March 20, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: In 2004, my husband and I were contacted by a friend who had gotten into an abusive relationship and lost custody of her daughter. She asked us to go through social services and adopt her little girl, so at least she would know her baby was loved and well taken care of. Long story short, we did everything we could, but in the end, we lost our battle. The grandparents were involved and took over. It was heartbreaking after a year and a half of loving the girl to have to let her go. My niece works at an ice cream shop and saw our precious one recently.
March 19, 2016 |
Helen Felsenthal, 81, of Merion, an educator and two-time breast cancer survivor honored for her volunteer work with other mastectomy patients, died Friday, March 4, of Alzheimer's disease at her second home in Bradley Beach, N.J. A resident of Philadelphia since 1973, Dr. Felsenthal taught at every level - from elementary school to graduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, said her husband, Norman. Born and reared in Pittsburgh, she was the seventh of eight children and the only one to pursue higher education.
March 11, 2016 |
Rita Wilson is grateful Actor and recently minted songwriter Rita Wilson knew exactly what topic she would tackle if she could write her own songs. "It has to do with being grateful," Wilson once told singer-songwriter (and former American Idol judge) Kara DioGuardi , whom she befriended after learning they had both played Roxie Hart in the Broadway revival of Chicago . "I was in awe of her talent," Wilson, 59, tells USA Today. She says DioGuardi encouraged her to write.
March 7, 2016
Former Phillie Ken Giles gave up two runs in one inning in his debut with the Houston Astros, who lost, 3-1, to the New York Mets on Saturday. Giles is expected to take over the closer role after he was acquired in an offseason trade with the Phillies. The righthander went 6-3 with 15 saves and a 1.80 ERA in 69 games with the Phillies last year. Houston had a 1-0 lead when Giles took the mound for the fifth inning. Eric Campbell doubled and Dilson Herrera had a run-scoring triple on Giles' first two pitches.
March 4, 2016 |
After a brain aneurysm paralyzed her body and silenced her voice, a 14-year-old Gloucester County farm girl named Theresa imagined herself screaming. I'm here . It's me. I'm still the old Theresa . "I had no way of communicating," Theresa Gattuso O'Connor writes in her uplifting memoir, A Whisper From Within: My Life, My Terms . It became available in September on online book sites. And the self-published author, 44, has plenty to say on the page and in person.
February 28, 2016
More women with breast cancer - and an increasing number without - are choosing to have mastectomies over more breast-sparing procedures. And nearly half go home the same day, new federal statistics show. Data from 13 states representing one quarter of the U.S. population found the rate of mastectomy increased 36 percent from 2005 to 2013, while overall breast cancer incidence was unchanged. And 45 percent of mastectomies in 2013 were in hospital-affiliated outpatient surgery centers with no overnight stay, up 22 percent in a decade.
January 4, 2016
Super shopping, sensational skirts, sumptuous treats, and supportive friends all awaited the 60-plus attendees at a fund-raiser at Skirt in Bryn Mawr on Nov. 18. The event was held to raise funds and show support for the Living Beyond Breast Cancer organization. The $3,000 raised will be used to provide those in need with breast-cancer information and education through conferences, community meetings, online webinars, a toll-free help line, printed publications and newsletters, and a comprehensive website.
December 12, 2015 |
Excessive delays in breast cancer treatment may compromise patients' survival, according to two major studies published Thursday in JAMA Oncology. What's more, the women most likely to experience long delays were black or Hispanic, and one analysis found a correlation with lower incomes. One study, led by Fox Chase Cancer Center surgical oncologist Richard J. Bleicher, used patient information from two large federal databases to examine the impact on survival of delays in surgery for breast cancer that had not spread to distant organs.
November 16, 2015
D EAR ABBY: When reading letters in your column concerning breast cancer, my heart goes out to every single person who has ever been diagnosed with this terrible disease. I have no respect for any man who cuts and runs when his wife is diagnosed with cancer. But what do you think about a woman who is diagnosed and whose husband remains with her through the fear and worry, the chemo, radiation, hair loss and all the follow-up? A husband who worries constantly for her and whose biggest fear is losing his wonderful wife, and after all this - she leaves him for another man?
November 8, 2015 |
The news left vegetarians feeling vindicated. It sent meat producers into a tizzy. And it left many others wondering: Do bacon and bologna really cause cancer? Two weeks ago, after a group of 22 scientists reviewed numerous studies, World Health Organization officials concluded that processed meat is carcinogenic, and that eating a couple of slices a day increases a person's risk of colorectal cancer by about 18 percent. But like so many cancer risks, teasing out the details and maintaining perspective is crucial.