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HIDALGOCOUNTY HERALD FRIDAYr JANUARY 1, 2010 5 /Early cancer :detection can By CHRIS J, MINNICKINM DOH In the late afternoon of June 23, 2007 I got the worst news of my life. Just a few months later, my morn died at home at the young age of 60. My morn was diagnosed with late stage cervical cancer Since . the cancer was discovered so late, there was not a lot that could be done to treat her condition. She had surgery to try and remove the cancer, but by then it was too late The cancer had taken over. To watch someone die from cancer is devastating. Each day brings a new crisis. Most days are spent watching someone who was once vibrant and full of life -sleep 20 hours a day. In the last few weeks of my mom's life she was awake for only a few hours a day. When she was awake she was either in extreme pain or tak- ing pills tO kill the pain. My mom was a victim of not following the best advice to pre- vent and survive cervical cancer: Early detection. Of all cancers, cervical cancer is one of the most amenable to prevention and early detection through screening. The most effective strategy for preventing cervical cancer is regular Pap tests, which can de- tect pre-cancerous cervical con- ditions before they become cer- vical cancer. Pap tests can,also identify cervical cancer at an early stage when it is most amenable to treatment. Women who are 21 and older or sexually active should get screened for cervical cancer. Women should check with their doctor about how often they need a Pap smear. Spirited group Email us at hcherald @ or hcherald @ The Lordsburg High School cheerleading squad, under the direc- tion of Bobbie~teWart, l~ {heJargest its been m many year~.~l~anks to the number'of ~lirls Or~ the team, the squad is now able to per- form stunts, above. lives Growing up we did not have health insurance and we lived in a rural area of New Mexico. The nearest doctor was in Albuquer- que and when we needed medi- cal treatment it was a financial burden to our family. We learned the only time we could see a doc- tor was when we were sick. The good news is there are options for women in New Mexico who are in the same situation as my mom was. The New Mexico Department of Health is launching an aware- ness campaign this month to encourage women to ask their doctors about getting a Pap smear and mammogram to screen for breast and cervical cancer. Women may be eligible for the Department of Health's free screening program. The Department's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early De- tection Program contracts with clinics throughout the state to provide annual Pap smears and mammograms for New Mexico women who are 30 years of age or older, uninsured or underinsured and live below 250% of the federal poverty level. To learn more call the Department's Breast and Cervi- cal Cancer Early Detection Pro- gram at 1-877-852-2585 or go online to I wilt always wonder if my morn could have won her battle with cancer if it was discovered early. I will never know for sure. but I am confident that had she been diagnosed earlier her chances of survival would have been better. She would have had more options for treatment and been stronger to fight the dis- ease. Cancer can take the lives of its victims and traumatize fami- lies. My mom left behind a hus- band. three kids, two grandchil- dren and five siblings. Her grandsons will grow up never experiencing what a great per- son she was, She loved when I told her about my successes and was always there to help me solve my problems. Because of cancer, that part of my life is gone forever. A simple test could have changed it all. Spreading cheer and joy Mrs. McCants' and Mrs. Thomas' R.V. Traylor Elementary School classes recentlysang Christmas carols for the residents of Sunshine Haven Nursing Home.The students were led by Mrs. Conner and Ms. Raven. Giving out goodie bags is Activities Director Susan Pa|omarez and kindergarteners Emma Mendoza and Chloe Barrera. Foster, adoptive :paren Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge differ- ence m the life of a child. Join us for an information meet- ing to be held this month of February in your area. Please call Ronny Diaz. -. CYFD Foster & Adoptive Parent Recruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more information or visit us on the web at Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth ture and will require someone with patience and consistency to help her in relation- ship building with peers and decision making. Marisol is in 11'h grade special edu- cation classes and can do well when moti- vated. Marisol is very bright and is,in good physical health. She is athletic and enjoys basketball. Marisol would like an experi- enced two parent fam- ily who will provide consistency My Name is Marisol G. Age: 16 years old Grade: llth Marisol is very friendly and talkative. She likes music and writing lyrics to RAP music. Maris0l is not a picky eate~ and enjoys most foods., Marisbl-has a determined and independent na- Coudesypho~ in NM and structure. She could possi- bly do very well with older fe- male siblings who can serve as a big sister and role model for Marisol. If you have an approved home study and would like to inquire about this child, please contact Tana Hudson. Adoption Consultant at (575) 835-2716 or e-mail tana.hudson @ For general information on how you can become a foster/adop- tive parent with the Children. Youth and Families Department. please call 1-800-432-2075. Love.Your Family: 23rd Annual 5th t lace I.ordsburg .... L I (~ 7:00 t'~t Tlmr~d.) Academia Juarez @ 1.~)PM .... Frida~ Animas t:00 I'M Thur~da? ( o egio Baehi ere,~ Italeh Valle~ la 2:30 PM Thursday Teehde Monterey da~ ( ]hil tll Ilioli tl 71 h Plate 7~; :00 PM {'~ 5:30 PM Saiurda~ Salurda~ 3rd Place Watch next week's edition of the Hidalgo County Herald for complete Maverick lineup. shop out of town when you can ce suppliesright here at home? Pens & Pencils Paper Binders Markers Tape" White Out Post It Notes We also offer Complete bo Erasers Folders Notebooks Columnar Pads services! ons to send flowers... we can help you all of them! -~ layaway Program (~H/~'#I/.~;Z "~ ' Lor'dsbur'g! ,H,.,,