Cancer and You*
*Numbers according to American Cancer Society data
Will you be the one in three women diagnosed with some form of cancer during your lifetime?
If not, you will know her. She may be your friend, neighbor, mother, sister or even your daughter.
An estimated 692,000 women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2008. More than 260,000 of these women will be diagnosed with breast cancer or some type of gynecologic cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society:
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.
One in 40 women will get endometrial cancer.
One in 72 women will get ovarian cancer.
More than 40,000 new cases of uterine cancer (uterine sarcoma) are diagnosed yearly.
More than 11,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed yearly.
The good news is that women’s cancer death rates are going down thanks to early detection and medical advances made possible by charities like The Mary Kay Foundation.
You can make a difference in a woman’s life.
A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits!
It's so important to develop a positive, "can-do" attitude. Do you know the story of two shoe salesmen who were sent to Africa? One cabled back, "Returning immediately. No one wears shoes here."
The other salesman cabled, "Fantastic opportunity. Going to sell a million. Nobody here has shoes!"
When you think a half a glass of water, do you describe it as half full or half empty? Do you think of traffic lights as "stop" lights or "go" lights? Be careful, your attitude is showing!
I heard a wonderful story about a young bride from the East who, during the war, followed her husband to an Army camp on the edge of the California desert. Living conditions were primitive at best, and he had advised against her coming. But she wanted to be with him.
The only housing they could find was a shack near an Indian village. The heat was unbearable during the day, 115 degrees in the shade. The wind blew constantly, spreading dust over everything. The days were long and boring. Her only neighbors were Indians who spoke no English.
When her husband had to leave for two weeks, the loneliness got the best of her. She wrote her mother that she was coming home. In a short time, her mother replied: Two men looked out from prison bars. One saw mud. The other, stars.
She read the lines over the over and felt ashamed.
"All right," she thought. "I will look for the stars." She set out to make friends with the Indians and asked them to teach her how to weave and make pottery. At first they were distant, but when they sensed her interest was genuine, they returned her friendship. She became fascinated with their culture, history, language and everything about them.
She began to study the desert as well. Soon, it too changed from a desolate place to a marvelous thing of beauty. She became such an expert that she later wrote a book about it.
What had changed? Not the desert or the Indians. Simply by changing her own attitude, she had transformed a miserable experience into a highly rewarding one.
The great American philosopher William James once said: "The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind."
Change Your Attitude; Change Your Life
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