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Letter from the editor For this issue, I had the absolute honor of meeting and speaking with three incredible women currently experiencing different stages of breast cancer. Their stories are incredible, their emotions raw. They’ve given all of us an insight into the life of a breast cancer patient and the lessons each one has gleaned from their journey. Each has allowed us into her heart and into some of her private moments and memories. All of us at Resident Magazine sincerely thank each woman for the sincerity and vulnerability she courageously showed throughout the interview. We offer our love and support to the women we spoke with, as well as all women who are or have traversed the breast cancer path.



t is officially FALL in Florida! Do you feel that crisp fall breeze blowing through the streets of Wesley Chapel and New Tampa? No? Ok great, we’re all on the same page then. I have, however, noticed the tiniest bit of cooling off in the past couple of weeks and, even if that’s only in my imagination, I’m beginning to mentally prepare for swapping out my summer wardrobe of shorts and fl ip flops to my winter wardrobe of capris and fl ip flops. Life is grand here in Tampa Bay.

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sit next to on an airplane, the very next phone call you make or receive, the very next movie you see or book you read or page you turn could be the one single thing that causes the fl oodgates to open, and all of the things that you’ve been waiting for to fall into place. If you really want your life to be passionate, you need to live with this attitude of expectancy.” Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! We love to hear from you! Please send your letters to the editor, content ideas, funny happenings and inspirational stories to us at Your story could appear in an upcoming issue!

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Driven and passionate, Stephanie’s strengths lie in marrying day-to-day strategies with the bigger picture. As a lover of both business and psychology, she weaves those worlds together naturally. She is an Air Force veteran, has a BS in Behavioral Science and in Dec. will earn a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies from USF.


Patti Smith brings over 24 years of experience in advertising and publishing. She contributes to the team her insight and knows how to think out of the box . When Patti isn't busy helping others, she spends time with her beautiful daughter Loryn.


Jessica Browning is a Michigan native who moved to Wesley Chapel in 2013. She is a lover of people and all things outdoors and enjoys helping local business owners grow their companies.

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Susan Gulash is a creative individual who loves the complete design process - from research to conception to completion. She has over 13 years experience in graphic/web design, and is the owner of Gulash Graphics. She attended and graduated from IRSC & USF. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls.


Randi is experienced in teaching secondary English education and non-profit/outreach programming. She is an Illinois-native, but recently bought a farm in Michigan and has been trying her hand at homesteading with her wonderfully patient husband and two energetic daughters.


Pat, a native of Northwest Indiana calls Wesley Chapel her home for the past three years. She owned her own business for 35 years and was an Ad Junct teacher at the local community college. Pat and her husband now enjoy life and their four young grandchildren. As a Resident Magazine sales associate, Pat enjoys meeting local business people and helping them grow their successes.


Bob is thrilled to bring his passion for photography to Resident Magazine. He shoots for magazines and corporations as well as local businesses. By last count he has photographed over 40,000 people in his 23 years as a photographer! He is a dad, husband, proud Rotarian, musician, emcee, and is excited to play a part in the growth of Wesley Chapel and New Tampa.


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ADVICE be as significant. Those who are in this position may want to consider if accelerating payments today would help reduce housing expenses in retirement.

Should You Pay Off Your Home Mortgage Early?


any people who carry a home mortgage dream of the day when they will no longer face the burden of a monthly house bill. They want the fi nancial freedom – and the satisfaction – of owning their home outright. Does that mean you should make paying off your mortgage early a priority? The answer depends on your circumstances and goals. One question you should ask yourself is, “Would the money I spend on my home loan be better spent on or invested in another fi nancial opportunity?” Getting a different perspective on debt Reducing debt as early as possible could help you avoid costly interest rate charges. You may have experience with this principle if you’ve eliminated credit card debt or a car loan. While your home mortgage is a type of debt, the same concept may not apply. In certain instances, staying true to your repayment terms may be best for your fi nancial situation for these reasons: 1.

The interest rates on mortgages tend to be more reasonable than other types of credit, and the terms often provide more certainty (30year fi xed-rate mortgage).


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basis than most other forms of debt. If mortgage interest is part of your tax strategy, consider if you’ll be able to itemize deductions once you own your home outright. 3.

If you’ve reaped the benefits of today’s historically low interest rate environment (by refi nancing or purchasing a home recently), your payment could be half of what homeowners paid 15 years ago.

The same is true for those who plan to stay in their homes for a long time. Reducing your loan may be appealing if it results in years of living without a house bill. Younger homeowners should explore methods of accelerating their mortgage pay down. Among the strategies to consider are: contributing more money each month, refi nancing your mortgage over a shorter term (i.e., a 15-year mortgage instead of a 30-year one) or occasionally making a larger, lump-sum payment to reduce the balance. Considering the emotional side Deciding if you should carry a home mortgage is not only a rational decision, but an emotional one as well. Your home is where you raise your family,

create memories and return to each day. How important is it for you to know that you will own your home free and clear? As you think about your decision, be sure you're not in a position to jeopardize your fi nancial security today by putting additional funds toward your home. Adjusting your monthly bill will impact your cash flow, and you’ll want to have flexibility in your budget to cover unexpected expenses. Review your fi nancial circumstances carefully before you decide what’s right for you. Lauren Hopper is a Financial Advisor with Mclendon & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. She offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 16 years. You may contact her at

On the other hand, the earlier you pay off your loan, the longer you could have the opportunity to invest the money each month. This additional investment could help you achieve a more secure fi nancial future. To see if investing may make sense, compare your interest rate to what you could reasonably expect to earn in market returns. Factoring in time As you evaluate your situation, you should consider the time you expect to stay in your home and how close you are to retirement. Those who are approaching retirement or are already retired may prefer to be done with the monthly expense of a mortgage. Since this is also a stage in life when your investment approach may be more conservative, the tradeoff of reducing your balance rather than investing may not



Building your MVP I

n the September edition of Resident Magazine, we explored the hottest trend in entrepreneurship; the Lean Startup, and its core component customer discovery. As a refresher, the Lean Startup provides a scientific approach for creating and managing startups; the goal being to get a desired product into the hands of customers as soon as possible. This month we are discussing the Minimum Viable Product or MVP-one of the foundations for building ideas in the Lean Startup.

