancer. In cases like these, oncologists do advise a follow-up course of chemotherapy and Don complied. While any cancer diagnosis comes as a shock, men in particular are surprised to learn they can be at risk for breast cancer. Nevertheless, their risk factors are much the same as those for women. According to Datko, inheriting a gene mutation like BRCA1 or BRCA2 is significant. Men with a strong family history of cancer among female relatives, similar to Don’s, may want to consider getting tested for the gene mutation. Other risk factors to men include having higher estrogen levels than normal, like in men who drink alcohol daily or who are obese, or having had prior radiation therapy to the chest. But Datko cautions, “It is [also] important to remember that many men diagnosed with breast cancer have no risk factors, just like in women.” Another important recommendation that applies as much to men as to women is do not try to go it alone. Regardless of age or gender, the support of friends, family or even a knowledgeable and willing advocate is vital to recovery. “It is very important for men to bring someone with them to at least the initial appointments with their surgeon and medical oncologist. These initial visits are long and can easily be overwhelming,” says Datko. Don describes the vital role his wife played. “She was great; she was the advocate for me. [Patients] hear all this stuff and … can’t catch everything the doctors are saying. Your brain is fogged up from chemotherapy and everything else. She kept asking the questions, keeping the doctors straight, getting me to appointments. You sure need an advocate; you can’t do it alone… I’ll say!” Physicians, as well as patients, stress the importance of support. While Don credits his wife and his “church family” as pillars of his support systems, others seek out support groups or patient advocates. Datko notes, “While in-person support groups for male breast cancer are rare, the internet has made it easier for men to STYLE 2017
connect with one another. One of my male patients really benefitted from Imerman Angels.” [http://www.imermanangels.org] Jonny Imerman, a survivor of testicular cancer diagnosed at the age of 21, knows too well the emotional upheavals that accompany rigorous cancer treatment. Since his recovery, he has dedicated himself to seeing that no one faces a cancer challenge without companionship. His organization maintains a database of thousands of volunteer cancer survivor mentors. Each cancer fighter is paired with a mentor who experienced the same cancer type. “[My patient] was connected by phone with another man across the country who had previously been treated for the same diagnosis,” says Datko, lauding this valuable resource. Also, the impact of diagnosis can trigger strong reactions in men, which may include denial, depression, anxiety and other psychosocial distress. Scott points out that these reactions can lead men to defer seeking timely treatment or to discontinue treatment before five years, often due to adverse effects like fatigue, sleep disorders, decreased libido and weight gain. “I know two other men who have had breast cancer,” Don says. “One is in remission but the other is in fatal stage IV because of not going to the doctor.” Don, a veteran of the Naval Air Force with a Vietnam medal, states emphatically, “I think the biggest barrier to men getting diagnosed and treated for breast cancer is they feel they are immune to this or somehow less of a man because they would get breast cancer. But it’s not true! This is a cancer; it doesn’t pick or choose. Cancer doesn’t care who you are … what color or sex or anything. Go to the doctor; you CAN get breast cancer!” Breast cancer oncologists applaud men like Don who spread this lifesaving message and help other men overcome any stigma they feel. Don knows firsthand that the fight against breast cancer “isn’t just something you do on the football field or in front of a television to make a statement. [You can’t] just say you’re doing this for the ladies. Warn other men.” Elissa J. Tivona is a busy journalist and academic. She has traveled internationally to present her work in peace and conflict stud- ies but is always grateful to return home to beautiful Northern Colorado where she lives, writes, and teaches at CSU.
Unfortunately male breast cancer tends to be diagnosed at more advanced stages than women. The most common stages at diagnosis for women in the United States are stage I and II, largely due to mammogram screening and awareness campaigns. Many men are diagnosed at stage III or IV, because many men do not report symptoms at first.
Farrah Datko, M.D.
Breast Cancer Medical Oncologist at UCHealth
Theresa is mother to Mollee Walter, 25, and Alyssa Bain, 27. She has three grandchildren. She works in social services at Fort Collins Habitat For Humanity. When she has leisure time, she enjoys photography, grandchildren, friends and family. Theresa benefited with massage services offered by Hope Lives! Theresa shares, “I am not alone. Love has surrounded me throughout this process from the love of Jesus, to friends and family. I have been loved. I am not alone.”
Kara is mother to Damien Kocher, 34, and Cody Kaker, 26. Her career is as an analyst III at Crop Production Services. She tries to take time for gardening, hiking/walking, traveling and family time. Kara is a Hope Lives! client and she shares, “I’ve utilized acupuncture to help with pain from treatments and scar tissue.” She tells us that hope lives in her because “Everyday I have on earth is a gift. With support from family and friends I’m able to survive and flourish while having cancer.”
Nancy has been married to Tim for 51 years and they are parents to Dawn Zakanycz, 51, and Tim Jr., 47. They have eight grandchildren. She is self-employed as T&N Property Management. In her leisure time she enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and watching her grandkid’s play sports.
Sylvie has been married to Jonathan for 21 years and they are parents to Zoe, 20, and Ana, 13. Sylvie works as a chef for St. Joseph Catholic School and Lakeview Commons Assisted Living.
Nila is mother to Pamela Kurtz and Jeff and Brian Croll. She is fortunate to have seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. After a busy career, Nila is enjoying her retirement years. “Hope Lives! is a wonderful organization to help cancer survivors,” she says.
LaShaun is mother to Alexis Jacobs, 21, and grandmother to five-month old Zayvion Von Lintel. She is a ramp agent at Denver International Airport. In her free time she enjoys making candles and soaps, and visiting with family and friends. LaShaun says, “Hope Lives! is a great organization to be part of.”
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Kim has been married to Wade for 30 years and they have three children, Brittany, 27, CJ, 21, and Wyatt, 18. Her career is as an equine nurse specialist at Colorado State University. In her free time she enjoys rodeos, training horses, camping, fishing and four-wheeling. She feels the ladies of Hope Lives! are “welcoming compassionate ladies.” Her philosophy is, “There is no other choice but to live strong and with Hope.”
JoAnne has been married to Bill for over 55 years. They are parents to the late Kelli Lightsey, John, 49, Jennifer Michael, 46, and Suzanne Fries, 45. She is retired and enjoys reading in her leisure time. JoAnne received a wig from Hope Lives! while in treatment. In JoAnne’s words, “I believe in and love God who helped me get through my journey. My family and many friends were there, and still are there for me.
Diana is married to Troy and they are parents to Brandon, 23, and Ryan, 20. Diana is a Spanish medical interpreter at UCHealth. Her hobbies include running, working out, biking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Diana used counseling and massage services offered by Hope Lives! during her breast cancer treatment.
Deanna has been married to Stephen for five years and they are parents to Alec Krausse, 19, Willem Henry Scott, 16, and Nicholas Scott, 13. She is retired but stays busy knitting, kayaking, biking and hiking. In her words, “Hope Lives! is an amazing organization that lifts women up and carries them through the darkest time in their lives. I wouldn’t have made it without the love and support of women that have gone before me.” She continues, “At my first oncology visit, I opened Style magazine and saw happy, joyous and free Hope Lives! models. It was then that I had hope that I would not only survive but thrive.”
Andrea is a single mom to Reed, 10, and Bryce, 8. She works in finance at American Ag Credit and in her spare time enjoys skiing, camping, cooking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. In her words, “Hope Lives! is a wonderful support organization that offers awesome services to ladies when they need it the most.”
Mindee has been married to Derek for 13 years. They are parents to Ben, 10, and Drew, 6. She enjoys yoga, tennis, Pilates, gardening, and reading and writing for relaxation. Mindee is a Hope Lives! client. She says, “Susan Goldstone treated me with acupuncture services, which were really helpful with my neuropathy.” In addition, “my husband and sons, my mom and my dad, Drs Datko and Pettit and all the UCHealth caregivers, and a tribe of fierce and fearless friends and spiritual sisters,” gave her hope during her journey.
Christina has been married to Andy for 12 years and they are parents to Jovi, 7, Everi, 5, and Theo, ten months. She works as a marketing director for Interstate. She says, “When in doubt, there is always hope and Hope Lives! carries forward generosity, empathy, sisterhood and most importantly, Hope! The September 2016 issue of Style helped show me that other ladies have made it through and so can anyone traveling this challenging journey.” She continues, “Hope lives in me because of my faith and because of the beautiful souls who supported (and continue to support) me through this chapter of my life.”
Suzanne is married to Ron and they are parents to Brittany, 30, Brandi, 28, Kegan, 23, Gunner, 20, Tyler, 24, and Alex, 21. They have two grandchildren and one on the way. Suzanne is a Registered Medical Assistant at Allura Skin, Laser and Wellness Clinic. She enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. In Suzanne’s words, “Hope Lives! makes a difference in the lives of women who have endured a life changing event because of breast cancer. Hope Lives! gives us all hope.”
Tamara has been married to Doug for 38 years and they are parents to Christopher, 36, and Joshua, 34, and grandparents to Judah, 6, and Ezra, 4. She works as a nutrition aid at Thompson School District. When she has free time, she enjoys fishing and camping. As a client of Hope Lives! she benefited from deep tissue massage. She says, “It has helped me get rid of all the stress I dealt with. I love it!" Hope Lives in her because of,“my faith, my family and my friends who accept me as I am. Hope Lives! has made me feel like I am home.”
