The Latest Technology is Not Always the Greatest for Your Health

After surviving breast cancer last year, I was nominated "Patient of the Year." An extraordinary title that made me wonder what kind of responsibility did I now carry to deserve such an honor. I have realized that as a communicator my goal is to inform and educate women on health and issues relating to their wellbeing. I previously wrote a series of books entitled The Spirit of Simple Living which allowed me to cover topics from Interior Design to Healthy Living. http://www.shopguideposts.org/gifts-1/living-in-the-garden.html
At this time last year, I was in the midst of chemotherapy. I learned so much going through that journey which I blogged about throughout my treatment. I am a very fortunate lady. I had the best of surgeons and the advantage of the latest technology.
That said I have since learned that the newest technology is not always the best or greatest approach to all things health.
There is an instrument being used in laparoscopic hysterectomies called a Power Morcellator. This device is used to cut tissue into small pieces so that it can be more easily removed from through small incisions used during procedure. As a result it can allow surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery on large tissue that otherwise could not be pulled through small incisions.
Of course laparoscopic surgery is considered an advantage because it is less invasive and has a faster and recovery time.
So how can this be a bad idea?
Here's the problem, when a Power Morcellator is being used for gynecological prodcedures. Uterine cancers can sometime go undetected prior to the procedure. In these cases, the morcellator dices up and spreads unsuspected cancer inside the woman's body. Sadly for these women the average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months. That means they are four times more likely to die of cancer than women who had not been treated with a power morcellator.
Since hysterectomy is the 2nd most common surgery among women in the United States - by age 70 one out of three American women will have had one.
90% of these surgeries are done to remove Fibroids or non-cancerous tumors in the uterus for various reasons, including the treatment of infertility.
Studies indicate that when a power morcellator is introduced into a laparoscopic removal of tumors, leaving your uterus intact, there is an increased risk of developing new fibroids and even parasitic fibroids, from the fragments of tissue that was left behind. As these fragments are dislodged they take blood from adjacent organs and grow.
I survived uterine and cervical cancer at age 28 and breast cancer at 62. I believe that qualifies me to help others do the same. Although the FDA has stopped the production of new power morcellators, they have not recalled those already being used.
That is why I decided to write about this topic.
I hope you have found it informative and will pass this information on to your friends.
To learn more please visit the American Recall Center @ http://www.recallcenter.com/power-morcellator/ to learn.
Blessings,
Sharon

10/23/15

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/23/15  12:08 PM  Posted by Sharon  Permalink 

October 2015
It's been two and a half years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I am writing to all of you who have just received this dreadful diagnosis in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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07/27/14

The Latest Technology is Not Always the Greatest for Your Health

07/27/14  5:57 PM  Posted by Sharon  Permalink 

08/27/13

Chemo and Beyond

08/27/13  8:29 AM  Posted by Sharon  Permalink 

Here's a photo of me with my new wig. What do you think?

It's been a long summer and a season that could have been terribly humbling. Fortunately, God took care of that part of me a long time ago. So being bald, having lopsided boobs and gaining ten pounds from chemotherapy have actually been manageable. Not pretty, but manageable. Even my young nieces have accepted my bald head as a temporary normal for their crazy Aunt Sharon.

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07/08/13

Sharon's Chemo 'Do!

07/08/13  8:51 PM  Posted by Sharon  Permalink 

Some of you may have already seen this video on my Facebook page. Now I'm posting it to my YouTube channel to hopefully reach a larger audience. It's a video of me at the salon getting my chemo haircut last week after I noticed my hair was beginning to fall out.

We had a lot of fun and it wasn't bad at all! I am blessed to have a hair stylist who has worked with patients undergoing chemo and friends who keep me laughing!

Blessings on your head,
Sharon

06/26/13

Where's Sharon? Better Question: Where's Sharon's Hair?

06/26/13  2:17 PM  Posted by Sharon  Permalink 

It turned out well, I think. Do you like it?

I was painting a piece of furniture today, when my sweet husband, Dave, said, "You have some paint in your hair." As he reached to pull it out, several strands of hair came out as well.

So this is how it starts. A few strands at a time. Hmm... now what to do?

I have an appointment with my hair stylist for Saturday. Her mom had breast cancer so she is well-versed in chemo-hair issues.

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06/21/13

Blasted by Neulasta!

06/21/13  1:02 PM  Posted by Sharon  Permalink 

Gumi-Aid is a must-have for every first aid kit.

I've been MIA for three days. On Saturday I had my first Neulasta injection. It blasted me right out of the ball game. I felt like I was hit by a truck and left on the roadside in the rain. Ugh. I am better today.

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06/14/13

Chemotherapy: Day One

06/14/13  10:02 AM  Posted by Sharon  Permalink 

Hadley practicing one of his favorite pastimes.

Yesterday was my first chemotherapy treatment. I will admit I was a little anxious. My dear friend Patty went with me to help pass the time. Between the hour long wait and the 3.5 hour long treatment, it was a lot of time to try and keep me still. I am way too active for such a long sit!

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06/12/13

Where's Sharon?

06/12/13  12:19 PM  Posted by Sharon  Permalink 

You may have been wondering why I have not appeared on QVC recently.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 22. Since I am already a cancer survivor (uterine and cervical cancer at age 28) this bout has been easier to accept. I already know that the "Big C" does not mean the "Big D".

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