Don’t Miss Out on Saving a Life

Don’t Miss Out on Saving a Life

By Sandy Richardson, Peak Performance Coach The Present, n. 1. The moment when you open your eyes. 2. A timeless second. 3. A state of being in the moment. 4. When you move from your head to your heart. 5. The determination of your future. 6. A precious gift. She awoke early with a flutter in her tummy, anticipating her day as an outpatient in the surgical clinic.  At 80 years old, she thought, “Oh well, it can’t be so bad, thousands of people have had their gall bladders removed.”  So she showered, dressed and left for the clinic.  Two hours later, she was ready for surgery.  The first doctor she met was the anesthesiologist, Dr. Earle. “Nice man”, she thought, “I’m feeling better already, Dr. Earle has such nice bedside manner.” Dr. Earle chatted briefly with her, explaining the simplicity of her procedure and then proceeded with the intubation.  Suddenly, she could see the concern on his face – something in the back of her throat stopped the tube!  He tried again.  No luck. He looked in her throat and saw a large tumor on her tonsil. Marie’s world turned upside down that day.  There was no gallbladder surgery – instead there was an urgency to properly diagnose and plan how to treat her oral cancer. This, unfortunately, is how most people discover that they have oral cancer. 83% of oral cancers are diagnosed by non-dental personnel. The Future, n. 1. A reward for being active in the present. 2. A place of curiosity. 3. Fast paced. 4. Your choice! The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that oral cancer...

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