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Farm Credit of Florida

Farm Credit of Florida

Financing for Your Lifestyle By Ruth Ward Zak Seymour and John Hall are experts in financing agricultural operations and rural property. They both work for Farm Credit of Florida at the Alachua More »

Acupuncture, Meditation, and Healthy Food

Acupuncture, Meditation, and Healthy Food

by Joseph Williams A.P.D.O.M In 2014, a breakthrough Canadian study conducted by researchers at the University of Calgary, (Alberta) and Alberta Health services concluded that meditation may be a powerful complement to More »

Rev Your Engine at Local Car Clubs

Rev Your Engine at Local Car Clubs

Gainesville Car Friends & Other Local Car Clubs This group of car enthusiasts meets every Friday night from 7-9pm on the roof top of the parking garage at the Phillips Center. There More »

From Desperation to Celebrating 25 Years at Her Dream Job

From Desperation to Celebrating 25 Years at Her Dream Job

by Trish Utter The person that greets you at any business is the face of the company. They can make or break a business. For the past 25 years, Sharon Ruthie Hale-Ferguson More »

Perfect Way to Spend an Afternoon

Perfect Way to Spend an Afternoon

Saint Johns Town Center in Jacksonville by Trish Utter I love little road trips, and often go over to St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville. The drive takes about an hour and More »


A Gadget You Can’t Afford to Live Without

by Trish Utter

gadget1Over the years I get asked to test a lot of products but here is something I found that I cannot live without!

How many of you have lost your cell phone and NEVER BACKED IT UP????? MEEM works just like a simple power cord for any cell phone. Download the free MEEM app, plug your phone in and MEEM walks you through setting up your personal pin number and shows you how it works. Within seconds your phone is being backed up. This can take a few minutes or hours depending on how much you have on your device. Don’t worry, you can still use your phone while it is being backed up as long as it remains plugged in.

Once the initial back up is done, you can simply charge you phone with your cord overnight and it will automatically back it up…magic! Even the most tech challenged person, like myself, will easily be able to use this simple cord. One charging cord can back up two phones. It comes with either a 16 or 32GB of internal storage.

Photos, contacts, calendars, videos; it stores it all unless you ask it not to. You can select what you would like stored or just let it store everything. MEEM shows you how much storage you have used and how long it is taking.

When I got this phone, I automatically started to panic that I would not be able to figure out how to use it but it was as simple as plugging it in.

It is encrypted and only you have the pin. MEEM works with IOS or Android. If you move from an Android to an IOS you can also transfer everything over using the MEEM. There are no monthly fees, no bulky storage unit and you can easily carry the cord in a pocket and take it anywhere you go.

MEEM makes a great Christmas gift. I am not parting with my MEEM!

Grand Opening of Pizza in the Hood

Located off 441 in Alachua. Huge support from the community including dignitaries such as Attorney Robert Rush and Clovis Watson Jr. of the Florida House of Representatives.


Tips for Cooking the Perfect Turkey

  • perfectturkey1How much turkey do you need to cook for Thanksgiving? About 1/2 to 1 pound of turkey per person is the rule of thumb.
  • Frozen turkeys can take days to thaw out. Make sure you figure out how long it will take or you will be left with a frozen bowling ball! In general, it is 24 hours for every 5 pounds or you can speed it up by placing it in cold water but you must replace the water, every 30 minutes to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Cook your stuffing separately to prevent bacteria.
  • Pat turkey dry and then rub with oil or butter before it goes in the oven.
  • Keep the turkey moist by tenting with tin foil. Throw in a sprig of rosemary to enhance flavor.
  • Did you know that a frozen turkey is fresher than a so called “fresh” turkey? Because they are frozen right away. Fresh turkeys endure shipping and sitting around a store.
  • If you have a huge amount of people to serve, try cooking two turkeys. They will fit better in your fridge, cook faster and you will have more turkey legs.

CyberKnife Stories Head to Toe

By Dr. Allison Grow

cyberknifeRadiation oncologists enjoy their work for many reasons, one being that we treat cancers in all different parts of the body, not limited to just one organ system, and our patients come in all ages and all states of health. Every patient has a story to tell, and hearing that story is usually my favorite part of the job. When you have a CyberKnife center, you get to hear even more great stories, because people come from all over hoping this unique technology can help them. The CyberKnife can’t do everything, but it’s extraordinarily good at two things: curing early-stage cancers like lung and prostate, and quickly and effectively killing particular lesions anywhere in the body in patients with Stage IV disease in order to relieve symptoms, prevent complications, or prolong survival. In both instances, there are so many stories I’ll never forget. I wanted to share a few.

