July 31, 2009


Many people want to escape the signs of aging, and are turning to anti-aging shin care as a remedy to help smooth out the lines, get rid of the wrinkles and change the pigmentation of their skin to appear more youthful. In order to avoid the appearance of aging some turn to surgery while others turn to natural anti-aging care products. The same nutrients that help keep you healthy on the inside also play a huge role in how you look on the outside. In the Shaklee skin care system you have all the vitamins your skin craves. Shaklee's Nutrition Therapy Skin Care system in 28 days confirmed in clinical studies-increase in skin firmness, reduction in appearance of wrinkles, and reduction in appearance of fine lines. With just 3 minutes of Enfuselle Nutrition Therapy morning and night in 28 days you will see your skin age 10 years in reverse-guaranteed! So be ahead of your time! Have age-defying skin and look younger with a 3 product proven anti-aging treatment system. An eye treatment visibly diminishes lines, wrinkles, and puffiness. Time repair A.M. and P.M treatments meet your skins needs with damage fighting antioxidants and unique natural humectants. Enfuselle's overnight treatment recaptures youthful firmness and luminosity with high levels of antioxidant vitamins.

The Shaklee difference: Nutrient based, clinically proven, 7 patents, dermatologist tested, always hypoallergenic, never animal tested, ph balanced.

Products are formulated without: Parabens, SLS/SLES, Propylene glycol, mineral oils & petrolatum,FD&C or D& C dyes, Phthalates, 1,4-Dioxane.

Taking care of your skin can take years off your appearance while helping you avoid conditions like skin cancer. Billions of dollars are spent each year on anti-aging skin care products-do they really work! Yes, they do if you choose a company that you trust! Like Shaklee who guarantee's and has clinical studies to prove the products do what they say they will do.

Aging is not what we do it is what we don't do! So start early in your life and prevent premature aging by taking care of your health and your skin.


July 09, 2009


What is Melanoma? It is a type of skin cancer. It can be life threatening disease! It can grow like a weed over growing the garden. Melanoma begins on the surface of the skin where it is easy to see and treat. If given time it can grow down into the skin, ultimately reaching the blood and lymphatic vessels, spreading through the body, causing life threatening illness. Curable if detected early, but can be fatal if allowed to progress and spread. No one knows the exact causes of melanoma. Certain risk factors, like having many moles, increases the risk of developing melanoma. Fair skin that burns or freckles easily. People who had more than one of the common skin cancers. A family history of melanoma, weakened immune system, severe, blistering sunburns. Experts believe that much of the worldwide increase in melanoma is related to an increase in the amount of time people spend in the sun.
I had a pulled muscle in my knee from tennis and over exercising, so I was icing and rubbing pain medicine to my leg when I felt a mole size bump on the back of my leg. I could not see it so I asked a neighbor if she thought I should have it checked! (She was a retired nurse) “Yes, I think it looks questionable!” That day I took my mother to her doctor’s appointment and on leaving I asked the doctor did he think I should have my mole checked. He insisted I see the dermatologist immediately. I got the next available appointment and he immediately numbed my leg and cut out a portion to send to the lab. The hole was approximately inch. My neighbor told me the mole was about the size of a pencil eraser and half. It was also irregular in size and the color was pink to lavender. The biopsy was sent out of town to a lab, I was very confident that I had no reason to worry. Four days later I was called into the doctor’s office to discuss the results. Boy was the news a bomb shell! I tested positive for cancer! The next step was to decide on a surgeon to do the surgery. I choose to use a local doctor who had experience in the area that I needed. Surgery was immediately scheduled and the process of having lab work, and complete physical exam began.
Surgery to remove a melanoma removes the entire melanoma along with a border of normal –appearing skin. The width of the border of normal skin removed depend s on the depth of the melanoma. Additional tissue, usually skin and fat is also removed from under the melanoma. My excision was 17x8x10 mm. I also had lymph nodes removed in the groin area. It was interesting to observe the dye going through my leg in the Nuclear Medicine Lab. It had a big camera attached like a MRI machine where the technician mapped the lymph glands for the surgeon. After that I was sent to the Ultra Sound room with the Cardiologist mapped the glands with what he called fish hooks that he pushed into about 4 of the glands so the surgeon would be able to find. This part is called Sentinel Node surgery. I am now ready for the surgery! Approximately 2 hours later I am in the recovering room! My recovery is good, I have trouble sitting, sleeping and walking, but my stitches are healing very quickly. Thank goodness I am a quick healer and I have been doubling up on my Shaklee Vivix and Nutriferon. I have to have my sister in law, who had a surprise breast cancer treatment last month, come 2x a day and change my bandages. We both feel very blessed to have been diagnosed with negative results. She has to do Radiation for 6 weeks (every day). Fortunately I do not need any more treatment. I just need complete inspections with the dermatologist couple times a year.

What you can do to reduce your risks!
• Use sunscreen- SPF 15 or higher
• Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m – 4 p.m ( Find Shade)
• Cover up ..protect yourself from the sun
• Wear a hat that covers your ears and neck
• Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
• Avoid indoor tanning

CHECK YOURSELF! CHECK YOURSELF OFTEN! See your dermatologist if concerned! Early detection is so important! I feel blessed.

My leg after cancer and gland removal