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Support Prostate Cancer Research, Grow A Moustache For Movember

November 01, 2011 By: Lynn Category: Family, Health, Moncton News, National News

November is the official month for Movember, AKA Mo Month.  This yearly tradition is to support Prostate Cancer Research Awareness.  The chief goal is to start the month of November off with a clean shaven face and to just let the “stache”, moustache grow until the end of the month.

What is Prostate Cancer? 

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in a man’s prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men.  Prostate cancer usually grows slowly and initially remains confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm.  While some types of prostate cancer grows slowly and may need minimal or no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.

Prostate cancer that is detected early — when it’s still confined to the prostate gland — has a better chance of successful treatment.

Where is the prostate and prostate cancer located?


How old should you be when you start getting your prostate checked?

A man should have his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level checked if he has any of the warning signs of prostate cancer.

  1. A change in urination patterns lasting longer then two weeks.
  2. Frequent urination (especially at night).
  3. Persistent pain in the back, hip, pelvis or thighs.
  4. Burning sensation during urination.
  5. Inability to urinate or difficulty starting urination.
  6. Weak or interrupted urine flow.
  7. Painful urination.

Your chance of getting prostate cancer may be affected by your:

  • Age ~ Being 50 or older increases your chance of prostate cancer.
  • Race ~ Prostate cancer is most common among African men.
  • Family history ~ If your grandfather, father or brother has had prostate cancer, you are more likely to have it too.
  •  Diet ~ Eating high-fat food with few fruits and vegetables may increase your chance of having prostate cancer.

Early Detection of Prostate cancer often does not cause symptoms.

How often should I get checked? 

There is significant controversy over when, and even if a man should have his PSA level checked when he has none of these symptoms.  Respected expects disagree widely over the tests use.  All men should be tested first at no later then 40.  After the initial prostate screening, the frequency of future testing should be discussed with your physician.  If your grandfather, father, brother or uncle has been diagnosed with prostate cancer then you should start PSA screening at age 30-35. 

Movember acknowledges the sprouting of thousands of moustaches on men in Canada and around the world.  With their “Mo’s”, these men raise money for prostate cancer research  through many different organizations.  These donations are vital to maintaining awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

On the first of November, the guys register at Movember.com with a clean shaven face.  These “Mo’s Bros”, groom, trim and wax their way to the perfect stache.  It is the annals of fine moustachery.  Supported by the women in their lives, are Mo Sistas.  Movember’s Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts throughout their community.

These gentlemen become walking, talking, billboards for the 30 days of November for Prostate Cancer Awareness.  Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by talking about a subject that a lot of men feel ashamed by.  This can be an ignored topic that Movember has taken the taboo and shame out of. 

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their achievements by either throwing  their own Movember party or attend one of the Gala Parties held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

The Movember Effect: Awareness & Education, Survivorship, Research

Prostate Cancer is the number one cancer in males is Canada.  The funds raised help with the research of this ever growing disease.

The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and men’s health partner, Prostate Cancer Canada. Together, the two channels work together to ensure that Movemberfunds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

In 2010, nearly 119,000 Canadian Mo Bros and Mo Sistas got on board, raising $22.3 million CAD.

Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfill its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health each year.

If you know of someone that has prostate cancer or has the chance of being a host to this disease in your family, start the discussion.  There is no reason that this has to be a silent killer.  We can work together by keeping the conversation of prostate cancer going, by raising awareness, to this ever rising disease.  If detected early the consequences don’t have to be so harsh.  We don’t need to loose a friend or a loved one to a disease that can be caught and hopefully treated.  Let’s keep this discussion going, talk to you brother, father, husband.  Support Movember this November!!

Do you know someone that takes part in this great cause?  Do you know someone that has had prostate cancer and has beat the odds?  What can you do to help keep this discussion going?  Can you be part of the change?

