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Poem by Steven Michael Sanders

Mr. Sanders gave us permission to share his poem with you all.  To read more of his poetry go to the website




It’s not so much the pain involved

Or the fact that it drives you insane

It’s the questions tormenting your psyche

That you are searching to explain

Some people may think you’ve lost it

As you wonder and doubt the whys

You try to see the beauty of life

While the world around you cries

It always seems to come out of the blue

Fading the brilliance to grey

You tell them all just what it is

But no one knows what to say

You appreciate those who care for you

And don’t doubt the ones who know

But it’s not exactly what you had in mind

To fade your vibrant glow

It’s a difficult road to be positive

But a must if you’re to endure

Trusting in those who have always loved you

Is the path to find the cure

You must follow the pathway before you

No matter how large the stones

And walk along the water’s edge

Knowing you’re not alone


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July Cancer Demystified

Skin, your biggest organ, is the only barrier you have between you and the world we live in. Caring for your skin and keeping it well is vital to your overall health. Protecting your skin from the sun is the number one thing you can do to keep your skin healthy. When outdoors, stay covered up with clothing and wear sunscreen of at least 15 SPF and use a lot of it! Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours.  Do not forget to apply sunscreen to your ears, lips, and neck, as 80% of skin cancers occur in these areas.  Also, watch out for reflective light from sand, snow, and bright concrete.  Please do not be fooled by lack of sunlight on a cloudy day; clouds are no barrier for us. Last, try to avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are most damaging. In addition to being aware of the dangers of sun exposure, other steps may be taken to promote healthy skin. Caring for your skin can start as soon as you get out of bed.  Try an ancient exfoliation technique called dry brushing, which can stimulate circulation and remove dead skin cells.  Use a brush with natural fibers and brush your arms and legs using short firm strokes.  Follow this regimen with a cool shower instead of warm because hot water tends to dry and toughen your skin.  Also, use a natural oil-based soap and moisturize after showering.  Other helpful tips to improve your skin health include eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol. Furthermore, it’s recommended that adults visit their dermatologist at least once a year for a full body examination, as well as perform regular self-checks to look for new moles, lumps and discoloration of your skin. Best advice–take care of your skin, and it will take care of you.

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