I’ll start with the brain and work my way down. Mr. N was a kind, courtly and accomplished gentleman in his early 70s who was diagnosed with a Stage II lung cancer and treated with surgery and chemotherapy. About 1 year later, he went completely blind in the left eye over a period of 4 days during the Thanksgiving holiday, and was starting to lose part of his right eye visual field as well. Imaging showed a huge brain metastasis (a tumor that spread from his lung cancer) at the place where the optic nerves cross, compressing the left optic nerve and starting to press on the right also. We treated over 5 days with the CyberKnife and the visual loss stopped; he retained his vision for the rest of his life.

Dr. Laurel Warwicke, Dr. Christopher Balamucki , Dr. Allison Grow, Dr. Charles Perkins & Dr. Cherylle Hayes

Dr. Laurel Warwicke, Dr. Christopher Balamucki , Dr. Allison Grow, Dr. Charles Perkins & Dr. Cherylle Hayes

Ms. V is a very different brain story. She was diagnosed with HER-2/neu-positive breast cancer at age 43. She initially did well with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to the breast. About 2 years after diagnosis she developed several brain metastases, with no sign of recurrent cancer anywhere else in her body. She was a mathematician and was determined to preserve her excellent brain function, so she declined whole brain radiotherapy and would accept only CyberKnife. I treated her a total of 4 times over a 2-year period, each time treating 2 or 3 new lesions, until the last time when she had a total of 9. I’ll never forget opening her MRI images when she came back for followup after that last treatment, and seeing literally dozens of tiny new spots throughout her brain. I tried very hard to persuade her to let me give whole brain radiotherapy, but she was clear in her refusal. She didn’t cry, she just said “OK. It’s here.” She went back to work and gave her notice, went home, and started checking items off her “bucket list”. She emailed me a picture of her skydiving about 6 weeks later. We had dinner together and she gave me one of her shawls, which I still wear.

Yet another brain story: Mr. F was a retired firefighter in his late 60s and had been remarkably physically fit and vigorous for his whole life. At age 65 he was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and over the next 2 years tried multiple neurologic medications to control the terrible facial pain. None of them worked very well and he lost 40 pounds, couldn’t bear to be outdoors with wind blowing on his face, and became socially withdrawn and essentially home-bound. Due to a congenital anatomic anomaly, he was not felt to be a candidate for neurosurgery to try to cure his disease, but his neurosurgeon told him about CyberKnife. He was treated and had complete pain relief within one week, which has persisted for over 6 years now.

I’ve got a thousand lung stories; here’s a great one. I met Mrs. L, from South Georgia, in 2008 at age 84. She had heart disease, COPD, a brand new 4 cm lung cancer, and five loving and opinionated daughters who all crowded into my office with her. They wanted Mama fixed and no two ways about it. She had Stage I disease and was a candidate for curative treatment; the thoracic surgeon said she couldn’t tolerate surgery so I treated with the CyberKnife. She got 3 days of treatment, didn’t bat an eyelash, and had one of the best complete responses I’ve ever seen—her large tumor shrank to almost nothing. She and her daughters sent me a Christmas card every year; in 2015 only her daughters signed it, and said that Mama had passed away of complications from an abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 91 that year, 7 years after we treated her lung cancer.

Here’s a liver mystery story. Mrs. C, a lovely lady in her 70s, was diagnosed with a large tumor in her liver; the biopsy showed adenocarcinoma, which is a type of tumor that can occur in many different organs. Molecular studies of the tumor indicated that it had not originated in the liver; it had spread from somewhere else—but imaging studies of her whole body showed no sign of the primary tumor, or any tumors at all except the one in her liver. This is called “cancer of unknown primary” and occurs more often than you might think. She was turned down for surgery due to chronic kidney disease and other problems, so we gave 3 days of CyberKnife. The liver tumor responded beautifully and never recurred.

I was charmed and so impressed by Mr. S, a straightforward 86-year-old ex-Navy officer who lived with his mentally handicapped son, who also worked with him in his construction business. He had a growing kidney cancer and was not a candidate for surgical removal of the kidney. After 3 days of CyberKnife, the tumor shrank, he maintained normal kidney function, and he kept working full-time. He continues to be disease-free in his 90s.

