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She is inviting speakers, namely other domestic violence survivors, to speak to the class and encourage them. “I have several women who would love to come and speak,” Taylor explains. “Several of them have their own business. There’s a lot of positive information out there.” She says the school is not just about floral arranging. “It’s learning all aspects of starting a business. We want to teach the whole synopsis in the six months.” Marketing, promotion, coldcalling, event and wedding planning, incorporating, financial and accounting aspects, as well as deliveries and setup, are all part of the classes planned that have transferable skills. Taylor says she hasn’t found a location yet for the nonprofit school. “We don’t need a storefront. We don’t need to be visible from the road.” Taylor estimates the tuition to cost about $3,000, which includes all materials, uniform, tools and instruction. There is a scholarship fund available through the school, but Taylor says, paying back loans should be part of the “positive action.” Taylor plans to hold classes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Students will be expected to help with Saturday and Sunday events as part of the experience. Giving back to the community is something Taylor is passionate about. Designing Women of Arizona is a forprofit company, but she donates 20

Neighbors percent of its marketing dollars to local nonprofits in greater Phoenix. The company recently donated the flowers for the City of Chandler Domestic Violence Commission and breakfast held at Tumbleweed Recreation Center on Thursday, Sept. 18. Taylor is working with domestic violence agencies, churches and the Lions Club to form the school. Taylor says she doesn’t dwell on her past as a domestic violence survivor. “That part of my life is done. Close the door, walk away. Change your life if you have to, because it will save your life.” For more information about Designing Women of Arizona and the floral school, call Taylor at (480) 275-6474 or visit the website at www. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


that breast self-awareness should start when women are 20. It needs to be a regular part of their health care routine year round. “Breast self-awareness can include self-breast exams, but more importantly, it is emphasizing a woman’s awareness of the normal appearance and feel of her breasts,” she says. Studies have found that self-breast exams alone do not reduce breast cancer mortality, but do increase the risks of intervention, stress and anxiety. Chu says breast self-exams can be performed either lying down or in the shower. “It is completely up to personal preference but it is important to remember to check the breast tissue in the armpit region,” she says. “Patients also find it easier to remember if they do self-breast exams after their monthly menstrual cycles or on the same day each month.” Women who notice lumps or pain in the breast, changes to the skin overlying the breast tissue, including redness or dimpling, and any abnormal nipple discharge or bleeding should report their findings to their OB-GYN immediately, Chu says. When it comes time to schedule a mammogram, Chu says most women can tolerate the procedure fairly well. Taking a pain reliever prior to the appointment can help with any discomfort associated with the mammogram. “It is also helpful to think of mammograms as a proactive way for women to manage their health,” Chu explains. “Knowing that you are actively managing and monitoring your health should provide a peace of mind for women.” Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

Walk for MS funds planned in Chandler Thousands of women, men, children, friends and family members, both those battling multiple sclerosis and those supporting efforts to find a cure, have the opportunity to participate at Desert Breeze Park in Chandler on Saturday, Oct. 25. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the 1.5-mile walk following at 9:30 a.m. The

park is located at 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler. Such walks “are among our most important events to help raise funds to find a cure and continue providing expanded services and programs for thousands of Arizonans with MS,” says Jim Elfline, Arizona chapter president for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

More than 8,000 individuals in Arizona have MS. Participants can register as individuals or as a team online at Suggested fundraising goal is $100, which earns participants a T-shirt. Fundraising tips are offered on the website.

Free dental services at Sierra Family Dentistry Oct. 25 The Chandler community will have the opportunity to receive free dentistry services at Sierra Family Dentistry, 600 S. Dobson Rd., Building B, Suite 8, on Saturday, Oct. 25. Dr. Vincent Rauschel and his team at Sierra Family Dentistry, along with the help of area dentists, will be improving the oral health of people in need as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. “Now more than ever there are people in Chandler who need dental

service, but have no means to afford them, whether they’re out of a job or just don’t have dental insurance,” says Rauschel. “This event is a great opportunity for us to share our time and resources with those less fortunate and give back to the community we serve.” A choice of a free filling or extraction will be offered to adults and children from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Patients will be accepted on a first come first served basis. For more information, call (480) 8993425, or www.

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