Welcome to P.S. Annie!

This blog is titled in honor of my great-grandmother Annie Black Gunter. My name, Suzanne, was chosen because my daddy wanted to honor his grandmother and her sister Suzie. It is a tribute to all who have gone on before me.

It is titled P.S. because, after the good-byes are said and the leaving is done, there's always just one more thing that I meant to say. So, this blog is a depository for things left unsaid, much like the P.S. at the end of a letter.

PS Annie! is a blog about family and life. As I dig deeper still into my own family history, there will be more genealogy-themed posts. For fun, I also participate in various memes and linkies. I appreciate your feedback very much.

I hope that you enjoy your visit here!

Your sis in Christ,
Suz

PS! All comments will be responded to via the blog and, on occasion, via e-mail. I am a faulty human and may miss responding sometimes or be very late in responding. Please forgive me for that. I do appreciate each comment and visit very much!

30 July 2014

Power Morcellation: What Every Woman Should Know

I was asked to share the following information with my readers. I pray good health for all of you! ~ Suzanne (PS Annie!)

Statistics show that one in five women will have a hysterectomy over the course of their lifetime. This surgery is commonly performed to remove fibroids. These are benign tumors of muscular and fibrous tissue that typically develop in the uterine wall. Such fibroids can be a source of heavy bleeding and pain. In the U.S., approximately 396,000 hysterectomies are performed each year for the treatment of fibroids.

In April 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that power morcellation used in hysterectomies can potentially cause the spread of cancer. A power morcellator is a surgical instrument with sharp blades that minces or "morcellates" tissues for extraction from the abdomen. On April 17, the FDA published its findings after studying the prevalence of unsuspected cancer in women undergoing uterine or fibroid removal.

Based on this study, the FDA concluded that 1 in 350 women who undergo these surgeries has an undiagnosed form of cancer called a "uterine sarcoma." The risk with power morcellation is that the fragmented tumor can spread to a woman's pelvis and abdomen. The horrific consequences of metastasis can leave a woman with only 2-3 years left to live.

Unfortunately, there is no reliable preoperative means to determine whether a woman with fibroids has a uterine sarcoma. The presence of one type of especially aggressive uterine sarcoma, termed a "leiomyosarcoma," further worsens an already bleak prognosis. A leiomyosarcoma (LMS) can develop in approximately 1 in 498 women with fibroids.

The FDA has strongly advised against the use of power morcellation during hysterectomy and fibroid removal. It has also mandated that manufacturers of the power morcellator further research the risks involved in its use. The agency has stipulated that product labeling must display accurate risk information.

On July 10 and 11, the FDA held a public meeting with the country's foremost obstetricians and gynecologists to discuss the dangers of power morcellation. Members of the Obstetrics & Gynecology Devices Panel were divided regarding risks versus benefits of power morcellators. A decision is pending on whether to restrict or ban their use.

For more information about this device, it's dangers, and how the FDA and manufacturers are handling this, visit the American Recall Center. Campaigning against these hazardous devices will save the lives of hundreds of at-risk women. Let's do everything possible to publicize this critical information.

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch 2014: #29


Everyday Ruralty



Questions


Do you ever watch old TV shows or movies from your childhood or youth?

Yes. We've seen all of the Leave It To Beaver and Andy Griffith Show series several times over. We watch lots of old movies, too.

Xerxes, July 2014
Have you ever adopted a rescued animal?

We currently have two rescue kitties. We didn't adopt them from a shelter or anything (our local shelter is, unfortunately, a kill shelter and they kill kitties as soon as they get them). We found one in the mouth of a tom cat that was kit-napping it to probably kill. We named this one Xerxes. Another little gray one, that the girls have named Sparta, has parents out there, but was attacked by some insects or parasites and was nearly dead. We've gotten all of the "things" off of it and are trying to bottle feed it as well as giving it time with its mommy and daddy. It is getting more active and eating better now, so I think it will be okay.





Are you good at keeping track of paperwork and records?

For the most part, we do pretty good at this. The one set of records that keeps wandering off is our birth certificates. At $25 a pop for replacing them, they really need to stay put!

What would you like the Magic Wendell Fairy to poof with his wand, and turn into a treat for you? Any snack or sweet you would like. It doesn't have to do with carrots, or HE'D eat it!

Strawberry cheesecake sounds really good, as does a nice, cold shrimp cocktail. But, mostly the kind of treat that I'd love to have right now isn't the edible kind. I'd love a huge plot of land out in the middle of nowhere.

Tell me something interesting- please.

I don't know if you'll think it is interesting or not, but I found out something really cool about my 2nd great grandmother. You can read about that here: Delphia.

27 July 2014

The Sunday Community




26 July 2014

52 Ancestors: Philadelphia Isabella Evatt Pressley


     Philadelphia Isabella Evatt Pressley was my maternal grandmother's paternal grandmother and my second great-grandmother. She was married to Richard Simpson Pressley, who was a Confederate veteran and a bounty hunter during the late war. She was born 8 February 1851 and died 9 March 1944. My mama was 5 days old when her great-grandmother died.

     Delphia, as I refer to her, was more than "just" a wife and mother, though that would have been a full life. I've heard that she had about thirteen children! She was also a postmaster. I just discovered this bit of information today after reading the Ancestry.com blog. The post office records are available to learn about the postmasters throughout the United States. Grandma Delphia Pressley was the postmaster of Hickory Flat, Anderson County, South Carolina from 7 May 1883 until 16 June 1888 when John A. Mullinnix took over the job.

     THIS is the kind of dash-filling information that I have been looking for! I have pages and pages of birth and death dates, but not so much in the way of my ancestors' stories. This information gives me a brief glimpse into the life of a woman who bore many children, lived through at least three wars, and lived to a ripe old age of 93. I am very excited to learn this new bit of information about her!

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