Help is available for breast cancer patients

first_imgThe chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer sometime during her life is just about one in eight.Once diagnosed, breast cancer patients and their families go through a myriad of emotions and deal with seemingly insurmountable odds.But help is just a phone call away. The American Cancer Society can be reached at 1-800-227-2345.Help is also available via the web at cancer.orgThe assistance covers a wide range of issues, from treatment to understanding the illness, insurance information, financial resources, transportation, lodging and locating support groups in the area, to name a few.“ACS offers various programs and services to help people cope while fighting their illness,” she said. The American Cancer Society offers free services for cancer patients and their loved ones.Kathy Chessher of the American Cancer Society-Beaumont, said the hot line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.“When you call that number as a cancer patient, or family member or friend, you will be connected with a cancer information specialist who is ready to help the caller no matter what time of day,” Chessher said.center_img Road to RecoveryRoad to Recovery is a transportation program that pits volunteer drivers with patients who need a ride to treatment appointments and back home.“Many times, as we know, if you have cancer and are going to treatment, you don’t feel good enough to go alone,” she said. “Sometimes a spouse, or friend or son or daughter has to work and cannot make the trip and the patient may not feel well enough to drive.”Lodging during treatment as well as gas cards are also offered by the ACS.“Sometimes treatment requires an overnight stay because the location of where the treatment is offered may be a long drive. We can make arrangements with motels to provide overnight accommodations,” she said. “And with the price of gas still high, these kinds of costs add up, and before you know it, you’ve spent an astronomical amount of money.”Reach to RecoveryReach to Recovery is a cancer support group that focuses mainly on breast cancer.When a person is newly diagnosed, there is a group of volunteers who are also cancer survivors who will lend their time and emotional support.“They will sit down with them and visit, tell them what to expect and answer questions from the perspective of being a survivor,” she said. “And who better to visit a person that’s very afraid and going through a lot of emotions, than a person who can provide the emotional understanding and guidance they need at that time.”Personal careMaking a woman feel whole again is another goal of the ACS. Sometimes when a woman begins radiation or chemotherapy treatments, they will lose their hair, which can take a toll on a woman’s well-being. The ACS offers free wigs, turbans and other such items to help the woman feel better about herself.Bras and prosthetics are also offered free of charge for breast cancer patients as well as skin care products.“Many times when women go through treatment they forget to take care of themselves and take care of their skin,” she said. “This program will help teach them to take care of themselves.”The ACS partners with cosmetic companies across the United States and cosmetic products are all donated. The cancer patient is given a demonstration on how to apply the makeup and they “learn to feel beautiful again.”The ACS works with people affected by all types of cancer, not just breast cancer.“Everything we offer is 100 percent free,” she said. “You do not have to qualify based on financial status or insurance. A cancer patient is a cancer patient to us.”For more information, call the ACS hotline at 800-227-2345 or visit their website, cancer.org.mmeaux@panews.comlast_img read more

Bridgette Miles-Davis

first_img Funeral services for Bridgette Miles-Davis and Tamara Berryhill will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Eastern Star Baptist Church with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home. Preceding her in death were her parents; three sons Adrian Miles, Aaron Berryhill and Deron Berryhill; grandfather, Albert White, Sr. and an adoptive sister Ola Mae Brown.She leaves to cherish her memories: a devoted husband Sammy Lee Davis, one daughter: Lashawna Miles (Tyrone), three sons: Marvin Berryhill, Bradford Jr. and Marcus Miles; Stepchildren, Jalisa and Jamon Davis and Shanissa Brown; 9 grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends. Bridgette Miles-Davis was born on February 1, 1959 in Port Arthur, Texas. Bridgette was the only child of the late Hillman and Muriel Berryhill. She transitioned to her heavenly home on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Bridgette attended Lincoln High School and graduated with the class of 1977. She worked as a bus driver for Hotards Coach Services, and also employed by Care Point. Bridgette was a member of Eastern Star Baptist Church.last_img read more

