Monthly Archives: October 2015


Prepping for Cancer Surgery

Over the years many people have asked if I had any suggestions for prepping for cancer surgery. And here’s my response: As for as the surgery itself or its outcome . . . I have no advice (I’m not a surgeon). But as far as some of those practical matters—those items a person might want to pack or make ready upon return to the real world—I have plenty of advice. Becky & Todd Outcalt But let’s just focus on the return home. What should you anticipate? What might you need?             A brief list here might include: Additional pillows for the bed, comforters, blankets, etc. A bell by the bed (haven’t you always wanted to ring one?) Foods in the fridge that will fit the diet provided by your doctor (think ahead) Plenty of non-alcoholic drink choices Favorite reading material & reading glasses Favorite movies on DVD or other in a comfortable viewing area Space for therapy exercises (do you need to clear a space?) Special bath soaps or antibiotics approved by the doctor Preparing the room so you have quiet space Favorite scents Favorite music Allowing yourself space and time to recover (think naps and in-home help) Stationery, pens, postage stamps Devotional material or other spiritual helps   This list will help you to get started, but you can certainly add other items, by preference. Once you make your list and check it twice you are certain to be well-prepared for any contingency as you recover from surgery. ~Todd Outcalt Todd is the author of Husband's Guide to Breast Cancer. He has counseled hundreds of people through cancer and beyond and served as care-giver to his wife of thirty-years during her battle and recovery from breast cancer.  The book includes first-person accounts from men who have walked the walk, and quick tips in each chapter, this book speaks to the practical side of a man's care, and reveals how he can use his strengths to help the woman he loves. This blog has been brought to you by CPG News & Information Services


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Getting Ready for the World Cup

By Shane Stay The USMNT is getting ready for the World Cup in Russia. First, they must qualify and learn from 2015. The US men’s team squandered the 2015 Gold Cup, took an embarrassing 4-1 defeat with Brazil last month, lost the huge match with Mexico this past Saturday (missing the opportunity to play in the 2017 Confederations Cup) and took a defeat on October 13, 2015 against rival Costa Rica. On top of that, Klinsmann sent home the very player he called the “best outside right back” in the last World Cup. Everything was falling apart. Summing up these events, on October 13, 2015, commentators said, “Where’s the creativity going to come from?” and “Change has to happen,” according to Taylor Twellman on ESPN. Referring to this moment in defeat, Bob Ley, also of ESPN, said it’s “…As large a crisis as we’ve seen in US history.” When asked by his commentating partner, “What creativity?” Twellman did not divulge a detailed answer. But he, along with any passing observer, could easily attest that something was off: a USMNT crisis in 2015. Fans have buckled down at the bar, drinking this expensive cocktail, combining trepidation with hope and optimism for over twenty years, leaning on Donovan – who brought a different attitude, exuding the confidence that screamed with a laid back LA accent “we can beat anyone, anytime” – with Dempsey later coming to his side, saddling up, creating a partnership, and, more importantly, acting as the clear replacement to Donovan whenever he would leave the team, which had recently come to fruition. Both players, whether you liked them or not, had a “knack” – that ability to add a dangerous pass which other players cannot deliver just the right way. In the most recent 3-2 Mexico loss, Dempsey was absent much of the game, however, his few deft passes were effective, leading to near scores. He’s the leader, adding that extra element for his teammates. Every team has one. Messi, C. Ronaldo, Herrera and Guardado, Ramos and Preki, as well as Zidane and Platini in past years. If Dempsey, who is already battling injuries, goes down with another more serious injury, it would be very grim for the team’s immediate future. What bothers people is the lack of any obvious protégé waiting in the wings. You can’t mention Freddy Adu without someone checking your temperature, and then you’re accused of heresy. Yet, the same formula has been tried over and over, and look where it’s gotten us. The larger point is that it’s not about Adu or Dempsey carrying the team on their back. It’s about fielding a group of players in their likeness. There have always been guys like them, and there always will be. They’re out there. The idea is to corral them at the same time. My book illustrates the answers to all these questions and dilemmas revolving around creativity – it illuminates how dribbling, passing within the two-man game, playing across the field, adding style and attacking with defenders will put the US on a different platform altogether. The beauty of the American fan is they will see this through, much like how Cub fans have stood by their team through two world wars, a moon landing and the introduction of the iPhone. At this point, with the same mental approach, with the same lineup malfunctions, the team might be heading down a dark path, very far away from seizing the ultimate destination: A World Cup title. With the right approach and lineup, I believe winning the World Cup could happen in 2018, with US players standing next to the trophy. As crazy as that sounds. But it’s up to the President and coaching staff – who have operated in a vacuum for years – to approach things with a drastically new vision. The Copa America 2016 will be a great opportunity for the USMNT to prove they belong at the top.   Shane Stay is the author of Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet Brought to you by CPG News & Information Services.


