Thursday, October 25, 2012

I like the blue one.

I have fish hanging from my treatment room ceiling- not real fish, fake ones. I have beanie babies and mobiles so that patients have something to look at while they are having their braces adjusted. Today I was taking braces off of a 9 year old patient while her mom and 2 year old sister were watching. Because the family will be doing a lot of over-seas traveling they elected to have 2 sets of retainers made, one in red-purple (a bright pink) and one in blue-ice (a clear blue). This way there would be a spare if the 9-year old lost or broke her retainers while they were in Europe. The mother and patient were having a discussion about the color of the retainers but the younger sister was having a discussion of her own- about the fish on the ceiling. I laughed when the 2- year-old announced to her mother: “you like the blue fish and I like the pink fish, just like (sister’s) ‘tainers (retainers).” What interesting logic!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Last Sunday, October 21, Dr. Judith Okun joined thousands of “walkers” in the “making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event at Manhattanville College.  The “nationwide event unites millions of walkers with a common purpose: to end breast cancer forever.” By walking we help make the world aware of the need for research to find cancer treatment and we raise funds for the American Cancer Society of NY and NJ.  This organization not only invests in breast cancer research to find, prevent, treat, and cure the disease, but it also provides free lodging and rides to treatment for breast cancer patients who need it, improves access to mammograms, and provides support for cancer patients and their families.  To learn more about the many ways you can fight back against breast cancer year-round, visit Donations can also be mailed to American Cancer Society, Westchester Region, 2 Lyon Place, White Plains, NY 10601 (Information in this statement was taken from the “making strides” brochure.)