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BREAST CANCER–NOT JUST EVERY WOMAN’S FEAR

BREAST CANCER PINK RIBBON 3Usually when we think of breast cancer, the gender that comes to mind is female.  However, breast cancer is not just a woman’s disease.  Male breast cancer does occur.  This is because men also have breast tissue that can develop into breast cancer. Although most common in older men, it can occur at any age.  For some men, it may never even cross their mind to check for lumps in their breasts.

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be both shocking and upsetting noMAN WORRYING matter what the person’s gender.  Among other things, having a strong support system is key in coping with the disease.  And as with any disease, early detection improves the chances of it being successfully treated.  As the American Cancer Society’s Web site points out, certain factors come into play:  (1) breast size and (2) lack of awareness.

Since men have very little breast tissue, it is easier for them and their doctors to feel small masses.  However, this means that the cancers do not have to grow very far to reach the nipple, the skin covering the breast, or the muscles underneath the breast.  So, although the breast cancers found in men tend to be slightly smaller than when they are first found in women, more often, they have already spread to surrounding tissues or lymph nodes.

Because breast cancer is common among women and rare among men, women tend to be more aware of the disease and the possible warning signs, whereas men are prone to ignore them and may not seek advance medical treatment.

COUPLE HOLDING HANDSWhen we are suffering, it is good to have someone there by our side to help us through.  (Ecclesiastes 4:9 & 10)  The support we need can come in many forms.  Naturally, it begins with the family but can also include others as brought out here on another page of the American Cancer Society’s Web site.

So as we near the end of October, let us not forget that breast cancer is an ongoing battle, and those fighting the battle need our ongoing love, support, and encouragement–both male and female.

From my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

 

 

 

 


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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

BREAST CANCER PINK RIBBON 2Hello, everyone!  This is a follow-up to my recent post regarding my DESPERATE HEARTS book contest in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is just around the corner in October.  Since I’ll be recuperating from my surgery, I wanted to go ahead and get this post out.

The name of this contest is Paula’s Weekend Getaway which is composed of five questions.  In order to win, all five must be correctly answered.  In the event of simultaneous correct answers, a drawing will be held to determine the winner.  The winner will get to choose five of the breast cancer awareness items pictured at the bottom of this post.  So here we go!

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  • Where does Paula go for her weekend getaway?

 

  • What annual event does she attend while there?

 

  • When is the event held each year?

 

  • What year was the town’s first event of this kind held?

 

  • What is the name of the major motion movie picture that was filmed in this town?

 

Now, for a bonus question!  Didn’t see that coming, did you 🙂 ?  Well, here it is.  (Hint:  May require some research–answer not in the book.)  🙂

 

What is the name of the popular restaurant on location where the movie was filmed?

 

The same rules apply.  The winner will get to choose three items from below.

HAPPY READING!  And as always, this is from my heart to yours.

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

(Photo of Breast Cancer Ribbon-Courtesy of Office.com Clip Art)

 

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KEIGHLEY’S SALON, BOUTIQUE & DAY SPA’S 1ST ANNUAL BUSINESS WOMEN’S WORK OUT TO KNOCK OUT BREAST CANCER

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Thank you to all of you who made donations to help support yesterday’s event and to the ones who attended.  We’re looking forward to doing it again next year!  I would also like to take another opportunity to thank Ms. Sonia P. Moore, owner of KEIGHLEY’S SALON, BOUTIQUE & DAY SPA, for inviting me to partner with her in this exciting event and can’t wait to do it again next year.

Please enjoy some of our photos from yesterday.  The beautiful, young lady with me at my book signing is one of my former co-workers.  The huge, pink ribbon flower was handcrafted by Ms. Tonya R. Gray-Taylor, owner of INSPIRATION DESIGNS.  She also sells jewelry and sophisticated and classy Sunday attire for women.  Her cell number is (904) 531-6532.  Oh, she also makes a delicious catfish sandwich!  🙂

 

 

Have a great day and an awesome week!  And as always, this is from my heart to yours!

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

BOOK SIGNING (TABLE ENTRANCE-JUN 28 '14)

 

 

 

 

 
BOOK SIGNING (ME & DOMINIQUE-SIDE-JUN 28 '14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOK SIGNING (TABLE TOP-BOOKS-JUN 28 '14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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KEIGHLEY’S SALON, BOUTIQUE & DAY SPA’S 1ST ANNUAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS DAY

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I recently wrote a blog about Keighley’s Salon, Boutique & Day Spa which was titled FIT FOR A QUEEN.  This coming Saturday, June 28th, I will have the pleasure of working with the owner Sonia Moore in her first annual breast cancer awareness day.  The name that Ms. Moore has chosen for this event is the Business Women’s Workout To Knockout Breast Cancer.

If you know someone who is going through treatment now or is a survivor of breast cancer, this will be a wonderful opportunity for you to treat them to a relaxing day of a spa environment; and/or if you prefer, why not treat yourself or someone else?  For more information, please visit Keighley’s website.  We are also seeking donations from businesses who would like to participate in this uplifting event.  A percentage of the sales will be contributed to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of New York City.

In LIFE AFTER MOMMA, my first young adult novel in eBook format, breast cancer took the life ofLAM Kiara’s mother.  As we know, though, men can also get this type of disease.  Whatever the person’s gender, they need to have a strong support system.  More than likely, they will greatly appreciate whatever assistance we are able to give (no matter how big or small).  And not only will it bring the recipient a huge measure of joy, but the ones giving will also be happy in that they were able to show by their actions that they care.  (Acts 20:35)

I hope to see you Saturday.  HAPPY READING!

And as always, this is from my heart to yours.

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com