Instinct guides Wells’ sculpting ability
Beauty, like art, is in the eye of the beholder – just as one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Both sayings apply to artist Jobe Van Wells.
The first time he looked around at odds and ends of metal and decided to make something, he welded a samurai sculpture when he was 16. It took fewer than 40 hours to create the sculpture from scraps he found lying around his grandfather’s garage.
Wells, a recent graduate of Tahlequah High School, said he’s always enjoyed making things, but at 16, he really just wanted to see what he was capable of.
Warming up the crowd
Bobby Zimmerman warmed up the crowd Thursday night with his fire spinning and theatrics. Zimmerman and the troupe Thy Faery Pranksters performed outside The Iguana Cafée as part of the Halloween Hootenanny event.
Chilling tales told at Murrell Home
With All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween, just around the corner, area revelers are preparing their jack-o’-lanterns and costumes.
None best describes better the ghoulish delight in the macabre more than the real tales of ghosts, especially the ghosts who haunt the places we know and love.
Hence the 21-year-old tradition of the telling of ghost stories at the George M. Murrell Home in Park Hill, Friday and Saturday evenings.
A sporting chance
David Spears knew we would be susceptible to some sort of ailment if he overexposed himself to sun light. Sure enough, Spears' worst fear came true.
"Basically, being a red-headed white guy, I got melanoma — skin cancer, obviously," Spears said. "I guess it was back in 1999, I had a big black-looking irregular margin — ugly-looking growth — in the middle of my back."
At the time, Spears didn't think anything of it. As a 41-year old, he still figured he was invincible.
Hospice helps patients die with dignity
Todays hospice provides care and comfort to dying patients and their families on many levels.
Time, touch and truth are the three areas we address said chaplain David Webster, with Carter Hospice/Healthcare.
"There's just something in the human touch. We will hold a hand, pat their shoulder," Webster said. "And we show patients we have time for them, and they can count on us being truthful."
Spiritual counseling, prayer and support is provided to the patient and their families in homes and facilities where the patient is placed. Bereavement counseling is provided to the families after the patient passes for 13 months.
"It's a blessing to me to see the patient go from where they are to a place where they achieve a pain-free and peaceful passing in the comfort of their home surrounded by family," Webster said.
Wigs help patients feel normal after chemotherapy, radiation
Many cancer patients could lose their hair during the course of treatment, or lose a body part that must be removed to prevent the growth and spread of their cancer.
Man-made substitutes called prostheses can be used externally or sometimes implanted during surgery to help a cancer patient look as if a particular body part was never lost.
According to the American Cancer Society, the most common form of needed prostheses include those for the breast, leg, or male genitals.
Wigs, though they are often only temporarily needed, are perhaps the most well-known substitute used as a result of cancer treatments.
Support systems key to getting back on track after treatment
When Cherrl Springer was diagnosed with breast and lung cancer two years ago, she had no family support, no friends – “no one” – because of a marriage gone sour.
“I was alone,” Springer said. “I lost all of my hair, which was what I loved most about myself at that time. I had two small kids, 3 and 6 at the time. They suffered the most, I do believe.”
Springer said her children kept her going as she battled the elements associated with her cancer diagnosis.
“I underwent 44 units of chemo and radiation
Local minister loves working with kids
Teen ministry involves one-on-one time, face-to-face, without cell phones, to be effective.
Kids with access to cell phones can’t help texting or interacting outside of a group meeting instead of being present and involved for discussions.
At least that is the way Shana Dry sees it.
“The youth of today are very knowledgeable and have so much to offer,” Dry said. “They want to be listened to and to be loved.”
The Education Ministries director and youth director at First United Methodist Church said she has great hope in the future with what is happening in their youth group.
When they’re surrounded by a wall of smoke and flames or facing a chemical spill at the scene of a crash, the last thing on the minds of local firefighters is the increased risk of cancer they could face because of their exposure.
But the harsh reality, according to a 2006 University of Cincinnati study by environmental health researchers, is that firefighters are at an increased risk of certain types of cancer – including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.
“I can attest to the fact that the more years you put in service, the more it’s on your mind,” said Tahlequah Fire Chief Ray Hammons. “We have a very, very high rate of firefighters throughout the nation who contract cancer. Firefighters have a short lifespan because of the extreme work that they do.”
Many of the carcinogens to which firefighters are exposed – benzene, diesel engine exhaust, chloroform and soot, for instance – can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
Cancer insurance can protect a budget
Getting the right kind of cancer treatment can be a costly burden that puts you and your family on edge when it comes time to pay the bills.
Aside from the expected costs like doctor’s visits, lab tests, and medications, cancer patients often feel the weight of other expenses – like transportation, meals, lodging and more.
Out-of-pocket expenses can add up quickly, and cancer patients often decide to stop treatment early because of the cost burden.
The American Cancer Society recommends knowing the terms of health insurance policies and being aware of preferred or network doctors or clinics. Careful record-keeping is also important.
According to information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, most people in the U.S. obtain insurance through their employer or government programs such as Medicare.
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