Suren Samarchyan, Entrepreneur, PhD in Math, Stanford GSB, explains it well; “Building a Minimum Viable Product is a strategy for avoiding the development of products that customers do not want. The idea is to rapidly build a minimum set of features that is enough to deploy the product and test key assumptions about customers’ interactions with the product.” When a company decides to test a business idea, they begin with allocating resources to test that opportunity. New ideas are inherently risky and many of us have heard horror stories of individuals spending copious amounts of money on a business

idea to find out eventually that it wasn't worth it. Instead of spending millions, what if you could test an idea with ten thousand dollars, or how about one thousand dollars, or even say a hundred dollars! That is what the MVP is all about-maximizing the efficiency of the resources being allocated, so you can prove or disprove an idea as fast and as efficiently as possible. Step one in creating an MVP is to understand the key hypotheses that need to be tested in your business (see the August and September issues for more details). Step two is to break the mindset of this MVP being a smaller version of your final product and, instead, view this as an experiment to test your idea. A market that should utilize MVPs especially is the software technology field where a common mistake tested without building the full solution. One type of MVP that can be used to test software concepts is called the Concierge Style MVP. This MVP is where a startup uses small scale manual labor to perform the normal functionalities of their software in order to get immediate customer feedback. For this example I'll use a fictional

company that offers a secure online platform to sell class notes to other students. They could either build the platform to test the market, which could take 6 months to a year, or they could utilize the Concierge Style MVP and test it immediately. This startup could meet with a few high performing students and offer to distribute and market their notes in person for a service charge. If they agree, then this startup would be able to operate this business on a small scale with little to no capital. Immediately, they would discover key findings, like whether or not students are interested in purchasing class notes and at what price would students want to pay.


Although time consuming, this style of MVP, which might not work for every business, can either prove or disprove crucial hypotheses while spending very little money. As we wrap up this final segment of the Lean Startup, remember the two key parts: Customer Discovery and the Minimum Viable Product. When you have an idea, figure out what key assumptions will make or break your business. Then get out of the building, talk to customers, and build an MVP before spending a lot of capital. If these topics are of interest to you, I encourage you to read The Lean Startup by Eric Ries for more examples. For comments and questions, or to receive a quote on business consultation services, please email jrbusinesscorner@

Justin Heacock Justin holds a masters degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies, serves as a guest lecturer at local universities on a variety of business topics and is a strategic business consultant - having consulted with over 100 companies.


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OCTOBER 1 BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF TAMPA BAY BIG ORIENTATION Time: 10:30am - 12pm Location: New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center - 6630 Van Buren, New Port Richey Cost: This event is free to attend Info: BLOOD DRIVE Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass Cost: Free Info: OCTOBER 2 CRUISIN' AT WIREGRASS CAR & TRUCK SHOW Time: 12pm - 6pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass Cost: Free Info: OCTOBER 4 PASCO COUMMUNITY NIGHT Time: 6pm - 8:30pm Location: The Groves Wesley Chapel, FL Info:

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OCTOBER 5 MEET SHOPKINS: KOOKY COOKIE & APPLE BLOSSOM Time: 10am - 12pm Location: The Groves Wesley Chapel, FL Info:

Wesley Chapel, 2nd Floor, Community Room Info: 813-994-8534

OCTOBER 6 8TH ANNUAL LEGACY OF LIFE CELEBRATION OASIS PREGANCY CARE CENTER Time: 6pm - 9pm Location: Embassy Suites USF 3705 Spectrum Blvd, Tampa, FL Cost: Tickets are on sale now Info: princess@ OCTOBER 7 SEVEN OAKS PTA FALL FESTIVAL Time: 6pm - 8:30pm Location: Seven Oaks Elementary Info: We are currently accepting raffle items, if interested please contact Melissaottoline@gmail. com WOW - WOMEN OF WESLEY CHAPEL Time: 7:30am - 9am Location: Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital

OCTOBER 8 SCARECROW FESTIVAL Time: 9am - 3pm Location: 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City, FL 33523 Info: CANCER KILLERS PRESENTED BY NEW TAMPA CHIROPRACTIC & INJURY Time: 10am - 12pm Location: Hampton Inn 2740 Cypress Ridge Blvd. Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Info: newtampachiropractor411. com OCTOBER 11 WEIGHT MANAGEMENT THROUGH FOOD AND FITNESS Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Location: Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. 2700 Healing Way Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: Free Info:

JOB FAIR Time: 4pm - 6pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass Info: OCTOBER 12 GOIN' POSTAL RIBBON CUTTING Time: 4pm - 6pm Location: 27221 State Road 56 Info: Wesleychapel@goinpostal. com OCTOBER 15 FRESH MARKET AT WIREGRASS Time: 10am - 2pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass Info: AVALON PARK WEST HOSTS THE WESLEY CHAPEL JAZZ FESTIVAL Time: 12pm - 8pm Location: Avalon Park West, 5227 Autumn Ridge Dr., Wesley Chapel, FL 33545 Info: analee@avalonparkwest. com


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OCTOBER 16 TRINITY CHURCH WESLEY CHAPEL- PRAY FOR OUR NATION Time: 4pm - 5pm Location: 33425 SR 54 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Info: OCTOBER 18 THOSE ACHING FEET: COMMON FOOT PROBLEMS Time: 12pm - 1pm Location: Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel 2700 Healing Way Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: Free Info: BREASTFEEDING CLASSES, 1 NIGHT CLASS Time: 6pm - 9pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel - 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: Fees Apply Info: OCTOBER 20 LUNCH N LEARN- HOW TO ATTRACT, HIRE, AND RETAIN THE BEST PEOPLE

Time:11:30am - 1pm Location: The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, Don Porter Boardroom, 6013 Wesley Grove Blvd. #105, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Info:

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WIREGRASS RANCHERS KIDS CLUB - MR. TOMMY'S HALLOWEEN SPECIAL Time: 7pm - 8pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass Info:

OCTOBER 26 MEMBERSHIP ORIENTATION AT CHAMBER OFFICE Time: 9am - 9:30am Location: Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce office Conference Room Info:


OCTOBER 29 & 30 WESLEY CHAPEL FALL FESTIVAL Time: 10am - 6pm Location: The Groves Wesley Chapel, FL Info:

NOVEMBER 19 VETERANS ELEMENTARY KIDSCARE CLUB Volunteer to help Clean Up Wesley Chapel District Park! Snacks provided. Time: Will be announced Location: Wesley Chapel District Park and VES School OCTOBER 27 grounds. ECONOMIC Info: kidscareclub.veteranspta@ DEVELOPMENT BRIEFING Time: 11:30am - 1pm Location: Pebble Creek, 10550 Regents Park Dr., Tampa, FL 33647 Info: OCTOBER 29 MPII HALLOWEEN FUNFEST Fun Activities: Maze, Hayride, Prizes, Jenga, Duck Pond, Sack Races, Graveyard, Face Painting Food Venue: Hotdog, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Snow Cones Time: 3pm - 7pm Location: MPII Clubhouse Info:


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GFWC woman's club

Nov.14, 2016 at Hunter's Green Country Club. We are so excited to partner with the Franciscan Center in sponsoring this golf tournament that will benefit our first responders! For more information as a player or sponsor, please contact us at Our club is growing! We welcomed eight new members in August! You are invited to join us! GFWC-WCNT is a volunteer/service organization and a great way to get involved in our community, have fun and make new friendships. Please check out our website at gfwcwomansclubnewtampa. com or Facebook page- GFWC Woman's Club of New Tampa. For membership, please contact us at We meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the New Tampa Regional Library on Cross Creek Blvd, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Mark your calendars! 3rd Annual First Responders Golf Classic-

Upcoming volunteer opportunities: New Belgium Brewing's Clips Beer and Film Tour benefiting Keeping Tampa Bay Beautiful, Hunters Green Community Fall Festival, Feeding Tampa Bay, Tennis For Fun, (an organization that provides free tennis clinics for athletes with special needs) and The Legacy at Highwood Preserves (we will be joining their team for the 2016 Walk To End Alzheimer's walk). Upcoming speakers: September - Dora Rattes, and her daughter, Esther - Tennis For Fun October - Children's Home Society November - American Cancer Society Hope Lodge

of new Tampa Twitter@NewTampaRotary For more information, visit The Rotary Club of New Tampa’s membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. Membership in the Rotary Club of New Tampa provides the opportunity to become connected to the community, work with others in addressing community needs and interacting with other professionals in the community. New members are welcome. Club meetings are held Fridays at 7:15 a.m. at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club.

Speaker Scedule for October 2016

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Date Oct 7

Speaker Helen Chan

Topic TOPIC (Please see website)

Oct 14

Ron Montgomery

Rotary Youth Exchange Program (RYE)

Oct 21

Kathleen Novak

What young professionals want from Rotary

Oct 28

Brett Culp

The use of film to bring people together to make a positive impact



New Businesses!

It's movie Time OCTOBER 2016

September Ribbon Cuttings




Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life October 7

The Girl on the Train October 7

Max Steel October 14

Keeping Up With The Joneses October 21

American Pastoral October 28

Inferno October 28





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have cancer.”

The weight of saying those three little words is a responsibility that most of us never anticipate having. Even today, in a world in which it seems almost everything is “proven to cause cancer,” we never think it will happen to us… to me… to our closest family and friends. But it does happen. According to breastcancer. org, one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. One in eight! Simple math tells us that means if you’re sitting in a room with twenty-four women, three are statistically likely to have or have had breast cancer at some point in her life. October is breast cancer awareness month. Soon, everything will bare that signature pink color meant to bring attention to one of the Page 14 | October 2016


leading causes of death for women in the US. There are many stories of survivors, but each story is unique and important in its own right. These experiences are so important to share, not only to urge women to do self-exams, but also to give inspiration, encouragement, and hope to those who are currently battling. Resident Magazine sat down with three incredibly brave, incredibly strong local women to listen to their stories. All three women gave credit for their strength and endurance to the support of their family and friends, community, and their doctors and nurses, but their strength also comes from somewhere deep inside of them. They all experienced this painful, scary, life-altering illness and came out with an appreciation for it; that is true power. Meet Lynette, Maranda, and Christine. Three women. Three warriors. Three incredible stories.

This is Lynette’s story: Lynette Arthurton was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in May of 2013. She’s a mother to two children and a loving grandmother to four grandchildren and three great granddaughters. RM (Resident Magazine): Tell us how your cancer story begins, how was it initially diagnosed? LA (Lynette Arthurton): I felt a lump in my breast. At first I thought, ‘Well, you have fibrocystic breasts, so it's nothing to worry about,’ but it was hurting me. I decided to have it checked out. A biopsy revealed it was cancerous. The thought occurred to me that I could die. Immediately

after that thought came the Scripture verse, ‘To live is Christ and to die is gain". What that verse meant to me in that moment is that if I lived, I will see my grandchildren grow up. If I died, I would be with Jesus. That settled me. RM: How did you feel when you first received the news? LA: When I was waiting to go in to meet with the doctor to find out the results, the thought popped into my head to read Psalm 91. While I had read the Psalms many times, I did not know what this specific Psalm said. As I read the Psalm, I realized that God was preparing me for the results and comforting and encouraging me ahead of time. There were 5 things Continued on page 15


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that stood out to me: 1. I will find shelter and rest with Him 2. He will protect me from the deadly disease 3. I need not be afraid at night when negative thoughts come to mind 4. He will send His angels to surround me 5. This disease will not kill me. He will give me a long life. When I met with the doctor, he told me I had stage 4 cancer. In addition to my breast, there were spots on my lungs and on my liver. He said my only option was chemo. I looked at him and said, ‘Let me tell you what my God said,' and I read him the Psalm. I remained calm and unafraid, which is truly all God's grace. If I had not experienced it, I would not have believed it. RM: In your family, is there a history of breast cancer? LA: As far as I know, there is nobody in my family with breast cancer. I think I'm the first one. RM: Tell us about your support network. LA: I had the support of my family and friends. They were the Angels God promised me in the Psalm. They brought food, visited me, and helped me when I could not help myself. I had many people praying for me, many of whom I did not know. Most importantly, I had the support of God. In the early morning hours and all of the times I was alone, He was with me every

step of the way. He kept His promise to never leave me nor forsake me. He kept his promise to not let the terror overcome me. In this, my journey with God, I was given the opportunity to see God's word and His promises come to life. They are no longer just words to me. RM: What passage comes to your mind most often? LA: There are several that come to my mind, but Psalm 91 stands out. Part of it it says, 'He is my refuge and my strength' and the other words said, ‘The terror by night will not get me.’ It also says, ‘Thousands may fall, but with long life, I will grant you.’ That’s Psalm 91. That's what I clung to throughout the process. RM: Tell us about your treatment process. LA: After the first round of chemo treatments, the new tests showed that the spots on my lungs and liver were gone. I could now have surgery. I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy. The test results from the mastectomy showed there was no cancer in my lymph nodes, nor the chest wall. After my surgery, he first time I looked in the mirror my sense of humor kicked in. I had the thought that the same doctor who sewed up Frankenstein sewed me up. My immediate thought was was that I was so thankful that my breasts, or lack of, do not define me. My identity lies in Christ and not in my breasts. I underwent more chemo after the mastectomy and had my last treatment in February of 2014.