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Is Cancer Support Contagious?

By Todd Outcalt, author of Husband's Guide to Breast Cancer Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, or who has journeyed with a loved one through cancer, can attest to the surprising network of supporters. In fact, I’ve heard some people describe their support network in almost “contagious” terms—with friends and neighbors who become feverish in their willingness to help. Others describe this support as “mind-blowing” or “miraculous.” Some cancer patients even receive phone calls and emails and letters from perfect strangers.             Indeed, the cancer support network is more than skin deep. There are literally millions of people out there—from nurses to bloggers, from co-workers to organizers—who are on the ready to jump in with advice, encouragement and practical know-how. Those who have made a breast cancer journey themselves are especially willing to help other women in their neighborhoods or circles of influence.             All a person has to do is ask. Is cancer support contagious?  There is certainly a contagious spirit when it comes to helping a neighbor in need. Just witness the line of volunteers every time there is a natural disaster such as a tornado, flood or hurricane. People jump to. They show up. They bring food.             Cancer is no different. There is a wider network than some might believe. And when it comes to beating cancer—having a solid network of supporters is one of the most important ingredients in the healing. Loners don’t do nearly as well as those who are surrounded by love and encouragement. People have a way of helping and healing each other.             So . . . before you come to the conclusion that breast cancer isn’t contagious—think again. It just might be. Especially if a person is looking for science that is more than skin deep. Gratitude, encouragement, helpfulness—these things count for a great deal more than we might think. And, though they can’t be found in a bottle, they are closer than one might think. All for the asking.   Becky & Todd Outcalt Todd has helped hundreds of people through cancer and beyond, including his own wife, Becky, of thirty-years.  His also the author of over twenty books. Is Cancer Support Contagious has been presented to you by CPG News and Information Services.        


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This Day in Yankee History: Oct. 1, 1949 Joe DiMaggio

This Day in Yankee History: Oct. 1, 1949 Joe DiMaggio But proved his ability immediately with the Yankees, winning the American League pennant and the World Series in 1949 and winning both crowns again in 1950 and 1951. Having talent on the roster did make a difference. DiMaggio might have been as big a celebrity as there was in the big town, but now Stengel had a resume that screamed loudly. Stengel was never going to win a popularity contest with DiMaggio in New York if he felt he had to bench him and DiMaggio squawked, but it didn’t come to that. DiMaggio had so many physical ailments, bone spurs on both heels and bone chips in his elbow, it probably did not surprise anyone when in mid-September of the 1949 season when he came down with a mild case of pneumonia and missed another chunk of time. He was apparently worn out. On October 1, the last day of the 1949 season, the star was honored with a Joe DiMaggio Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium. Team officials were probably wondering how long DiMaggio would continue to play and just in case his setbacks led to him making a decision to retire in the off-season they wished to honor him while he was still in uniform. The fans wanted to be there, too, and 69,551 turned out. In a speech to the fans, DiMaggio said that when he was a rookie headed to the Big Apple, Lefty O’Doul, who was managing the San Francisco Seals and had once hit as high as .398 in the majors, took the young DiMaggio aside to offer advice. DiMaggio said O’Doul told him not to be scared of New York City because it was really the friendliest of towns. “This day proves it,” DiMaggio said. He thanked Stengel, friends and teammates, whom he called “the fightingest bunch that ever lived.” Bronx Bomber will not only cover the great hitters and their hitting careers, it will also cover many of the iconic home runs. Excerpted from Bronx Bombers: Yankee Home Run History by Lew Freedman published by Blue River Press and distributed by Cardinal Publishers Group. For more of Yankee home run history, pick up your copy of Bronx Bomber today.  Like us on Facebook, Cardinal Publishers Group. Follow us on Twitter @Cardinal_Pub


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