Tuesday, October 31, 2017

N is for our 'November's Issue' Filled With Thankful Hearts, and Helpful Hands


With the holiday season coming upon us, we look back over this year and celebrate those who inspire our gratitude. This month you can find a little bit of everything to get you in the giving spirit, from gift ideas to caregiving advice, we have you covered.

Monday, October 30, 2017

How to Get Rid of the Ghosts that Haunt You

By Julie E. Richardson
Photo by Steinar Engeland on Unsplash


I was scared of the dark as a child. The sense of unknowing that came with a dark room was too much for my little heart. I’d peek in my closet for monsters; look under my bed for ghouls. I still lay awake sometimes listening for the things that go bump in the night. Only now it isn’t the creatures of a 9-year-old’s active imagination that dart through my subconscious — it’s the real ghosts of living.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Everyone Has a Different Story that Puts Them Here

By Brigid Morrissey


Forty years ago, a crisis and epidemic rocked the United States and the rest of the world so hard that almost everyone was in a panic. AIDS became prevalent in the ’80s and ’90s when it is believed that the virus had spread over five continents. Several theories developed as to the spread; some have been proven wrong, like the idea that AIDS could be spread through casual contact, food, and water. Others, like AIDS being a “gay disease,” have survived the decades as a stigma surrounding the illness. Missy Vitale has dedicated her life to fighting those false accusations and continues to serve both the infected and affected.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Her Comfortable, Confident Style

By Miranda Popp

She’s a familiar face at events all over town, from games at any University of Louisville venue to racing events at Churchill Downs. Madison Hardy has worked her way up the corporate ladder of the public relations and event production world and has taken her fun sense of fashion with her.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Best Bodies: Debra Lynn Lively (and one of her treats)


“I strength train, ride a bicycle, do yoga and dance. They all bring wonderful gifts to our bodies, but strength training is essential to building and retaining muscle as we age. Strength training gives me the confidence to meet the demands of work and family.”

Thursday, October 26, 2017

What To Do This Weekend



Dress in your costumes and head out on the town this weekend! There are plenty of opportunities for Halloween fun around every corner. You can also take part in activities to raise money to help those with breast cancer, attend a play, celebrate comic books, and more.

Look below for some hauntingly good picks for weekend fun:


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

What this Bride Offered at Her Winter Wedding



Danielle Castleman and Jacob Bales married last winter in an evening wedding ceremony at Mellwood Arts Center followed by a reception in the same location for more than 450 guests. They spent about 10 months planning the wedding and were able to add some personal touches even on a budget.

Monday, October 23, 2017

What this Medical Student (and Miss Kentucky) is Reading, Watching, Listening to…

By Megan M. Seckman 
Madelynne Myers, 22, wears the tiara with pride as she makes her way through the small towns of the state, but don’t underestimate this Miss Kentucky USA. Where the runway ends, a future in medicine and public service begins. In May, Madelynne graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in molecular and cellular biology and minors in chemistry and Spanish. Once her year as Miss Kentucky is complete, she plans to begin medical school and pursue a career in pediatric trauma surgery.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Are Your Friendships Healthy?

By Marie Bradby


A healthy relationship is where there’s equal give and take on both sides, where both people are getting what they need out of the relationship, therapist Jenny Townsend, LCSW, says. There is such a deep connection between the two people, that when you have a conversation you are able to say, ‘Me too. Yeah, I get that.’

Do You Need a New Friend?

By Marie Bradby
Gina Stipo (L) is in Louisville largely due to friendship and support from Barb and Bill Juckett.
Photos by Melissa Donald 


You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Change your friends, change your life.”
We all need to make new friends at certain times in our lives, whether it’s because we’ve moved, gotten a new job, or the kids have spread their wings and flown out of the nest.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Ways to Combat Chronic Pain — from the Fighters

By Brittani Dick

Dealing with chronic pain is both physically and emotionally draining, and can seriously hinder your everyday life. Read how these five women fight to cope with chronic pain.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Throw A Modern and Moody Halloween Party

By Lauren Dahl and Paige Rhodes

A crisp evening Halloween party is the perfect occasion for a dark and moody color palette. Playful ghoulish details like spiders, webs, and fog will set the Halloween tone. Modern white dishes and an un-cluttered table helps bring the glam. Tonight is the night to embrace the black lipstick, eccentric attire, and indulge in all things Halloween.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

What To Do This Weekend


Start your weekend in celebration this evening by attending the 2nd Annual Pink Woman Fashion Show, featuring breast cancer survivors walking the runway in the latest fashions. The event is sponsored by All Women OB/GYN and presented by Oxmoor Center and Today's Woman magazine.