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 Fashions, Shoes & Jewelry courtesy of: Apricot Lane Boutique, Fort Collins Cloz to Home, Loveland Dora Grace Bridal, Fort Collins Lemons & Lace Boutique, Fort Collins Macy’s Centerra, Loveland Hair & Makeup Design courtesy of: Buzz & Bliss, a salon and spa, Fort Collins Gallipot Apothecary Hair Salon, Fort Collins ‘Ohana Salon, Fort Collins Dotted with Hearts, Candace Tucker
Mindee Metz My story began on July 8, 2016, watching my son’s tennis match, silently bursting with pride at his sportsmanship, kindness, and a killer backhand that belied his then 8 years. When I left his match for my regular ObGyn and mammography appointments, I felt no trepidation. Though I’d been having nervy discomfort in my right armpit, a springtime exam by my primary physician left me unconcerned. I mentioned the discomfort to my mammographer, subconsciously confident that doing so would absolve me from any potential malady. When meeting with my trusted OB-GYN, Maude Vance, I was focused on optimizing my mid-life health, not considering cancer. But soon I heard Dr. Vance alerting me to a need for more tests, and felt her hand on my shoulder, steadying me in a fleeting but real moment of pure terror. By day’s end, my radiologist pointed to my scan and uttered the words “common cancer presentation.” My immediate response was, “But I have little kids!” – as if any stockpile of blessings can stave off the seemingly intemperate but deft hand of fate. I spent two long days knowing I had cancer, but not what stage… and wondering if I would get to watch my boys grow up. That depth of darkness, I wish on no one. And yet that fear became a blessed benchmark. When I received my diagnosis (stage 2, grade 3) and treatment options, I was no longer afraid. I knew that if I just did the work, I would live to see my boys grow up. That clarity made every treatment decision, side effect and outcome infinitely worthwhile. With the exception of my husband and sons, cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me. It catapulted me to truer self, higher living and greater accountability. Recalibrated my senses of resilience, strength and fearlessness. Shaped my marriage, motherhood, friendship and faith. Reminded me what a lucky daughter I am. Showed me who – and how very many – my friends are. Made me gentler, empathetic and forgiving. Fine-tuned my language and made me a better listener. Stripped away well-concealed judgments of myself and others. Created more space for god, love, spirit and truth. Connected me with every human – survivor or not – in a beautiful and intrinsic way. But let’s be real. I also felt fear, despair and loneliness. Most days I struggled for residency in my own body, a sense of identity in a life in chaos, or even recall of my boys’ names from a broken brain. I fell down, literally and figuratively, in public. I forgot birthdays, names, appointments…and probably a lot of other things (sorry if this applies to you). I cried more in that year than in the 43 before it. I lost friends over this, those who simply couldn’t or wouldn’t step into the ugly
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with me. And some days, I really did think I was losing my mind. But I wouldn’t trade my cancer experience for the world. It has been spiritually catalytic in ways I’m just beginning to understand. It has brought me home to a place of gratitude and grace. And maybe, if I’ve done it right, it could support and inform others’ journeys down this road. Because no one should have to do this alone. I’ve always been a fighter. It’s in my nature to do the hard thing, step up to a challenge, and not back down. Finding strength to do treatment, usually with a smile, was easy for me. The hard part was accepting the generous and genuine outpouring of love, grace and support that my diagnosis stirred in others. Being the focal point of such attention was more uncomfortable than most of my treatments. CONTINUED ON PG 50
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Suzanne Wolf My story begins in November 2016, I was 49 years old. While lying in bed with my husband I discovered a lump in my left breast. It was firm and unmovable. I knew from my prior experience working at The Women’s Clinic that it was not a good sign. The next morning, I called my OB Gyn, Jennifer Reeve, at The Women’s Clinic and she got me in right away for a breast exam. Dr. Reeve immediately scheduled an appointment for me at the Breast Diagnostic Center for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. I waited two weeks for the appointment and tried to keep my concerns to myself. The day of the appointment arrived and, soon after the mammogram and ultrasound, the radiologist sat down with me and asked if I could return the next morning for an ultrasound guided biopsy. I returned the next morning with my husband, Ron, the biopsy was performed and I was told the results should be back by Monday. Silently I knew I had cancer. I just didn’t know what kind or what stage it would be. The weekend came and went and I went to work that Monday. I currently work for Dr. de la Torre at Allura Skin, Laser & Wellness Clinic. In addition to Dr. Reeve, I added Dr. de la Torre to the doctors to receive my test results. Around 10:00 a.m., Dr. de la Torre asked me to come into her exam room. I can remember seeing the regret and sadness on her face for what she was about to tell me. In the most loving and gracious way Dr. de la Torre told me I had cancer. I’m so grateful to this day that it was her that gave me the news. I felt loved and cared for by her and it somehow made it more bearable to hear that I had cancer coming from her. She hugged me and told me that everything was going to be ok and sent me home to tell my husband the news. Hearing that you have cancer is difficult. However, telling my mom, who had already lost my dad to cancer at age 53, both my brothers and my sister-in-law, seemed just as difficult. I thought to myself, how do I tell my mom that her only living child is now in harm’s way of cancer. It was difficult but she’s the strongest woman I know and was ready to fight with me. Within a couple of weeks I met with Dr. Datko and she explained that my cancer was hormone-receptor positive. A bilateral mastectomy would soon be in my near future. Next, I met with my general surgeon, Dr. Craig Clear, who immediately gained my trust and told me he was going to do everything he could to help save my life. I left his office with peace, knowing he would be a man of his word. Next, I met my plastic surgeon, Dr. A. Mark Boustred, and his nurse, Amanda Lee. We all instantly connected and I knew I had made the right choice in all my doctors. I had a team of cancer fighting warriors on my side. With my husband, Ron, my mom, my daughters, Brittany and Brandi, and my sons, Kegan and Gunner, by my side I was ready to start the long journey of surgeries and recoveries. I remember feeling grateful that the cancer chose me and not one of my daughters or sons. On February 6, 2017, I had a bilateral mastectomy and started on my path of reconstruction and healing. On May 3, 2017, Dr. John Crane performed a total hysterectomy. On July 5, 2017, Dr. Boustred performed a total reconstruction. I could go on for days about Dr. Boustred and Amanda Lee and what they have done for me. They gave me hope that I would look normal again. There will always be good days and bad days with cancer. Because of my faith in God and the love and support of my family and friends, I am a survivor. My diagnosis changed my life in every way. Each day is such a gift and should be lived to the fullest with the people you love. My body will be forever changed. Although I have many scars, I don’t see them as most may see them. I see them as my battle scars. God only chooses His strongest warriors to go to battle, and I have fought hard. God has a plan for me and I accept whatever that may be. God always knows and is in control. My husband has been the most important person through all of this. He took care of me through all my pain and suffering. Every day he told me I was beautiful and that he loved me and would always be by my side. He followed Dr. Boustred’s CONTINUED ON PG 50
Tamara looks sassy in a hot pink lace blouson by Alfani, $69.50, and Style & Co. embroidered denim jeans, $64.50. Three-strand multi bead necklace, $39.50, gold teardrop hoops, $26.50, and Lucky Brand painted stripe leather flats, $59, add the sizzle. Courtesy of Macy’s Centerra, Loveland.
My name is Tamara Lewis and this is my story. On November 11th, 2016, I found out I had breast cancer. Now, CANCER is a word that scares the pants off of most people. I'm no different. I watched my father fight and win against prostate cancer, and then 20 years later die of bladder cancer. My oldest son had cancer in his leg bone at the age of 20. He is still going strong. My husband has been fighting skin cancer for years. Now it is my turn. Was I scared? You bet. However, I have learned that it is easier to go through cancer than to watch someone you love go through it. I had my surgery to remove the lump of cancer on December 7th, 2016. I went home the same day. I did not start radiation until January of 2017. I had a shorter round of radiation than most (a new program they started), with a little extra radiation per visit. Radiation was over by February 14th, 2017. When I first found out that I had cancer I put out an announcement on "Facebook" to all my friends and family. I asked for everyone to pray for me or send me good thoughts. It must have worked, because here I am. My cancer was the most common form of breast cancer. It CONTINUED ON PG 50
JoAnne’s look is casual and classy. Sparkly aqua tile tunic, $54.50, is worn over embroidered ankle jeans by NYDJ, $134. Shiny silver stretch bracelet, $29.50, and turquoise silver drop earrings, $29, and Michael Kor leather signature mocs, $98, complete the look. Courtesy of Macy’s Centerra, Loveland.
I live in northeast Colorado in Haxtun. In September 2015, suddenly an obvious ½ inch cyst popped up at the 12:00 position on my right breast. I have had a few of these non-malignant cysts removed in past years. Although my last mammogram had been a few months earlier, my local doctor sent me to the hospital in Sterling for a mammogram and an ultrasound. Afterwards, the radiologist came in and told me that the cyst was not something to worry about, but a malignant tumor was found at the 7:00 position on, or close, to the chest wall. I was never able to find it or feel it. My reaction was that “It can’t be!” I have always had a very positive attitude about “life,” and this was my usual reaction! The ultrasound tech, a young friend from Haxtun, then walked me down the hall with her arm around me and was crying, saying “You have been through so much!” I replied, “It is okay. It will be fine.” Then I needed to get home to tell my husband and family! I have not felt a need to shed a tear through all of this. This was minor, compared to what two of our daughters and their families had been through—since I am 75 years old,—with no children at home. Our oldest daughter, Kelli Lightsey, at the age of 48, had been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in May 2012. She then fought this with many treatments for three years and then finally lost the battle in April 2015. Our youngest daughter, Suzanne Fries, at the age of 42, had been diagnosed with Stage 1+ CONTINUED ON PG 50
It was sometime after my third surgery for Stage IIb breast carcinoma, while waiting to see my oncologist, that I picked up the Hope Lives - Style magazine issue. I looked at my fellow warriors with a mix of admiration and envy. Admiration for their strength and ability to be joyous during adversity. Envy because I couldn't imagine ever getting there myself. My treatment, in the end, would consist of a double mastectomy requiring five surgeries in 15 months, 20 rounds of chemotherapy, and 30 cycles of radiation. A tsunami of love carried me through this time. It was one of the most awe inspiring and humbling experiences of my life. Friends and family rallied around us for months. My husband became my biggest cheerleader. A friend coined the term "cancer door prize" for the incidental good things that come out of this terrible disease. Things like not having to style your hair for a year or a free 6-month membership at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness or the amazing services provided by Hope Lives. By far our biggest "cancer door prize" has been the amazing changes in our
Deanna looks sophisticated in a long knit black cardigan by Black Tape, $92, topping a taupe silky tank by Blu Pepper, $54, and black stretch denim jeggings by Just Black, $76. A long chain link necklace, $62, beaded hoop earrings, $28, and triple sparkly beaded bracelets, $52, add the sparkle. Courtesy of Apricot Lane Boutique, Fort Collins.
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Theresa sports the trendy colors of fall. Smart willow faux-leather zip jacket by Alfani, $119.50, tops leaf-print trapeze, $79.50, and Style & Co. straight leg slacks, $27.98. Abalone and gold three-strand necklace, $48, hoop earrings, $95, and American Rag faux-suede black short booties, $69.50, are the perfect accents. Courtesy of Macy’s Centerra, Loveland.
The perfect October day on a scenic country club golf course – this is where cancer first became personal for me. It’s a word heard so frequently, but always in the context of “others,” not you. Until it is you and then there is only shock. The cancer journey is like a sophisticated puzzle whose pieces might all be there but the meaning and significance materialize over time. It’s foreign, has its own vocabulary, and is overwhelming and barraging. The learning curve is daunting and inescapable, but out of necessity you will learn this new world. I was very fortunate in that my tumor was small, not genetic, and caught early thanks to regular mammograms and ultrasounds. I was a good candidate for a lumpectomy and radiation treatment, and within 4 ½ months I was finished with my treatments and cancer free. I was also left feeling somewhat lost and beat up by my whirlwind experience. Sometimes I felt almost guilty telling people I had cancer and I found myself discounting all I had gone through because my story sounded easier than most I heard. I started throwing around this idea of “easy cancer” in an effort to see where I fit into the authentic cancer experience. It was frustrating and difficult to explain to others but reconciling this became very important to me. I wanted to understand why I felt this way and how to come to terms with my own cancer story without comparing it to others. And funny enough, along this road, the one thing I avoided was other people with cancer. That is, until God stepped in with His sense of humor and an opportunity for healing. CONTINUED ON PG 50
Sylvie sports a playful Free People ‘70s inspired swirl print top, $98, over a pencil black Kasper skirt, $69. Silver-plated turquoise statement pendant, $58, silver hoop earrings, $22, cocktail ring, $26.50, and American Rag suede platform chunky heeled shoes, $59.50, complete the trendy style. Courtesy of Macy’s Centerra, Loveland.
At the age of 40, I still wasn’t scheduled to have my first mammogram until I was 45. However, I talked to my family doctor, Dr. Kesler, and told him I was concerned about some lumps. He ordered the mammogram. My husband, Jonathan, and I drove to the clinic and I went in for the test: Cancer. We were shocked. But on some level, I had already known. My body was telling me. Our immediate reaction was to ask, “What is the next step?” When we first met our Oncologist, Dr. Datko, we thought I might have Stage IV, since the cancer in my left breast had spread to my lymph nodes. At this point, our family friend, Miss Sue Wilson, stopped by the house. I had prayed for her when she went through her own battle with breast cancer. She now told me; “Sylvie, I prayed to God to take the cancer from you and give it to me.” We cried together. However, we cried even more, some time later, after I had my PET scan. I learned my cancer was now Stage III. But, Miss Wilson had contracted a new blood cancer that eventually took her life. I will never forget her prayers for me. And I am certain she is still praying for me from Heaven. I miss her every day. Cancer also marked a moment of growth for my daughters, Zoe and Ana. At ages 16 and 9, respectively, they learned their mother had cancer. I will CONTINUED ON PG 52
‘”What an honor to be part of Lydia’s Annual Critical Breast Cancer Fundraiser, in which all monies are channeled into supporting new breast cancer survivors. This organization reaches out to women at a time when they don’t know which way to turn,” says Nila Croll. It is difficult to adequately describe the shock that is felt when realization hits this time, YOU are the victim; this is YOUR future. We all know cancer is out there, and we do everything we can to protect ourselves. Yearly mammograms are on the top of our lists, especially when breast cancer occurs often in our family. But all this fades to gray when the words “breast cancer” are spoken, and you realize this is the beginning of your personal journey! The surgery is a frightening prospect. You go to sleep not knowing what you will hear upon wakening. It is a time when all the physical and emotional support you can garner is needed, and that is when Lydia’s organization reaches out swiftly to provide that help and support. How welcome it is! Nila lost her husband, Harry, to cancer nine years ago, but her close family of four, Pamela, Cheryl, Jeffrey and Brian, who have produced nine grandchildren and six CONTINUED ON PG 52
Nila is elegant in Calvin Klein’s short 2-button black blazer, $89.98, front-pleat sleeveless lotus print top, $39, worn over easy-wear New York Collection stretch wide-leg dressy pants, $40. Statement gold ringer chain necklace, $34.50, hoop earrings, $18, rhinestone bracelet, $27.50, cocktail ring, $24.50 and Alfani petite patent wedges, $49.98, complete the look. Courtesy of Macy’s Centerra, Loveland.
Kim feels free and easy in her artsy Aratta Beauty Bash Wrap Dress with embroidery details, beautiful back and hi-low hem, $160. The perfect necklace accent from Uno de 50 features a bull-head on leather, $185, and Narcaroni earrings add a touch of flirt, $85. Neutral TOMS Majorca cutout sandal, $129, are the perfect basic. Courtesy of Cloz to Home, Loveland.