Throughout treatment, I continuously had to make choices regarding my thoughts. I could choose to focus on the negative and be depressed, or I could choose to believe God's promises to me. I chose to trust God. Every time a negative thought would pop in my head, and there were many, a scripture verse would pop in my head. I chose to trust God and His promises; not just from Psalm 91, but also with other scripture verses I had memorized over the years. RM: At what point are you in the treatment process now? LA: My last treatment was in February of 2014, so now I go in for maintenance every 3 to 6 months and get a check-up and CT scans. RM: Did you face any obstacles during your treatment process? LA: One of the hardest parts of this journey was the fatigue and joint pains. There were many days when I did not want to get out of bed. I had to remind myself of another promise from God. He said when I am weakest He is strongest. I allowed myself to sleep in a little later, but then I had to get up to go to work. As I am single and self-employed, not working was not an option, although I did cut back on the number of hours I worked. During this whole time, most of my clients did not know I was in the midst of a battle. Remaining positive is so crucial. I'm a mental health therapist, so one of the things I tell my clients all the time is, ‘How you think is how you act,’ which is also biblical. If you think negative, that's the way you're going to act. You need to find that balance when you're telling yourself


the truth, but you’re not wallowing in the negativity of it. RM: What message would you like to provide women in the community? LA: It's very important to check your breasts. Sometimes we think, whether consciously or subconsciously, ‘that can't happen to me,’ but it can. It’s better to be overly cautious than to be too lax, so

if you feel something, don't think you're paranoid. Go check it out now. Be persistent. Ask questions.

Also, you have a choice. As difficult as it is, you can choose not to dwell on the negative. Negativity only weakens you more. And lastly, God keeps His promises and can help you just as He helped me. It is not easy, but He is always right there. RM: What one word would you use to describe life after a cancer diagnosis? LA: I think for me, the word would be journey. In my journals, it was my journey with God. You do look at life a little bit differently because a lot of things you took for granted. You realize you are truly blessed with what you are given. I look at my scars from the bilateral mastectomy and some people say, ‘well, do they bother you?’ and I say ‘no, those are my battle scars.’ It shows that I won the battle.

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This is Christine’s story: Christine Parnell was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer on June 14th, 2016 at 42 years of age. She’s a wife to Patrick, mother to 13-yearold Maygan, and, at the time of the diagnosis, was 30 weeks pregnant with her now six-week old son, Camden. RM: Tell us about how you discovered you had cancer. CP (Christine Parnell): I was taking a shower when I felt a lump and asked my husband if he could feel it. He didn’t think it felt right. I had an (already scheduled) appointment with my OB (Obstetrician) the following day, and I was very hesitant to say anything to her, so my husband told her. She did an exam and said that it didn’t feel normal, and that it was not in relation to my pregnancy. She said that I needed to go to the Breast Care Center, so I made the appointment the next

day. They did the mammogram and the ultrasound, and the radiologist said I needed to have a biopsy immediately. It [the lump] was small at 1.8 centimeters, but it was very close to the wall, and because I was pregnant, it was a very aggressive cancer because it was feeding off of the hormones. They had me come in the next day, and we did a biopsy. When they got the results, they called me into the office and told me that it was stage one. We needed to be aggressive because no one could guarantee that it would stay a stage one if I waited until I delivered. RM: What was the plan of action, considering you were pregnant, as far as treatment was concerned? CP: I had a very hard time because I knew whatever I chose to do was going to affect him [the baby]. I needed it removed. I didn't want to

go under [anesthesia] because if I go under, he goes under. I was scared. My OB said I didn't have a choice. It had to be removed. I had a wonderful surgeon who did the biopsy, as well as the lumpectomy. They removed it but there were alot of risks. They put me under with the least amount of anesthesia that they could use. Within 15 minutes of waking up from the surgery, I was not tired; I was very awake. My surgeon was phenomenal. It was an hour process. [The cancer] was just in the lump; it was not in the surrounding tissue, and it was not in the lymph nodes. [Camden] did fine. I had an OB nurse right there with me in surgery with monitors on him and we had OB staff on standby in case something happened—if they needed to take him from me. The first thing I asked when I woke up was, ‘Is Camden okay?’ They told me that he never missed a beat. Everything was fine; he did fine. It was just very scary knowing that I had to do this, and there was a risk for him. Camden was born at 37 weeks via C-section on August 4th. I had to start my chemo, and the doctors were willing to wait the seven weeks [after diagnosis], but they weren't willing to go any further than that before I could start chemo. RM: Do you have a family history of breast cancer? CP: Yes, my mother is three years a survivor. Actually, my lump was in the exact same place as my mother’s. Ironically, this was not hereditary. I was negative on the BRCA testing (the BRCA gene that has been linked to breast cancer). RM: Tell us about your support network. CP: My husband Patrick has not missed one appointment, and he

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literally picked me up off the floor in the bathroom when I was crying because I was so scared. He told my daughter for me because I couldn't do it.

I didn't know what was going to happen, or if I was going to lose Camden. It took us 13 years of miscarriages to have him. I just wanted to make sure the choice that I made was the best choice. Without my husband, I don't think I could have been as strong as I was. My mom has been great. My father's a survivor of cancer. He survived thyroid cancer twice, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. Just knowing that they've been through several things helps. I know I'm not the first person, and I'm not the last, but this is my story and my journey. RM: You told us a little about your treatment process. How did Camden factor in to your treatments? CP: I was granted a week to have some bonding time with him, so on August 15th I started my chemo. I was very scared walking into the office. I stopped halfway down the hallway because I had heard so many stories-- ‘you're going to be sick,’ ‘you’re not going to be able to do anything,’ ‘you're going to be really tired.’ I thought, ‘I'm not going to be able to bond with my baby.’ This is not what I wanted. I get two different types of chemo: one is through the port, and one is pushed through. It's called, ‘the Red Devil.’ Thus far I have had no nausea, and I've been able to take care of my son. I did have the side effect of losing all my hair; that didn't take too long. I tried to deal with it for a day, but every time

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I touched it, the hair would just literally fall out. I came crying to [my husband] and told him that it just had to go. It was a lot harder to see it coming out than it was to just let it go, so he shaved my head at 11 o'clock at night. I had my second round of chemo last Monday. I'm tired. I’m very tired a lot, but it's not kept me from being able to take care of my children. I'm thankful that I'm not experiencing a lot of the side effects that some people do. I have to have a total of four rounds of chemo, and then I start the medication. I have to take a chemo pill for 5 years, and after I’m done with the actual chemo, I begin radiation, which I will have to do for 30 days. RM: Did you face any obstacles during your treatment so far?

