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Translating a pathology report can be quite daunting, yet it is essential for all patients to do. Did you know by law, patients are entitled to a copy of their pathology report, and that most hospitals will provide a copy FREE of charge? F.R.E.E. Yuppers. It’s very important to keep a record of the pathology report to have documentation of the diagnosis because this information will be helpful in researching the disease.

Here is an explanation of information found in a pathology report.

  1. Demographics: information about the patient, such as the patient’s name, age, sex and date of procedure.
  2. Specimen: The origin of the tissue sample.
  3. Clinical history: The patient’s medical history, including how the cancer was found.
  4. Clinical diagnosis: The diagnosis doctors were expecting before the patient’s tissue was tested.
  5. Procedure: How the tissue sample was removed.
  6. Gross description: Details of the tissue sample, including its size, weight, and color.
  7. Microscopic description: How the cancer cells look under a microscope, including tumor characteristics, such as grade, tumor margins and pathologic stage.
  8. Special tests or markers: Results of tests that look for proteins, genes and how quickly the cells are growing. These findings are often contained in a separate report.

Summary: A pathologic diagnosis based on the information from the entire pathology report

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu

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A handful of red cherries may be your smartest nighttime nosh: “They can help raise melatonin production in the body, allowing you to fall and stay asleep.” Says GH Nutrition Director Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D. Plus, eating foods high in fiber and low in saturated fat and sugar (instead of that leftover birthday cake) will help you fall asleep faster and get better-quality shut-eye, the findings from a new study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine suggest. More research is needed, but Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Ph.D., the study’s lead author, says fatty and especially sugar-laden foods may raise blood glucose levels and affect neurotransmitters involved in sleep, making you feel more wakeful.

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I love watermelon and am always searching for fun and creative ways to serve this yumma-yumma fruit. I’ve discovered watermelon sorbet shooters and did an immediate face-plant into each and every one that I made.

These bite-size shooters are easy to whip up ahead of time.  Cut a watermelon into slices about an inch thick.  Use a 1-in. round cookie cutter to cut out cylinders, then scoop out the centers with a melon baller.  The crowning glory: Fill the shooters with your favorite sorbets (mine are the raspberry, mango and blood orange). Keep a batch in the freezer so you’ll always have a stash for last minute guests!

Easy-peasy and so delicious!


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What’s the Antidote to Stress?

Anxiety, stress, and sadness negatively impact your physical health. Heaven knows that I know this. Further, these stressful emotions can trigger chemical reactions in your body that can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. This is hardly new news.  The thing of it is: I seem to need constant reminders and hear this time and time again because I’m under a HUMONGOUS amount of anxiety, stress and even a little sadness of late.  And the result is that I feel like absolute CRAP.  What does this look like?  Fatigue (the likes of which are beyond description), weight gain, zit outbreak, more hot flashes than usual…suffice it to say that it ain’t pretty.

However, the Shining Moment is that there are ways to cope, beginning with building the parasympathetic system.  In case you don’t know, the parasympathetic system conserves energy as it slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes sphincter muscles in the gastrointestinal tract. It is also called the rest and digest system. I’m going to write more about it because a) I’m fascinated by it and b) I need to get much more acquainted with it!

But in the meantime, the antidote to stress and anxiety are:

  1. being in nature
  2. (learning to) meditate
  3. alone time

I’m working very (very!!!) hard on incorporating these restorative activities into my life.  What works for you?

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I’ve torched my skin, used baby oil back in the day, and never stayed hydrated. Did you experience the same thing during the summer months when you were in your teens, 20s or even your 30s? I can’t begin to count the number of times I got burnt to a crisp, but am happy to say that I practice safe sun. By now, most of us have learned that sunscreen is a true life saver, but if we aren’t careful, the sun can still scorch us.

When I was in my 20s, boy oh boy did I down plenty of liquids (and I’m not referring to water). Over the years, I’ve learned to skip the margaritas, (alcohol can be very dehydrating) or vodka while sunbathing. I remember being so dizzy and nauseated, too. I wasn’t sure if it was from the alcohol or something that I ate. What was I thinking? When in doubt, I should have seen my doctor-it could have been dehydration, heat exhaustion or sun poisoning. Yup.

In my late 20s, I learned to take Ibuprofen, which helped with swelling. One time, I got so burned that my arms, legs, and back had bumps, extreme redness, and inflammation. Needless to say I wasn’t looking my best. Has this ever happened to you?

I thought it was cool to purchase an actual aloe vera plant when I got my first apartment, but truth be told, it stayed in my apartment. I never used it for burns because I didn’t want to harm the plant. Geez! I later learned from my sun experiences that the burned outer layer of skin can get itchy and very dry. Ew! I now know that pure aloe vera in a gel or right from the plant has cooling properties that can make you feel more comfortable while you heal.

When I was a teenager, my mother put me in a tepid oatmeal bath and put cold compresses all over my body as I moaned and groaned from my sunburn. She also put petroleum jelly, butter and heavy emollients on my body. Once again, it wasn’t one of my best looks. I found out that these items actually trap heat so the skin would feel worse. I wish I had known that. Today, I put a few bags of green tea into my bath. Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve also made green tea compresses as recommended by my dermatologist.

Severe burns can cause blisters, which indicate a second-degree burn. Yes, I had that as well. I should have headed to the doctor when this occurred, but didn’t. Did you know that if blisters cover more than 10% to 20% of your body (your entire back, say) or if you have a fever, too, it’s probably a second-degree burn? If it’s a small patch, it may be able to be treated at home very carefully. An intact blister is still a sterile environment. Once it pops, the area becomes an open sore and is more likely to get infected. Please, please, please wash it with mild soap and water, and keep it loosely covered with a clean bandage. When it doubt, have it treated by a doctor.


I hope these tips will help you to stay more at ease while you heal. AND promise yourself you’ll do better next time.




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Guess what I did with my left-over carrots and zucchini? You guessed it, delicious bars that  wonderful for breakfast or a snack. They are so yumma-licious, and the kids won’t know they are eating their veggies with this recipe.



1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. ground ginger

¼ tsp. baking soda

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 ½ cups shredded carrots

1 cup shredded zucchini

¾ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup raisins

½ cup chopped walnuts

½ cup canola oil

¼ cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla

1 recipe frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, stir together the first four ingredients.
  2. In a bowl, combine the next nine ingredients (through vanilla). Add carrot mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined.  Spread batter in an ungreased pan 13×9-inch baking pan.
  3. Bake 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Frost cooled bars. Makes 35 servings.


In a bowl beat one 8 oz. pkg. softened cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar on medium until fluffy.  Stir in 1 tsp. lemon zest.


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June is Here!


Welcome, June!

Can you even believe that it is June? I mean, really. J.U.N.E.?!? I am baffled by how quickly this year is going. I mean really. I can’t ever remember a period in my life when time has flown so fast. It is a wonderful year, though and I’m grateful for each and every day!  Please enjoy this inspiring poem about June.

If not for June,
My memories of Winter in December…
With a wish to witness,
The freshness of Spring March would bring…
Would not still remain so vivid.
As if only yesterday visited.
If not for June.

If not for June,
My eyesight would not be teased…
By the freedom felt in Summer,
With hopes that linger of those things I could do,
Under clear skies showing bright Sun.
And seeing the fun shared by nearly everyone,
If not for June.

And if not for June I would not be able to reminisce,
From so many experiences I could pick.
June seems to be the month I can do this.
With a thankfulness I am still in the midst,
Of a year that appears to have just begun.
With so much left to offer before it is done.
And for me this happens only when June comes.





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