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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Friday, June 23, 2006


I want to thank a friend of mine, Candace Chapman from the Gateway Motel in Newberry, for forwarding the following link to me. I had never heard about Inflammatory Breast Cancer prior to this.

The link I am giving you will take you to a video, which if you don’t have high speed internet, you might not be able to watch. So with that in mind, I am copying a bit of info for those of you who might what more info but can’t watch the video.

The link to the video:

There is more than one kind of breast cancer.
We have been taught and are reminded frequently by public service announcements and by the medical community that when a woman discovers a lump on her breast she should go to the doctor immediately.

Inflammatory breast cancer usually grows in nests or sheets, rather than as a confined, solid tumor and therefore can be diffuse throughout the breast with no palpable mass. The cancer cells clog the lymphatic system just below the skin. Lymph node involvement is assumed. Increased breast density compared to prior mammograms should be considered suspicious.
You Don't Have to Have a Lump to Have Breast Cancer.

Some women who have inflammatory breast cancer may remain undiagnosed for long periods, even while seeing their doctor to learn the cause of her symptoms. The symptoms are similar to mastitis, a breast infection and some doctors, not recognizing IBC, will prescribe antibiotics. If a response to antibiotics is not apparent after a week, a biopsy should be performed or a referral to a breast specialist is warranted.

Age 52: Median age at time of diagnosis of IBC ... versus, Age 62: Median age at time of diagnosis of Breast Cancer.

A surprising portion of young women with IBC had their first symptoms during pregnancy or lactation. The misconception that these young women are at lower risk for breast cancer and the fact that IBC is the most aggressive form of breast cancer may result in metastases when the diagnosis is made.

One or more of the following are Typical Symptoms of IBC:
· Swelling, usually sudden, sometimes a cup size in a few days
· Itching
· Pink, red, or dark colored area (called erythema) sometimes with texture similar to the skin of an orange (called peau d'orange)
· Ridges and thickened areas of the skin
· What appears to be a bruise that does not go away
· Nipple retraction
· Nipple discharge, may or may not be bloody
· Breast is warm to the touch
· Breast pain (from a constant ache to stabbing pains)
· Change in color and texture of the aureole

The following is the link to the TV news video:



June 22
Death Reported At Pictured RocksA person was killed at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Wednesday morning, officials say.

The Alger County Sheriff's Department says the National Park Service reported that someone had fallen off a cliff just west of Miner's Castle in the park.

The accident occurred at about 11:40 am.
Authorities say the person apparently landed on the rocks along the shoreline.

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