Friday, February 12, 2016

A Cancer in the Family Review

I often get contacted to review books, clothing, jewelry, and other items on the blog. Most often, I decline the offer as many items don’t quite fit the blog and/or my interest, or I just simply don’t have time to do a review.

When I was contacted to review A Cancer in the Family by Theodora Ross, M.D., Ph.D. that was not the case. My interest was immediately piqued as there is cancer in my family, not just one cancer type, but many.


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And I’m very glad that I read the book because Dr. Ross very calmly yet comprehensively discusses cancer that is caused by genetic mutation based on her own family history. To be honest, before I started reading the book, I was worried it would make me more anxious. But that was not the case. Instead, I started to feel empowered because I was finally thinking about the “elephant in the room.” And in the end, I came away with a wealth of useful information.

Throughout the book, Dr. Ross makes the point that knowing is better than not knowing, and knowledge allows us to make informed decisions. She also discusses what mutations need to be dealt with immediately and which are not as much a worry. The discussion of what clusters of cancers “go together” and are possible warning signs of mutations are very helpful, as is the discussion of how a good genetics counselor can help decide which tests are right for each patient (there are so many tests, that you can’t be tested for everything). The book is a good reminder of the importance of getting as much of a family cancer history as possible. Dr. Ross also points out that family secrets and incomplete information are very common when it comes to family health histories - a very useful reminder.

If there is a lot of cancer in your family and you are wondering if it may be caused by a genetic mutation, I think A Cancer in the Family  is a very good book to read. Dr. Ross provides a wealth of useful information and communicates it in a way I wish all doctors communicated difficult material to their patients.

Be well,
Andrea

[Disclosures: I was provided with a free review copy of A Cancer in the Family . As always, all opinions are my own. Links in this post are affiliate links.]

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Colored Tights 3 Ways

I’ve been intrigued by colored tights for a while, but I was always hesitant to buy some since I didn't know if I would actually wear them. But during my trip to Germany I picked up red Falke Soft Merino tights at the airport of all places. The tights felt soft and seemed warm and just called my name. I like that they are bold but not too bold (they actually look brighter in the photos than in real life).

The tights definitely pushed me to the edge of my comfort zone, especially since I paired them with my “witch boots,” as Andy and the kid lovingly refer to them. I’ve had the boots for about ten years and enjoy wearing them once in a while. But they are a bit more edgy than my usual shoes...
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I first paired the tights with a grey knit skirt, black tunic, and grey sweater. The tights add a pop of color to the outfit.

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Next, I repeated the red of the tights in a red tunic. It’s a bit matchy matchy as is, but a coat or blazer may change that...

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Finally, I tried some color blocking, with my cobalt blue sweater and a cobalt scarf.  

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I threw on a grey blazer before we went out. 

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The tights are definitely a change from what I normally wear, but it’s fun experimenting with them, and I look forward to playing with them some more soon.

Outfit Details
Skirt: Banana Republic (similar Banana Republic dark knit skirt, similar)
Grey sweater: Banana Republic (similar)
Black tunic: Loft
Tights: Falke (blue, black, anthracite)
Cobalt blue cashmere sweater: Kirkland  (similar, similar)
Cobalt blue scarf: Banana Republic (I love this blue Banana Republic scarf (on major sale), as well as this one and this one)
Red tunic: Loft (same style in turquoise & soft pink)
Boots: Anne Klein from 10+ years ago
Grey blazer: Betty Barclay - my favorite blazer as it’s so comfortable

Linking up with: Weekend WearThursday Favorite Things, Confident Twosday, Style Nudge, Passion for Fashion, Fridays Fashions, Thursday Fashion Files, Fresh Fashion Forum, Fun Fashion Friday, TurningHeads, iwillwearwhatilike, VisibleMonday, A Labour of Life

Questions: Do you wear colored tights? If so, which colors do you own? 

Be Well,
Andrea

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