Courage. It may not be something we are all born with, but it sure is something life will teach ya! John Wayne said it best, “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” Maybe we should all just learn from the legend John Wayne instead of the hard knocks of life! Seems to not always work that way, which is why I am here to tell you how I found my courage, and ‘saddled up anyway.’ Just like so many other courageous women before me, I found a lump. This lump was ultrasound as a cyst in January of 2014. I continued with my life as a wife to my best friend, Wade, my three great children, and my patients as an Equine Medical Nurse Supervisor at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. By the time August 2015 had rolled around, this cyst I had been carrying around had gotten larger and physically harder and painful. A couple months later, by the beginning of November 2015, it ached and became even more painful, which is when I really knew something was going on, especially when my nipple had become inverted. Throughout my journey I kept hearing how ‘cancer isn’t painful,’ but I had come to find out, at this exact point, none of that was the truth! I was here now with all my motherly and wifely duties to attend to, specifically when my father-in-law had been diagnosed with a terminal condition. I did what most any other strong mother and wife would do and buckled down to get my family through this hardship, but didn’t realize at the time how I needed to have courage to put myself first! By the end of January 2016, I finally decided to go see my PA who called for an ultrasound and mammogram right away. The ultrasound had measured my tumor at 2.5 cm in diameter with four suspicious lymph nodes. Reality had now set in at this point, hearing my doctors using the word ‘cancer.’ It was measurable, physical and certain that this was now an aspect of my life and not just a mental thought anymore. It was a very fast paced growing tumor that led me a few days later to a series of nine biopsies of my left breast and lymph nodes. After confirmation of the biopsies it was determined I had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. But, as fast growing as the tumor was, so was the process. One week later I met with my oncologist, formed a plan between her and my plastic surgeon, and so it began. My chemo port was placed and two days later I started my chemo treatments. By the end I had drug myself to 12 taxal treatments and four AC treatments, totaling 16 times seeing the wonderful nurses at the UC Health Cancer Center. Those treatments took up my entire summer, made me feel up and down a lot, which led me to two blood transfusions due to taxol toxicity, but most of all it took away from my family. My husband became more of a rock to me and for me then I ever thought was possible! My kids kept me going and kept me laughing, which we all know is so important through times like that! My oldest son, at 20-years-old that summer, pointed out he finally knew I did not have eyes in the back of my head because I obviously had lost my hair! End of June 2016, those treatments were finally over and we moved on to the removal of the ‘Toxic Titties’ which my daughter decided sounded better then a double mastectomy. August 1, 2016, became a triple-crown kind of day. Not only was it the surgery CONTINUED ON PG 52
LaShaun Davis My story started in April 2015. I went to have my annual mammogram. While we were waiting for the results, they called me back and said that they needed to take some more pictures. So, I didn't think anything of it, until they called me back into a private room with my husband. The pathologist said, "I'm not going to beat around the bush, I'm going to be honest with you. It looks like Cancer." At that time, my heart fell and all I could think was, "I don't want to die!" The pathologist then said that we needed to do a biopsy right then. So, while I was waiting for the biopsy to begin, all I could think was I didn't want to die. We had to wait over the weekend and it seemed to last forever. On Monday, I was at work and I got a phone call from my family doctor. She told me that she was sorry, but I do have breast cancer. At this time, I was freaking out and crying. I asked her if my husband and I could come in and ask her some questions. She agreed to meet with us that day. We were told to set up an appointment to see an oncologist. Just as I was about to call, my brother told me that a friend of ours was diagnosed with breast cancer and that I should call her oncologist in Fort Collins. I made the call and was able to meet Dr. Medgsey. Not only did she answer my questions verbally, she took my notebook and started writing the answers for me. One of my questions was, "Do I need to get a second opinion?" She said that I did not need to do that. She is on the Board and that not only does she look at the biopsy results, there are five other doctors who look at them as well. Dr. Medgysey suggested a treatment plan of 20 very aggressive treatments of chemotherapy, surgery and then six weeks of radiation. She also suggested that we meet with Dr. Dickinson about getting a mega-port imported for the chemo treatments. After the port was imported, I started my chemotherapy the day after Mother's Day in 2015. That first treatment lasted forever. I was told that I should take about two weeks off of work but I only took off one. During my treatments, I did not get sick, I just got tired. I remember the doctor and the nurses telling me that I might lose my hair after two weeks of treatment. Well, exactly two weeks into my Chemo treatments, I was out at the lake with my husband, and noticed that my hair was falling out. I looked in the mirror and, I kid you not, I looked like "Fire Marshal Bill" from the 90's TV show In-Living Color.....LOL! You have to have a sense of humor and that I did. I remember one day while I was at work, in between my chemo treatments and my surgery, I was having some chest pain. I called my daughter to call my family doctor. They told her to have me go to the emergency room. I didn't like that answer, so I headed to Fort Collins to see Dr. Medgyesy. The nurses-line called me and said that I should go to the ER, as well. So, I drove myself to the Longmont ER. They could see that I was very uncomfortable. When the doctor came in he said that I had about 10 gallstones and that I needed to have surgery to have them removed. When I was released, I went to see Dr. Dickinson in Fort Collins. After the consultation, we scheduled the surgery to happen in a couple of days. When we went in for the CONTINUED ON PG 54
LaShaun is the “Girl on Fire” in a Joseph A asymmetrical printed tank, $50, and Alfani easywear wide-leg black pant, $59.50. Playful multi-strand black and gold necklace, $44.50, earrings, $30, stud, $30, along with a snake rhinestone ring, $24.50, and Vince Camuto strappy leather chunky heels, $119, add a jazzy look. Courtesy of Macy’s Centerra, Loveland.
Diana Koehler On August 10th at 7:00 am, my husband Troy and I sat in my nurse practitioner’s office awaiting the results of the biopsy. She had called me the day prior saying she wanted to talk to me about my results. I asked her to give me the results over the phone and she refused, stating that she does not give results over the phone. I knew in my heart that something was wrong and it was not good news. Troy was convinced that she wanted to let me know that they had not gotten an adequate tissue sample again during this biopsy (this had been the second biopsy that they had done because the first one came back benign because of an inadequate tissue sample) and that they were going to have to do it again or have a different procedure done. He held on to hope until the very moment that we received the news that I had indeed been diagnosed with cancer, once again. Even though in my heart I already knew that it was cancer, I remember feeling numb and sitting there in disbelief thinking, “What? Is this really happening right now? Why is this happening to me again?” I was in shock and disbelief, but yet I felt like I was reliving part of the very same dream that I had dreamt the night before. In my dream the nurse practitioner had entered the room and told me that I had cancer. That morning as I was getting ready for my appointment I remember that my mind and heart already knew what the results would be. Looking back I really believe that God was preparing me for the road ahead. After receiving the news that it was breast cancer, I remember crying silently as she continued to speak. I didn’t sob, it was just a few tears and I remember thinking that I really wanted to be proven wrong about what I had suspected. I immediately thought of my sons, Brandon and Ryan, who were not there with us at the time. I thought of my family, friends, my life, school. I had just started going back to school to pursue a career as a registered dietician. I had an immediate desire to let my loved ones know that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and that I needed prayer. After the news sunk in I just wanted to know what my treatment plan was going to be so I could hit it head on.This was my second battle with cancer and I knew all to well what was I was about to face once again. In May of 2003 I was diagnosed with Stage 1b cervical cancer. My treatment consisted of a radical hysterectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and brachytherapy. I was only 27 years old at the time and it was one of the most challenging times in my life. I struggled with God as to why I had to endure this once again. Shortly after my diagnosis, I was cleaning my bathroom trying to make sense of the whole thing, arguing and pleading with God when I suddenly felt a sense of peace and calmness. I felt as if God was going to use my story to be able to connect with and encourage other woman battling breast cancer. I remember speaking to God out loud saying, “ Ok God, ok. If this is what you want me to do, then ok.” This bible verse has brought me peace and comfort during my journey: “Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 CONTINUED ON PG 56
Diana sports her creativity in her magnificent Johnny Was Marquardt Patchwork Hoodie with handcrafted details and stunning all over embroidery, $529. A wine Free People soft rounded hem thermal top, $68, and Lysse denim indigo stretch zipper leggings, $98, complete the look. Stunning Uno de 50 boho necklace, $240, and hipster earrings, $89, add the shine. BED | STU driftwood booties, $229, add a trendy touch. Courtesy of Cloz to Home, Loveland.
Nancy Barker My journey began in late March of 2016. I had my yearly mammogram and they asked me to return for a second one so that they could get a different view of one area in my right breast. This was nothing new to me, as it had happened many times before, but had always turned out to be fibrous tissue. I knew it was something more when they took my husband and I to a conference room to speak to the radiologist. They scheduled a needle biopsy for the following day. My primary care physician called me on April 1st, confirming that I had stage zero cancer in the right breast. I was very proactive in choosing my surgeon and oncologist immediately. My daughter had gone through cancer in both breasts seven years previously. She (Dawn) and my husband (Tim) were so supportive in going with me to all of my appointments, and because she is a nurse, Dawn was able to recommend good doctors. It was such a comfort having her to help me know what I needed to do next. She would always be my second set of ears and I could count on her to explain everything to me in words I could understand. I assumed that since it was stage zero, I would just have to have a lumpectomy and be done with it. When I saw the surgeon, she suggested that I have genetic testing done. My oncologist agreed, so now all the appointments began. We discussed the results with a genetic counselor, and although I did not have the BRCA gene, because of my family’s history of different forms of cancer, and the fact that my blood work came back double negative meaning I wasn’t hormone receptive, her recommendation was to have a double mastectomy. After discussing all of this with my husband and two children, as well as their families, I chose to have the bilateral mastectomy. My chances were too high of getting it in the other breast, and I did not want to go through all this again. My entire family, including all eight grandchildren, were such a tremendous support and were with me every step of the way. Now the frustrating part began. Once I made the decision, I just wanted to get it out! I saw my reconstruction doctor and was told that I fell into a very small percentage of women that could have 80% of the reconstruction done on the same day as the mastectomies. I was thrilled with that, but finding an operating room that was available when both the surgeon and the reconstruction doctor could do it, proved to be difficult. I finally had the surgery on May 17th, and, fortunately, the lymph nodes were all negative. I feel I had a very quick recovery. The best news was that I didn’t have to have either chemotherapy or radiation. I had a huge fear of that. I had the rest of my reconstruction done in November, and that surgery also went well. My faith in God was what I leaned on through this entire process. He didn’t let me down and I can truthfully say that I felt great peace throughout the process. I felt covered in prayer and I have my entire family as well as many, many friends to thank for that. God was, once again, listening.
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Nancy is the vision of a Grecian goddess swaying in her regal purple one shoulder gown from Bill Levkoff, $234. The feminine bodice and the drape of her skirt softly flatters her shape. Bold drop rhinestone earrings, $36, and bracelet, $50, show off her style. Courtesy of Dora Grace Bridal, Fort Collins.
Kara Coates My story begins at age 29, when I found a pea size lump in my left breast. I assumed it was just too much caffeine intake but still had it checked out. Since it was so surface oriented, a biopsy was done and to my surprise it was cancer. I went thru a lumpectomy and radiation…. luckily my lymph nodes were not affected. My memories of this time are sketchy and limited. Stage 1 and DONE at age 30! Moving forward to age 49. My asymmetrical breast issues finally get the attention of my doctor and a mammogram and biopsy are completed. I’m waiting for the test results – this is the hardest part as far as I’m concerned. After several days, the call came telling me what I feared. WOW – how could I have cancer again after 20 years? It just seemed like it should have been seen earlier as my entire left breast and lymph nodes were affected – Stage 3. My treatment was aggressive and started quickly with a double mastectomy. The chemo was so scary for me as I’d been through radiation before, but not chemo. The loss of my hair, brows and lashes, the sickness, the weird steroid feeling after each treatment, everything tasting or should I say not tasting the way it should. It was so hard to get up and go to work or do the everyday things I needed to do. I did make it through and with a crazy positive attitude – I had no idea where this positive strong person came from. To my surprise my five weeks, twice per day, everyday radiation was the hardest for me. It took so such time to just get back and forth to the appointments, and the extreme treatment on tissue that was also radiated when I was 30 left me with horrible burns. My skin and tissue damage is permanent and it limits my options for reconstruction – so no breasts for me. I have scars, but I am here to tell the story, so that’s what’s important. I was mortified at the cost of these treatments – how on earth could someone without good insurance afford this? The financial, physical and emotional strain on my personal relationships have been affected permanently. I find small benefits when I think of my cancer fight – such as, I no longer must wear a bra or when I was bald I saved tons of money on hair products and stylist fees! Stage 3 and Cancer Free at 51! In November of 2016 – I noticed a rough patch of skin above my right mastectomy scar. Results of a biopsy showed a reoccurrence in the right chest wall of my cancer and a PET scan was done to check the status of the spread. I had a whole support team for my meeting with my oncologist to find out the results – my mother, husband, son and friends. The cancer had spread throughout my upper body lymph nodes, along with my ribs on the left side and potentially in my lungs. I was informed that day that my cancer was treatable but not curable – and I was told a life expectancy of 2-10 years. My reaction was questions: what does curable exactly mean and where we would go from here? I am currently undergoing oral chemo and shots to control the spread and this will work for an undetermined timeframe – once the cancer progresses we will change the treatment to help control the spread. Living with Stage 4 at 53! Now for the survivor part – I consider myself a special example of surviving. I’ve literally survived for 24 years after my first diagnosis of cancer and that’s an amazing example of treatment success. I’ve found a strength in myself I had no idea even existed and have been reminded the important things in life aren’t things….they are experiences and people. I’ve seen my sons grow to be supportive and understanding young men - these two angels of mine are what keeps me going. I still am lucky enough to have supportive parents in my life. My parents had two children, myself and my older brother. They lost my brother due to brain cancer, and I literally refuse to put them through that pain again. In my mind, there is no question that I will
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Kara sways to the music in an elegant floor length boat neck gown by Mori Lee, $186. Blouson styling and an all-over sequin pattern on midnight blue make it an evening knockout. Delicate rhinestone necklace and post earrings add the perfect sparkle, $75 for the set. Courtesy of Dora Grace Bridal, Fort Collins.