Weber wins third term in Congress

first_imgU.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Webster, was cruising to a third term in Congress with a strong lead over Democrat challenger Michael Cole in Tuesday’s election. In a relatively close vote in Jefferson County, Weber led 51-49 percent. Across the district Weber had 159,061 votes, 62 percent, to Cole’s 97,696 votes for 38 percent with 80 percent of the precincts reporting.Weber, 63, holds a key leadership role on the Science, Space, and Technology committee serving as the Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he serves on the Middle East, North Africa Subcommittee, as well as the Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.Prior to being elected to Congress, Weber served four years in the Texas State House. During his tenure, Weber served on the committees of Environmental Regulation, Public Education, and as Vice Chair of Border and Intergovernmental Affairs.Weber has lived in a 20-mile radius for all his life and has been married to Brenda, a retired schoolteacher from Nederland, for over 40 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren.last_img read more

Emeritus Deacon Howard Kirk

first_img Left to cherish his memory one son Rickey Kirk; three sisters Laura Kegler, Louise Kirk of Nacogdoches, TX and Bernice Kirk of Port Arthur, TX; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Holy Tabernacle Church of God In Christ, 211 W. 17th Street, Port Arthur, TX with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home. Emeritus Deacon Howard Kirk, 98, of Port Arthur passed away December 24, 2016 at the Medical Center. He was a native of Nacogdoches, TX and served in the US Army.last_img

LU SOFTBALL DOUBLES UP ALABAMA A&M

first_img Next UpThe Cardinals got to Alabama A&M starter Caitlyn Hayden (2-4) early with four runs in the first inning, collecting five hits in the inning and taking advantage of some fielding miscues by the Lady Bulldogs (3-7).LU increased the lead to 6-0 in the second on a two-run double by Brynn Baca. After that it was up to a trio of LU pitchers to hold the Bulldogs at bay.LU starter Laura Napoli (2-3) went the first three innings, leaving with the comfortable lead. Reliever Julia Voluntad wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the fourth. Alabama A&M scored three runs in the sixth inning off Amie Cisneros before Napoli came back in to pitch a scoreless seventh inning to close things out. The tourney, which runs through Sunday, has five games scheduled for today. Alabama A&M meets Tulsa at 10 a.m. That is followed by Northern Illinois vs. Alabama A&M at 12:15 p.m., South Dakota State vs. Kansas at 2:30 p.m., South Dakota State vs. LU at 4:45 p.m. and Kansas facing Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. LU plays Kansas at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Northern Illinois at 10:15 a.m. Sunday and Tulsa at 2:45 p.m. Sunday.— Lamar sports information BEAUMONT – The Lamar Cardinals continued their dominance at the LU Softball Complex, improving to 29-9 all-time at the facility, with a 6-3 victory over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in the first game of the Cardinal Classic on Thursday.The Cardinals (3-8) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and held on as they snapped a seven-game losing streak.“We got off to a great start, but we tapered off after that,” LU coach Holly Bruder said. “We didn’t have great at bats after that, but we found a way to win.”center_img Napoli allowed two hits in her four innings, walking one and striking out five. Two of Napoli’s strikeouts came in the seventh, when she set the side down in order. Voluntad pitched one scoreless inning, while Cisneros allowed five hits and three runs, all earned in her two innings of work.“To be honest, I thought Laura pitched better in relief than she did over her first three innings,” Bruder said. “I was very happy with the way she pitched.”Baca led the LU offense with three hits and three RBIs. Brittany Rodriguez had three hits and scored twice for the Cardinals.Hayden pitched a complete game for Alabama A&M, allowing 11 hits and six runs, two earned. She did not walk anyone and had one strikeout. Brandi Foreman and Jessica Alferos had two hits apiece for the Lady Bulldogs.last_img read more

