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I DID NOT win a $700 scratcher (damage control)

While minding my own business on social media this morning (an impossible activity), I happened upon my friend and sorority sister Kim Copeland’s post: “Just used my kid to get out of a speeding ticket.” Knowing that Kim is a warrior-mother whose daughter Madison is affected by autism, I clicked LIKE and then commented, “GOOD!”  […]

Address Africa: I’m moving to Senegal

THIS WAS ME In 2006, I was diagnosed with stage II  renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). As a result, I endured multiple surgeries (related/unrelated) and a whole lot of grief. My body owns a road map of scars: abdomen, flank, and spine to name a few. The largest healed and grew a grotesque keloid  which […]

African American Childhood Obesity: the skinny on fat

This blog is featured in HBCU Lifestyles: http://hbculifestyle.com/contributor-how-you-can-help-african-american-youth-fight-obesity/ Being the fat kid will never be cool. America is a skinny nation and an ad hoc committee on “acceptable appearance” has deemed that fat ain’t where it’s at and skinny is in. Media influences applaud the weight loss efforts of the rich and famous as their guant faces […]

Candy-Flavored Tobacco: A Cheap Smoke Screen

      http://daytonatimes.com/2015/08/dealing-with-danger-in-public-places/ Volusia steps up fight against sale of candy- flavored tobacco to children August 20, 2015 Filed under DAYTONA BEACH, HEALTH, LEAD STORIES, NEWS  BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The Florida Department of Health has announced that all cities in Volusia County have signed and passed non-binding resolutions to urge retailers not […]

African Americans and Cancer: Dispelling Myths

This blog is featured in HBCU Lifestyles and is No. 1 in a series on African Americans and Cancer. http://hbculifestyle.com/african-americans-and-cancer-dispelling-myths/ Cancer is no respecter of persons. Anyone can be diagnosed with the often deadly disease which is commonly misunderstood, misrepresented, and adversely affects the African American population at a rate faster than any other ethnicity. […]

Thyroid Cancer and Mammograms (Challenging Dr. OZ)

Link to Dr. Oz article http://www.doctoroz.com/question?query=thyroid+cancer+and+mammograms&qa=1 Link to clarification and challenge by the Elizabeth Wende Breast Center http://www.ewbc.com/news/articles/mammography-amp-thyroid-cancer We all love Dr. Oz.  Despite his authoritative demeanor and hypnotic spiels regarding all things health, I encourage everyone who reads new information about health care trends to read new information about health care trends.

MAYO CLINIC: Money woes eliminate Medicare & Medicaid patients

Residents in need of specialized health care have been  blessed to have one of  the countries prestigious Mayo Clinics located in Jacksonville; however, recent state cuts to eliminate both Medicare and Medicaid will literally “cut-off” many who have lost insurance and can’t afford to pay “cash” due to the recessive state of our nation’s economy.  […]