Andrea Lucas Around May of 2016 I felt a large lump in my breast and scheduled my first mammogram for August 26th of 2016. I was diagnosed with the lump being a malignant tumor on September 6th. I was at work and was awaiting the call from my biopsy. When they called to tell me the results I guess I don’t really remember feeling anything at all. I was numb, scared and overwhelmed. After that day, it really did turn into a whirlwind of doctor appointments, waiting, making tough decisions and really just total chaos. After many tests, scans, pokes and prods, I landed with a diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer with a metastasis to my spine. I am a young, single mommy of two young boys, 8 and 10, and had always been extremely healthy, younger than my age, active, and always seeking adventure. What a blow! I sat down and told my children, my family and my friends. It was an emotional time and I found it hard to be the one to be causing so much pain and sadness. It was a lot to feel, wanting to be strong and yet hurting those around me with my sickness, making them sad that there was nothing they could do to change it for me. There was nothing I could do either, except take control of what I could, learn as much as I could about my cancer, my treatment, my side effects, my doctors, and brace myself mentally for the ride of my life. At the time, I was in a long-term relationship and he walked out on me and my situation shortly after I started my treatment, unwilling to be a support to me. Another blow! Now, I was fighting for my life, and mending a very broken heart. It was an extremely lonely place to be in and so much change it was almost too hard to bear. But, I have always been a positive person, so I took this as my most difficult challenge and charged on, making the best of it that I possibly could. I really was only able to make it because of the wonderful people that I have in my life. My beautiful boys, who give me courage, hope and undying love, kept me going each and every day. My mom was instantly by my side, travelling back and forth from Ohio, and staying here anytime and for as long as I needed her. She helped me tremendously with my very active boys, getting me through holidays, birthdays and keeping up with their very active spirits. My sister started a meal train for me and I did not go a day without a meal for five months straight, mostly due to my boy’s school (thank you, Linton Elementary). Their staff was amazing and so supportive, and I will forever be thankful for the lesson in kindness that could never be taught to my boys except in this kind of real life way. My friends rallied around me, giving me support and love and keeping my spirits up when I was down. My work supported me, giving me time when I needed it and even promoting me during my treatment. I only missed a few days of work other than my treatment days, and my little family and I charged on like nothing was wrong…living our lives, keeping a schedule, and getting up each day and making it through. Because all I really wanted to do was be normal. You think, before you are faced with something like this, that if you were sick and knew you might die, you would quit your job, go travel the world, do crazy things… but, really all I wanted was to be me, just my normal old self. So, that is what we strove for. And we did it! My kids made bracelets and handed them out to so many people that still wear them for me. It is amazing and inspiring and has reminded me what life is about. It is about community and love, supporting others, and living as much as you possibly can each and every day. It is about friendships and being a good person to everyone around you as much as you possibly can. I even bought a new house and moved in the middle of my treatments, wanting a fresh start and making decisions as everyone does. Like there is a future ahead of me. Making choices as I would if none of this was happening to me. We don’t make decisions in life based on dying tomorrow, no one does, and neither will I. So, as hard as this journey has been and as long as it will drag on, my fighting spirit will prevail and will last longer than any challenge that lies ahead of me. I am thankful still in my life for so many things despite the changes to my body, despite the losses, despite the odds they say I have. I have learned not to worry until I need to, and so I will continue on, and will do it in the best way I can each day and will keep my faith that I will survive. Andrea dances the night away in her hot pink cocktail dress with flirty ruffle and button accents, by Kensie, $92. Sparkly evening earrings, $18, and stretch crystal bracelets, $20, add a dressy touch. Courtesy of Apricot Lane Boutique, Fort Collins.
Christina Ross Just prior to finding out I was pregnant last year, I remember talking (twice) to my former OBGYN about a lump I had found in my right breast and her advising (twice) to just ignore it. So I did. Fast forward a few months ( January 2016) and that’s when I found out I was pregnant with my third child (my first son, Theo). I was 36 years old at the time. Timing is everything and as a result of me being pregnant, I was scheduled to meet with the other OBGYN in the practice so I could be familiar with both doctors prior to delivery. This turned out to be a Godsend. During my first appointment with the other OBGYN (let’s call her Hero Doctor) she immediately embraced my intuition and advised that I get the lump checked out. So I did. On April 18th I went in for a mammogram. I quickly knew something was wrong when I was asked to also get an ultrasound. My fear exploded while I laid on the table holding my belly in silence. The radiologist concluded a biopsy was needed next, so I was scheduled to come back two days later on April 20th for that. On the way to the biopsy appointment I felt my baby boy’s first kick…I will never forget it. Two days later it was my youngest sister’s wedding day, and in the midst of all the traditions I received THE CALL. My world crumbled. An overwhelming blanket of darkness took over and I was terrified at a level deep beyond reason. All I could think about were my daughters, Jovi and Everi, and my unborn son, Theo. To ask how breast cancer impacted my life brings up emotions that feel like a cross between piercing anxiety and feel-good goosebumps. The person I was before diagnosis is very different than the person I am today. The spiritual impact is extensive. My faith “kept the lights on” and God truly made many miracles happen. First, my son saved my life as he showed up at the perfect time for me to be seen by my Hero Doctor. Second, my son was protected in-utero through a lumpectomy, four rounds of chemotherapy, three anaphylactic drug reactions, and he is perfectly healthy today. Amen! God also renewed my relationship with my husband and my mother and resurrected my faith to become a lifeline. From an emotional standpoint, my worries are different now. Like every other mother I know, I still worry about my children non-stop. But for me, I now realize that the small stuff, really is SMALL STUFF. I learned to continually talk to and trust God, smile more and to embrace my children more mindfully. This process has also taught me the importance of self-care, which is never to be confused with being selfish. Let’s just say the physical impact is more of an evolution, much like a caterpillar in a cocoon. Post all my treatments, I am learning to embrace my blonde pixie, bigger boobs (thank you Plastic Surgeon), and I am discovering what confidence, grace and self-love really means. My inspiration came in many forms. My son, daughters and husband…these earth angels were enough bait for me to climb the mountain harder. My mother…she had dealt with a benign brain tumor (unrelated to my cancer) during my childhood and so her strength, support and ability to understand carried me through all of my 16 chemo treatments. My dad…recently diagnosed with ALS and dementia, seeing his ability to focus on me all-the-while faced with an unimaginable struggle made me stronger. Most of all, God…he ever so gracefully inspired me with his words and through his work in those around me; he is helping me become a better version of myself. My advice? Each one of us is a mountain climber in this life. You must take life’s valleys one step at a time…because there will be numerous valleys. Learning to “let go and LET GOD” is a saving grace. Special thanks to My Tribe (you know who you are), my army of phenomenal care providers and Amy Hansen who unselfishly showed me that it IS possible to overcome cancer while pregnant.
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But I recognized early that mastering this discomfort and its root – self-worth – was one of cancer’s many offerings to me: the lesson that I am as worthy as anyone of life and love. Strength sources were everywhere during treatment: my remarkable doctors and healthcare practitioners, regular acupuncture provided by Hope Lives and Goldstone, UC Health Wellness Center massages and physical therapy, friends who fed my family and my soul, staff and teachers at Laurel Elementary, and of course, my beautiful family. But the greatest source of strength were my parents, especially my mom; she kept me whole and focused, and took every single step with me, no matter how painful. I consider myself lucky. Lucky that this happened while I am young and strong enough to fight hard. That it was me, not my boys, husband, parents, sister, friends or family. That we have access to excellent healthcare, good insurance, financial stability. That I have a strong spiritual community in Arkitekt. That I am surrounded by those I call my “beautiful people,” who give, trust, support, love and stand firmly in the muck with me. That I get a second chance. My favorite Emily Dickinson poem opens with, “He put the belt around my life — I heard the buckle snap.” At the point of diagnosis, cancer felt like that belt, constricting my very life, hope and soul. But I now understand the belt as a form of holding, strengthening and girding for all that I hold precious. And I perceive survivorship as both an opportunity and remarkable responsibility – to live fully and in integrity, authenticity and kindness.
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instructions carefully and drained and documented all four drain tubes and kept everything clean and sterile. Infections never had a chance with this man in charge. I’m so lucky to have been blessed with such a wonderful husband. I am also blessed with four children, a granddaughter, Madison, and grandson, Marshall, a new granddaughter on the way, and two amazing son-inlaws. Their unconditional love is more than a mom could ever ask for. I would like to thank my family, friends, my working family at Allura and all the clients for being my biggest supporters. I am so grateful for the generosity, flowers, cards, texts, encouraging words and amazing food
that was delivered to our home. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about cancer and my future. However, my belief in God and His promises sustain me each day. I pray for everyone who has gone through or is going through this journey. Stay strong, fight hard and never give up hope! A special thank you to Hope Lives, for all you do and for choosing me and my story. To my loving husband, my amazing sons, my beautiful daughters, my son-in-laws, my sweet granddaughters and grandson. I will fight hard every day to stay with you. You loved me and took care of me through tough times. You did that for me, and I love you all.
Thankfully, our son, John, age 48, and our daughter, Jennifer, age 46, have not had to battle this! In my journey, I had a single mastectomy and had six chemo treatments at the UC Health Cancer Center, and following that I had 34 radiation treatments at the David Walsh Cancer Center in Sterling. I have received exceptional care from the doctors and all of the staff during my treatments. My last mammogram in June was negative. My strong faith in God, my loving husband of 55 years, and family and friends have helped me through all of this! The Hope Lives support has been and will continue to keep me positive! I received a free wig from them which helped my self esteem. I sincerely appreciate all that it offers!
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was caught early, stage 1, with no cancer in my lymph glands. The biggest thing that I have learned, because I got cancer, was to let other people help me. I have always been a caregiver. I helped out my son when he had cancer. My brother and I helped our mother take care of our father when he got real sick, just before his death. Then, after my father passed, my brother and I took care of our mom until she passed. As a mother, it just seems to come natural to be a caregiver. But, I found it hard to accept help, so very hard!! My daughterin-law called it a pride issue. She might have been right. I just kept thinking that someone else might need help more then I did. Then I met a group of women who had all gone through breast cancer. The women on these pages, in this very magazine, and the women who worked to get us all together. They inspired me, and told me that we all need help. They shared their stories with each of us, just as they have shared with you. Before I met these women, I would have told you that I was doing just fine. I thought I was! After I met them, I felt relief. Like I needed them, but did not even know it. You know, I almost didn't join this group. There were a lot of people along the way that kept pushing me to do this. Thank you, every one of you. I found my strength because of you. My biggest problem now is that I can't seem to get through anything emotional without crying my eyes out. Including, writing my story. JOANNE HARRIS, CONTINUED FROM PG 40
breast cancer in June 2014. After a double mastectomy, which she chose, and reconstruction, she is now cancer free!