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Chinese Baby Girl Yueyue 2 Years Old, Hit By Two Trucks And Left To Die While 18 People Walk By

October 20, 2011 By: Lynn Category: Family, National News, Our Children

A Chinese baby girl named Wang (Yueyue) Yianmei; two years old was hit by two delivery trucks on Thursday, October 13, 2011 in Guangzhou Foshan China and left to die as 18 observers walk on.   See You Tube Video below of the little girl being hit twice as passerbuyers continue on their way.

This is a news story that shocked me as I saw this on one of my Facebook Friends status updates.  He is currently living in Japan and says that thoughtlessness, such as below, is an everyday occurrence.  Where their population is so high, and girls are so diminished that this wasn’t even an afterthought for the 18 people that walked by this poor little girl.

Yueyue’s mother did what so many mothers do; turned her head for a split moment while doing laundry.  As a parent, we know that toddlers can move and because they are such busy bodies, she found a crack in her safety system and went out the door.  One second, one split second and their world can come crashing down.  For this family on this 13th day of October, their world came crashing down.

As the 19th person  an elderly trash collector named Chen Yianmei came upon the scene to assist baby Yue yue by pulling this visibly broken child.

To date baby Yue yue is deep coma and on life support in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. 

So why didn’t any of these citizens stop to help this innocent little girl?  Many of Chinese public said that because so many people are accused of hurting the elderly, when they are really trying to help, it has desensitized their common sense to help people.  They feel as though they have, “lost their faith in human nature.”  And that is why a lot of empathy and lack of morals are overshadowed.

The second truck driver was found and arrested, but were unable to get the license plate of the first delivery truck.  Police asked for the public’s assistance, so this prompted the driver to call Yueyue’s father and said that he would not turn himself in, but would give the family money.  The driver also explained to Mr. Yianmei that he was planning on leaving his wife and children, to go into hiding for the rest of his life as a punishment.  He would then make less money from jobs out of the city. This First driver was then found and arrested October 17th.

This is such a sad and unfortunate story.  I hope that you give your child or someone you love an extra hug today and remember that this CAN happen to anyone.  It takes on second, one moment of attention being placed at the wrong time.  This family are paying the price for that now.  Let’s hold this family up in Prayer.  Light a candle, sit quietly and meditate.  Thank the Lord that it isn’t your family in turmoil right now. 

How do you reflect?  Do you think that these truck drivers will ever really feel any empathy or remorse with this preventable situation?


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The Reason That I Stopped Writing

August 16, 2011 By: Lynn Category: Family, Feelings, My Husband, My Views

Over the past few years, I have had alot of followers and I think that you deserve a quick note on the reason that I stopped writing.

It is true that the time has flown, but to be honest with you I lost the wind under my sail, so to speak. 

I use this website and blogging to release my inner thoughts, my emotional status and the funnier moments in my life.  If you have kept up with my stories then I have made it respectfully obvious that I do not see eye to eye with my husbands immediate family.   I have been hurt by them on more then one occasion.   My husband is the dark horse in his family and because of that I don’t feel as though they care for his choice in a wife.

A little over a year ago I was writing all the time, I was at my prime of writing and then, I had (to me), a bomb dropped on me; they were reading my blog!!  I know that it is out there for the world to see but it was something that they took from me………my privacy.  I felt small, this was my way of releasing and they just got into my space.  They don’t have anything to do with me in real life, so why did they have to be reading what I was thinking, what I was sharing.  To me (it probably sounds shallow) they took my enjoyment away.  All I could think was, “WHY DO YOU CARE WHAT I AM THINKING WHEN YOU DON’T TALK TO ME!”  So that is why I stopped writing.

Why have I started back???  I have put alot of work into my stories, I am proud of what I have done on this website, and if they want to read what I write then so be it.  (A year later, I don’t think that they will be reading my stories anymore though)  ;)  

So I thank you for your patience and I hope that you are ready for a wild ride, because I may not have wrote, but that doesn’t stop the train of stories and experiences that I have encountered over the last year. 

Is there anything that your family/extended family have ever done to make you feel as though you need to quit something?  How did you overcome those dynamics?

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