— Dear Friends: It has been a long, hot summer! For cancer patients and their families, summer isn’t always an opportunity for vacations, or fun and relaxing. The kids are home from school, but mom and dad still need to work and keep up the same routine of doctor’s visits, or treatment. Finances can also be an issue. Many couples, families or singles who are battling cancer don’t have the extra money or time to get away. Sometimes, simple and short …

— Starting our new life together in 1991 was scary and exciting.  Jack and I were married and moving to Holland to advance his career with an International Company. My joy was over-shadowed by dread. Jack was diagnosed with myeloma a month before our wedding. Like many who hear “he/she has CANCER” my life changed forever! I was overcome by shock, anger and fear and wondered if I was strong enough. How will I survive the guilt of leaving my business, …

— I am so honored to be able to share my Cancer Caregiver Journey with you. And, I am grateful to AARP Colorado for the opportunity to share what I have learned to help others. It is a Journey filled with Love, Faith, Courage, and Hope. I met wonderful people I might never have known if it wasn’t for Cancer! I have overcome challenges I never dreamed of and lived and loved more fully than I ever imagined. My Journey began …

— People caring for loved ones with cancer face unique challenges and often lack support. The Arizona Myeloma Network (AZMN) offers training for these caregivers, and AARP Arizona is sponsoring three free sessions on Saturdays—Sept. 30, Dec. 9 and Feb. 10—from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn skills and strategies they can use to help patients with any kind of cancer and to relieve their own stress. Topics include cancer pain, communication, insurance, nursing care and key questions to ask …

— Let me start by staying that at age 69, I have survived stage 3C ovarian cancer for OVER 7 years!  Now that I have your attention, please keep reading – I want to share my story! Toward the end of 2009, I noticed periodic discomfort above my pelvic bone when I sat down. This odd pain would subside after a few seconds, but several weeks later, I saw a little blood after I urinated.  “Oh no,” I thought, and called …

— AARP members and their friends are invited come together to laugh for a charitable cause when Menopause: The Musical takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Packard Musical Hall in Warren. Meet and mingle with AARP members and their guests at a pre-show reception at Bourbon 45 prior to the musical starting at 6:00 pm. The performance begins at 8:00 pm. This musical parody staged to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s features …

Valualing The Invaluable Mississippi

— New report reveals stress on family caregivers’ health and finances; identifies policies to help support caregivers WASHINGTON, DC — Family caregivers in Mississippi provided 467 million hours of care—worth an estimated $5.4 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion), and nearly equaled …

GrandFamily Conference

— When Stormy, age 8, was in kindergarten, her teachers started sending her home from school frequently for vomiting and losing her balance. After a couple doctor visits, the family was told to wait and see what happens. When her situation didn’t improve, her great-grandparents took the lead and arranged for a doctor visit at a local Children’s Hospital. Soon afterwards, Stormy was diagnosed with an amelablastoma, or brain tumor. She’d had it for 6 months. Stormy’s father had passed away …

— According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 20,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010 making it the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death in America. Yet, many cases of ovarian cancer are undetected until it has spread and is difficult to treat. Fortunately, detecting the cancer in its early stages can yield a survival rate of more than 93 percent. Because September is National Ovarian …

— Blog by A.J. White   Before you throw that burger or steak on the grill, consider the following. A recently released study of nearly 89,000 women who ate varying amounts of red meat over a 20 years period show a startling result in the increase of breast cancer (Wise, 2014). This longitudinal study looked at five different protein categories – unprocessed red meat (beef, pork, or lamb and hamburger); processed red meat (such as hot dogs, bacon and sausage); poultry …