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.... Area I0 I Sioux County Index-Reporter Oct. 23, 2013 Breast Cancer: A New Perspective Cancer from Page 1 finished radiation, Tami had a hyster- ectomy. While the whole process was tough, Tami said chemotherapy was the worst part of treatment. "Cancer is scary" she said. "It's sneaky. It's unpredictable. It's yucky. But chemo is the tough stuff" Losing her hair was another difficult part of the journey. Tami's long, curly, strawberry-blonde hair began falling out on Christmas day. She was devas- tated. "Tami's bald head did not bother me one bit in terms of her looks/' Lonni said,"It bothered me because it meant so much to her" Tami admits that she had, and con- tinues to have, dark, sad days, but she is quick to say, "Cancer is a jour- ney and you'll never walk aloneFThe Westphal family has shirts with this saying on it. "Lonni never left my side"Tami said of her husband. "He was my biggest cheerleader. He was my biggest fan. He was right there with me the entire time:' The community also helped the Westphals through this difficult jour- ney. While they are a private family and needed time alone to fight their battle against cancer, they said the community helped them tremen- dously. "This town is excellent" Lonni said. "People in the community stepped forward in ways we will never know:' The people of Hull, Sioux Center, Boyden, First Reformed Church, the City of Hull where Lonni works, Kin- sey Elementary in Sioux Center where Tami teaches second grade, friends, family, neighbors and so many others were always there to help the West- phals and they are grateful for the While the past year was difficult, Tami and Lonni Westphal feel blessed to have each other."Lonni never left my side"Tami said of her husband."He was my biggest cheerleader. He was my biggest fan. He was right there with me the entire time" ongoing support. "We'll never be able to repay them in a million years,'Tami said."We can only pay it forward:' As Tami and Lonni look back at the past year, they describe their experi- ence as surreal. And while their mar- riage has always been strong, Tami and Lonni agree that if they can make it through cancer, they can make it through anything. "My morn said it best when she said, '1 would never want my daughter to fight this battle, but I couldn't have picked a better person to fight it with her," Tami said, adding that her par- ents, Judy and Jim Smits, were very helpful during the past year. The Westphals' faith has also changed. "We've always had a strong faith, but this brought us closer together. We pray differently now. We pray to- gether every night and we don't pray a recited prayer,"Tami said."Our fam- ily has changed too- in a good way. I would never say cancer is a gift be- cause I would never want to give it to anyone ever, but I would say we've learned some pretty valuable les- sons:' Cancer is something that is often on Tami and Lonni's minds. Lonni said that when Tami was diagnosed, it was not"her"that was diagnosed, but "we" While they are a private family, they share their story with the hope that it might save a life. "My motto has been and will always be- when that voice inside talks to you, listen because it's telling you something,"Tami said. "We might say, 'It's nothing'. Hopefully that does turn out to be nothing for the next person, but it wasn't for me. I was persistent. Probably borderline annoying, but my story wouldn't be the story it is if I wasn't:' Board reminds consumers of winter heating disconnection law and available assistance General LIHEAP/Weatherizati0n applications accepted on Nov. I As the home heating season approaches, the Iowa Utilities Board reminds eligible Iowa households that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and associated Home Weatherization Program protect against energy utility service disconnection and can help reduce resldential heating costs this winter. The latest energy and winter fuel outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects higher aver- age household natural gas and electric heating costs. The LIHEAP program provides low-income consumers with limited financial assistance to cover a portion of their winter heating expenditures. The related weatherization program offers long-term financial relief to households by improving energy efficiency, educating consumers about energy use, and providing methods to reduce consump- tion. Iowa law requires that both programs protect a quali- fied household from natural gas or electric service discon- nection from Nov. I through April I during the annual winter disconnection moratorium. However, the Board urges all LIHEAP or Weatherization certified customers to continue paying toward their utility bills through the winter to avoid debt accumulation and potential service disconnection in the spring. Customers not certified for LIHEAP or Weatherization may receive a 30-day stay from disconnection during the moratorium by notifying the utility that they will be ap- plying for either of the energy assistance programs. How- ever, those customers must apply or be subject to discon- nection. Customers who do not qualify for Weatherization or LIHEAP may be disconnected for failure to pay utility bills during the winter moratorium timeframe. Heating assistance funds are limited, so LIHEAP appli- cations will be accepted from households on a first come/ first served basis at their local Community Action Agency (CAA) from Nov. 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014. House- holds with disabled or elderly persons 60-plus years of age were allowed to apply for pre-certification starting on Oct. 1. Consumers without computer access may inquire with their local utility or the Iowa Utilities Board Customer Service Section toll-free at 1-877-565-4450 to locate the nearest CAA. For eligibility requirements, visit the Iowa Department of Human Rights which administers both programs or call (515) 281-0859. Duties: Operate maintenance/sn0w removal equipment, such as end loaders, single- or tandem-axle dump trucks equipped with attachments such as snowplow blades. Requlrements: Possess and maintain at least a Class B c0mmeial driver's license with an air brake endorsement and will be subject to drug and alcohol testing requirements. 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Deb VanderPlas, Community Health Partners of Sioux County Public Health Services Director says, "Regular screening leads to early detection which is so important in surviving cancer:' Care for Yourself is supported by the Iowa Departrnent of Public Health (IDPH) and funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Care for Yourself program has local staff that can help you sched- ule a clinical breast exam, mammograms, pelvic exam, Pap test, height and weight measurement and blood pressure. Siouxland District Health Department coordinates this program locally and across neighboring counties by pro- viding enrollment and case management services. The actual screening services are provided at your own physi- cian's office, at the local hospitals in Sioux County and at Promise Community Health Center. The Iowa Care for Yourself Program provides services for women: • Age 40 and over • Under age 40 with breast cancer symptoms • With household income at or less than 250% of the poverty level for household size set by the federal government. • With no health insurance, with insurance that does not cover the services provided by the program, or who are unable to pay insurance deductibles or co-payments. You may also be able to receive referral for breast and cervical cancer treatment coverage if you are diagnosed with cancer or a pre-cancerous condition. Iowa Care for Yourself Program staff can assist you with this process. For more information on the Iowa Care for Yourself program, call: 712-279-6119 or 800-587-3005. t11111tltttt111111ttlltt illel ! • • * Breast cancer is the most common cancer among • • American women, except for skin cancers. 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