The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 11, 1968 · Page 13
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 13

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Monday, November 11, 1968
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Most Dreaded Words In Woman's Vocabulary By ELAINE BARROW Optimism clothed other therapy, too. Like cobalt treatments twice a day. "I called them my Florida treatments," the woman says gamely. "Cobalt treatments are tiring, but they're not so bad once you just make up your mind you're going to lie down and takeasunbath." Another help was travel. The mental-emotional state contributes so much to recovery. This woman took an eight-week tour of Europe. "Whenever I feel uncomfortable, I just think of the beautiful Atlantic ocean and how many nice people I met, she says. "Oddly enough, though, almost everyone on the trip had undergone some type of operation. Many of them seemed more complicated than mine. When you look around you, my trouble is nothing. There are others who have much worse things happen to them." . Breast Cancer On the comeback trail, the woman calls herself "determined." "I don't pamper myself." she savs. "I do my own housework. I also keep a garden tomatoes, cucumbers, string beans and carrots." As she does the chores , she always keeps in mind how she can combine the movements with exercises. Removal of a breast has weakened not only the chest muscles, but tendons controlling the shoulder and arm. "Hanging up clothes up and down, up and down, stretch and reach is especially good for the arm," she explains. "I thought this would he better than scheduling a time each day for exercise and saying to myself, 'All right, hop to it.' How dreary! "A friend has come up with the idea that each time I walk-throu gh a dirwav I climb mv hand up the wall in a kind of isometric exercise." To complete all these domestic chores, she must get up at 5 a.m., because, at 10 a.m. she goes to her office. Her usual workday is until 5 p.m., but sometimes there Is evening work. . "I always get to bed by 9:30 10 at the very latest," she says. If there is advice which she can offer to other women facing the ordeal of cancer, it is to "keep occupied and find new interests. "I don't look back," she says. "As my son said, It's wonderful I'm able to enjoy life as much as ever and that everything is so successful. "By now, I've learned a lot about cancer. We can't question things; we just have to accept them. I've learned one thing cancer is just a word." She added: "My daughter doesn't want my name to be used in this story. I wouldn't mind myself. When you get older, you reaiize how it helps to talk about it. Miracles can happen. Maybe the person you're talking to won't have the experience . . . But she, in turn, may be talking to someone who will." Waiting and wondering is really worse than actually having a breast removed, she believes. "I avoided surgery like poison,'' savs the 54 year-old woman. "I was so atraid ot being operated on that I dismissed even the recommendation of having exploratory surgery done. "1 thought that after you were cut open, the cancer would spread. "It was a mistaken notion," she says, "but I'd gotten the idea that once cancer was exposed to the air, it would travel much faster. I didn't want to risk that." Then the trouble seemed gone. The tumor apparently disappeared. The woman wiped it from her thoughts. "It never bothered me, so I didn't do any more about it." The tumor had not gone away. It merely had "dropped." It had shifted to a position where it was not noticeable. And there it continued its relentless spreading, multiplying outlaw cells that burrowed through healthy tissues like t ree roots upending a brick wall. A little over a year and a half ago, the woman began to teel the effects. "I noticed I tired more easily," she says. "My weight had dropped to 94) pounds, about 2(1 below my normal weight. I was uncomfortable although it was a sensation rather than a real pain." Dropping her restraint, she saw a doctor. Immediate surgery, he insisted. She accepted his diagnosis. "The Lord is my shepherd. 1 shall not want . . . even though 1 walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me . , . " "1 did find comfort in the 2'lid Psalm," she explains, "and laith in the doctor helped to calm my terror of the word "cancer." During the shaky period of convalescence, she met a nurse who'd had the sam operation years ago and was as good as new. The doctor had introduced them. "Seeing her exuberance, the way she accepted it, gave me a big lift," tne woman relates. Breast cancer. The very words evoke dread. It Is the most common type of cancer in women in this country. It causes more than 25,000 deaths each year. And each year, 65,000 new cases are diagnosed. Most often Its victims are middle-aged and older. Of the total diagnosed each year, 60 per cent are between 40 and 70 years of age. It occurs more frequently among women who never have been married. And it also appears with greater frequency among women who have not had children. Although breast cancer usually manifests itself as a tumor, not all tumors are cancerous. Most common of the benign breast tumors are the fibrocystic tumors. These are irregular In shape, vary considerably in size and can be moved around freely because they are not attached to surrounding tissues. Usually, they are painful and tender and become more so In the premenstrual period. Another form, less common, is fibroadenoma. It is mobile, solid, regular, well-defined and painless. medical checkups and early detection are vitally important. Survival rates are high if the cancer is detected and treated in time and if it has not spread to other parts of the body. Every woman should check her breasts once a month for lumps and irregularities. If she