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The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News - Lind­sey Wells, As­so­ciate Editor

Hello, Hot Springs! As I write this, I have been back in Arkansas for two days, just hav­ing re­turned from vis­it­ing my par­ents at their home in the Colorado moun­tains for a week. Man­cos, Colo., where the tem­per­a­tures never rose above 50 de­grees and dropped to about 25 de­grees at night. Af­ter be­ing there for a week, I think my body went into shock when I stepped off the air­plane in Lit­tle Rock into 75-de­gree weather at 9 p.m.

I was in heaven there. But, I can def­i­nitely say that it's good to be home. Man­cos is a small town of only about 1,400 peo­ple. They have one gas sta­tion, two restau­rants, three liquor stores, and a hand­ful of mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries. A town that small makes a Hot Springs res­i­dent like my­self thank­ful for the town I live in, where there is al­ways some­thing go­ing on.

This is­sue of HER Mag­a­zine spot­lights some of the re­silient women of Hot Springs who have fought, and in some cases are still fight­ing, var­i­ous ill­nesses and health-re­lated is­sues.

On the front cover is Fedette John­son, a breast cancer sur­vivor as of last year. She was di­ag­nosed with in­va­sive duc­tal car­ci­noma in July 2015 and un­der­went ra­di­a­tion and al­most a year of chemo­ther­apy af­ter a lumpec­tomy was per­formed to re­move the cancer in her left breast.

Some of the other high­lights in this is­sue in­clude Dr. Kota, a med­i­cal on­col­o­gist and hema­tol­o­gist; Lori Wensel, a sur­vivor of in­va­sive lob­u­lar car­ci­noma (a type of breast cancer); Clay Roots Beauty & Fa­cial Bou­tique, cel­e­brat­ing its eighth anniversary this year; and Abby McKen­zie, an 11-year-old who is fight­ing an on­go­ing bat­tle with a ge­netic dis­or­der. Let me tell you some of the things I learned this month through meet­ing these women: 1. Stress causes (or com­pli­cates) 90 per­cent of all dis­eases. 2. Dogs re­ally can smell cancer. 3. Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise can lower a woman's risk for cancer if she's get­ting enough sleep. 4. Drink­ing cof­fee can pre­vent de­pres­sion. 5. By do­nat­ing just one pint of blood, four lives can be saved. In other words, get to ex­er­cis­ing, adopt a dog, drink more cof­fee, and at­tend a blood drive.

By the time you read this, I hope we are en­joy­ing the cool Oc­to­ber weather and beau­ti­ful fall fo­liage Arkansas is known for. I see pump­kin carv­ing, fall dec­o­rat­ing and foot­ball watch­ing in my near fu­ture.

See you in Novem­ber!

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