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My Thoughts On Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy

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I applaud Angelina Jolie and any other woman for taking the necessary medical steps to live a longer and healthier life for themselves and their family. Cancer is a HUGE deal so don’t think I am making light of it, but if I hear one more person give her kudos for having her breasts removed because she’s considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, I will scream!

Her breasts being removed is much deeper than Hollywood beauty and it’s beside the point!

People are literally visualizing her breasts being hacked off, but that’s not the case. The procedure involves removing the tissue inside the breasts and replacing it with implants.

Besides, now Angelina Jolie will always have perfect, perky breasts, so her vanity is still in tact and I’m sure she got a pair that hold up better than the originals.

Of course if she decides to have more children, before having her ovaries removed (she has a 50% chance of developing ovarian Cancer), she will not be able to breastfeed; other than that the physical aspects of her decision were probably last on her list of worries.

Angelina has said that she doesn’t feel less of a woman after the procedure and she shouldn’t because breasts don’t make the woman. The woman makes the breasts!

Werk those new ta-tas, Angelina!

 

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National Poetry Month Spotlight: Mary Ellen Ciganovich – The Journey

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The Journey

You are on your journey,
Will you learn
your lessons
this time?
Or
will you stay
in your ego state
and refuse?
Stubborn, controlling
human that you are.
If you make
that choice,
I guess you will just
have to come back and
begin the journey
again!

Bio:

Born – Mary Ellen Stewart – now { Mary Ellen Ciganovich}

            February 22, 1952

            Batavia, New York

Raised – Atlanta, Georgia from age 4 on

Diagnosed – Epilepsy – Petit Mal Temporal Lobe – age 6

Diagnosed – Multiple Sclerosis in 1986

Graduated:

Tucker High School – Tucker, Ga. – 1970

University of Georgia – Magna cum Laude – Education 1974

Member – Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Beta Sigma Chapter

Career – taught middle school for over 15 years – certified to teach in Georgia, Connecticut, and West Virginia & North Carolina

Accomplishments: put in a two mile long nature trail in Danbury, Connecticut and wrote a book of environmental activities for teachers and students to utilize while on the trail.  I was presented the key to the city of Danbury by the Mayor.

” Healing Words, Life Lessons to Inspire” published by Tate Publishing was nationally released on February 22, 2011. I speak to many groups on topics ranging from,”Awareness of the Self” to “Parenting” and “Healing Relationships.” I also speak to groups on the topics of Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis as those are the situations I had to deal with in order to learn what I needed to learn. This book was entered for nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for 2012.

Selected to be one of 30 women who wrote an inspirational essay featured in the new book,” Women Will Save The World” by Caroline Shearer – Absolute Love Publishing – released March 8, 2012

Featured Inspirational Luminary on Inspire Me today .com – May 12, 2011

Featured writer on Fun and Fit.com

Featured writer on Whole Woman Village Post – article “The Strength of a Woman”.

Many radio and TV appearances including PBS radio and NBC radio.

www.askmaryellen.com

  • National Poetry Month Spotlight: Indi Wright – Infinite Hope (dangerouslee.biz)
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Movie Review: Contagion

I enjoyed this film because I was also creeped out by it. If you’ve managed to avoid getting sick with the stomach flu this winter cold season, consider yourself lucky. I am among the thousands if not millions of people who have survived the stomach flu virus in the past few months. Try to imagine that the stomach flu is what is killing people in this film as you watch it; we’d all be dead!

That’s a sobering reality when you consider that viruses are getting stronger and we get weaker. Contagion could very well be a prediction as to what is supposed to destroy humankind this year. Oh yea, did you forget that December 21, 2012 is the end of the world according to those that believe the theory and they have forced many of us to believe it as well…but not me, I’m too Dangerous and too damn smart to believe that the end of the world can be predicted.

Anyway, this film gives you the cause and effect of a super virus that kills an asinine amount of people . Wash your hands before watching!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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My Momma is More Dangerous Than Your Momma

HIGHLIGHTS:

My mother grew up as the only girl with three brothers and raised me alone with the help of her parents. She worked her ass off for GM for 30 years to support us. As an older adult she suffered a mild stroke, took care of her sick mother until her passing in 2009, and has to deal with me (Dangerous Lee) as her daughter who is also raising a child alone!

ALL THIS AND MORE MAKES MY MAMMA MORE DANGEROUS THAN YOURS!!!

My  momma, Cheryl, back in the day. I definitely get it from her!

Me and my momma…again, back in the day. Don’t you just love our hair?

I Love You, Ma!

C. Leslie Charles Reviews Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down

“Keep Your Panties up and Your Skirt Down” is a straightforward, direct, informative, and naughty book that remains committed to its purpose. The message, “safe sex every time, all the time,” comes through loud and clear. With honesty and humor, Dangerous Lee busts common myths and supplies much-needed facts about AIDS and HIV. She also discloses her own story about testing positive for a curable STD, offering encouragement for anyone else in the same situation. If you don’t wince at explicit language you’ll appreciate this risque read that makes its point without being preachy.

C. Leslie Charles, author of “Bless Your Stress: It Means You’re Still Alive!”

My Cholesterol is Too Damn High!

The Mayo Staff Clinic states, cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found in the fats (lipids) in your blood. While your body needs cholesterol to continue building healthy cells, having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.

When you have high cholesterol, you may develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits make it difficult for enough blood to flow through your arteries. Your heart may not get as much oxygen-rich blood as it needs, which increases the risk of a heart attack. Decreased blood flow to your brain can cause a stroke.

High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) can be inherited, but is often preventable and treatable. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sometimes medication can go a long way toward reducing high cholesterol.

Over the past two years my doctor has been keeping a close eye on my bad cholesterol levels and she has decided that I should be on medication. Heart disease runs in my family and though I’m sure that genes are part of the reason for my high cholesterol levels, I definitely have to change my lifestyle and eating habits or I could end up like my mother and have a stroke, or like my grandparents and have a heart attack and end up having heart surgery.

Am I scared? Yep! My mom told me that when she was 30-something  she also started medication for cholesterol. I don’t want to have a small pharmacy in my purse, and at this point I’m on my way. Open my purse now and you can find Simvastatin, Sertraline, and Loratadine  inside. That’s two prescriptions too many…one is for allergies, I can handle that.

Foods I should avoid:

  • Fatty meats: Corned beef, ham, bacon, lunch meat, short ribs, spare ribs, sausage, hot dogs, all organ meats
  • Any seafood that is sauteed or deep fried
  • Cream cheese, processed cheese and cheese spread
  • Canned baked beans
  • Any milk product made with whole or 2% milk, chocolate milk, milkshakes, eggnog, coconut milk
  • Yogurt made from whole milk or custard style
  • Cereals containing coconut, instant hot cereals, granola
  • Pasta and rice prepared with whole eggs, cream and cheese sauces; canned or boxed noodle and macaroni dishes; canned spaghetti dishes
  • Baked Goods – butter or cheese rolls and breads; croutons; commercial biscuits, muffins, pancakes, pastries, sweet rolls, donuts, croissants, popovers
  • Soft flour tortillas made with lard, shortening, hydrogenated fats, coconut and palm oils
  • Salted crackers or snacks; fried snack foods; any snacks or crackers containing saturated fats, coconut or palm oils, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats; cheese crackers or snacks; potato chips; corn chips; tortilla chips; chow mein noodles; commercial buttered popcorn

Damn! The list goes on and on. You can read more of what to avoid along with healthy options here.  This is gonna be very hard and life altering for me, but I have gotta get it together or I could die too young and in very bad health.