Breast Healthcare Apps, Movies, Olivia Newton-John and Flashback Friday

It’s Friday June 16, 2017–Olivia Newton-John recently announced that after living cancer-free for 25 years, cancer has returned and it has metastasized. In case you don’t know, metastasized means that cancer has spread from one place of the body to another.

As a breast cancer survivor, her ‘news’ made me cringe. It’s a reminder that cancer can happen to anyone at anytime. Even worse; it can happen more than once. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family as she faces another battle with the criminal-like disease.

The three K’s. Know your body. Know your risks. Know the facts. Get regular checkups. Do regular self-exams. If you have daughters, teach them how to do breast self exams. Encourage them to become familiar with their bodies so they can quickly identify if something changes. As Fran Drescher says “Early arrival, 90 percent survival.” The youngest breast cancer survivor I met was 19. Cancer does not discriminate.

We’ve come along way. We now have apps to help make it easier to remember to do a self-breast exam, and to help you teach your daughters or younger sisters how to do one. I’ve tried a few of them but it comes down to preference. Some of these apps are aimed at the younger selfie generation making it more eye catching for them.

Breast Check Now  Check Yourself    Your Man Reminder


Movie Reviews


It is Friday, after all! For me, the best way to kick off the weekend is with dinner, a movie and my man. I don’t wanna fight crowds (or the angry and violent) just to see a movie. The bonus is that I can eat all of the popcorn I want without paying the high price of theater popcorn, and I can go the bathroom without missing a beat.

Some of my recommendations may be a littler older. But still, if you haven’t seem them they’re worth watching.

Jackie
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Jackie: Don’t underestimate this one. You might be inclined to think that this is just another Kennedy movie. But it’s not! Natalie Portman does an AMAZING job at portraying Jackie Kennedy. The film is one of a kind in that it takes us backstage and into the life of the wife, the woman, the widow and the Lady of the White House. No sex. No contrived drama. I do not recommend this movie for children. We see a lot of blood and grief, although, the movie is not gruesome.

 

 

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: I totally underestimated this one! Great movie for the whole family. One scene implied supernatural abilities featuring Darth Vader, in case that’s something you’re concerned about.

It was very reminiscent of the original Star Wars. Loved, loved, loved seeing older characters in this film. This goes on the repeat watch list for sure.

 

 


Flashback Friday


In support of Olivia Newton-John (and just because it’s a fun one)!

 

 

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This Smart Cycling Helmet Could Save Lives 

It’s Friday July 22, 2016

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(Photo by Brooklyness)

One dark summer night on a deserted road, Kenny, an award-winning motorcycle racer, opened the throttle of his motorcycle and rode fast.

What Kenny didn’t know was that about a mile ahead of him was a truck waiting at a stop sign. The tail lights were broken. The night was black. Kenny couldn’t see the stop sign because it wasn’t lit up.

In a flash, Kenny slammed into the back of the truck. He wasn’t wearing a helmet. The life he knew was over. Although Kenny physically survived, he suffered serious brain damage.

And he was aware of it.

One day while visiting him he pointed out pictures of his old life. One picture showed him getting an award surrounded by women. Another was a picture of him competing as a bodybuilder. And another was a picture of him in an ad campaign.

It was hard for him to speak but in a childlike manner he told me he wasn’t wearing a helmet the day he got into the accident. His face had regret written all over it. My eyes teared up as I listened.

I haven’t seen Kenny in years as I have since moved away. But from time-to-time I think about him. His story is a constant reminder to me to choose safety first–always.

It was Kenny that came to mind when I stumbled across the Classon smart cycling helmet on Kickstarter.

I realize bicycles and motorcycles travel at different speeds. But speed wont matter if you’re not wearing a helmet and you hit your head just a little too hard. 

 “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”                                      

The Classon intelligent helmet created by Brooklyness, a Brooklyn-based company, is genius! It’s aimed at preventing bicycle accidents by giving the cyclist the necessary safety tools to navigate the road, to be aware of their surroundings, and to communicate their intentions to motorists.

The Classon is equipped with gesture recognition turn signals (blinkers) in the front and back activated by arm movement. It has two cameras–one in front and one in back–ensuring that you are visible to others. 

The cameras even alert you when a car is in your blind spot. Brake lights automatically turn on when you reduce speed. For an additional fee, you can get GPS guided navigation and the ability to edit and share your video to social media, directly from your helmet.

This helmet could save lives by minimizing the chance of an accident.

Classon specs

The camera can record up to six hours of HD footage. It’s water resistant. Will be available in sizes junior, medium and large. It weighs 1.1 pounds and will be offered in colors black, white, orange, blue and yellow.

It has a battery life of 2.5 hours and takes 1 hour to charge. The helmet is not yet on the market but it is expected to be available in 2017. The price will be $299.00.