Some of the most dramatic responses we see in terms of symptom relief come with treatment of spinal tumors. The symptom we are dealing with is most often pain, but for 70-year-old Mrs. Z it was nausea. Unrelenting nausea for over a year, causing her to lose over 50 pounds and become frail and weak. Endoscopy studies showed nothing and her GI doctors were mystified. A CT scan was done that solved the mystery, showing a 6 cm schwannoma growing on the nerve root exiting from her spine at the level of her stomach; this is a rare benign nerve tumor that does not spread but can cause a lot of local symptoms. After 5 days of CyberKnife, she had complete, almost immediate relief of nausea and was able to resume normal life.

Low- and low-intermediate-risk prostate cancers can be successfully cured with CyberKnife, as they can with several other forms of treatment. Busy men who don’t want to slow down for treatment often prefer it because only 5 days of treatment are needed and the short term effects are minimal. Mr. W is a world-traveling multi-sport athlete in his 80s, retired but frequently in demand for consulting work in his prior field. He received 5 days of CyberKnife for low-intermediate-risk prostate cancer 4 years ago, and today continues to play a lot of golf and tennis, travel with his wife, and have his PSA checked every 6 months (it’s stable at 0.3).

Once we get below the prostate, there’s not much left except the legs, right? This story is hard for me to tell. J was a 17-year-old young man who had developed an osteosarcoma at age 14. He had surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, but unfortunately it spread to his lungs very shortly thereafter. When I met him, chemo wasn’t working for him anymore and he had a big painful mass in the muscle on the inside of his left thigh, which made it hard for him to walk since it rubbed against the other leg. We treated over 5 days and it literally melted away—we couldn’t see or feel it any more and he was completely comfortable. About a month later, he attended his senior prom with not one but two beautiful dates, in a limo paid for by multiple friends & family. In the last 9 months of his life, we treated him a total of 4 times to keep him comfortable and functional, for big painful lesions in the muscles of his thigh, back, neck and shoulder.

Our CyberKnife is an amazing machine. But even more important than the machine is the team running it—the doctors, the nurses, and the radiation therapists who all make your story their business. What’s YOUR story?? I hope you never need to tell it to me or anyone on our team—but regardless, tell it! Tell it to your friends, your family, and most of all yourself.cyberknife3

Gainesville Garden Club Celebrates 92 Years!

First President: Mrs. E.L. Lord  1924-26

First President: Mrs. E.L. Lord 1924-26

Second President:  Mrs. G. H. Thomas  1928-29

Second President: Mrs. G. H. Thomas 1928-29

Camellias Salute Gainesville's Centennial Theme for Annual Garden Club Flower Show held 1954

Camellias Salute Gainesville’s Centennial Theme for Annual Garden Club Flower Show held 1954

Camellias Salute Gainesville's Centennial Theme for Annual Garden Club Flower Show held 1954

Camellias Salute Gainesville’s Centennial Theme for Annual Garden Club Flower Show held 1954

by Sandra E. Arnold, GGC President

The Wildflower Circle won using the theme of Alice In Wonderland's Tea Party

The Wildflower Circle won using the theme of Alice In Wonderland’s Tea Party

The Gainesville Garden Club is celebrating its 92nd Anniversary. I would like to share a bit of its rich history of support to the community.

On September 11th, 1924, eight ladies organized the Garden Club of Gainesville. For the next 14 years, meetings were held in homes and members took turns maintaining the club’s library. When it grew too large, the books were moved to the model living room of the Cox Furniture store. Unfortunately, the Cox store burnt down and all the books were lost.

In 1939, the Garden Club assisted other civic organizations with establishing a Community Cultural Center.

In 1941, the Garden Club shared the rental costs of the Philip Miller House on East Main Street North with the JC’s.

Betty Anderson

Betty Anderson

The house served as a recreation center for visiting servicemen and was named the USO Recreation Center.

Between 1942 and 1943; the Garden Club sold war bonds and sponsored dances for servicemen. It donated funds to the British War Relief, the Red Cross, the USO Recreation Center, the Army & Navy Emergency Fund, contributed Christmas Cards for servicemen, potted plants for the air base dining room, and planted vegetables and flowers in the Victory Garden. It decorated the USO Recreation Center monthly and served punch for the Saturday night dances. The Garden Center library books were moved from the Public Library and were placed in Mrs. McCormick’s Dress Shop.