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three sons, now 19, 16 and 13. I no longer worry what kind of men or husbands they will make. They rose to the occasion with such responsibility, compassion and care. During my darkest times I found service to be the cure. A dear friend, and my physical therapist, suggested setting up a distribution center for knitted breast prosthetics. We applied for and won a Women Investing in Strategies for Health (WISH) grant. Since then a groundswell of knitters, service providers and My Sister Knits yarn shop have shown great support. We joined the national Knitted Knockers organization and have provided prosthetics to over 300 women in Colorado, free of charge. From a women for a women. Knitted with love. Breast cancer is a devastating disease. I am not alone, I walk this path with remarkable women. THERESA BAIN, CONTINUED FROM PG 41
The opportunity was being a Hope Lives model, and healing and humor were the people of Hope Lives. Talking with these women was the hardest and best thing I could have done and it was the piece that was missing in my own cancer puzzle. As I listened, I heard very different stories, so much harder than my own, but I also heard universal truths that we all shared such as fear, pain, hope, anger, joy, guilt, life and love. I laughed with them and then I cried when I left because once again, God provided the exact thing I didn’t know I needed in the most unexpected way. And this has become my cancer story. I’ve learned to let God have His way in showing me the way through this, and that STYLEMEDIA.COM
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way is love. I have been inspired and challenged by love. I’ve witnessed love that had been sown being harvested in a season of need. I’ve been challenged to set down pride to receive what others had to give. I’ve been humbled by those who have walked this road with me by doing things I determined to do myself and for just being here with me in a very hard place. To those who didn’t know what to say but also didn’t run, I am truly grateful. This would have been a different story without you. And when the way wasn’t as clear, I had this to remind me, something I wrote when it was dark that drew me back into the light: “I’m not afraid of cancer but I am afraid of missing anything that God has for me, especially the invitation to go deeper with Him. There is no fear in love but there is fear that keeps us from His love. Each time, it's scary, this new lesson in trust. It's holding my breath while diving off a cliff and plunging deep into insecurities and lies. It's a choice to be uncomfortable and vulnerable in the dark places while trusting the love that redeems and transforms me. And eventually, it's surfacing again to inhale the longest, purest, most refreshing breath of freedom, of restoration, of redemption. That is the place of no fear. And this is my reminder in the process.“ SYLVIE CARLYON, CONTINUED FROM PG 42
never forget the tears we shed as a family. But we fought together, prayed together, and grew together. I had a bilateral mastectomy Oct. 31, 2014, Halloween. The nurses were so nice. I told them I had dressed up as a cancer patient for Halloween. They could see I was scared, but with Dr.Tsoi and Dr. Clear we reviewed the procedure, prayed together, and went into the operating room. As they wheeled me down the hallway, I kept praying to God that He would guide the doctors’ hands so that all my cancer would be removed and my reconstructive surgery would be a success. I don’t remember what happened next, but I woke up later surrounded by my family. My husband had brought the girls and we were all together. I felt confident. However, I still had a long way to go. After chemo and the surgery, I still had radiation therapy with Dr. Lisella to look forward to! As Dr. Tsoi, my reconstructive surgeon, said, “radiation is the gift that keeps on giving.” That is, even months after my last trip to the radiation clinic, my skin was still proving difficult to operate on. We kept waiting until Dr. Tsoi said the time was
right. After many attempts, we finally had the desired result. There is so much more I could say, but I want to mention especially the great nurses I met during my cancer. Nurses that work with cancer patients are some of the greatest you could ever hope to meet. For example, I will never forget Allison, my Chemo nurse, and how she was always there to cheer me up with news about the Packers. Or, Diane, my reconstructive nurse and how she encouraged me and gave me the confidence I needed to move forward with my new body. Finally, Amanda Lee, who is so sweet, perky, and funny. She reminded me to enjoy reconstructive surgery (as much as that is possible). They all provide great examples of the attention given to me by so many nurses who always cared for me in a gentle, patient way. There is nothing good about Cancer. However, maybe there is one exception: the goodness of people who show their love for you in so many ways, who take care of you, support you, and make it possible to get through this hard journey. NILA CROLL, CONTINUED FROM PG 42
great- grandchildren all under three, circled the wagons. Nila had every reason to live! Always high energy, retiring from two Fortune 500 companies where she and her teams enjoyed great success, she certainly didn’t want to fail this challenge, the biggest one of all, but how much actually rested with her? Was she not also in the hands of oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, and radiation technicians? Aside from her career, she joined Newcomers when she moved to Fort Collins in 1998. Within two years she had become President of Newcomers Association and then Newcomers Alumni. A seasoned event planner, Nila has executed some outstanding events, been an active volunteer in the political arena, and various women’s ministries. The May 2015 annual checkup seemed to go allright, until a call summoned her to return for an ultrasound, followed by a needle biopsy. Now began the journey to seek out an oncologist, surgeon and determine a course of treatment. Nila was referred to Dr. Petit who has an ongoing study in which radiation is administered at the time of surgery. A short time prior to surgery a dye is injected which is absorbed by the lymph nodes in the breast. The surgeon was easily able to search for cancer in these lymph nodes, and when they were
negative, a lumpectomy was all that was needed. This procedure seeks to avoid the 45 daily treatments of radiation that are normally required. Two surgeons are present, one for the surgical portion and the other to bathe the breast area in radiation. It was necessary to be over 60 years of age for this procedure. Nila qualified and then some! The next six weeks were a blur of anxiety, pain, weakness and a burning sensation from the inside out. The radiation made her feel tired and edgy, but in about six weeks like magic, she began to feel much better. Funny how small things bring joy to a miserable time in one’s life. Nila is a scant 5’ in height, her oncologist, Dr. Farrah Datko was also vertically challenged, and Nila noted she had never had such a short doctor before. It always made them both smile. At least they always saw eye to eye. It has been said by others so many times, and runs through each person’s experience, different as they all are, that we are “precious in God’s sight.” He really cares for us, and His promise “never to leave us or forsake us” is born out in every story we hear. He provides the peace and the hope so desperately needed at such a time as this. KIM ELLIS, CONTINUED FROM PG 43
day, but also my 25th anniversary at the vet hospital AND my 29th wedding anniversary to my husband! I started to feel a little more ‘normal,’ if that was even possible, but the next stage caught up to me really fast…radiation. From the end of September to the first of November my burns around my radiation area continued to get worse and worse, but my courage kept me strong, as well as my family at home and work family. The nurses, friends and coworkers all around the vet hospital at CSU put together a meal train to help, sent cards and good thoughts with well wishes, too. After radiation it seemed up from there, because I finally began to heal not only physically but emotionally and mentally, too. The new year had come around and 2017 was a start of new beginnings! In March of 2017 my expanders from the double mastectomy were finally removed and replaced with the implants. It was yet one more step in the direction of being normal (or me) again and was the closest thing I would have again to the real deal. A couple months later in June of 2017 I had one of the last steps of nipple reconstruction. This was probably one of the most emotional times of all because I could physically feel whole again and could see the light at the end of my journey that I had STYLEMEDIA.COM
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been waiting for so long to finally come! With this light finally here, I can truly let myself feel like a different woman, like most of us do. I have found a NEW normal in my life because the old me is changed and has become stronger. I am a different woman though, because I am not just a survivor, I am a warrior. I conquered cancer and can be proud of it, like everyone who has walked in the different shoes of cancer should be. Not all cancers are the same and not all journeys take the same path, and as one is not harder then the other, we all handle it
and need different things. I realized quickly some people won’t always know what to say to you when you experience this journey and that’s ok…to a point. I was tougher when I heard anything other then “you are a strong woman.” Yes, I am strong, and yes, I am a woman, but I found myself feeling defeated at times, a lot of times and in several different ways. But the cards, texts, letters, emails and phone calls I received on a very regular basis that were truthful, from-the-heart words, and love that poured out that I knew was real were the best. Those expressions
were the ones that helped get me out of bed and move me forward some days, along with my courage. I can even now have the courage to say “you come first,” and listen to it myself, and hope we all do! Courage might be a part of a quote that John Wayne coined, but that quote itself says a lot in my family’s rodeo-life we created. Sometimes you have to dig down deep to find it and sometimes it is tested to the limits, but we all have it and all need it sometimes more than others, but when you find it, you can rise above anything! LASHAUN DAVIS, CONT. FROM PG 44
surgery, they removed the stones and also the gallbladder. Oh, did I forget to tell you this was only 2 weeks before I was to have my double mastectomy in October? My surgery was on October 27th 2015. I was off work for six weeks. Drs Dickinson and Boustred were amazing. I feel that I could have gone back to work after 2 weeks. I went back to work full-time at Circle Graphics in December and the team was amazing. They welcomed me back with open arms. About six weeks later, I started radiation treatments which were to last six weeks. I had to go to Fort Collins everyday for six weeks after work. Dr. Lisella and her team were amazing. I had to go through an aggressive radiation treatment as well. I was told that I might get tired during my treatments. Well, I did not get tired. I was told to drink plenty of water and to get some exercise. Well, that is what I did, but I noticed that on the last treatment, my skin started to change color and my skin started to (rip) open. I was devastated to see my skin look like that. After I was done with the radiation treatments, the next day, I did the Fight For Air Climb in Denver. This consisted of climbing 56-flights of stairs to fight Lung Cancer. It took us, James and I, about an hour and three minutes. I was very proud of myself to accomplish such a great deed for a great cause. After my radiation treatments were done, I noticed that one day my breast area was very hard and I felt like I had the flu. I had seen three different doctors and none of them could do anything about what was going on, except give me more antibiotics. I saw Dr. Boustred and he said that I needed to have surgery because it looked as if the expander had ruptured. I noticed that the other breast had an issue too. That was the worst/scariest surgery I have ever had. I was so tired that morning, I was told later that I almost did not wake up. My husband
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told me that they had to pry my jaw open because they needed to remove the tube from my mouth. It is just over two years since this Cancer journey started. It has been a long journey. I feel stronger than ever. My life was turned upside down and I truly believe that I will not let this disease bring me down. Someone once told me to think of your life as bicycle wheel with all of those spokes. Cancer is just one of those spokes and it is not your whole life. It is just a part of your life. I can't believe it has been over two years and I am very excited to still be here to make my world a better place. I am in a better place and I will not let anything or anyone bring me down.
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My diagnosis was the very earliest stage of breast cancer possible, Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIC) stage 0. Praise God! Even though the possibility of having the cancer return or show up in my other breast was extremely low, I decided to have a bilateral mastectomy because this was my second battle with cancer and I wanted the lowest recurrence rate possible. The cancer had not spread to my lymph nodes so I did not need chemotherapy but I did have 35 radiation treatments. I work at UCHealth Cancer Care and Hematology and I had the harsh reality of being on the other side of the spectrum; I now was the patient receiving treatment. My coworkers had now become my medical team providers and my life was in their hands. I can honestly say that we have an incredible team that impacts people’s lives day in and day out. The care and treatment that I received was superb and each one of them had an impact in my successful battle against cancer. During my radiation treatments I went through a time of despair and despondence. I was mentally and physically drained. I remember one evening when I forced myself to go for a walk with my dog Dash even though I was extremely exhausted. Dash and I had just crossed the street when I tripped and fell on the grass right by a very busy intersection. I was so humiliated and I felt so angry! I was angry that I had fallen, I was angry that I had to go through this journey again, I was angry that I wasn’t done with my treatments, and I was angry that I didn’t have a normal life anymore. I am so blessed and thankful that during my most difficult times of my journey I had my husband Troy, my sons, family, friends and coworkers
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praying for me and always willing to help me in any way possible. I finished my radiation treatments on March 3 of this year and I was overjoyed when I was finally done! I informed my nurse that I was going to run a half marathon two months later. I ran my half marathon in the Colorado Marathon race on May 7 in Fort Collins. It was a beautiful cloudy day and I ran the entire race and finished with a time of 2:31. Not bad for someone who had just gone through a double mastectomy and radiation during the past six months prior to the race! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 I’m a very independent person and it was very difficult for me not to be able to do my everyday activities during this entire ordeal. God has really humbled me during my journey. In Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still and know that I am God.” I tried being so strong throughout all of this but I wish I would have just taken some time to embrace my journey instead of having to feel like I was always fighting a battle. I’ve also realized that it’s so important to heal mentally not just physically. I’ve learned to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. I thank God everyday for my health and I surround myself with nature, run, exercise, listen to music and pray. It’s important to find our inner peace and joy no matter what we may be going through.