Groves Police blotter & calls: Sept. 25–Oct. 1

first_img Next UpSept. 26An assault cause’s bodily injury was reported in the 4600 block of Twin City Highway.Sept. 27An informational report was processed.An Uhaul box truck caused damage to the overhang of a drive thru building and was reported in the 6200 block of 39th Street. The driver of the Uhaul left the scene.After a traffic stop in the 6100 block of Real Street a 27-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants.Sept. 28Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was reported in the 5200 block of East Parkway Drive.A 39-year-old woman was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 6500 block of 25th Street after a traffic stop.After a disturbance call a 58-year-old woman was arrested for public intoxication in the 5300 block of Gulfway Drive.Two 20-year-old men were arrested for outstanding warrants in the 5500 block of Marion Avenue after a traffic stop. Oct. 1Assault-family violence was reported in the 6400 block of Plaza Avenue.An assault cause’s bodily injury-family violence was reported in the 4200 Main Avenue.Burglary of a multiple vehicles was reported in the 5500 block of West Washington.Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and theft of a Glock Model 21 semi auto pistol was reported in the 4200 block of Main Avenue. Sept. 29Dog running at large complaint was processed in the 5300 block of West Groves Circle.A criminal trespass warning was issued in the 5200 block of East Parkway in reference to unwanted subject on property.Unauthorized use of motor vehicle report was processed in the 2900 block of Ruby.Unknown actor(s) shattered a storm door and was reported in the 5100 block of Gulf.Sept. 30A 24-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 4700 block of FM 366.Aggravated assault was reported in the 5600 block of West Washington after a call in reference to a subject with a gun.Burglary of vehicle was reported in the 5200 block of East Parkway.An accident involving damage report was processed.A 48-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 3900 block of Pure Atlantic after a stop to check on the clerks and patrons.center_img Groves police responded to the following calls from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1Calls:Miscellaneous calls for service assistance — 127Offense reports filed — 27Motor vehicle accidents investigated — 3Sept. 25A 32-year-old woman was arresting for outstanding warrants.Threat in person was reported in the 6600 block of Verde.A 39-year-old woman was arrested for outstanding warrants at West Parkway and Terrell.last_img read more

HEALTHY LIVING — How anger can have an impact on your health

first_imgIt seems like a lot of folks are worked up over life in general these days. They have a burr under their saddle and seem intent on staying that way. The outward effects of this are pretty obvious, but what all of this does to a person’s body has a tremendous bearing on their overall health.Emotions such as anger and hostility ramp up your “fight or flight” response. When that happens, stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, speed up your heart rate and breathing. You get a burst of energy. Your blood vessels tighten. Your blood pressure soars. If this happens often, it causes wear and tear on your artery walls. The physical and mental stress that anger produces can trigger a heart attack or any other condition related to this muscle.Being angry can cause what’s known as irritable bowel syndrome, which can lead to colitis or diarrhea. Stress, fear, tension and anger can all cause intestinal imbalances. Gastritis is one of the most common consequences of anger and the symptoms are well-known: acid reflux, pain, and a burning sensation in the stomach. Stomach acids inflame the mucus lining when you have multiple episodes of anger, so if you get angry very often, it may not only provoke gastritis but can also cause stomach ulcers.Itching, rashes, and pruritus have, among other things, anger as a main trigger. The same can be attributed to bouts of tension, stress, nervousness, anxiety and fear.Negative emotions will invariably impact your physical well-being, and anger is no different. Emotional factors are actually one of the most important contributing factors for all diseases, including cancer. Your emotions can actually trigger your genes to either express health or disease … and if you’re chronically angry or prone to uncontrolled outbursts you could be inadvertently sabotaging your health. We all experience anger and hatred at some point in our lives. It is natural to feel angry about something, as long as you know how to deal with your anger so that it doesn’t negatively affect your health and well-being. If you can learn to tackle your anger at its root and resolve your negative feelings without lashing out at yourself or others, you will already be one step further on the path to optimal health and happiness.“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”center_img Stay healthy, my friends.Jody Holton writes about health and wellntess for The Port Arthur News. She can be reached at jholton3@gt.rr.comlast_img read more