Tickets can be purchased online, and VIP tickets include a signature drink, premier fashion show seating, a SWAG bag, and a post-show party. All of the proceeds and donations will go directly to Twisted Pink, a Louisville based non-profit organization whose mission is accelerating treatment options and quality of life for late stage breast cancer by funding metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer research. We hope to see you there!

Look below for more weekend suggestions:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It’s All About the Tie

By Brittani Dick
Elizabeth Peake is adding some extra flair to men's attire with these fun and fashionable accessories.
Photos by Sunni Wigginton
A self-proclaimed slow starter in the mornings, Elizabeth Peake, 32, takes her time cuddling her dogs and drinking cold brewed coffee before plunging into her workday.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Creating a Dance That Fits Her Life

By Marie Bradby
After a day of teaching ballroom dance — waltz and foxtrot, rumba and cha cha — professional dancer and teacher Lindsey Rutherford doesn’t just go home and relax at her farm in New Albany, Indiana. She rides her horses or her four-wheeler, or she boats or camps in her favorite spots in southern Indiana.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

“My Husband Picks Fights With Me -- I Want Peace!”




Q: “My husband’s pettiness is driving me crazy. We argue over everything and nothing at all. We argue over everything and nothing at all. For instance, I like going out with my friends every week, but he makes sure to ruin each time by blowing up my phone with texts and picking fights with me about minor details. After six years of marriage, we seem to be drifting apart, and I’m finding myself dreading going home. How can I get him to understand that if he would stop being picky about how I clean the house or how much I spend (I am a working woman) or even whether I eat or not, our relationship might improve? I just want some peace.”

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Her Heart is with the Animals

By Bella Portaro-Kueber 

Generous, giving, and humble...

These apply, but there are various words to describe Johnna Kelly and her impact on various animal nonprofits in Louisville. From Metro Animal Services to The Animal Care Society, Johnna does what she can, when she can, and does it with passion.

Friday, October 13, 2017

An Unbelievable Trip: Four Months Abroad with Four Kids

By Megan M. Seckman
The family took a 7-hour hike through the Vietnam Sapa Valley.
Four months, eight countries, six small suitcases, one trip of a lifetime. These are the numbers involved when turning a dream into reality.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

What To Do This Weekend


This weekend brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy the autumn air with trick or treating and several festivals. Also this weekend are options for live music, dancing, and a celebration of aviation and military aviation.

Check out our selections below for a great weekend:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Featured Pink Woman: Michele Welscher

"I try to stay lighthearted with everything and have humor throughout everything." 

Name: Michele Welscher
Age: 52
Job: Auditor for Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP
Diagnosis: Breast cancer stage 0
How She Found Out: Detected in routine mammogram yearly, May 2017
Treatments: Bilateral mastectomy, due to also living with cystic fibrosis. I was already on a specialized diet.
Best Thing Someone Did For Me: This is a tie between my neighbor who hired a housekeeper to help me, and my boss being fantastic about schedule flexibility.

Featured Pink Woman: Tamela Cooke

"I pulled up my 'Pink' big girl panties and began to do what I needed to do to fight this." 

Name: Tamela R. Cooke
Age: 52
Job: Human Resources, Employee Relations Specialist at Correct Care Solutions
Diagnosis: Invasive ductile carcinoma. Stage 1 found January 4, 2016
Treatment: Lumpectomy and radiation treatment
Advice: Don’t let it define who you are! Of course, you have to make lifestyle changes. Live, laugh and love yourself and the people around you!

Featured Pink Woman: Lillie Pettit

"I made beating cancer my job, I finished that job. Now it's time for me to live."
Name: Lillie Pettit
Age: 61
Job: Automotive Manufacturing/Shipping Mitsuba of Bardstown
Diagnosis: Triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma with lymph node involvement found at annual mammogram, August 6, 2015
Treatments: 23 weeks of taxol chemotherapy: once a week for 12 weeks and then every other week for 11 weeks. Followed by a lumpectomy with lymph node removal and 6 weeks of daily radiation.
Advice Lillie Would Give To People With Loved Ones Battling Breast Cancer: Someone dealing with this diagnosis has so many things going through their mind and so many emotions. They won't remember every detail of what the doctors and nurses are saying. Write it down for them.

Featured Pink Woman: Debra Adams

"The light switch to everything I fear switched off when enduring this."