CP: Really, just the stuff with my son. It was scary to know that he was going to go through this with me, and I wanted to make sure that he was safe the entire time. RM: What message would you like to provide women in the community? CP: I would definitely say to know your body. The smallest thing that doesn't feel right, check it out and don’t wait. Don’t ignore even the smallest lump. RM: What one word would you use to describe life after cancer diagnosis? CP: Blessed. I’m truly blessed. Having cancer has turned out to be a blessing, and the most positive thing that could have happened. Continued on page 18

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This is Maranda’s story: Maranda Holley is a middle school science teacher who was planning to move to the Virgin Islands with her husband Kyle when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in December of 2015. RM: When were you diagnosed and at what age? MH (Maranda Holley): I found the first lump in November when my husband and I were getting ready to go run a 5k with one of my students. At first, because I'm only 33, the doctors didn't know what to do, so they put me on antibiotics. Long story short, after 2 rounds of antibiotics, they did not work. I finally had an ultrasound done in December, and by the time I was actually diagnosed, I was stage 3 and it had already spread to my lymph nodes. I had a very aggressive form of cancer that was quickly growing because it's fed by hormones. I'm only 33, so I still have lots and lots of hormones and the cancer just grew rapidly, and you could actually physically see it coming out of my body. I had 5 tumors by the time that I started chemo in January. RM: How did you feel when you first received the news? MH: My background is biology; I actually have two bachelor’s degrees in biology, a master’s degree in biology, and I went on to get a master’s degree in education in secondary sciences. By the time I was diagnosed with cancer, I had already figured it out, but I kept holding on to that hope. That was the one thing that kept my husband going, my mom going, my dad going, was that little bit of hope that maybe it's not; maybe it is just an infection. On the day that I found out I was diagnosed, Page 18 | October 2016

I was actually in a car dealership getting a recall done on my car. I didn't really know what to do.

through all of this, but we've been moving our whole lives around the Tampa area getting ready for our [permanent] move.

I just kind of sat there in silence.

RM: Do you have a family history of cancer?

I didn't cry at that point. The first thing I needed to do was go tell my husband, so I got in the car and headed in the direction of his office. On our wedding day, we did a rose ceremony where we exchanged our very first gift to each other, and it was a single red rose, right after we were pronounced married. So, I stopped by a store, and I got a red rose and a pink rose. His office happens to face the parking lot, so I knocked on the window, and I held up the two roses. He walked out of his office with tears in his eyes, and I looked at him, and I said, ‘The red rose is supposed to signify the hardest things that we will ever have to face in our marriage. When we give these, we’re supposed to remember our wedding day and how happy we were. The pink rose is now our new favorite color.’ Then, I finally cried, and he cried. I called my mom afterwards, and she's been a rock. My husband and I are moving to the Virgin Islands. We’re moving to Saint Croix, and that’s been a dream come true. It was shocking to find out the news because we listed our house on the market in October, I found the lump in the month of November, and in December, I was diagnosed. Our house sold in 13 days so when I found out we had to do the biopsy, I just burst out into tears and said, ‘I have no place to live.’ We had just sold our home, and we literally had nowhere to live. Luckily, we have a really great group of friends. We lived in a friend's house for four months while she was gone on a fellowship program to Israel. Our neighbors are snow birds, so we’re now temporarily living in their house until they come back this fall. We've not only been going

MH: I have no family history of cancer at all. I was BRCA negative. The only cancer that has happened is my mom had skin cancer on her nose, but that was it. RM: Do you have a support network? MH: I have a huge support network. I don't have any children of my own, but I've taught thousands of children at this point, and they all wore pink ribbons, they would dress in pink every day, and they decorated my classroom; they were just a huge support, and it was also really awesome going through this with them. They saw my hair fall out, they saw my hair come back, and they’ve seen how tired and fatigued I was. They also saw that I loved them that much that I continued going to work until I just couldn't do it anymore. All of my family actually lives away; I'm originally from Alabama. A friend of ours got my parents an apartment just so that they could come because we didn't know what I was going to need or how bad it was going to get. My mom stayed this entire time, and my dad has been going back and forth to check on my grandmother and take care of his brother and the rest of our family. My husband has been by my side this entire time.

and then a few weeks of healing. On July 13th, I had a double mastectomy and partial reconstructive surgery, where they put in expanders, which kind of just stretches out your skin. I was ‘Triple positive,’ and that means that there are different hormones they test you for. With that being said, there’s this drug, Herceptin, for those estrogen-positive receptors-that's what my cancer feeds on. I continue to take that for 52 weeks. Today is my halfway point, and I will start radiation on Friday. I'll have three weeks of radiation, and go every single day, except Saturday and Sunday. The radiation is a targeted therapy just to make sure that they got rid of all of the cancer cells. I pretty much have gotten rid of everything at this point. RM: Tell us about what you do when you go to chemotherapy. MH: One of my favorite things to do is to dress up and have a good time, so rather than having chemo treatments/chemo sessions/ chemotherapy-those are all very sad words-I had chemo parties. Every party had a different theme. We had Gatorade margarita parties. I jokingly told my husband I was retiring forever, so we had a retirement party the last day that I went to work. We had a Cinco de Mayo party, and again had Gatorade margaritas, which is literally just Gatorade in a margarita glass; it's not Continued on page 19

RM: Tell us about your treatment process. MH: I had chemo for 20 weeks, starting the first of two rounds in January 2016,

Maranda and Husband Kyle


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anything crazy. During my chemo parties, I was a Tyrannosaurus Rex. I was Wonder Woman. One time, I dressed up like a leprechaun. I wore all kinds of silly, funny hats. One of the other really cool things that even my students got involved in was that I wore crazy socks. We called them my support socks. I eventually had three drawers full of socks that people would send me. I happen to teach at a Title 1 School, so a lot of my kids are underprivileged. I’m also a volleyball coach, and at every volleyball game, my girls would wear silly, crazy socks. I gave socks to all of them because I don't need three drawers full of socks. So, every single Thursday, when I would have treatment, they would wear their support socks, and they would also wear their support socks to the games. RM: Did you face any obstacles during the treatment process, and if so, how did you overcome those obstacles? MH: (laughs) One of the many obstacles throughout treatment was the fact that we had to move around the entire time. I was fatigued with the chemo. It was really hard, but we have a lot of good friends who helped us move every time we had to. With one of our moves, we were there for 3 weeks, and my car got stolen from in front of the driveway. When the police officer showed up at the house, here I am; I'm bald, I have a nightgown on, and he walked in the door. I just died out laughing. I said, ‘I may seem like a crazy person, but you're not going to believe my story.’ Another challenge was that on the day that I had my double mastectomy, my dog actually had 6 tumors removed as well, so my husband was kind of freaking out because there were a lot of things going on all in one day. The dog actually ended up not having cancer, he just had tumors because he's old.

