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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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HELP FOR YOUNG ONES WHO GRIEVE

TEENAGERLosing a dear loved one to death can be extremely difficult for an adult.  So now, imagine how a young person might feel.  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, I will also be writing a series of posts and providing links to help our young ones who are striving to cope with the loss of a parent or parents.

LAMIn LIFE AFTER MOMMA, 15-year-old Kiara is grieving from the loss of her beloved mother to breast cancer.  At a time in her life when most teens her age really need their mothers, she finds herself feeling deprived of all the special moments that mothers and daughters share during this new and exciting stage of her young womanhood.

I would really love to hear from the young people (female and male) and get your thoughts on this painful subject.  Also, if there is anything in particular that you would like for me to touch on in this series of posts, please feel free to share your ideas on that as well.  Although the focus of these posts is young people, parents and others, I would still like to hear from you, too.

Death is a topic that can be difficult to discuss with anyone but particularly with children (as an article in the Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina points out), and they need all the emotional support we can give them.  Therefore, whether you have lost in death a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or anyone else, please feel free to share your thoughts.  I look forward to hearing from you.

As always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

(Photo of Young Girl Leaning Forward-Courtesy of Office.com Clip Art)

 


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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

BREAST CANCER PINK RIBBONAs most of you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In an effort to help promote awareness to the cause, I will be sponsoring an additional contest upon the release of my newest novel, DESPERATE HEARTS, which I am still hoping to release sometime during the month of October of this year.DH COVER 4_8.25.14

The winner of this new contest will receive several items promoting breast cancer awareness.

Below are a couple of pictures of some of the prizes I will be giving away.  Any items left over will be given away at my DESPERATE HEARTS SIP & SIGN book signing event which will be held at KEIGHLEY’S SALON, DAY SPA & BOUTIQUE.

 

 

 

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Although my number one goal is to write wholesome stories for your reading entertainment, I still try to focus on real-life issues.  Therefore, some of the subjects that my books cover include:  forgiveness, illness, death, marriage, separation, divorce, alcoholism, infidelity, trust, stepfamilies, and materialism.

LAMLIFE AFTER MOMMA is 15-year-old Kiara Murdock’s story of how she deals with the death of her beloved mother to breast cancer.  So many people have been affected by this terrible disease.  If you, a family member, or a close friend have, what has helped you to cope?  And what are some ways that you have been able to be a source of support and encouragement to the individual(s), their family, and others?  Please feel free to share your experiences–you never know how they might touch another person’s life and give them hope to endure.

Well, good night, and HAPPY READING!  As always, this is from my heart to yours.

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com


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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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KEIGHLEY’S 1ST ANNUAL BUSINESS WOMEN’S WORKOUT TO KNOCKOUT BREAST CANCER

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Just a friendly reminder that KEIGHLEY’S SALON, DAY SPA & BOUTIQUE’s 1st Annual Business Women’s Workout To Knockout Breast Cancer is this weekend, Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We are still seeking donations.  A percentage of the event’s sales will be forwarded to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of New York City.  To join Keighley’s in their efforts, we invite you to purchase spa packages of $125.00 per person for someone you know going through treatment now, a survivor of the breast cancer disease, or by paying for someone to enjoy the benefit of a relaxing day of a spa environment.

Again, thanking you in advance for your support and contribution.  Please make all checks payable to Keighley’s Salon, Day Spa & Boutique.  The address is:  8849 Highway 5, Suite H, Douglasville, GA  30134.  For additional information, please contact Sonia Moore at (404) 482-7349.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!  Have an awesome weekend!

As always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.comLAM

 

LIFE AFTER MOMMA

15-year-old Kiara’s heartwarming story of how she deals with the loss of her mother to breast cancer


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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