Name: Debra Adams
Age: 46
Job: Instructor for Red Cross
Diagnosis: DCIS carcinoma in-situ. I had gone to a general physician, they took blood happened to do a breast exam, looking at the two lumps I had since I was 12. The results of a biopsy came back positive, February 2016
Advice Debra Would Give To People With Loved Ones Battling Breast Cancer: Talk to them and be honest. Don’t run away or be afraid to ask questions. It’s better to go through horrible things with friends who can laugh with you, take you out to dinner, help with chores or sit and watch TV with.


Featured Pink Woman: Robin Kennedy



"I told myself to not look at the 'why?' and the 'what if?'."


Name: Robin Kennedy
Age: 54
Job: Administrative Coordinator, Metro Government
Diagnosis: Breast cancer stage 1, May 2012
How She Found Out: Detected in routine mammogram
Treatments: Two lumpectomies in may of 2012 and again in June 2012, a double mastectomy in July. TRAM flap bilateral reconstruct in August .
Support Groups: Gilda's Club Louisville, Norton’s Pink Pilates exercise class, Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer through James Brown. Friends for Hope.
Best Thing She Did For Herself: Made myself volunteer with support groups and I surrounded myself with those who had walked in my shoes where we raised each other up.

Featured Pink Woman: Michelle Anderson

"Cancer makes you feel like your entire life has been out of control." 

Name: Michelle Anderson
Age: 42
Job: Registered Nurse at The Brook Hospital - Dupont
Diagnosis: Stage 2 breast cancer due to four lymph nodes removed
How She Found Out: First mammogram, February 22, 2017
Treatments: Chemo since May 1, 2017
How She Deals With Negative Thoughts: I have a coloring book with swear words in it that calms me down.
How She Copes With Stress/Fear: Stress and fear come together: Fear of what I would look like after the surgery. Fear of my identity based on the standards placed on women in today's society. I am choosing to have a hysterectomy to eliminate risks of more cancer.

Featured Pink Woman: Deena Kleehamer


"People gripe about their birthdays, but each one is a gift from God, and I am so happy to be here to celebrate another year."

Name: Deena Kleehamer
Age: 68
Job: Takes care of granddaughters and granddogs
Diagnosis: Stage 1 mastectomy at age 38. “Got a trick instead of a treat on Halloween” October 31, 1987.
Advice To Newly Diagnosed Women: You have the love of your family and friends but you don’t have to face breast cancer alone. There are so many support groups out there.
Support Group: Deena started a breast cancer support group in 1991 at Floyd Memorial Hospital and led it for 14 years. “When you have women in a support group who can understand what you are sitting and going through, it truly makes a difference. I led the support group for 14 years before handing it over to a friend for another 10 years.”

Featured Pink Woman: Sarah Leffler

"A verse of scripture that helped me: 'Whatever state I am in I have learned to be content.'" 

Name: Sarah Leffler
Age: 80
Job: Retired
Diagnosis: Stage one cancer deep within the breast, June 2004
Advice You Would Give To Newly Diagnosed Women: I advise they rely on their on their faith, and my surgeon told me that I got a long so well because of a good attitude.
How She Dealt With Negative Thoughts: I simply prayed about it, and I had a good friend that had already gone through prostate cancer surgery and he was able to walk me down the road of positivity to handle the situation to keep my faith stronger. I recommend not holding in your feelings, sharing my own was a relief and lessened the burden of the battle.

Featured Pink Woman: Vicki Fleitz

"Cancer isn’t a death sentence."

Name: Vicki Fleitz
Age: 54
Job: Certified Pharmacy Technician at La Grange Kroger
Diagnosis: Stage 2 / Stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma, March 2013
How She Found Out: I did a self-exam, felt the lump where I was then sent for a mammogram that led to me getting a biopsy.
How Did This Change You: I used to be just fine sitting in the back and not being the center of attention, but after my experience in fighting cancer, I began to find my voice and my courage. I have been able to help five friends with their battle with cancer. It helps knowing someone who has gone through it and come out ok. Cancer isn’t a death sentence and I realize I am much stronger than I realized by participating in Derby City Dragons. I am getting stronger mentally and physically and facing my fears.

Featured Pink Woman: Kimberly Zink

"Before I would get stressed over the smallest things and now realize it is not worth it. Just take it for what it is and move on."

Name: Kimberly Zink
Age: 44
Job: UPS Administrative where I move aircraft parts logistically and coach middle school girls basketball at Hazelwood (New Albany, Indiana)
Diagnosis: Stage 3 breast cancer, and positive for BRCA 2 gene, January 2005 (32 years old)
Treatments: Chemo and mastectomy, then bilateral mastectomy, complete hysterectomy and reconstruction
How Did you Cope With Stress/Fear: When I would stress over this situation or any other situation I just breathe and exercise if I can. If something is bothering you, talk about it. Don’t hold things in, stress can wreak havoc on your body.

