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September 2009

On The Road to a Virtual Voyage!

I figured a  “Throwback Thursday” would be a most appropriate time to wax nostalgic and invite you to join me on my next virtual vacation!  This weekend I will set off on a wondrous adventure “across the pond”  touring southern England!  As if that weren’t fabulous enough, I’m traveling with my daughter Sara, just the two of us, as her graduation gift before she heads off to college next month! 

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  During my 25+ years at ABC7, many of you have watched Sara grow up over the years - here’s the nostalgic part - and during that time she has become an incredible traveler! 








She took her first cruise before she was 2 - at 4, she was climbing pyramids in Mexico!

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At 6, Sara accompanied me and my Mom on a trip to Spain - 3 generations in our mother country! At 10, Sara was sightseeing through ancient Greece; at 12 she experienced the glaciers of Alaska!

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I took her to President Obama’s first inauguration - we explored the holy land together with members of our congregation.

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I chaperoned a high school choir trip to Ireland, and back in the states we took road trips to our national parks and the entire stretch of Rt. 66!  Sara’s 18th birthday with a destination party to the “Happiest Place on Earth!”

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I now invite you to join us on our next adventure, as I share our discoveries in London and many other historic places in the UK.  We arrive at Heathrow Airport Monday August 4th; posts on Facebook and Twitter soon to follow!  As this is an “interactive vacation,” feel free to make suggestions, ask questions or give advice - this is the first time in the UK for both of us!

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One more thing - a heartfelt thanks to my incredibly understanding husband for giving Sara and I this special bonding time while he stays at home.  Besides, someone has to watch the dogs, right?!


Bon Voyage!




On The Road to Health

October has become an interesting month for me.  It's Breast Cancer Awareness month.  As it approaches, I am filled with hope...and dread.  Hope, because of the increasing number of programs and the abundance of support to try and wipe out this dreaded disease.  Dread, because it is a constant reminder of my own experience with breast cancer.

This year, I thought I'd be proactive - take matters into my own hands.  If I was going to be exposed to breast cancer 24/7 for an entire month, it would be on my terms!  Kind of taking control of a situation that I can never totally control.  I decided to cover several positive, inspirational stories that could help many people.  The one I'm working on right now is about a new program for breast cancer survivors, that is coming to the Chicago area.  It's called "Back in the Swing."  It was started by a breast cancer survivor in Kansas City Kansas, who was looking for a post-treatment plan to help her stay healthy and help prevent a re-occurrence.  Surprisingly, she found none existed!

The next 2 years were spent with medical providers, researching the best way to help breast cancer survivors combat the long term affects of treatment - chemo, radiation, surgery and emotional trauma to name a few.  She then created "Back in the Swing Retail Therapy," a fundraiser through shopping to give financial support to these survivor programs.

"Back in the Swing" will start in the Chicago area at Yorktown Center Mall October 1st, and run for the entire month.  This is the first time a location outside of Kansas City will hold this fundraiser.  You can learn more about it on www.abc7chicago.com or www.chicago.backintheswing.org.

Being a breast cancer survivor is a mixed blessing - you meet an amazing network of people in this "sorority" we are forced to join.  In treatment, you become friends with women who are on a similar schedule.

About a month ago, during my regular treatment, I reconnected with a fellow survivor who I hadn't seen in a while.  While I am still in remission, Vicki's breast cancer had come back.  She was not doing well with her current chemo.  She was noticeably weaker than the last time we had visited, yet brave soul that she was, she continued to have a conversation with me.  She asked how long I'd been in remission.  Nearly 3 years, I replied.  "Don't let it come back...don't ever let it come back." she responded.  Her words haunt me to this day.

Vicki passed away September 28th after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.  I will continue to be a warrior in her honor, and for the millions of breast cancer survivors nation-wide.  I will fight for awareness, I will fight for a cure, and I will fight for programs like Back in the Swing, so every survivor can live a healthy, joyful life after breast cancer.