There have been little nuances, but keeping and maintaining positivity through all of this has been my steadfast. A big obstacle throughout this process that I never even considered would be an obstacle is dealing with the battle of insurance. The first time

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was during my first round of chemo. I was provided an anti-nausea drug that worked wonders, however without insurance, that drug was $700. When I started round 2, I got severely sick and severely nauseated, but the insurance denied me my medication. It actually made my treatment halt because I was so sick that I couldn't go on and do treatments. The insurance company had to have multiple documentations, and they still never approved it. RM: What message would you like to provide women in the community? MH: Make sure you're checking yourself out, and when you don't feel right, or you think something is wrong, go and talk to somebody about it. Go and have it checked. RM: What one word would you use to describe life after cancer diagnosis? MH: Adventure. My husband and I were ready to start a whole new life. It has been a long journey. I’m 33 and we’ve been struggling to have kids. We just celebrated our 10-year


anniversary, and we’ve never been able to have kids. Now, I’m infertile because it was such an aggressive chemo treatment. The opportunity to move to an island is one of those, ‘Well, all of our baby money was all saved up; let’s just buy the house of our dreams, and let’s live this life. Let’s have fun on this adventure.’ You just have to look at the good. Being a school teacher, I have thousands of children, and I’ve got three beautiful godchildren. It’s just been an adventure, and you just have to take every day as one. It’s hard to know what to say or do when someone close to us receives a cancer diagnosis. We’re pressured to feel like we need to say the right words or offer the right kind of support, but there is no such thing. There is just love and acknowledgement. When asked how the people in their lives could best support them, they responded: Lynette: Ask how they can help. Don’t ask questions about all the details of the chemo, but ask if I need my laundry done. Make a phone call and just say, ‘Hey, I’m thinking about you. I’m praying for you.’ Just a phone call. People will say, ‘You know, I was thinking about you, but I thought you were resting, so I didn’t call.’ Well, how would I know you were thinking about me if you didn’t call? Christine: For me, just so that I know that you’re there, it’s better to ask. It’s just better to say, ‘Hey, how are you? Are you okay? You look good today.’ Just something positive thrown your way can make a big difference. It’s like they say, you find out who your friends really are when you’re going through something that’s really difficult. Don’t be afraid. You can’t catch cancer from me. It’s okay to reach out. Just acknowledge it, because that support system is really what helps you get through. But, ask me. Don’t ask someone else, ask me. Maranda: Just letting us know, ‘You’re not alone. I am thinking about you.’


When faced with something terribly difficult in our lives, we all cope in different ways. Some find strength in their faith, some turn to their spouses, family, and friends to hold them together, and some find the joy in every situation. Something these women have in common is their belief in the necessity of staying positive, trusting your instincts, and an insistence on doing monthly self-exams. It is life saving. Check yourself regularly, and contact your doctor if you have the slightest concern. Early detection is key, and it is what saved the lives of Lynette, Christine, and Maranda. These women did not choose their paths, but they choose to do something positive with their stories. They choose to spread love, encouragement, and hope and to let others know that it’s going to be okay. “I’m going to deal with it the best way that I can. I’m going to fight it because that’s how I’m going to win, and that’s how I’m going to prove that it’s going to be okay. I’m going to help other people, so they know no matter what challenge they’re faced with, there’s a positive side to it. You just have to fight.” -Christine. For a list of symptoms to look for in regards to breast cancer, visit http:// breast-cancer-symptoms-and-signs For instructions on how to do a monthly self exam, visit http://www. Special thanks to Anita White and Florida Medical Clinic for their contributions to this article. Land O Lakes-Multi Specialty Campus 2100 Via Bella Blvd Land O Lakes, Florida 34639 New location for Florida Medical Clinic coming soon to Wesley Chapel on Bruce B Downs near Florida Hospital Wesley Chape1!

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hen you watch the television for any amount of time, you are bound to come across a commercial for “Low-T.” Since the commercial ad is approximately 30 seconds long, you are not provided with all of the information needed to understand this condition. The facts are that it affects both men and women, and the symptoms and health detriments of having low testosterone can have an overwhelming effect on the quality of life. Testosterone is a hormone produced by the human body. This hormone is key during puberty and in the development of male physical features. Testosterone helps to maintain men's facial and body hair, muscle mass and strength, and deepens a man’s voice. Testosterone levels can affect a man’s sex drive, erections, their mood, bone density and the ability to concentrate. Testosterone is also needed for men to produce sperm. The testosterone level in males begins to rise after puberty and then gradually declines after age 30 at a rate of 10% per year. This gradual decline of testosterone is referred to as Andropause or Male Menopause. About 4 in 10 men over the age of 45 have low testosterone.

orvisit There are sexual and non-sexual signs of low testosterone. Sexual signs include a low sex drive, poor erections, and losing interest in sex. The non-sexual signs include an increase in body fat, lower energy levels, reduced muscle mass, and feeling depressed. When levels of testosterone fall, it can have a profound effect on men both physically and psychologically. Women need testosterone as well, but in smaller amounts. The right balance of testosterone and estrogen help keep their mood, energy levels, bone density and sex drive working smoothly. Low-T can be caused by a variety of medical conditions as well as by advancing age. In the years leading up to menopause, women normally experience a drop in testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone levels. RejuvaMed provides treatment for men and women every day to restore their hormones to optimum levels. Dr. Andronico will consult with you to determine the best approach to treating your Low-T. If your “get up and go” got up and went, or you are “sick and tired” of being sick and tired, call RejuvaMed at (813) 907-0950


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Off the mat, placing labels on ourselves can spread in to other areas of life like: I am not creative, I am no good at sports, I am not smart, I can't do this, I can't do that, and so on. Not only can these labels limit full, deep breathing, but if those thoughts are persistent, they can limit full self-expression. Labels can stop a person from standing for herself, from taking a leap of faith when the time is now, from relaxing despite a particularly challenging moment, or from being clear in the midst of a crisis. On the mat, we practice releasing labels, so that off the mat, labels are not present.




am not flexible. I am not good at it. I am too stiff. I am not athletic. I am weak. I am intimidated. Finally, I can’t do it. This is often what people say about themselves when asked, “Have you done yoga?” The beauty of yoga is that any body CAN do it! Because yoga is the union or integration of energy and consciousness facilitated by breath, as long as you can breathe and you have a body, then all prerequisites have been met! Let me back up. When people are asked if they have done yoga, it seems their first thought is that of a pretzel: a shape into which they are clear their body is not going! Asanas, or postures are only one of the eight branches of the ancient text of yoga. The practice of Hatha Yoga (performing physical postures) absolutely helps to release energy blocks, relax, heal and revitalize the body. However, Page 22 | October 2016

