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Baseball, fireworks, and cancer

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Summer is full of baseball with our boys.   I love the anticipation before the game.  In fact, on the way to the game I love the feeling of possibilities.  Could this be the day someone on the team gets a home run.  Maybe our pitcher will throw a no hitter.   I love a freshly watered field, especially the pitcher's mound.  It's like the clay that an artist is about to mold into a work of art.

      I get a similar feeling just before a fireworks show on July 4th.  Since having children, my anticipation would be for them.  Some years, as babies they cried when the sound was overwhelming, one year a 4th on the beach meant some revelers rockets came too close for comfort.  Another year we watched a 4th of July host misguide a rocket into his neighbors roof which set it on fire.   We also witnessed a teenager reach for a so-called dud in the garbage can after the show, only for it to go off  as he hit the ground.  Thankfully he wasn't hurt.  Recently the boys have embraced the show of sound and light.  Watching them ooh and ahh is even better than the show for me.

    But recently I thought about the things we love like baseball and fireworks.... what you don't know can hurt you.  If a pitcher isn't trained properly, or a catcher doesn't learn the proper technique to avoid a wildly hit ball, or the host of a fireworks party doesn't heed the warnings and safety advice, it can all turn ugly.

    For a healthy person, it is important to heed the warnings about cancer.   I got an opportunity to talk with Dr. Black at St. Vincent's.  He reminded us that smoking and drinking alcohol can lead to head and neck cancers.  He also reminded us that early detection is the key to survival.  Check out this podcast to find out how a simple test can save your life!

God Bless,