As it turned out, Erin Hannagan was one of the lucky ones. Hannagan was 16 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease May 25, 1993. But she would beat the disease. “I had been coughing for quite some time and had been diagnosed with multiple ‘colds,’” Hannagan recalled. “It finally got so bad that my mom took me to an urgent care center where a chest X-ray was done that revealed a large mediastinal [cavity containing the heart, esophagus, trachea, thymus and aorta] mass.”
Maureen Humphrey lost her child to cancer, but not in the traditional sense. Humphrey was pregnant in June of 2001 when she learned that she had clear cell adenocarcinoma, a rare and aggressive cervical cancer that necessitated a radical hysterectomy as well as the removal of 28 lymph nodes. “No one ever expects that cancer or illness will happen to them, and we certainly felt the same way,” said Susan Bertrand of Baldwinsville, Humphrey’s older sister. “Maureen's cancer diagnosis was a shock, but worse than the diagnosis was the grief she felt knowing she was going to lose her unborn child and never again have the chance to conceive or carry her own child again.”
Chris Arnold and Ellen Yeomans thought a bone marrow transplant would cure their daughter’s leukemia. Paige Yeomans Arnold was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in June of 1993. The cancer is typically found in adults, not children, who are more likely to get acute myelogenous lymphoma (AML) or acute lymphocytic lymphoma (ALL). At first, she was treated with an experimental drug called Interferon, which put her into a brief remission. But a few months later, the cancer returned, leaving the family with just one choice: a bone marrow transplant.
At first, Melissa Lowell thought her son Nate was just tired. “This time last year [he started getting sick],” Melissa said. “It started off, he just had a cough. It was the end of the school year and he seemed fatigued. It was nothing out of the ordinary. I just figured it was because school was over. He was leaving a teacher he loved. He gets emotional with change, as any kid does.” But the cough didn’t go away. Nate, then 10, was complaining that he couldn’t breathe, couldn’t swallow. After a couple of weeks, Melissa and her husband Jimmy took him to an urgent care facility near their home in Herkimer County. He was diagnosed with asthma and given prednisone and an inhaler, which helped at first, but soon proved ineffective. A visit to Nate’s pediatrician July 3, 2012, suggested pneumonia.
'Well Balanced Studio' in Skaneateles offers private and specialized classes
As of March 1, Well Balanced Studio is open for business inside 22 Jordan St. They specialize in private and semi-private Pilates and training, wellness coaching, cancer wellness, pre-and post-natal wellness and youth wellness programming. Their classes incorporate Pilates, TRX and Barre equipment.
When Caryn Daher’s son, Jon, was little, he was into everything — even more than the average toddler. “He was… constantly bumping and crashing into things and people and seeking-jumping type activities,” said Daher, a Cicero resident. “He had difficulty in regulating and responding to movement activities appropriately. It went far beyond a ‘busy’ toddler.” In addition, Jon struggled with a variety of sounds, often withdrawing or avoiding certain situations because of the noise level. He had higher-than-average sensitivities to food, temperature and touch. In addition, his speech was delayed. It was that delay that led to help for his other issues. Through his speech therapist, Jon was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder.
Friends and family of Dominic and Patricia Rossi of Cicero will again host a dinner to honor Dom and Pat’s memory and raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Patricia Rossi served as the town clerk of Cicero from 1993 to 1998. Dominic served as a foreman in the Cicero Highway Department from 1975 to 1995. The St. Jude seventh annual Dominic and Patricia Rossi Memorial Dinner will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Welch Allyn Lodge in Skaneateles. New York Times best-selling author and former NFL star Tim Green will be this year’s special guest. Previous dinner special guests have been SU greats Floyd Little, Dan Conley and Kris Joseph, as well as Vincent Pastore of the television series “The Sopranos.”
As we enter the New Year, many of us are pledging to get healthier — to lose weight, exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables. But possibly the healthiest resolution, and one of the most enduring, is to quit smoking. But given that tobacco kills more people every year than alcohol, car accidents, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, fire and AIDS combined, wouldn’t it be better never to start?
If you were planning to participate in Gazella's annual fun run on Tuesday (New Year's Day) they have changed to event to free indoor classes instead due to the inclement weather.
The Skaneateles Town Board and Skaneateles Recreation Charitable Trust have reached agreement to resolve their longstanding dispute over ownership of certain YMCA assets.
Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center has announced the availability of a number of new swimming lessons, programs and training courses to be held starting in January 2013.
The Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center is offering an array of youth programs during the school break in December. The programs are open to both Y-members and the general public.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York will officially open the doors to its new Ronald McDonald House this month.
In Central New York, 13 volunteers from the Red Cross CNY Chapter left Syracuse Wednesday afternoon for the Red Cross operational headquarters in White Plains, N.Y., where they will receive their deployment assignments
The class will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Red Cross Central New York Chapter, 220 Herald Place, Syracuse.