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Pink ribbons 6  10 Questions for Cindy Papale



What’s your favorite part of a typical day? Cindy Papale

My favorite part of the day is around 5:30 PM when I am finished working and heading off to the gym for a fantastic work out.  As a breast cancer survivor it has been proven clinically that exercise can help prevent the recurrence of breast cancer.

 What part of your day would you gladly give up?

Actually, after having had breast cancer I treasure getting up each day. I enjoy life to its fullest. I really do not have any part of the day I would give up as I cherish each moment of every day.

Tell me about your business, charity, or cause?

I became a Board Member to The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation after having the honor of meeting Kristy’s parents, Tom and Lynn Lasch, through her friend Laura. Kristy Lasch was diagnosed with breast cancer at only 22 and lost her battle at 26. I learned the Foundation was having a fund raising event while I was writing my book, “The Empty Cup Runneth Over,” and decided to have a portion of the proceeds benefit a foundation in need. Kristy’s story touched my heart and I contacted Laura, Kristy’s friend, who in turn introduced me to Kristy’s parents. They told me that Kristy had kept a  journal and if she had lived she would have written a book. I asked if they would give me the honor of putting her journal in my book. They were happy to let me do this and it was then that they asked if I would like to become a Board Member.  The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation helps women under the age of 30 with medical related expenses. As Kristy knew only too well, even with insurance, treatment and medications can be extremely expensive.

What keeps you up at night?

Wow, this is a wonderful question.  My day begins at 4:15 AM Monday through Friday and ends at 11:00 PM some nights because I am constantly on Facebook and Twitter networking. I have met fantastic people who helped me promote my book. I met people who have invited me on their radio and TV shows, and even met journalists who put my story in well known magazines. The exciting thing is I have met other cancer survivors who have great web sites. To date, I am linked to over 45 web sites, which I call The Link of Hope.

What also keeps me awake some nights is lying in bed trying to figure out my next project and who else I can help. I belong to many organizations and foundations, will be writing another book, and in the process of writing a movie screen play. Therefore, arranging my priorities in my head keeps me awake some nights.

 Who gives you the best advice about your business, charity, cause?

I have met thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook and many have offered advice in so many ways. For example, I had four women, all breast cancer survivors, link my website to theirs and in return I have their sites on mine. I have learned a lot from these other breast cancer survivors who I am now very close friends with today.  My IT person, Philip Augustyne from Nexteck Technology, has created a wonderful website for me. Philip and his staff are a huge support to helping make “The Empty Cup Runneth Over”  as educational as possible for other cancer survivors in their fight against breast cancer.  I am blessed to meet wonderful people from all over who have helped me on my journey including many who helped donate to The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

Book cover Cindy Papale My best accomplishment is the writing of my book, “The Empty Cup Runneth Over,” which ultimately led to another book and a movie screen play.

I am also proud that I actually had the nerve to be part of a breast cancer fashion show where I literally got up on stage and modeled a bathing suit in front of over 1,000 people. Now I am a member of The Day of Caring that put on the event. I am also proud of all the help I have given back to other breast cancer survivors through my book, and through all the lectures I have given since the birth of my book.


 What would you like to see happen with your business, charity, cause?

My ultimate dream is for my movie screenplay to be picked up by a Director/Producer. Also, I would like to see more funding for The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation as Kristy’s parents, Tom and Lynn Lasch, receive many calls from women seeking financial help because their insurance company co-payments are not enough to cover chemotherapy treatments and medications.

Share a failure and a triumphant outcome to something you have faced in your life.

I will begin by saying that surviving breast cancer has taken me on a different path in my life. I now know that breast cancer has no boundaries. About four years ago after being diagnosed with breast cancer, my 20-year marriage came to an end. I was totally devastated. Not knowing what to do or who to talk to made everything harder for me. I felt like “Humpty Dumpty” shattered and thought I could never be put back together again. It took about three years before I could even date, and that was not so great. I find dating a challenge because most men are visual. Me not having real breasts definitely affected my self esteem. However, to date I can happily write that I am doing very well. Staying active and surrounding myself with positive, fun-loving people is truly important. One must never give up hope. Exercise - Cindy Papale 2

I had one person ask if having had breast cancer is a gift because  I am doing so much by helping others. I feel it is and it is not a gift. The part that is not the gift is that I lost both my breasts to cancer and my 20 years of marriage ended. On the other hand, I consider having breast cancer a gift because I am helping so many others overcome the effects of breast cancer, and to be there for support when and if they need it.

If you were in charge of everything in the world for a day, what’s the first change you would make?

Okay, make gas prices cheaper, organic foods reasonably priced, and on a serious note, to help get the homeless off the streets.  Every time I see a homeless person, it truly breaks my heart.

However, the first thing I would to is to make health care affordable for cancer patients. The pre-existing clause needs to be changed. Many young and old cannot get insurance after being diagnosed with cancer and ultimately die because they cannot get treatment.

What advice would you give to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer?

I would let people know that being diagnosed with breast cancer is not a death sentence. One should never give up hope.