In a yoga pose, as in the example above where the arm is holding at shoulder height, we begin to accept where the arm is without judgement or labels and continue your practice of yoga from there. Before you write off yoga because I am not flexible or any other I am not “fill in the blank,” consider I

AM YOGA, a style of yoga that integrates mind, body, heart, and soul no matter the abilities of the body. Wellcome OM Studio offers private sessions, public classes, and yoga parties for co-workers and friends. Check out facebook. com/wellcomeOM for monthly class schedules and workshops. The next Introductory workshop is on Saturday, October 8 from 10-11:30. Call, text or email for details. Kim Thompson Author and Owner Wellcome OM Studio for Yoga & Wellness


specific breath work and simple meditation (still or in motion), which make up two more branches, is also yoga. Movement is only part of the whole, and exactly how far your body extends in a posture is irrelevant. YOGA is not competitive or a practice of perfection, so your body stretches to the degree that it can. When practicing yoga “on the mat,” breath and inward meditative focus allow for the movement and extension of the body. If you can lift your arm shoulder height, then that is your edge. At this point is often when "on the mat" labels show up: I should be able to raise my arm higher, this is too hard, I should not have come, this is too fast, too slow, this hurts, my heart is pounding, my mind is racing, this is too long, too short, and finally, I can’t do this. On the mat, we practice releasing labels we have placed on ourselves regarding the sensations in the body.



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the earthquake, worship with Haitians, have a day at the beach and probably distribute hygiene kits to a remote village. The taxdeductible trip is $1,850, and I can provide you with information on how you can do fundraising if necessary. Let me share with you one of the Mission Stories from a recent participant:

Let’s Go To



ello, my name is Hank classrooms serving as a language Belusa and I am the lab with 25 laptop computers chairperson of the St. used for language and other Andrew Mission and Outreach skill development. This year a Committee. St. Andrew is two-year program was added in located at 5340 Primrose Lake business administration. Plans Circle in New Tampa. At St. call for adding a second floor Andrew, a PCUSA church, we are of laboratory classrooms for focused on local and international teaching chemistry and biology mission efforts, but this letter to the depot building currently is about international mission. used for storing work materials. Although we are a Presbyterian In addition, the complex has a Church, you don’t have to be solar powered water filtration Presbyterian to go on this trip. In plant that serves clean water to fact, people of all faiths, including the school and local communities Atheists, have gone on trips before. as well. The work on the school As a mission trip goes, this will began shortly after the disastrous be my fifth time leading a trip earthquake on January 12, 2010. of adults 18 and older. We will continue building a professional This trip will be from Saturday, school on a five-acre complex in January 7 – Saturday, Ganthier, Haiti (about 1 ¼ hours January 14, 2017. The trip outside Port-au-Prince) with includes airfare, lodging, the US-based non-government meals, construction materials, organization, Foundation for in-country transportation, Peace, founded in 2002. Before translators and security, group doing international mission supplies, ministry activities, work, I led or co-led mission trips medical evacuation insurance to New Orleans, Texas, South and a t-shirt. While in Haiti, Dakota and West Virginia. our group will participate in the ongoing work at the school. The main school building is two However, it’s not all about floors, has 10 classrooms and concrete and cement; you’ll serves more than 300 students. have the opportunity to teach The students learn English English, visit a local orphanage and Spanish, with one of the of children left homeless from

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“I'm no stranger to mission trips Haiti was my fifth one. I figured nothing could shock me at this point, seeing as though I've traveled all over the United States and been exposed to debilitating poverty and turmoil. But Haiti was unlike anything I had ever experienced in my life. There isn't any possible way to convey what I saw because there is nothing in our country even remotely similar to the poverty so many Haitians endure. And yet, although so many have so little, I've never felt more welcome in a foreign land than I felt in Haiti. The people were truly the most wonderful,

kind-hearted, selfless individuals I've ever had the privilege of knowing. The trip to Haiti moved me in a way I can't explain, but I can honestly say I'll never be the same after such an unbelievable experience. I encourage those who are considering a mission trip to just go ahead and do it. You really don't have anything to lose and you have everything to gain. It was an amazing, life-changing experience and I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of helping such a wonderful group of people.” So if you are interested in changing your life while having fun, or even if you’re not sure, come join us in January. You can do so by contacting St. Andrew either by calling the office Monday – Thursday at: 813513-8822 or by e-mail at office@ Bondye beni oui (God Bless You) Hank Belusa Mission and Outreach Committee Chair


S P I R I T U A L My brother used to say that people would commend her for her courage and him for his perseverance and care. He scoffed at that. He hated hearing it. He’d say, “That’s just ridiculous. You do what you have to do. This doesn’t have anything to do with courage or perseverance. You do what you have to do.” When he married her, it’s exactly what he promised. This was no badge of pride for him. It’s what he said he’d do. In sickness and in health. In life and in death.

Early Detection Saves Lives


ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of us know someone who has been diagnosed, or have been diagnosed ourselves. I’m proud of my husband’s work on the local Komen affiliate and commitment to its annual race, always held the first Saturday of October. He got involved a few years ago when his niece, who was under 30 at the time, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She opted for a double mastectomy and never looked back. Ed found a way to channel his desire to fight with her. Both of them ran in the Komen race in Baton Rouge one year. One of my sisters-in-law, Michelle, had breast cancer for nearly half of her life. For nearly 30 years, she lived with it. Chemotherapy would stave it off. Time would pass and it would recur, twice in her brain (two successful surgeries), and then finally in her esophagus for years. She was treated with cutting edge medications and ran out ahead

Just so. We do what we have to do. We are created with an amazing spirit that propels us when times are challenging. We are created with an amazing spirit that moves us to compassion for a loved one. We are created with an amazing spirit that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Michelle’s body may have succumbed to breast cancer. But her spirit did not. All around us to this day we hear her voice. We wrap ourselves in the beauty she made from cloth and thread. Music that she loved reminds us of her joy. We are reminded often of her resilience. And we do what we have to do.

Rev. Laurie Palmer Pastor St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 5340 Primrose Lake Circle Tampa, FL 33647 813-513-8822

of it every time. Eventually, she lived on cocktails of oral and intravenous medications until her body could no longer bear it. Michelle lived with cancer for nearly 30 years. She finished rearing her children. She sewed exquisite quilts. She enjoyed her beloved Irish and folk music. (She and my brother were known personally by their favorite artists, as they loyally attended their concerts, and not just where they lived). She volunteered at various festivals. She was a substitute teacher. She had an amazing hat collection. She lived with cancer. This is no romantic thing. Obviously, it was wretchedly difficult at times. Crushingly disappointing when a recurrence showed. Relief when medications worked. Plans were made around chemo schedules. Holidays and birthdays didn’t care about chemo schedules.


