The Dog Days of Summer

Whew! “It’s HAWWHHT!” as some of us like to say in the south.  We are firmly in the midst of summer and most days, you can tell it when stepping outside of the comfort of indoor air conditioning.   Do you know the origins of the phrase “dog days of summer?” It’s an ancient Roman saying that references the Dog Star, Sirius which happens to be the brightest star in the Roman dog constellation, Canis Major. The “dog days” are thought to be the hottest days in the year when Sirius rises in conjunction with the sun.  Specifically, July 3 – August 11 are considered the “dog days” and you know what, I happen to believe it!

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Summer – yes, even those dog days – is the time for cooling off, traveling, and celebrations.  We’ll feature some of ALL of that in this month’s NFD, ESPECIALLY the celebrations.  Select articles have been chosen to appear in our first-ever print edition of NFD magazine which will be unveiled at SURVIVORville 2017.   These articles feature stories of courage and inspiration from survivors and co-survivors and each brings a personal story and message, including some with a story of one’s “2nd Act.”   We will make these heart-felt articles available to ALL of our readers after the convention. We are not only celebrating these great NFD submissions and the inaugural print copy, but also celebrating survivorship through the convention and ALL that it offers, including a few other extraordinary announcements about the magazine that are worthy of celebration.   Not to be overlooked, we are also celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Women Survivors Alliance and all of the survivors who have supported what we do and make our work have meaning.  Five years! We are so, so excited about this milestone and grateful for all of the amazing women we have met on this journey.  July marks Sarcoma Awareness Month which is a cancer that doesn’t get as much attention as some of those with which we are more familiar but deserves our attention, so we’ll educate our readers who are not familiar with sarcoma about this rare cancer.

Speaking of SURVIVORville 2017, can I throw out the phrase “working like a dog”?  Yes, I seem to be stuck on the dog-theme which for those who know me, probably find it odd since I am a “cat lady.”   It’s so appropriate, though, to acknowledge the many volunteers who truly have been working so hard over the last year but especially in the last few weeks and the coming weeks ahead to make SURVIVORville 2017 a spectacular event.  Names many of our WSA friends will recognize include Rhonda Hicks, executive director of SURVIVORville 2017, Amy Zack, Amy Green,  Debra Sheridan, Linda Ragsdale, Jennifer Murray, Jenifer Niederwerfer, our two, wonderful summer 2017 interns Shatoria Evans and Kaeley Haslinger, and many others who have a role in this year’s event.  Let’s not forget the grand diva of all, Karen Shayne, who truly has put forth extraordinary effort to make sure this year’s SURVIVORville is the best-ever.    By the way, if you are wondering where that phrase “working like a dog” came from, well, let’s just say it was well before the Beatles, though most of us are familiar with that classic tune that transcends generations, “Hard Day’s Night.”  It is thought that the term originates from farm dogs who were used to working from the moment the sun went up until the sun set in the evening.  That term is very fitting for our volunteers who have invested so much time and effort in SURVIVORville 2017!  I am so grateful for the time and dedication these ladies have shown for survivors everywhere who will benefit from this year’s convention and the work of the WSA.

Let’s continue the June celebration that we started with National Cancer Survivors Month into this next month as we celebrate survivors and co-survivors, the 5th anniversary of the Women Survivors Alliance, a successful SURVIVORville 2017, great happenings with NFD magazine, and LIFE. Yes, let’s celebrate it all as we navigate these “dog days” upon us the rest of the summer.

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Be educated, empowered, INSPIRED, and stay SURVIVOR strong! 

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Sources: www.iheartdogs.com.  Accessed 6/30/2017

 

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Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and NOU magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. She has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with NOU and WSA.

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Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and NOU magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. She has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with NOU and WSA.

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