My mother had breast cancer over 20 years ago, I was in junior high and didn’t quite fully understand the impact of this disease. I knew people died from it and people survived it, but I don’t think it ever fully sunk in how serious it was or could have been. My mom was one of the lucky ones, somehow it was discovered early, before it had fully formed a lump, she was advised to get a full mastectomy and went in right away. So they could catch it before it spread. They also took a few lymph nodes just to make sure. And that was it, her cancer was gone. One surgery, no medications, no treatments, no chemo or radiation. Maybe because it was as simple as that, and my mom was a champ and didn’t show me any fear, that I didn’t realize or experience the devastation it causes to a lot of other families. Writing this now and actually having to think about it brings tears to my eyes of gratitude, thankful that my mom is a survivor and her experience was as smooth as it was. My mom still went through her own stuff, what did I do wrong? Why me? Will I still feel like a woman with only one breast? Will my daughter get this too? Is it in our genes? What happens if it comes back? I’m sure there is more, but this is what we discussed and moved through together.
We haven’t talked about it in years, but I’ve been finding myself more and more that I’m having similar conversations with my patients. Talking about their experiences, struggles and fears surrounding cancer. Whether they are going through it or have gone through it themselves, or a close loved one is, the stress can take a toll on everyone involved and I frequently get asked if acupuncture can help. Acupuncture is a complimentary therapy that can help manage the side effects of the disease and treatments and can help reduce stress for everyone involved. Of course, I ask to make sure treatment is okayed by your physician first and I usually recommend that not only the patient but the loved ones caring for the person come for treatments too.

Our adorable little Maltese ‘Bentley’ has found his furever home ! #comevisit #safaristansnh #maltese

The abundance of natural beauty and its uses are profound on this 5 mile island 📷: @smashsandberg

📻🎶 Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all - B.E.P 🎶 •

#Murals #Art #StreetArt #WallArt #Colorful #Create #Love #community #SanDiego #Daygo #roam #explore #GoodVibes #GoodEnergy #IfYouLikeItTakeApic #photoghraph #tour #Travel #localGuide #comevisit #enjoyLife #walkAround #yaNeverKnowWhatYoullFindOutside..... I think its absolutely wonderful that these art works are being done in our communities. Loving it !

☀️☀️☀️Please join us for the grand opening of Sunstone Counseling- McLean as we open our third location which accommodates the needs of children, adolescents, and families. Come tour our facilities, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and meet our wonderful counseling team. ☀️☀️☀️
3:30PM – 6:30PM

The cheese lady - delivering fresh queso and disapproving looks since 1985. Love that everyone has something to provide And they will bring it right to your door. Happy Wednesday everyone. #youshouldbehere #comevisit #lapeñita

Our back garden is just begging for you to come relax in the shade and do nothing

Mmm ❤️☺️

#wcw to one of my bestiest of friends and my ride or die @krystley who’s birthday is today !! You annoy the shit out of me but you also make me yummy breakfast so it evens out. I love you more than you know. I wish I were with you to celebrate. Have a wonderful day my love!🎂🐱 #happybirthday #birthday #friends #fwend #bestfriend #youannoyme #iloveyou #comevisit #boobs

So for this we’re back Wednesday we thought it’s important to tell you when we are open! Come visit I love company!!!! Secondly our grand opening will be November 3 from 10-5pm. We’ll have some great prizes and other treats going on throughout the day! So save the date and we hope you’ll pop in that day to take part in the fun.

#comevisit #soloshow #fetebaroque #exhibition #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #emergingartist #athens #greece #eikastikesanazitiseis
Come visit my first solo show at eikastikes anazitiseis themed 'Fete Baroque' on view till 10 November 😉
Visiting hours: Tuesday- Friday 18.00- 21.00, Saturday 12.00-15.00
I will be on site every day ,see you all there😊😊🐓🐓🐓🐐😸🙌🙌

Velvet 🌱

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