The Imaging Department at WaldoCountyGeneralHospitalhas created a 2012 calendar in honor and memory of its many breast cancer patients. An unveiling celebration of the calendar and its incredible pictures will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Boathouse onBelfastHarbor.
Many of those pictured in the calendar will be present to autograph their photographs. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to mingle with those who are presently fighting cancer and those who are survivors. Family members of some of those who lost their battles are also expected to be present.
The calendar, titled “Standing Tall Against Breast Cancer,” features photographs of breast cancer survivors, those currently fighting the disease, and some who lost their battles. The patients range in age from early 20s to 86 years old. Some chose to be photographed in their favorite locations, including on the shore, in front of her gardens and in her art gallery, while others put warrior paint on to symbolize their battle. One woman wanted to be photographed with the members of her knitting group who have been her support system.
There is a photograph of a mother and daughter who have both fought the disease; another with a young mother and her toddler; and yet another mother and daughter holding the picture of their husband and father who lost his battle with breast cancer. And there is a photograph of two cousins and their family members who shaved their heads or dyed their hair pink in support of the young women.
One survivor chose to have her picture taken on a stone creation she built to celebrate her victory over the dreaded disease; another group of women wanted to be photographed as a group to show how the disease does not discriminate between young and old and was survivable for them; and another young woman wanted to be the students with whom she works.
On the cover is a picture of a survivor. The picture shows her battle with breast cancer.
In the back of the calendar, at the request of the patients who were photographed, are pictures of many of the hospital employees who became support teams for those fighting breast cancer. There is also a copy of a poem written by a woman who is currently fighting breast cancer. She says as the poison from chemotherapy enters her body, poetry flows out.
The annual Silver Tea, sponsored by the Waldo County General Hospital Aid, will be held on Wednesday, December 7, from 3-6 p.m. at the home of Vickie Tarbell and family at 35 High Street in Belfast. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the sandwiches and desserts served by Aid members. Drinks will include punch, coffee and tea served from silver services.
This year’s setting is a two-story brick house built in Greek revival style with Doric pilasters for Rueben Sibley in 1843. It is part of the Belfast Historic District. Mr. Sibley was a prominent merchant who owned a number of ships.
The residence has been in the Tarbell family for three generations. Mrs. Gridley (Anne) Tarbell was President of the Hospital Aid in 1974.
There is no admission charge to attend the tea, but a silver bowl will be located near the entrance for voluntary donations. All funds realized from the tea will benefit the hospital.
The winning tickets for the Aid’s holiday raffle will be drawn at the tea. There are two prizes this year, a Family Christmas – a lighted tree with an assortment of gifts and a Miche purse with accessories. The items are on display in the gift shop of Waldo County General Hospital. Tickets are on sale at $1 each or 6 for $5.
For more information, call 930-6739. The snow date for the tea is the next day, Thursday, December 8th, at the same time.
This soup is made with a variety of root vegetables and supplies an assortment of cancer-fighting antioxidants to help prevent free radical damage. Rutabaga is a type of cruciferous vegetable; it contains the antioxidants beta-carotene and sulforaphane, which are particularly important for protecting against breast cancer. This recipe also includes a variety of healthful spices, such as turmeric and curry powder, which contain the cancer-fighting compound curcumin.
3½ to 4 cups water or vegetable broth
1 large onion, diced
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne
1 medium rutabaga, peeled and diced
1 large russet potato, unpeeled, scrubbed, and diced
1 large sweet potato, unpeeled, scrubbed, and diced
2 large carrots, diced or cut into half-moons
1½ teaspoons salt
4 cups spinach, chopped
(makes 8 servings)
2 large tart apples, peeled and sliced
½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries
¾ cup Grape-Nuts cereal or any high fiber whole wheat cereal
¾ cup rolled oats
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
2/3 cup apple juice
¼ teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Arrange apple slices in a 9” x 9” baking dish, then sprinkle with cranberries.
In a bowl, mix cereal, oats and cinnamon, then stir in brown rice syrup. Spread evenly over apples.
In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix apple juice and cornstarch or arrowroot, then pour evenly over other ingredients.
On Friday, Oct. 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Food for Life instructor MiMi McGee will explore how a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, grain, and legumes can increase survival rates for those individuals diagnosed with breast cancer. She will provide information on how various foods and other factors affect breast cancer risk, prevention, and prognosis. The findings are drawn exclusively from scientific studies and updated as new research becomes available. The goal is to provide breast cancer patients, survivors and those at high risk for breast cancer with information to help them prevent and survive breast cancer.
You will also get to enjoy cooking demonstrations, taste healthy delicious dishes and share your experiences in a supportive group setting.
The free class will be offered . in the Education Center at Waldo County General Hospital.
To register, call Barbara Crowley at 930-2650 or email: email@example.com.
On Saturday, October 8, the Troy Howard Middle School gymnasium will be filled with an indoor sale of new and used children’s items from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This is the fourth year for the fall version of the Baby Fair, sponsored by Waldo County General Hospital, which has an admission fee of $1 to benefit the Belfast Public Health Nursing Association to help local families in need. Children are admitted free. The Troy Howard Middle School is at 173 Lincolnville Avenue, Belfast.
The fair also includes educational booths on nutrition and identifying lead in the home. Dawn Bryant, EMT, of Waldo Community Action Partners, will offer free car seat inspections, checking for recalls and expiration dates, and education on choosing and installing a child’s car seat.
This is a great opportunity to clean out your closets and sell baby and children’s items no longer needed in your home. Items can include clothes – up to size 12, toys, books, furniture, etc. No recalled furniture, or car seats that have an expired use date, can be sold. Crafts people who make baby items may also want to join the fair.
Tables for exhibitors are available to rent at $25 each. Large clothes racks or displays may be charged an additional fee as space is limited. The fee is non-refundable and must be paid prior to the fair to guarantee a spot. Proceeds from table rental fees benefit the Belfast Public Health Nursing Association, but all other profit is yours to keep. Set up will be at 7:00-8:30 a.m. before the fair starts, and clean up will be immediately following the event.
To book a table, or for more information, call Lois Dutch of Waldo County General Hospital’s Education Department at 338-2500 ext. 4154.
by Lael Hazan
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A series of educational classes, known as “The Beat Goes On!,” will be offered on Thursdays between Sept. 29 and Oct. 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The series will cover the following topics:
Participants are welcome to bring a family member or friend with them to the classes.
The classes will be held in the second floor conference room of the new building at125 Northport Ave.across from the hospital. There is an elevator available.
Call Barbara Crowley at 930-2650 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Nurse Manager Jean Shorey, RN, front row, second from left, retired Aug. 18 after more than 32 years at WCGH. Read more…
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