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Yesterday's FaceTime - recorded at the annual City of Hope Harvest Celebration Ball, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Food Industries Circle - took note of the importance of detecting cancer early, than at stage one or two, most cancers are curable.

Which prompted one MNB reader to write:

I have an incredible but enlightening story. I was in for my quarterly teeth cleaning session.  A bright new student being trained by my long time dentist noticed a spot, a white spot on my uvala.  She called it out to the dentist.  Who then said, go to an ENT doctor immediately. I just happened to know one who was excellent. 

Long story short,  as best I can, I got early detection of cancer. In my throat. In a manner of days, month perhaps, I had surgery to remove it. And no chemo or radiation. 

This is the call out early detection. I'm now over a year cancer free.

Squamish Cell Carcinoma. Slow growing but just as dangerous.

Share the story as best fits the repertoire.

I am thrilled to share the story, and hope it is instructive to all MNB readers.



Yesterday, we posted an email from MNB reader Monte Stowell, in which he commented that dollar stores are a great place to buy inexpensive greeting cards, in addition to all the other savings they offer.  (I'm paraphrasing.)

My comment, in part:

What the hell is a "greeting card?"

Actually, I'm just kidding.

But young people today have no idea what a greeting card is, or if they do, they'd probably relegate the concept to the same dusty warehouse where they store rotary dial telephones, buggy whips, and first class stamps - all things that seem irrelevant to their lives.

One MNB reader responded:

Oh KC, 

While I understand  the feeling, “what is a greeting card”, you need to be more specific.

Greeting cards are having a moment, but they are not Hallmark. Think Indie makers & small companies. Irreverent, sly, funny, arty and on trend are very much in style.  We sell a lot of greeting cards but not a single one from a big name brand.  But then again, we’re not a big box store.

Fair enough.