Thursday, July 22, 2010
Letters To The Editor
Adventure of a lifetime:
This is a letter that I have started over and over because, not wanting to sound like a mush, I could never find the right words to finish. Now, I am just going to put my heart out there and tell it like it is. I believe all good things happen for a reason.
I am on the adventure of my life. My husband, George, and I moved to this wonderful small town by choice six years ago. We were looking for a community where the people were warm and friendly and truly cared about their neighbors. If you have never lived outside of Holly Springs, you may not realize what you have.
Like most mothers, wives and working women, making time to take care of ourselves is not high on our list of priorities. We think we are invincible. Well girls, we are not!
For example, I continued to put off my yearly mammogram for a multitude of reasons: my ob-gyn died, no history of breast cancer, too busy to take the day off to make the trip to the Women’s Breast Center in Memphis or Oxford, the old stand-by “I will take care of that tomorrow” and the list goes on and on.
Late this past September, for no reason at all, I woke up one morning and thought to myself – mammogram. I said something to my husband, George, who by the way did not know that I had put off my mammogram for years, and he said, “You don’t have to drive to Memphis or Oxford, our hospital, Alliance HealthCare, can take care of your yearly mammogram. Again I thought, “I will take care of that tomorrow.” We had dinner with dear friends that weekend and, as usual, the men were in the den watching a ball game and the women were in the kitchen involved in girl talk. Somehow the topic of mammograms came up out of nowhere. I told her that same old put-off, “I’ll deal with that another day.” The next day I was in Williams Medical Clinic because of a problem with my foot, a pain that I could not put off, and I ran into my dear friend Jo, with whom we had had dinner the night before. Jo looked me square in the face like good girl friends do and asked if I had made my mammogram appointment. I said no, and she said no problem, she could take care of that for me right away. I had no more excuses.
The next day I was in the waiting area of our local hospital with a scheduled mammogram on my agenda. This was so easy, no three-four week wait for an appointment, no long drive with lots of traffic, no two-hour wait once I was there and, best of all, Terry Leeks greeted me with a beautiful, warm and friendly smile.
My mammogram was completed in a timely and professional manner. Then Terry put me at ease by saying I was not the only woman she knew who had put off a mammogram. Once again with that beautiful, calming smile Terry said, “Don’t worry if you get a call from the office asking you to have another mammogram. Sometimes we need that when a patient has not had a mammogram for a number of years.” Well, I got that call. And actually I was expecting it, so I didn’t get terribly upset because Terry had, in her thoughtful way, set the stage. In retrospect I believe she saw something during my exam and this was her way of easing me into my next big life adventure. I had the follow-up mammogram and then a consultation with Dr. Williams who, by the way, lived up to all the wonderful things I had heard about him. Telling a 60-year-old woman it appears she may have breast cancer cannot be an easy task, but the good doctor was so reassuring that neither George nor I were in a state of panic. We followed his suggestions regarding the development of a plan of action to beat this disease and began our battle.
After many consultations and several surgeries, I am now well on my way to a full recovery. I understand the power of prayer firsthand and I want to thank each and every one of the wonderful, thoughtful, giving people in our special community who so graciously prayed for my recovery.
I want to take this opportunity to remind all the ladies that they do not need to put off medical exams that can and should be done right here in Holly Springs. “Thank you,” Dr. Williams and your professional staff at Alliance HealthCare.
Childers’ slick pamphlet:
On 6-23-10, upon going through my mail, I came upon a slick, colorful pamphlet of Congressman Travis Childers helping pass five laws. There’s one thing he forgot to put in that pamphlet, the “main” contribution he also helped enact into law, the law that started the whole downfall of our economy. That law the infamous “health care reform” that every blue dog so-called conservative Democrat voted for; I call caved into to follow Obama, Pelosi and Harry Reid off the cliff. A $800 billion healthcare like that of socialist Europe - which is moving away from social health care now. Now to the five laws he has in said slick pamphlet:
(1) “Voting against Wall Street bailouts” Wall Street banks that his party voted to bail out. The big banks that donated millions to the Democrat party.
(2) “Congressional Pay Raises” Rep. Childers says “With the national debt piling up at our children’s feet, the last thing we need is to spend more money on pay raises for Congress.” Well, after you passed that $800 billion health care debacle, you Democrats didn’t want to just fall off the cliff and hit the total shameless bottom.
No. (3) “Cutting Wasteful Spending” Now on this one, how stupid do they believe we are? Oh yeah, I forgot about the millions Pelosi sent to studying how sea-rats uh...mate. And how about 1 million concrete tunnel for turtles, etc., etc., etc. Oh! Almost forgot about the millions to some Democrat’s state for new rails for a train that hasn’t been used in 10 years. Congressman Childers also supported “ear-marks”- code word porkbarrel spending. Also he brags of reform the ways the Defense Department contracts with private entities; don’t keep supporting private small business contractors, give it to us - the government to control like your health care, Mr. Childers!
No. (4) “Real Tax Relief” OK, OK. You are trying to lighten things a little by using such a title, right? Let’s see, you, Reid, Pelosi and Obama are extending some estate tax relief? What? After you all added $2.4 trillion to the deficit, there’s no estate we have left for our children and grandchildren. Tax relief for small business, you Democrats can actually say such a stupid thing after you and liberal Republicans just passed “Finance Reform” that will crush our small hometown banks as Mr. Taylor of Merchants and Farmers Bank wrote in this paper a few weeks ago. Why, the next thing you know, you’ll come out as an Independent this November as did Florida Gov. Charles Crist did after falling in the polls. See, I noticed on your pamphlet you didn’t state you were the Democratic candidate, kind of like your leader Harry Reid’s son running for office in Nevada using in ads and posters - “Tory for Congress” – too ashamed to use Daddy’s last name. Now that is slick and glossy.
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