In 1944, the impact of World War II made even greater inroads on the Garden Club. Again stepping out of character, the Garden Club appointed a War Services Committee Chairman. The club was asked to donate Christmas packages for the servicemen. The packages contained wash cloths, Christmas cards, gifts, books, magazines, comics and tray favors. Two 4’ wreaths which were made by members were sent to Camp Blanding. War clouds began to lift in 1945 and the club transitioned from war to peace. The USO Recreation Center became the Recreation Center and was now available for club meetings. In 1947, old pocket books with flower and vegetable seeds, bobby pins and other small items were shipped to war-torn Europe.

Lois McNamara and Florence Cline

Lois McNamara and Florence Cline

The Garden Center was built in 1969 and now has a membership of over 200. The club continues to promote the love of gardening and design while providing educational opportunities about environmental issues such as the importance of using native plants, planting the right plants for pollinators and not using pesticides.

Since the early 70’s the Garden Club has supported community projects such as:

  • Assisting with the passing of a city tree ordinance.
  • Sponsoring one of the gardens in the Downtown Plaza.
  • Funding construction of Kanapaha’s first gazebo for the hummingbird garden.
  • Landscaping gardens at the Girls Club, Thomas Center, Ronald McDonald House, Winn Dixie Hope Lodge, Gainesville High School (Junior Gardeners), ACORN, and collected materials for a Garden Therapy Project at the Union Correctional Institution.
  • garden4

    Rick Schoellhorn director of New Products with Proven Winners and co-author of Your Florida Guide to Perennials

    Donating funds to Kanapaha Botanical Gardens to build an Environmental Resource Center.

  • Planting crepe myrtle trees at entrance to Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
  • Funding a Blue Star Marker at Veterans Affair Medical Center
  • Donating to the Garden of Hope at Shands Cancer Center
  • Participating in Keep Alachua County Beautiful by adopting a road and picking up litter.
  • Hosting UF/FFGC Short Courses in Gainesville for 83 years; the longest garden club project held in the state of Florida.
  • Establishing a Butterfly Sanctuary on the club grounds.

For more information on the Gainesville Garden Club go to ggcfl.org@gmail.comg or call 352-331-0426.

Responsibility Matters

by Trish Utter

Rod1Local attorney Rod Smith and his wife, DeeDee, recently invited me over to their home. I drove out on a dirt road in Alachua to the couple’s farm. The house was not ostentatious, as one might expect from a past State Senator, and it was comfortable. Inside, the walls were adorned with family photos. Pictures of Rod playing baseball, photos of their grandkids, pictures of family gatherings. It is clear that they value their family.

Rod is a generous, caring person who puts others first. He is also entwined in our local community and a loyal University of Florida/Gator fan.

Now Rod Smith is running for State Senate, Florida State District 8, as a Democrat. Part of his intention in public office is to improve public schools, healthcare, and help attract jobs to the community.

If you are like me you are probably rolling your eyes thinking, “Oh here we go, another politician that doesn’t care, that will promise things while running and then forget once in office!”….wrong! Rod Smith truly cares about putting the welfare of others above himself.

“He has the ability to help people assess a situation, to get other people to look beyond the issue in front of them, see the bigger picture and come together for a solution. He is not afraid of long hours of work, to get things done,” said DeeDee.

Rod Smith was born in Missouri, spent his early years in Oklahoma, and moved to South Florida at the age of three. He grew up helping out on the family vegetable farm and learned early on about hard work. Rod and Dee Dee still live on the family farm in Alachua that his parents bought when he came to Alachua County for law school. Smith attended a public High School in Boyton Beach and went on to the University of Tulsa and then the Law School at the University of Florida.

Here is what I like about Rod Smith. He doesn’t care what side of the fence he is on, he cares about doing the right thing and how it will affect the people around him. Smith got things done in Tallahassee that others couldn’t.

Rod2I pointed a few questions at Rod and here is what he said,

Who has helped you be where you are today?

I was lucky to be surrounded by so many people who taught me the values that I live by today. Working beside my father on our farm was where I learned the importance of hard work, responsibility, and integrity.

Why should someone vote for you?