Losing a breast or even both breasts as I did, can be devastating. I feel it is important to look at the positive in everything.  While difficult after losing both breasts, we must always move forward, surround ourselves with positive, loving people. Get rid of all negativity, and remember that having faith and hope is important.

Cindy Papale with dogCindy Papale is a nine-year survivor of breast cancer and author of “The Empty Cup Runneth Over”.Cindy’s story is  a moving account of how one woman has taken many traumatic  experiences and from it found new meaning in her life.  Cindy has touched the hearts of many through her book, public speaking, and by finding funding for The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation. Cindy has been featured in articles in Miami, Coral Gables, South Miami and Kendall newspapers. Cindy also made the cover of The Miami Medicine Magazine, has appeared on channel 6 South Florida Today Show, the 101.5 LITE FM Radio, and was selected for the 2007 Strike Out Cancer Hall of Fame newsletter.

Despite years of campaigning, months of debate, and sizzling town hall meetings, Congress is no closer to health care reform than they were when they started.

You  know what bothers me about the health care debate? Well, lots of things bother me, but here’s a few of them.

1. Dismissing other people’s concerns

Obama address to CongressPresident Obama, some Congressional leaders, media and even some very forward-thinking, community-embracing writers, completely dismiss the valid concerns of those who may have less influence in this particular argument. Instead of trying to find out why there is persistent belief that “death panels” will become a reality, or that government will pay for treatment for illegal immigrants, they seem to take the position that, “Those people won’t matter when this comes to a vote, so we’ll just belittle them in public and hopefully they’ll be too embarrassed to speak out again.”

It is a reality that health care is rationed in other countries based on the length of time a person is expected to live. Why is it so hard to believe that as health care costs rise, at some point our government will also determine what type of care will be provided based on whether a person is likely to live another 5, 10 or 15 years?

And if Obama says that his new plan will not pay for health care for illegal immigrants I believe he is being disingenuous (or naïve – either way, not good for a president). Right now, if an illegal immigrant goes to an emergency room for treatment the hospital will charge the cost to Emergency Medicaid. Obama has not mentioned that, or whether that would change in the future. medical_desk200x144

Democrats cannot expect to win agreement on their plan when they continually refuse to admit that others have legitimate concerns that deserve to be fully addressed.

2. Lack of details

President Obama gave a 40+ minutes speech and still no details. The White  House website has few details. The paucity of information makes people nervous. People want to know how a new plan will affect their own pocketbook, and without more details no one can figure that out. After all these months it seems someone would have information on the major points, such as whether a public option would be a part of the final plan.

3. Say what you mean       child - medical        

And speaking of a public option, it used to be a deal-breaker; now, not so much. The plan was supposed to be done before the August break. Then it was okay to go home first and talk to constituents about it. Now, if it takes until December, that’s okay, too. Obama seems to equivocate on other issues as well such as employer insurance mandates, and levying new taxes to pay for plan.

I understand that this outline of specific goals without details for achievement is designed to allow Obama the ability to compromise when it comes time to make a decision. All this waffling does not inspire trust in the decision-making capacity of the person who is supposed to be leading the country. Even lawmakers in Obama’s own party have asked for additional guidance. But you can’t leave the decisions on the most sensitive issues to the end of the game. That will likely cause further disruption, confusion and, yes, even more debate.

It would make more sense for each side (including Blue Dogs and Independents) to designate some representatives to sit down at a table with true, workable ideas and hash out a plan that takes into account everyone’s concerns. Then present identical bills to both the House and the Senate and work out the differences.

4. What’s the rush?    medical 11

Presidents have been calling for health care reform for decades. Why do we need to get it done today? What’s so special about 2009?

Isn’t it more important to take the time to make sure it’s done right? To make sure that the solution doesn’t bankrupt the country? That everyone who wants to be included, is included? That we get better health care, not just more health care?

medical -injectionI think these goals are important enough to take the time to breathe deep, consider all the options, ask for more solutions to the really tough problems, and think through the consequences of potential decisions.

Whatever decisions are made – right or wrong — we are likely to be stuck with them for decades. Let’s make reasonably sure that we did everything possible to ensure that the decisions don’t cause more harm than good.

5. Where is our focus?  us-congress-j001

It seems that so many leaders in America are so busy trying to solve the problems with health care that everyone’s forgotten that there are other, perhaps more pressing, issues to be concerned with.

Has everyone forgotten that the economy is in the gutter? That people continue to lose jobs at an alarming rate? That banks are still not lending to small businesses at a time when those businesses are trying to stay afloat?

It seems that the most urgent problem, the one that is affecting people on a global scale today, has been set on the back burner to simmer as if it will get done all by itself. Getting business back on its feet and people back to work would reinvigorate a failing economy and that should be the priority for Congress.  no money

Okay, so that last one doesn’t really have to do with health care, but I wanted to include it anyway. What about you – what do you think? Did I leave something out? Do you have a different opinion about the healthcare debate? Let’s hear it!