In closing I would like to reiterate how important it is to get an annual physical, do monthly breast exams and have a yearly mammogram. My cervical cancer was detected through my annual pap smear. My breast cancer was detected from my first mammogram. I had no lump or abnormalities in my breasts at all. I had simply just turned 40 and it was time to get my first mammogram. My primary care physician said, “Diana I know you’ve had cancer twice and it’s been rough. But thank God that in both occasions you caught it at it’s early stages." I will never forget that. Early detection truly does save lives. It made a difference in my life on both occasions. I am so thankful for my family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and complete strangers who have helped me through this journey. I’ve seen cancer bring out the best in people and it unites people together like nothing and no one else can. My inspiration and strength comes from God, my husband Troy, Brandon, Ryan, my family, friends and coworkers. I look forward to sharing my story with others, to help them through their cancer journey as well. NANCY BARKER, CONT. FROM PG 46
My husband was my rock throughout and was there with love and support day in and day out. He was there for me 100% and I’m
so blessed to have him. This has truly been a growing experience for me and I feel that I’m a stronger woman because of it. God has always had a plan for me and He has never left my side. It has been a great experience to meet and get to know the other models and I admire them all. We have shared much laughter and many tears. Thank You, Hope Lives, for giving me this great opportunity. KARA COATES, CONT. FROM PG 47
outlive them as a child should outlive their parents. I can also say that without my career I would not have made it through so easily. I have worked at Crop Production Services for the last 8 years; my manager and coworkers have been supportive throughout my entire treatment. They have made me feel important and needed, which gives me another reason to get up every day. It feels very strange to know this cancer will more than likely kill me, but again I see benefits in the experience itself. Of course, I don’t want cancer – and yes, I have bad days - but the experience has changed me into a positive, more spiritual, strong and happy person. A lot can change in 10 years so I have hope that something will come along to cure or extend my life longer. I am determined to enjoy whatever time I have left in this amazing world.
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The ArqueDerma Artistic Restoration Lift is a unique process designed to address facial aging by delivering dermal fillers in a way that extends the life of fillers and improves loss of volume and skin laxness. JoAnne’s service lifted her cheeks, added fullness and reduced the appearance of her jowl and smile lines. The second part of her service, the Forever Young BBL laser treatment, will make her skin look clearer, smoother, and more youthful. “Today I received my ArqueDerma Artistic Restoration Lift at
the Premier Skin Clinic in Ft. Collins. My name had been drawn for this gift by Lydia Dody at our Hope Lives model kick-off party in May. What a fantastic gift! Kristen did a basically pain-free procedure. I would definitely recommend this treatment! In six weeks I will be given a premier, non-invasive cosmetic procedure, a Forever Young BBL laser treatment. I sincerely thank Premier Skin Clinic for offering this gift for a model in the Hope Lives Gala on October 21.”
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Banner Fort Collins Medical Center has announced they will add local mammography services, including 3D mammography technology, later this fall. The addition of this latest technology can improve care for women and increase efficiency, while offering the convenience of having services close to home. The new low-dose 3D mammography system produces special images that allow radiologists to better view breast tissue. The X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images in just seconds. These images have been found to identify 40 percent more invasive cancers than 2D systems, plus the system improves the radiologist’s ability to view asymmetric densities, distortions and smaller masses, resulting in earlier diagnosis. 3D mammography has also been shown to reduce false positive results and the need for patients to undergo additional imaging by 20-40 percent. Other benefits of this new technology include a reduction in radiation dosage by generating 2D images from 3D data, and an increase in patient comfort by reducing the amount of time a patient is under compression by more than half. Ben George, MD,MBA, regional site lead in charge of medical oncology for Banner Health in northern Colorado stressed that, in general, early detection is important. He says, “Since most cancers don’t have early symptoms, when detected in the early stages the treatments are easier and outcomes are much better. This technology allows the increased likelihood of finding highly curable cancers. It helps us provide the highest quality of images.” Mammography services will be available on Mondays from 8 am-4 pm, Wednesdays from 7 am-3 pm, and Thursdays from 8 am-4 pm. Patients over 40 may be seen without a written physician order but will be asked to provide the name of a referring physician for sharing test results. Consumers may begin requesting appointments in October by calling (970) 810-6070. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/FortCollins. (Source: Banner Health press release, August 22, 2017)
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UNDERSTANDS RIGORS OF TRAINING The expression, “until you’ve walked a mile in my shoes,” has a special application for local doctor Michelle Glasgow. She is a practicing family physician with a competitive sports habit…
or is it the other way around? By Angeline Grenz
Dr. Glasgow, of Kaiser Permanente Northern Colorado, knows well the passion, persistence and determination it takes to be an athlete; she has lived it much of her life. Now the marriage of medical knowledge and competitive drive make her a doctor that is uniquely placed to serve competitive athletes in the community. Dr. Glasgow started her athletic career as a young gymnast, even performing well enough to attend the elite competitive Karolyis Ranch school, outside of Houston, Texas, owned and operated at that time by famed Olympic coach Bella and his wife Marta Karolyisat. As she entered
University of Colorado Boulder, a friend talked her into her first triathlon and Dr. Glasgow—who had never even ridden a road bike—won in her division. She was hooked. But during her competitive triathlon circuit she sustained a major injury, the aftermath of which was the desire to learn medicine and understand how athletes can make their bodies better and stronger. Fastforward several years and Dr. Glasgow is a family practitioner who still loves competition—running, triathlons, swimming, and crossfit to name just a few. Her husband, Philip, keeps her
competitive side going; they participate in triathlons around the world together. “We try to do a travel race together every year,” she says. They have competed in Ireland, St. Croix, San Francisco, Telluride, and most recently, Scotland. She also serves as a staff physician for the Hawaiian Iron Man Triathlon. She is even raising two young athletes, a daughter who swims competitively and a son who plays soccer. Dr. Glasgow’s combination of learned and practical knowledge has put her on the radar of local athletes looking for a physician who can understand the rigors of training, nutritional needs, injury and STYLEMEDIA.COM
Dr. Glasgow's husband, Philip, keeps her competitive side going; they participate in triathlons around the world together. They have competed in Ireland, St. Croix, San Francisco, Telluride, and most recently, Scotland. She also serves as a staff physician for the Hawaiian Iron Man Triathlon.
rehabilitation. Her first piece of advice to athlete patients: “The most important part of training is knowing when to rest, and that is the number one thing people don’t know how to do correctly,” she says. “More is not better.” How do you know when you need rest? “For those who do endurance sports, training should be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. Do not fall for the old adage ‘push through the pain.’” She explains further, “Pain is our body’s way of telling us to slow down, to take a step back.” Training too fast and too hard will eventually lead to injury. Dr. Glasgow recommends starting any new training slowly, increasing only 5 to 10 percent each week, and “have a minimum of two days of rest per week. If you run, you can’t be running all seven days.” On the “off ” days, try cross training, yoga or some other discipline. “People who train in just their area are shown to have more injuries and more burn out than those who mix things up,” she says. Next, she counsels patients to watch their nutritional needs. She advises patients to have a whole-food diet—fresh fruits, STYLE 2017
veggies, whole wheat, grains, etc. And watch out for those trendy bars that line the shelves. “They can be highly processed. You will get more nutrition from a handful of nuts.” She also cautions that the pendulum can swing both ways: some train and feel the output justifies their desire to eat anything they want. Others obtain fitness goals and will do anything to keep the weight they have lost off, including malnourishing their bodies, which can lead to injury. This can be especially true of her female patients, says Dr. Glasgow. Female athlete triad syndrome is an energy deficiency in women with or without disordered eating, leading to a disruption of the menstrual cycle and possible bone loss. It is also one of the most frequent syndromes Dr. Glasgow treats in her female athletes. She also sees patients frequently struggling with overuse injuries that can lead to stress fractures if they go untreated. “If you have an overuse injury, cut training back by half. Try ibuprofen and icing for a week. If that doesn’t help, stop training all together,” she advises. An untreated overuse injury can turn into a stress fracture, which means a strict
four to six weeks of no training while you heal. “But after that, we still have to figure out why the injury occurred and correct that.” Diet, the wrong footwear, improper training techniques could all be a culprit; it can take time to reverse these conditions before an athlete can go back to training— and once you do, it is back to the basics. “After recovery, increase training by only 5 to 10 percent per week, and if pain returns, back off again.” But Dr. Glasgow’s cardinal rule of thumb: listen to your body. Pain is a symptom. “It is one thing to be physically exhausted; that is okay. But to be in pain… that is not.” And she knows what she is talking about; sometimes the best thing an athlete can do is take a break to heal. “I will be honest, my last race was really tough, both emotionally and physically. It really took it out of me. So I took a month off. It really is okay to take a break.” Angeline Grenz is a freelance writer and small business owner based in Loveland. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Old Modalities Become New Again By Brad Shannon
For more families than ever, pets are family members. As medical science for companion animals has advanced, they now lead longer, healthier lives; but even as it has advanced on many fronts, more pet parents are seeking, and more veterinary practices are offering, integrative and Chinese medicine as part of their services. In many cases, vets and pet parents swear by the results they see from adding this to the standard array of veterinary medicine modalities. One local veterinarian making use of this full spectrum of treatment options is Dr. Katie Woodley, along with her colleagues at Advanced Animal Care of Colorado (AACC) in Fort Collins. Dr. Woodley, who went to Notre Dame for her undergraduate degree, received her DVM from Massey University in New Zealand. She got her acupuncture certification through the CuraCore certification program and is working to obtain a graduate diploma in Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. She belongs to the AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association) and VBMA (Veterinary Botanical Medical Association) along with the CVMA and AVMA. The team at AACC offer all the usual products and services a conventional
veterinary clinic has, including medicines, vaccines, surgeries, wellness appointments, bloodwork, and the like, and all three DVMs on staff are acupuncture certified. Dr. Woodley is the integrated medicine doctor on staff, practicing Chinese herbal medicine along with everything else the clinic provides its patients. “I find that, when I see cases where there’s a chronic, longstanding problem like kidney or liver disease, herbal medicine is a nice tool to have,” she said. “It can bring values that are out of line back to normal, and rebalance and re-center the animal, and I choose a formula based on the animal’s presentation.” Dr. Woodley shared that she typically uses herbal formulas that are specifically formulated for pets, in that they have different concentrations of certain herbs, compared to their human medicine counterparts, which make them safer for this application. She obtains products from different companies, and all are picked based on their safety and testing done on all their products to ensure there is no heavy metal contaminations. “There are many formulas to choose from,” she said, “and we can add individual herbs to these formulas based on each case and its needs to improve efficacy.”
The Process For pet owners seeking information about integrative care for their animals, the intake process at AACC is how they work with any new client/patient. Prior to a visit, new patients are asked to fill out some initial forms to provide as complete a picture as possible to the veterinarian. Records on the patient can be requested to give AACC staff the most up-to-date information possible on the animal’s health. At the appointment, the animal is weighed and examined by a vet tech and the DVM, and there are a series of what Dr. Woodley refers to as “different questions” that are designed from the Chinese medicine perspective to grasp the patient’s symptoms in detail and discover what sort of conditions and imbalances the animal is experiencing so the proper herbal formula to administer can be found. Then, the patient is sent home with an initial course of herbal medicine, typically two weeks’ worth. After two weeks, a follow-up visit covers how the animal has responded to the medication, another exam is performed, and the next month of herbs is prescribed. Regular checkups ensure the animal’s health is closely monitored, and herb formulations can be modified, as needed. The initial evaluation exam is $100, with follow up visits at $50, varying
depending on the time spent with the pet. Benefits and Risks Dr. Woodley emphasized that, while some might be skeptical, Chinese medicine has been practiced for thousands of years; and, in modern times, substantial scientific studies have been performed to evaluate these herbal formulations and prove their safety and efficacy. “The best part is that it works well along with traditional medicine, and if there is a problem, we can stop giving the pet the herb and it clears their system in a day,” she said. “There are results that reveal how it works to bring down kidney values, liver scarring, chronic inflammation and more. For animals whose kidneys are failing, it can increase blood flow to the kidneys and get them working better,” she said. “I’ve had cases where kidney values that were not supposed to change, and were getting steadily worse, and conventional medicine said there was not much we could do but support the system. We’ve seen amazing results where the values and the animal improved, urine became more concentrated, and we gave the patient a longer and better quality of life. Herbs work, if you use the right ones, and use them safely.” That includes use for controlling pain, treating skin allergies, improving auto immune conditions, supporting pets undergoing cancer treatment and more. She also noted that the herbal medicine can provide adaptogenic benefits, which help stabilize physiological processes. The resulting homeostasis can lead, for example, to decreased cellular sensitivity to stress. “These herbs and supplements work in the body to rebalance imbalances. For example, ashwagandha is commonly used in people to help with stress and regulate the body's response to cortisol. They can have a wide range of effects in the body, like lowering or raising blood pressure or helping diarrhea or resolving constipation,” Woodley said. Want to Learn More? Contact the caring staff at AAC, visit their website, www.advancedanimalcareofcolorado.com. Advanced Animal Care of Colorado is located at 1530 Riverside Avenue, Fort Collins. Call 970-493-3333 to book an appointment. The practice is certified fear-free for animals and is a catfriendly practice. Brad Shannon is an award-winning writer and marketing/public relations consultant with offices in downtown Loveland.