I have a long record of standing up for the people of North Central Florida. As State Attorney in the 1990s, I worked with others to create new programs that still benefit our community today. I believed that effective prosecution was about more than just punishment and conviction rates, it was also about prevention and rehabilitative programs that helped people change their lives and made our community safer. I was able to put politics aside to start one of Florida’s earliest environmental crimes task forces.

As Senator, I was, and again will be, an independent leader who worked with both parties to create responsible legislation that put my District and Florida families ahead of the special interests and the partisan bickering that is ruining this country.

I want to go to Tallahassee to fight for children and families, local farmers, first responders, and other working people. I will work to help create a world-class education system, a health care system that is affordable and accessible, and more and better jobs to ensure the future that our children deserve. Our current education system and our health care system, that leaves too many people with too little, needs to be fixed. Based upon my experience, I am the person that can help make that happen.



What are your plans when you are in office?

After serving this District of Florida in one way or another since 1993, and representing working people for more than forty years, I have to say I am concerned about the direction of modern politics. Each party would too often rather see the other side fail than see the people or the state succeed.

From the day I get elected I will work equally hard to effectively represent Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. I have always said I am a free man, first, after that I am an American, a Floridian, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a lawyer, and a Democrat. In that order! Money now determines every consideration, partisanship is rampant, and our country is bitterly divided. Why? Because we have created a new industry the “perpetual campaign.” What is now referred to as “an agenda” is found ed on sound bites rather than sound polices. I firmly believe that if leaders do nothing but follow what the “polls” tell them we will never develop the innovative leadership that is so badly needed. As Truman once said, “It isn’t polls or public opinion that counts. It’s right and wrong and leadership.”

Hitchcock’s 11th Annual Golf Tournament

HitchcockHitchcock’s 11th Annual Golf Tournament raised $51,550.00 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The event was held at Ironwood Golf Course on April 28th. Over 150 vendors and Hitchcock’s employee’s participated in this tournament. The Hitchcock stores had been collecting donations from customers all year and were excited to give their donation.

Charles D. Benberry Sr., Vice President of Merchandising for Charle Hitchcock’s presented the check and said, “It is important that we give back to our community. Hitchcock’s has a long history with the MDA and we all look forward to many more years of helping them raise much needed funds.”

“We couldn’t provide any services to our local families without companies like Hitchcock’s! Hitchcock’s has been part of our Shamrock Pinup Campaign and golf tournament for 11 years and we couldn’t be more thankful for them!” – Christina Warmouth

The Cancer Center – Patient Spotlight – Bonnie Moran

by Dr. Allison Grow

BonnieMoran1I had the pleasure of meeting Bonnie Moran in early 2012, when she needed CyberKnife radiosurgery for three small recurrent brain lesions from breast cancer. She was a little dubious about me at first since she’d been so well taken care of by Dr. Perman, who left our practice in 2010 but we learned to love each other. Her story is absolutely incredible, and I attribute that largely to Bonnie herself, but also to the growing variety of weapons we have against breast cancer now. She’s been treated with most of them; her breast cancer history parallels the explosion of treatment modalities that have developed in the last 20 years.

She was diagnosed with DCIS in 1993 and treated with lumpectomy and radiation to the breast. She had recurrence of invasive breast cancer in the same breast in 1995 and then underwent double mastectomy and took tamoxifen for 5 years. In 2005, against all expectation, she developed headaches and was found to have multiple brain metastases. Happily, all the lesions responded beautifully to whole brain radiotherapy. She was also started on endocrine therapy and had both ovaries removed in order to block estrogen stimulation of her breast cancer.

In 2007 she was found to have involvement of lymph nodes in her chest; these areas were also treated with radiation and again responded beautifully, with no recurrence to date. In September 2009, one of the previously treated brain lesions recurred, and was treated with CyberKnife radiosurgery, controlled since.

In 2011, she experienced a strange and terrifying episode of obtundation, which she describes below; this was eventually felt most likely to be related to seizures caused by her brain lesions, and she has been on antiseizure med- icine since that time. In early 2012, she had recurrence of three more small previously treated brain lesions, and I met her at that time; we treated them all with the CyberKnife and she has had no further recurrence in the brain.

Very shortly thereafter, she developed a small lesion in the left side of the liver, and that was treated with the CyberKnife in early 2012. In 2013 and 2014, she had CyberKnife three more times, for a lesion just below her lower sternum, for a cancerous lymph node to the right of her upper sternum, and for another lesion in the right side of the liver. All of these lesions have been controlled since. Most recently, she has undergone a treatment called radioembolization, where tiny microbeads carrying a radioactive isotope are injected into the liver arteries to kill additional liver lesions.