1 arrested, 1 sought in Beaumont brisket robbery

first_img Detectives worked with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and were able to obtain a burglary warrant for Moraida’s arrest.Warrant Officers arrested Moraida in Beaumont at 2:05 p.m. Friday in the Avenues neighborhood (Forsythe and Avenue E).The white Ford sedan that he was driving was seized and towed. The investigation continues.The Sheriff’s Office said everyone is curious, asking ‘has the brisket been recovered?’ No, it has not. “We are still searching for the identity of the black male accomplice involved in this burglary,” the Sheriff’s Office said.If you have information about this burglary, contact Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477), log onto 833TIPS.com or download the P3 app. You could be eligible for a cash reward.center_img Courvilles Catering, 1700 Rose lane at Highway 90 in Beaumont, was burglarized around 5:20 a.m. Friday.The surveillance video captured the images of 2 men tearing into the cash register and stealing other items from the restaurant to include 5 briskets.Once the video was reviewed, deputies and officers from several agencies recognized the white male in the video as 51-year-old Tomas Moraida.Tomas Moraidalast_img read more

MOVIE GUY — Boys State provides fascinating look at America’s political future

first_img But the real power of this film is how it delves into the minds of these young men. These are teenagers who have a budding interest in going into politics when they grow up. Their optimistic views of political service to the country service are inspiring. Then again, some of their jaded thoughts on American politics are also quite distressing.It’s curious that the film draws such divisive reactions. There are some audiences who see the clear-eyed young men in this film and think that there is hope for us yet. Things look rosy if this is an early portrait of our future leaders. Then again, there are others who note that these young men have already learned the power of mudslinging and smear campaigns. I shudder to think of what the future might look like if they are already so adept at playing dirty politics.Any film that can stir up such a range of emotions is obviously very well made. Kudos to the filmmakers who reportedly deployed a half-dozen camera teams in order to cover the sprawling event. And credit them for being smart enough in pre-production to be able to lock onto the major candidates, even though they were unknown students mere days before the event began. It’s not a perfect film. The documentary might have benefitted by showcasing a few other points of view. It should also be noted that, according to my sister, Girls State is where the real drama happens.Perhaps there’s a sequel to come. Either way, Boys State is a fascinating documentary and a thrilling/terrifying look at America’s political future—a must see for anyone who is a political junkie.Boys State is streaming exclusively on Apple TV+. Movie reviews by Sean McBride, “The Movie Guy,” are published each week by Port Arthur Newsmedia and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at smcbride@sbgtv.com. Boys State is the annual program sponsored by the American Legion where high school students are given a crash course on the American political system. They gather to form a mock legislature and campaign to be elected as the teenage versions of governors, senators and judges.I took part in the program in 1983, and while I recall it being a lot of fun, it didn’t ignite a passion in me for political service. I wonder if things might have been different if I’d attended the Boys State at the center on the new Apple+ documentary.Boys State takes place at the Texas gathering in 2018 and follows a handful of boys as they careen through their mock election process. At its most basic level, this film recreates the tension of a national political race. The filmmakers have been following a handful of the participants, so it’s only natural that we would be invested in the outcome of their campaigns. Boys StateApple TV+Directed by Amanda McBaine and Jesse MossRated PG-13last_img read more

PA man indicted for crash that killed officer

first_img A Jefferson County grand jury handed down the indictments for intoxication manslaughter-cause death of peace officer and intoxication assault of a peace officer earlier this week.An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case. Police contend Torres, of Port Arthur, was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 69 and caused the collision. Hospital results showed his blood alcohol content to be 296 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).Additionally, the warrant states information about his activities leading to the collision were found on several different media platforms and he reportedly admitted to consuming alcohol.The fatal creasg led the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to launch investigations into two locations Torres may have obtained alcohol. Luis Fernando Torres has been indicted in the fatal drunk driving crash that killed a Beaumont police officer and injured another officer.Torres, 18, reportedly struck a Beaumont Police Department patrol unit head-on Aug. 9, killing the passenger, 23-year-old Officer Sheena Yarbrough, and injuring the driver, 28-year-old Officer Gabriel Fells, following a night of heavy drinking.Yarbrough was pronounced deceased at the scene and Fells was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital with serious bodily injury, according to the affidavit for arrest.last_img read more