Exceptional Homes in Prestigious Neighborhoods :: By Brad Shannon
If you’re looking to be in the middle of many of the things that make the north Front Range special, but still want to be off the beaten path a bit, travel west down First Street in Loveland, just past Namaqua Road to Mariana Butte. There, you’ll find amazing views, great golf at the public Mariana Butte golf course, a brandnew trail system, and an unmatched outdoor dining experience. Here, you’ll find residents of all ages and homes for most budgets, from paired housing to patio and single-family homes ranging from the mid-$300ks to more than $1 million. Its elevation reveals
views of the foothills and mountains to the west, Devil’s Backbone to the north, along with the Big Thompson River, Boedecker Lake and Buckingham Reservoir. A local private park has been recently updated. Since it began in 1992, the subdivision has added more than 300 homes in 25 developments. The Mariana Butte subdivision has five established neighborhoods and two new additions, Mountain Gate at Mariana Butte and The Ridge at Mariana. A handful of resale homes currently listed range from $357,900 to $999,000. STYLEMEDIA.COM
Dennis Schick of ReMax Alliance said, “This is a typical golf course community. The course is maintained meticulously, and it is a beautiful setting. The attraction is clear, as lot and home inventory is starting to become quite scarce.” Schick notes that Aspen Homes and Triple Crown Construction are currently building at Mariana Butte 14th on Deer Meadow Drive, and has pre-sold 17 homes and is building two spec homes. “It’s one of very few areas,” he continued, “where you have both mountain views and golf views, and some have pond and lake views. STYLE 2017
There are walk-out and garden-level lots, and some without basements, as clients ask for that. Some don’t need it and would rather use those funds to upgrade other areas, like an enlarged garage for golf carts.” With homes in the $500k to $875k range, buyers get golf, trails, views, convenient access to downtown Loveland dining and shopping, and more. “Aspen was building green before it was cool, and has won many awards for their designs and finishes. Their huge portfolio of plans can incorporate finished basements, exterior
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kitchens, covered patios, and more. Coleen Ligotke, also of ReMax Alliance, notes that lots are also becoming scarce on Rossum Drive, reflecting the interest of those who want the Colorado lifestyle that is almost in the foothills, but still close to town. “You can bring your own builder, and we also have some of Loveland’s best builders of custom and semi-custom homes here,” she noted. Residents with young children appreciate the proximity to Namaqua Elementary, and those with aging parents have easy access to a local assisted living facility. Mountain Gate at Mariana Butte, by Savant Homes, Inc., will include 51 homes, with 23 paired and five single-family homes. Given current demand, 38 will be ranches and 45 have main-floor master suites. Seven different floor plans have from 1,400 to 2,200 finished square feet and 2,000 to 3,600 square feet. All include unfinished basements, two-car garages, and front and back landscaping. Savant Homes owner Alan Strope notes that Mountain Gate is the areas 25th subdivision and last plot of land. “It’s an amazing location,” he said, “and we provide modest homes with a lot of custom features to make it custom for each homeowner. Our designers work closely with each buyer to give them the feel they want, whether contemporary, craftsman, mountain modern, or whatever they desire.” The advantage to buying new, Strope notes, is that once a home is contracted to be built, buyers don’t lose out to someone else over bidding. “We commit to you,” he said, “to design and customize your home your way, using our online selection process available 24/7. We can add water features, trees, finished basements. Our energy ratings come in 40 to 50% better than code in most cases, and we have double 2x6 walls between attached units. We have a great solar package you can add, and a tankless water heater option. Best of all, you can’t get bumped out. We’re working with a great local Realtor, D.J. Johnson of ReMax Alliance, who has a team of six ready to help.” The Ridge at Mariana is on the north end of Rossum Drive at it continues north to US 34/West Eisenhower Boulevard. Six lots are left, from 9,000 to 14,000 square feet, and $150k to $190k, and completed homes are expected to range from $600k to more than $1 million. Developer LC Homes will build on the east side, while Custom On-Site Builders and Schroetlin Custom Homes will build on the west side. Mandi Krueger of C3 Real Estate moved here after her parents fell in love with it, she said. “The new trail system is great. I coach cross country and track as a volunteer for Walt Clark Middle School, and the kids love running here. We visit the clubhouse restaurant at the golf course, and no other place in the area has that amazing a view. My dad is a marshal for the golf course, and many folks say the course is in their top five favorites.” Krueger mentioned that, with fewer lots available each week, those who appreciate the value of living on Loveland’s west side might consider the new Parkside Village neighborhood going in just south of First Street on the north side of Boedecker Lake, which will include 74 homes and add 17 acres to the City of Loveland’s open space, including nearly a mile of lakeside access to the public. Prices are expected to range from $400k to $800k. “We really wanted to be part of this community,” she said, “and we love the neighborhood. We’ve had a herd of elk right in our back yard, have seen a bear, and you can’t beat the views and location.” Golf Mariana Butte golf course, designed by Dick Phelps, is a premier, 18-hole, 6,583 Yard, Par 72 course with a slope rating of 127, 70.7 (from back tees). Golfers find soaring elevated tees, challenging holes that border the rushing Big Thompson River, and breathtaking vistas of the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Repeatedly chosen as one of Colorado's favorite courses, Mariana Butte is the perfect place to relax and rediscover the good things in life. Even if you don’t golf, enjoy “Games on the Range,” a fun combination of golf, friends, food and fun. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., a section of the driving range at Mariana Butte is transformed with range ball targets to play point-scoring games such as Golf-Tic Tac Toe, 21, Climb the Ladder, and H.O.R.S.E. The Wapiti Colorado Pub, the on-site restaurant at Mariana Butte, provides the food and beverage menu to make the evening even more enjoyable and will take your order and serve it to you at your table - right on the range. Single and double driving range bays are available for rent, by the hour, for $25 single bay/$40 double bay, for 2 to 6 participants per bay. Each bay rental is complete with table and chairs and unlimited range balls for use while playing. Use the clubs provided or bring your own. Greens fees for regular golf range from $22 to $46. Cart fees are $11 for 9 holes, $16 for 18. Gift cards and punch passes are available. Range balls are $4, $8 and $12 for small, large and jumbo baskets. Services include a driving range, full pro shop, full-service restaurant (The Wapiti Colorado Pub, with great views and one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the area), PGA golf instruction and tournament or special event coordination. Find details at marianabuttegolfcourse.com, or call 970-667-8308 for the pro shop and 970-669-5800 for a tee time. Mariana Butte is a non-metal spike facility.
New Trail System Just this summer, volunteers from Colorado Addicted Trail Builders Society (CATS) completed a new natural-surface trail connection called the Hidden Hogback Trail. People had long climbed to the top of Mariana Butte, but the steep terrain was unsafe and caused significant erosion and damage to the surrounding vegetation. The new trail provides public access to the north of Mariana Butte, along the hogback and Big Thompson River to Rossum Drive. This trail offers the community a new, unique experience and incredible views of the Mariana Butte Golf Course and surrounding area. The Mariana Butte Trail System, including the new Hidden Hogback trail were constructed over the last two years and provide more than 1.25 miles of naturalsurface hiking trails with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and incredible panoramic views. The trail is open daily from sunrise to sunset. To best preserve the landscape, hiking is limited to the established trail and bikes are prohibited. Parking, restrooms and concessions are available at the Mariana Butte Clubhouse. Find details at cityofloveland.org/OpenLands. The new sustainable trails have been constructed 100 percent by volunteers. They worked tirelessly for the last two years dedicating more than 1000 volunteer hours on the Mariana Butte trail system. The trails were designed to mitigate concerns that the trail may have a negative impact on the golf experience at Mariana Butte Golf Course. Utilizing national design practices for trails on golf courses, the trail capitalizes on available natural features adjacent to the golf course, while minimizing where the trail crosses active golf course zones. At no point does the trail cross a golf course green or in front of a tee box. Signage and fencing assure that golfers are aware of the trail and hikers are informed to pay attention in active golf zones. The Colorado Addicted Trail Builders Society (CATS) Loveland/Fort Collins Chapter is a non-profit organization dedicated to trail construction in Northern Colorado. Volunteers provide quality work at public sites at no cost. CATS welcomes new volunteers and provides training. More information at trailcats.org. Brad Shannon lives in west Loveland and provides communications services to a variety of clients from his office in downtown Loveland.
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"My goal is to show that the customer has flexibility and I want to give people design freedom," says builder Travis McKenzie, owner of Naturecraft Custom Homes. As someone who has been in the building industry since 1992, McKenzie has forged a signature platform—he creates beautiful homes out of fundamental elements. My trademark is that I use natural products,” says McKenzie. His penchant for utilizing these types of materials is based on the belief that synthetics may have their place, but aren’t the optimum substances to use for his custom homes. “I believe God made it right the first time.” And within this realm of offering up houses made with a vast array of stone, wood and metal, he proves time and again that each place can be a unique showpiece, yet comfortable enough to be called home. Working in tandem with a team from The Group, Inc. Real Estate, McKenzie is providing buyers with distinctive, yet very diverse, design options. Berin Jacob Wachsmann, Andrea Schaefer and Jason Billings have all helped to create a winning medley of homes available from Naturecraft. “The difference is in the details,” says Wachsmann. “The integrity of the builder is important, also,” adds Schaeffer. “Travis is building the best houses he can. He walks the
client through the whole way and will be on-site every step of the way, which keeps you on task and on budget. He builds relationships, which is just as important as the building.” Each varies from the next in both outward appearance and floor plan, making the house one commissions from McKenzie truly one of a kind. Here are a few of Naturecraft’s select projects.
This home, located near Harmony and Taft in Le Jardin, presents the feel of contemporary country living at the southern edge of the city for around $585K. Open and airy, towering windows let in sunlight, while offering amazing views. The interior color scheme of oyster shell white, offset with simple soft grays, offers a clean palette with which the potential homeowner can create their own style. Awaiting personal touches, such as bright accent pieces, the three-level modern farmhouse design is spacious, yet not overwhelmingly so. Five bedrooms located throughout are co-mingled with a main floor great room, an oversized family entertainment area in the basement and an inviting loft begging to be transformed into a comfy reading space or relaxing craft corner. Amenities include a master suite on the main level, hemlock
stair rails, wiring for home automation, and a zoned heating and cooling system with its own controls in the basement. The flooring is wideplank cedar and real stone. Douglas fir timbers, tumbled brick, leathered graniteâ€”which was dark, then sandblasted to take the sheen out and more closely resemble soapstoneâ€”and true stucco (offering very low maintenance) are all used.
Literally appearing as a luxury horse barn in a honeyed pine shade from the outside, this home located in Rist Canyon holds a delightful treasure inside. Everything within speaks of mountain rustic splendor, from exposed beams to an expansive rock fireplace, which alone took 940 manhours of work to painstakingly construct. As a rebuild from the devastation of the Rist Canyon fire, this home is an oasis, blending in well with the freshly-recovering forested hillside which surrounds the residence. A duo of trickling streams on either side and a pictureperfect pond out front form the setting. The interior hosts ghost wood (brand new timber that goes through a process to make it look 100-years-old) and stone elements throughout. The main section has a capacious layout, creating a significant vaulted chamber that extends out onto the front deck. A claw-foot tub tucked tidily in a bathroom nook and rebar railings salvaged from a previous job site are but a few of the special touches to be found in this haven.
The Hill at Cobb Lake Fluidity and flowing
form describe this lodge-style home designed by local architect John Dengler. Located at Cobb Lake, east of the Budweiser plant beyond I-25, the stoic, proud structure speaks of classic traditionalism. The house spreads out in a ranch style, exhibiting plenty of panache. A main entry is approached by a wide sweeping curved drive and courtyard, which is then bordered by wings on either side. Constructed with exterior rock surfaces, an air of long-term stability echoes the feel of immense durability similar to the Rockies to the west. Presented with a grand stateliness, this dwelling represents a look and feel that is reminiscent of Colorado’s historical mountain districts. The interior offers elements that are meant to last the test of time, from stone tile work to hardwood floors. “The level of detail is what matters when it come to the final
product. It takes an extraordinary amount of time,” says McKenzie.