She has also been on multiple drugs including various forms of endocrine therapy and chemotherapy, which have been very helpful in preventing recurrence of some of these lesions; the excellent responsiveness of her tumor to radiotherapy has allowed her to take breaks between the various drugs and maximized their effectiveness.

Through all of this, she has maintained a full life in every aspect and remains one of the most loving and graceful people I know. She kept working with her husband running their small business, planned her daughter’s wedding, became a grandmother and cares for her toddler grandson nearly full-time, volunteers with her church, is helping her husband launch a political career, and asks about my kids every time I talk with her. She doesn’t know whether or when her disease may next rear its head, but she doesn’t let that bother her for 5 seconds. Her own words below are characteristically modest, so I wanted to give a better sense of how truly remarkable her story and spirit are.

Dr. Laurel Warwicke, Dr. Christopher Balamucki , Dr. Allison Grow, Dr. Charles Perkins & Dr. Cherylle Hayes

Dr. Laurel Warwicke, Dr. Christopher Balamucki , Dr. Allison Grow, Dr. Charles Perkins & Dr. Cherylle Hayes

1-Where are you from? Do you have family and where do you live…I think in High Springs?

I was born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and grew up in Pompano Beach and Coconut Creek, FL. Most of my close family live here in High Springs or within a couple hours’ radius. I met my husband in high school and married in 1984. After 7 years we had our first child.

2-How did you find out you had cancer?

After the birth of our daughter, I noticed a small lump. After several doctor appointments the lump and lymph nodes were removed (still living in south FL). Three years later I had a recurrence, and sought out cancer specialists who treated me more aggressively.

3-What was the first thing you did when you found out? Did you know who to call? Did your doctor put you in touch with Dr. Grow and Dr. Hayes?

We moved to High Springs in 2003. In Sept 2005 I started having terrible headaches. My diagnosis was multiple lesions in my brain (from the breast cancer). At NFRMC I met my new doctors: Dr. Bhatia and Dr. Perman. My original treatment plan was that there was nothing they could do for me. However, Dr. Perman offered me an aggressive treatment plan by doing FULL brain radiation. My results have been very positive, I am still walking and talking, the negative side effects are minimal compared to my life.

My story travels thru twenty-two years and counting, so skipping many other less severe issues, I will go to 2011. Have you ever just pulled the plug on your computer? It just shuts off and does nothing. That is what happened to me. I spent three weeks just shut off. No idea that I was not aware of anything, not seeing, hearing, talking, moving, feeling. Just off. Have I mentioned my great est support? My wonderful husband, Jeff, who stayed by my side through everything, and my sister who was always there, my church family, and of course God.

Well, something woke me up. Probably, my husband singing and playing Amazing Grace, my favorite song. That triggered my brain to WAKE Up. Slowly, but it was coming back.

My next stop was rehab. A “Mister Toads” ride, with a couple of firemen, start ed making me recognize where I was. At Shands Rehab I went through intensive speech and occupational therapy as well as physical therapy. My team of therapists worked diligently (and so did I) to get me home by the fourth of July. Of course, I had to finish wedding decoration and plans for my daughter’s wedding!

4-How long have you been dealing with cancer? How have the treatments changed since your first one?

So, I have been dealing with cancer for 22+ years. Although I started with Dr. Perman as my radiation doctor, Dr. Allison Grow has stepped in to make sure I am always getting the best care.

I am so thankful for Dr. Grow and Dr. Bhatia. They are my lifeline. Both Dr. Bhatia and Dr. Grow call me if they feel it is important and I can call them anytime which is very comforting to know. If I call for an appointment they can usually see me within 24 hours but if it is urgent they find a way to get me in right away.

5-Do you have any tips for those who have just been diagnosed?

My advice to those who have been diagnosed with cancer is to Bring On The Birthdays. Sounds crazy, but my real advice is Pray to God, have Faith, it will help you keep a positive attitude which is a MUST. You have the choice of giving up OR fighting. Your choice. Would you like another birthday? Stay Strong, pray to God, Have Faith, and be Positive, Positive, Positive.

6- Would you recommend going to The Cancer Center and if so why?

Yes, I would recommend The Cancer Center. I have faith that my health is always their first priority.