notices any discharge from the nipples or a lump or thickening anywhere In the breast, she should immediately contact her physician. Ninety-five per cent of all breast cancers are detected by the women who have them. Both thes types of tumors usually are found In the 20 to 40 age group. Malignant tu-mores are more often found in menopausal and post-meno-pausal women. Treatment for cancer may consist of surgery, radiation therapy or a combination of the two. Also useful in some cases Is hormone therapy. Recently, nonhormonal chemotherapy has come Into use in treatment when the patient no longer responds to hormonal treatment. Cancer in its early stages is among the most curable of all serious diseases. Regular FOR OMEN Palm Beach Post, Monday, Nov. 11, 1968-13 TWIN'S IN TUNE At left, Mrs. Johnnie Jones (left) And Mrs. Mamie Wright, identical twins, sing with the North County Choral ROLLING TONES At right, Dick Ryan (left) and Alan Adams sing out in the chorus of the Choral Choral Group To Present The Messiah' D J f Z (J r By SHKILATKYK Staff Writer The voices of the North County Choral Society are once again being heard through the land. As in previous years, the exciting choir of Hill voices will he heard in two concerts during the season, the first program, on December X, being a presentation of Handel's ".Messiah." accompanied by a 21 -piece professional orchestra. This year, the choir is under the tvnamic direction ot I.arrv C'larkson. who stresses that he will welcome additional voices to the choir during the next tew weeks. C'larkson, who Is an attorney for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, Is well known In local music circles. He worked with Howard Squires and Miss Virginia Carpenter until he graduated from Palm Beach High School. At De-Pauw University, he was choir director, soloist In college operas, and was associated with the radio station. While at the University of Florida law school, he found time to act as business manager for the university choir. More recently, he and his wile have been the solois's at Hethesda-bv-the-Sea Church. According to Alan Adams, president of the Choral Society, singers in the choir come from as far north as Stuart and as far south as Delray Beach. The choir rehearses Tuesday evenings at the First Baptist Church ol Culm Beach Gardens, which is on the corner of AiA and Atlantic Road, just south of Cabana Colony. The Messiah will be performed on Sunday, December 8, at 8 p.m. at the Palm Beach Maidens High School auditorium. ' 1 ' Nl A "AL LE LUIA" Mrs. Shirley Spitzer tries out during auditions for solo parts of Messiah. SING OUT Mrs. Pat DuPhily, (From left) Mrs. Wanda Gust, and Mrs. Dody Christian find practice makes perfect in the North County Choral Society. At Wit's End What Song Tops Chart? "AAHHHHH" Dick Neer (at left) puts his heart into his voice as he practices his part in "The Messiah." wondering If you're sewed Into that uniform." He was furious. "You think I like running around in this baseball suit and cap," he snapped. "I'd change in a minute. But all you brought are those dumb shorts and baby stretch shirts. I don't have anything to wear." Yeah . . . yeah. . .yeah. Story And Photos By Shiela Tnk uiiuiLUUiJ I I !J fKa-wmmitmmmmm. ii : L 4 p fv l r 1 j n fr r' v., V - y ret . , nil Park To Bear Nixon's Name Lord knows I am not pride-ful, but it does something to a woman to stand in church on Sunday singing, "Holy Holy Holy" only to discover her children are taking it literally. Frankly, I don't know where they find the stuff. The frayed collars, the faded sox, the pants worn white at the knee, the dress with the 'sagging hem and the too-obvious pin, the old muddy school jacket, the w.-lnkled raincoat (when It Isn't raining) and the . . . oh, my soul, keep your coat on. (The sweatshirt thai reads, "BUY ME A BEER ... I'M AN ALCOHOLIC") One summer on a trip to Maine, I packed six suitcases and five cardboard boxes of clothes. The 7-year-old wore one outfit the entire month: a baseball suit and matching orange cap. We have 2500 feet of film and In every inch of footage that rotten kid is wearing the same lousy baseball suit. "People are beginning to talk," I said to him one day. "One woman asked me if you'd had brain surgery. She'd never seen you without the hat. I had to tell her you were prematurely bald. Everyone Is By ER1YIA BOMBKCK New songs may come and go but the all-time favorite around our house is, "I don't have anything to wear." It Is sung soulfully in the mornings, plaintively at nights and always on Sundays. Despite the fact I wash and iron every three hours and spend half of our budget on clothes, my children always manage to look like stowaways from Hog Island. Every morning it Is the same. "Where are my brown SOX?" "Stuck to your ceiling." "Where's today's belt?" "In yesterday's trousers." "Why can't I wear this underwear?" "If you go to the lavatory, you'll get arrested." "Why do you put all my neat clothes In the dirtyhamper?" "Because the last time I put both of you through five wash cycles, you fainted." "I hate this dress. I wore It once already this year." "These pants are too long. They cover my ankles." "You didn't throw away my best shirt Just because the dryer melted the crayon in the pocket, did you?" YORK, Pa. (AP) York Countv commissioners announced Friday night a new 177-acre park will be named after President elect Richard M. Nixon, whose late parents lived on a farm here. P. Joseph Raab, commission president, said the name was chosen by Robert "Bob" Hoffman, former Olympic weightlifting coach and president of the York Barbell Co., who donated the land to the countv. "SING FORWARD" -Larry Clarkson, (at right) is conductor of the North County Choral Society which will present "The Messiah," on December 8.

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