“We are accepting pre-sell reservations to begin designing a new home in Heron Lakes, an exclusive community,” says Schaefer of the high-end development in Berthoud. A TPC Network 18-hole championship golf course, sanctioned by the PGA, is an anchor feature of the locale. As part of the first phase, Naturecraft is one of the few builders who are allowed to construct homes there, starting at $850K. Lynette Chilcoat owns Chilcoat Custom Literary based in Loveland. She has 20 years experience enjoying the freelancer’s lifestyle. STYLEMEDIA.COM
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By Julie Spencer I love Oktoberfest. Much like Priscilla, the character in Tom Robbin’s Jitterbug Perfume who is in search of the perfect taco, I’m in search of the perfect Oktoberfest. Lucky for me, Colorado has an abundance of these festivals to visit and sample each fall. One might think a festival that includes hearty food, flowing beer, music and dancing must have originated right here in Fort Collins, but Oktoberfest actually has German roots traced back to 1810 in Munich as a festival to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian royalty. Early Oktoberfests occurred in the month of October, however the date was eventually moved to September to capture better weather. This year the celebrating starts as early as September 8-10th at one of the largest and most popular festivals in the Rocky Mountains, the Breckenridge Oktoberfest. This three-day street party includes a multitude
of food vendors (many featuring authentic German cuisine), beer vendors, live music, polka dancing, and German themed activities such as Hammerschlagen. Celebrating 23 years, the event sells commemorative beer steins so you can easily keep track of how many times you’ve attended. The event takes place during one of the areas peak aspen-viewing weekends, lending unbeatable beauty and charm to the festivities. Rounding out this Oktoberfest is a mountainside Brewmaster Dinner on Friday night and a 5K on Saturday morning. For a schedule of events go to www.gobreck.com/ breckenridge-oktoberfest/ Denver also hosts a big and popular Oktoberfest, September 22-23rd and September 29-30th. The Denver festival started in 1969 and took place in Larimer Square for many years, moving to its current location at 20th & Larimer in 2007.
The four-day, two-weekend event includes traditional food, beer, live music, DJ’s, and beer stein-hoisting and bratwurst eating contests. It’s considered to be one of the best Oktoberfests in the nation as well as one of the largest beer festivals in the US. Go to www.thedenveroctoberfest.com for a complete schedule of highlights. A festival with a western-spin, OktoberWest, takes place in Steamboat Springs the weekend of September 16-17th. You won’t find traditional German food or beer at this one, as OktoberWest celebrates food from local restaurants and beers from over 45 Rocky Mountain brewers. The festival is free but a ticket is required to enter the beer garden and includes a commemorative mug. Scheduled to coincide with prime fall-weather enjoyment, OktoberWest has become a favorite for many and a great reason to visit Steamboat in STYLEMEDIA.COM
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September. www.steamboatchamber.com/ signature-events/oktoberwest Closer to home, we have ‘fests in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Berthoud and Estes Park to choose from: Loveland Oktoberfest Friday and Saturday, September 15-16th Loveland’s Oktoberfest will once again take place at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (623 Denver Ave.), offering up a unique and authentic Oktoberfest experience for all. Grimm Brothers beer will be served along with other Loveland brews from Big Beaver, Big Thompson, Buckhorn Brewers, Crow Hop, Loveland Aleworks, and Verboten, and Wibby Brewing from Longmont. Cuisine will be authentic German and the music will feature two local German polka bands in addition to a DJ spinning songs with German roots. Wear your dirndl and STYLE 2017
lederhosen for the best-dressed contest on Saturday afternoon, and partake in steinhoisting and Hammerschlagen contests. In addition to this free event on Friday and Saturday, there will be a ticketed Barbarian (yes, Barbarian and not Bavarian) dinner on Thursday, September 14th. What’s a Barbarian dinner, you ask? This inaugural feast will feature German-inspired food, eaten only with fingers and knives, paired with great beers. This sounds like a barrel of fun and one not to miss! For a complete schedule and more information, go to https://lovelandoktoberfest.org/ Fort Collins Fortoberfest Saturday, September 16th Fortoberfest may not be your traditional Oktoberfest, but it does contain all the necessary ingredients of food, local beers, music and dancing. This final outdoor
music festival of the season will feature 10+ hours of live music on the Old Town Square stage from 11 am-10 pm. Do it up FoCo style by riding your bike and wearing a costume! Fortoberfest is free to attend, with food and beverages for sale. Visit http://downtownfortcollins.com/events/ fortoberfest/ for the complete schedule. Estes Park Autumn Gold A Festival of Bands, Brats ‘n Beer Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24th Another favorite fall festival, Estes Park’s Autumn Gold captures the beauty of the bugling elk and the golden aspens in downtown Bond Park. Festivities on Saturday from 10 am -7 pm and Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm include a line-up of local bands, pumpkin and face painting for the kids, a classic car show, and brats and beer vendors (in additional to fresh-squeezed lemonade,
funnel cakes and roasted sweet corn). This is a great weekend to visit Estes and take a drive into Rocky Mountain National Park. Visit http://www.visitestespark.com/ events/autumn-gold-a-festival-of-bandsbrats-n-beer/5314/ for a complete schedule of events. Greeley OktoBREWfest – Friday and Saturday, September 29-30th Downtown Greeley’s historic Lincoln Park, located at 8th Street & 9th Avenue, sets the scene for this long-standing Oktoberfest. The event kicks-off Friday night from 5-10 pm with brats, beer, and a free concert. Saturday will include a craft show, children’s play area, more food and beer vendors, pie-eating and stein-lifting contests, and a full day of live music from 11 am – 9 pm. This traditional Oktoberfest offers up free fun for the entire family! For a complete schedule go to http://www. greeleydowntown.com/signature-events/ oktobrewfest-2017/ Berthoud Oktoberfest – Saturday, October 7th Perhaps the festival with the most authentic feel in Northern Colorado, Berthoud will celebrate its seventh annual Oktoberfest in downtown Fickel Park on Saturday, October 7, from 11 am – 6 pm. The beautiful large trees in this park add additional charm with their color-changing, falling leaves. Featuring traditional German food vendors, beer from local breweries City Star and Berthoud Brewing, polka and German music from the Dick Zavodny Band and the Steve Rock Band, and traditional dancing by the Chalet Dancers, the atmosphere will surely entice you to jump up and chicken-dance on the portable wooden dancefloor or partake in the dirndl and lederhosen contest. The Berthoud Oktoberfest certainly embraces the German heritage of the close-knit community. Visit https://berthoudoktoberfest.com/ for more information.
Julie Spencer, Accounting Manager at Style, loves exercising her right brain by writing, singing and playing music. Follow her blog of free and on-the-cheap things to do in NoCo at julesgems.weebly.com
about town HANGING WITH THE HEROES June 17 | The Ranch Events Complex | Loveland An afternoon of entertainment, education, riveting testimonials of survival and rescue, and an honorary members presentation were all part of this inaugural fundraiser for Larimer County Search and Rescue (LCSAR), hosted in part by Firehouse Self Storage. The event included food, auctions, a chance to visit with LCSAR volunteers, and provided much fun for the 325 attendees who came to support a great, local life-saving resource. The event netted more than $52,000 and will benefit LCSAR and their services to find the lost, rescue the stranded and injured, and provide education to the visitors and residents of Larimer County. Photos courtesy of Bill Cotton Photography.
COLORADO COWGIRL ROUNDUP & ART SHOW June 25 | Island Grove Regional Park | Greeley
Tami & Rich Spaulding Tami Spaulding- 2017 Colorado Cowgirl Roundup Honoree
Chris Burton, Barbi Burton, John Lee
Ritchie Sanchez, Don Burton, Ted Vardell
The Burton's were made honorary members into Larimer County Search and Rescue.
Mark Sheets, Amy Ho
Keith Dickelman, Chris Burton, Kim Dickelman
The inaugural Colorado Cowgirl Roundup, benefiting the Greeley Stampede Art Scholarship Fund, paid homage to Patsy Moskalski, the first woman on the Stampede Committee, and recognized Tami Spaulding as its 2017 Colorado Cowgirl Roundup Honoree. Held in conjunction with the Greeley Stampedeâ€™s 18th Annual Stampede Western Invitational Art Show & Sale, the event included a private art show reception, refreshments, live music, Rodeo American Bull Fighting, and an After Party.
Orest Dubynsky, Shirley Holland
Susan Mock, Nanci Garnand, Christine McDonald
Ben & Jackie Sartin
Marv & Jodie Witt, Tami Spaulding
SUMMER BASH July 8 | CSU New OnCampus Stadium | Fort Collins The symbolic blue door of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County (BGCLC) greeted over 400 community members, business leaders and supporters attending this special Summer Bash event. Held at CSU's new on-campus stadium, attendees enjoyed mingling, auctions, a football toss on the new field, dinner and dancing, and helped to raise more than $230,000 to support BGCLC Summer Programs. BGCLC has four year-round sites and an additional two summer only sites serving more than 3,200 youth annually, with an average daily attendance of nearly 500 Club members during the school year, and more than 750 youth during the summer months. Photos courtesy of Joel Blocker Photography.
RELAY FOR LIFE FORT COLLINS July 8 | Fort Collins High School Track | Fort Collins
Alicia Lofquist, Randy Lofquist, Joel Lofquist, Getta Lofquist, John Peden, Maryann LaMothe, Tara Raske, Eric Laakso
Zach Wilson, Kim Viner, Kaycee Headrick, Andrew Bubak
Survivors, caregivers and supporters, all in their walking shoes, came to celebrate life, remember those who lost to cancer and to fight back against all cancers. Cancer survivors, clad in purple shirts, kicked off festivities taking their traditional survivor victory lap with 18 teams then taking to the track for the 9-hour relay. Nearly 200 lit luminaria bags lined the track, each dedicated to a loved one lost or in honor of someone affected by cancer. The event helped to raise more than $50,000 for the American Cancer Society for research, advocacy, education, patient services and more. Photos courtesy of Tom Kamsickas Photography.
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Paige Silverstone, Chris Oberhoffer, Zoey Silverstone, Kris Koehler, Matthew Silverstone, Sue Laurie, Shaeli Silverstone, Mayor Wade Troxell Team "Kris Kicks Cancer's A@#"
Nancy Richardson, Kurt Richardson, Margaret Bachrach
Alice Evans, Kris Koehler, Kelly Bole, Dani Fields
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BLUE HAWAII LUAU July 8 | The Island at Pelican Lakes | Windsor
The Island at Pelican Lakes served as the perfect backdrop for the inaugural Zac's Legacy Blue Hawaii Luau fundraiser. Tiki torches graced the walkway as guests were greeted by hula dancers and ukulele music and received their leis. A full evening was on tap for the 200 guests in attendance including an authentic luau dinner, performances by hula and fire dancers, mystery bags with exciting items, and silent and live auctions. Guests also heard testimonials from recipeint families touched with childhood cancer. Proceeds raised from the signature event to benefit Zacâ€™s Legacy Childhood Cancer Fund and their mission to support families fighting childhood cancer. Since 2001 Zacâ€™s Legacy has helped more than 225 families in Colorado. Photos courtesy of Flare of Art Photography.
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SWINGING 'FORE' MIRACLES July 10 | Fort Collins Country Club | Fort Collins
Real estate associates and community members were but a part of the 250+ golfers, sponsors and volunteers at this 6th Annual RE/MAX Alliance’s Charity Golf Tournament. Golfers had great summer weather for tournament play at the Fort Collins Country Club park-style, 18-hole golf course. An inspirational dinner reception greeted golfers after play with special guests Carson Cline, age 9, and Kaley McGill, age 9, sharing their inspiring stories. Nearly $30,000 raised at this golfing event will benefit Children’s Miracle Network with proceeds donated to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver.
Chad Cavallaro, Curt Ozmina, Randy Ozmina, Ryan Steenrod
Jared Shambuger, Debbie Myers, Ginny Hogan, Gary Hogan
REALITIES CUP July 17 | Ptarmigan Country Club | Fort Collins
Ryker Long, Sarah Long, Terry Rogers, Kirk Lussenhop
Flory Peterson, Trudy Ault, James Marks, Frank Muller
This year's Realities For Children (RFC) tournament sold out in just 72 hours and raised more than ever for children in need in our community. Starting with an outdoor fajita buffet lunch, more than 130 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course with opportunities to win prizes at each hole. Following play, guests enjoyed an international cuisine banquet featuring live music and a silent auction. This year’s tournament raised over $37,000 to benefit children who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk in Northern Colorado. Photos courtesy of Craig Vollmer Photography and Jordan Secher.
John Dollarhide, Joe Dollarhide, Shawn Strohman, Craig Secher, Craig Valenti Team HWTFN - Realities Cup Champions with RFC President Craig Secher
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Donna Holmes, Jill Foster, Cory Troutner, Jacquie Keen
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