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s a realtor working and living in the New Tampa/ Wesley Chapel area, one question many frequently ask is whether to buy or build a new home or choose to purchase a resale home. The housing market can be quite confusing if you don’t have the right resources. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide what works best for you. New Construction Home - The very word “new” sells itself. New designs, new appliances, new neighbors, and a new life! But there is a cost in time and money with new construction. There is no question that in our region you will be paying more for new construction compared to purchasing the same size “used” home. Here is what your money buys you. The energy efficiencies built into new homes will save you thousands yearly in utility bills. This, to me, is the biggest bang for your buck. Additionally, you shouldn't have any maintenance worries for many years. And, at least for the first 1-3 years, there are generally builder warranties that cover the cost of repair or Page 26 | October 2016

replacement (these can vary by builder). You can customize the choices in your home (again vary by builder) to suit your taste and style. If you need to sell your current home, the time to build can afford you plenty of time to make that happen. The downside to building a new home is you will have to pay top dollar. Although builders will offer a variety of incentives, there is no question that the price of a new home is pushing everything up in our area. Additionally, you will have to wait for completion of the home, which is generally about 8-10 months, depending on the builder. Timing isn't always perfect, so patience is required. Finally, at closing all the fees will be your responsibility. Some builders may offer you an incentive toward closing costs, but that still leaves you with a pretty hefty cost to close on a new home. Unfortunately, Florida is one of the highest closing costs states.

times with a pool for the same price as what you would spend on a new construction without a pool. Since much of what you find in our area today may be 10-15 years old, savvy buyers are looking for the updated, move-inready resale and that is becoming very difficult to find. So, why else would you choose resale? The appeal of a finished community, no construction going on around you, and mature landscaping can give you that "established" feel. Location of resale is key, since, as areas develop, new construction tends to go further out to find large land parcels, so a resale home may get you closer to your desired area. Finally, you will have shared closing costs with the seller. Often these costs can be negotiated in the offer, so you may have little to no closing costs. The other side of the resale picture is obviously that you may have to spend a little to update the home. Rarely will you find that perfect resale that has everything you want

and all the right colors in exactly the right place, so resale requires compromise. It is important to explore both options. You may also seek the advice of a professional who can help you decide what works best for you and your budget. Working with a realtor can make the process a lot less stressful.

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ith an abundance of information out there about breast cancer and breast health, it can be difficult to keep it all straight. Here is a helpful list of myths and truths to help you navigate your own personal plan for staying healthy. MYTH: Annual mammograms can be harmful to you. TRUTH: Mammograms expose you to low-dose radiation. The dose is very low, and for most women, the benefits of regular mammograms outweigh the risks posed by this minimal amount of radiation. MYTH: If you find a lump, it usually means it is cancer.

Breast Health: Myths and Truths Know the latest screening recommendations

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TRUTH: Most lumps are not breast cancer, but something less serious, such as a benign (not cancer) breast condition. Some lumps will go away on their own. Continued on page 29


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In younger women, lumps are often related to menstrual periods and will go away by the end of the cycle. However, if you find a lump (or any change in your breast or underarm area), it is best to see your healthcare provider. MYTH: If I had a lump, I would feel it. TRUTH: Breast lumps are often painless, and not all lumps are cancer. There are a number of benign breast conditions (like cysts) that can also cause lumps. Still, it’s important to have your doctor check out any new lump or mass right away. If it does turn out to be cancer, the sooner it’s diagnosed the better. MYTH: Your risk of breast cancer decreases as you age. TRUTH: The older we get, the more likely it is that abnormal changes will occur in our cells. When many of these changes occur, cancer can develop. The older a woman is, the more likely she is to get breast cancer. Rates of breast cancer are low in women under 40. Fewer than five percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. are younger than 40. Rates begin to increase after age 40 and are highest in women over age 70. The median age of diagnosis of breast cancer for women in the U.S. is 61. MYTH: If you have no family history of breast cancer, then you probably won’t get it. TRUTH: Many inherited gene mutations have little or no effect on health (good or bad). Others, however, can increase the risk of certain diseases, including

breast cancer. Only about five to 10 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. are due to inherited gene mutations known to increase risk. MYTH: Exercise plays no role in whether or not you are at a higher risk for breast cancer. TRUTH: Women who get regular exercise may have a lower risk of breast cancer than women who are inactive. Regular exercise appears to reduce breast cancer risk by about 10 to 20 percent. MYTH: Breast cancer is not preventable. TRUTH: Being physically active, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol and, to a lesser degree, eating fruits and vegetables may help lower your risk of breast cancer. Other factors are good for your overall health and may help reduce the risk of other types of cancer. MYTH: I can’t afford a mammogram, so I won’t get one. TRUTH: Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies cover the cost of mammograms. Since September 2010, the Affordable Care Act has required all new health insurance plans to cover yearly mammography (with no co-payment) for women ages 40 and older. In many parts of the U.S., low-cost or free mammograms are offered through national programs and community organizations. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is home to the latest diagnostic imaging technology, including 3D mammography. To schedule your mammogram at the Center for Women’s Health, call (813) 929-5555.


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STERLING MYRIE CARTER Razzle is an 8 year old Papillon. He enjoys being held and treated like a baby. He is friendly and loves having people visit. The more people, the more attention he gets. There is no such thing as too much attention. Angelina is an 8th grader who is excited to graduate middle school. Razzle is not only her baby brother but her buddy who protects her while she sleeps every night.

Sterling Myrie Carter was rescued 10 weeks ago. He was 5.5 lbs with thinning spots in his coat. Since then he has come to Gorgeous Growlers Grooming where he was hired on as "The Shop Dog". Due to his winning personality and his talent as a skilled and friendly receptionist, he has recently been promoted to Director of Grooming (D.O.G.) at Gorgeous Growlers Grooming located at 25227 Wesley Chapel Boulevard in Lutz! Come by and visit him some time!

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Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard The powerful and riveting new book in the multimillion-selling Killing series by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

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Born to Run

Order to Kill (Mitch Rapp Series #13)

by Bruce Springsteen

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began.

by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills

In the next thrilling novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series, the anti-terrorism operative heads to Pakistan to confront a mortal threat he may not be prepared for. In fact, this time he might have met his match.

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett

Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.



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