Featured Pink Woman: Sister Mary "Rita" Joseph Jarrell



"I always carry the empathy in my heart, and I don’t know how much longer I have, but I am being happy with each day."

Name: Sister Mary 'Rita' Joseph Jarrell,
Age: 73
Job: Chaplain of Hosparus of Louisville, Norton Pavilion on the weekends - Works with breast cancer patients
Diagnosis: Stage 2 adenocarcinoma at the age of 37
Advice You Would Give To Newly Diagnosed Women: My mantra comes from the little engine that could "I know I can." Get yourself a mantra.
Changes You Made: Made a big change with holistic health and taking health classes regarding diet, proper food, positive thinking, exercise and cognitive thinking. How you think about yourself has a direct influence on your immune system. Had a thyroid problem, and started taking vitamins. I am currently on a heavy regimen of vitamins, strict diet and regulatory exercises.

Monday, October 9, 2017

"We are training people to take the company to the next level. I love seeing people flourish..." says Cindy Collier

By Lucy M. Pritchett


For many women, moving seamlessly from a career in fashion to a career in freight might take some doing. But Cindy Collier, president and CEO of Mister “P” Express, Inc. in Jeffersonville, carried what she had learned in retail fashion and joined her father in founding the trucking company.

Why It is Important to Distinguish Yourself With Style

By Keri Foy
Rachel proudly shows her tattoo which represents the connectedness of people. Photos by Sunni Wigginton 

Rachel Dickey grew up wearing leotards and uniforms. As a ballet dancer, she spent her evenings at a dance studio, hair pinned into a bun, and during the day, her school enforced a strict dress code. Not much room for a young girl to delve into her personal fashion style.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

She is Running a Startup -- and How Her “Vent Line” Helps

By Megan S. Willman
Angelique Johnson's new medical innovations will provide impactful benefits to the community. Photo by Melissa Donald 

Angelique Johnson never planned to start her own company. After graduating from the University of Michigan with her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and attending the University of Louisville for one year of post-doc work, Angelique realized she had a solid business idea. Using innovative technology, Angelique is exploring the ways that implantable electronics can be used to treat diseases and neurological disorders. Not only will these advances lower the cost of various treatments, but she anticipates tremendous improvements in the performance of those devices. “I didn’t expect to become an entrepreneur, but I saw a need, and I thought, ‘Let’s go after it!’” Angelique says. That idea became the beginning of her company, MEMStim.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

She Ate Her Way Out of Brain Fog and Joint Pain

By Ashli Findley
Jessica Hill Powell began exploring natural alternatives for dealing with her health issues. 
After the birth of her daughter eight years ago, Jessica Hill Powell started experiencing joint pain coupled with psoriasis and brain fog. It wasn’t until the severity of these symptoms increased after the birth of her third child that she actively sought medical attention.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Makings of a Beautiful Life

"Take time to enjoy the little things like a cup of tea."

Carrie Cooke Ketterman may be living in the wrong decade. Or even the wrong century. Or maybe, she's here to remind us that all things modern aren't all things beautiful.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

What To Do This Weekend


This weekend, check out the St. James Court Art Show, a juried fine arts and contemporary crafts show held among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes in the heart of historic Old Louisville. It's an autumn tradition that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to see and purchase original art from talented artists.

Also this weekend, celebrate the 50th anniversary of a beloved fall festival, think pink, buy local, trace the history of bourbon, and more.

Check out our picks below for a great weekend:


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Featured Pink Woman: Judie G. Sherman

Judie G. Sherman, 83, gained a new appreciation for life after her stage three breast cancer diagnosis in 1975. After having 25 radiation treatments, a radical mastectomy, and prophylactic surgery, Judie didn’t lose her vivacious spirit.

Featured Pink Woman: Alana Auslander-Price

Resilience has become a philosophy of living for Alana Auslander-Price who was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer in 2012. After enduring multiple treatments, which included having a double mastectomy and oophorectomy, Alana, 42, had a dragonfly tattooed on her scars instead of having breast reconstruction.

Featured Pink Woman: Adrian Annette Oldham


Although Adrian Annette Oldham, 44, faced many tumultuous moments, she didn’t allow negative thoughts to dominate her life. “I always claimed victory over cancer, and I was blessed to have a positive strong support system of family and friends.”

Featured Pink Woman: Lynnette Rochelle Fulton


When Lynnette Rochelle Fulton was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer in 1995, she relied on her spiritual faith to cope with the fear. “I realized He had a plan for my life. You have to recognize you’re not in this battle alone. There are so many other people that have walked this path and survived.”

Featured Pink Woman: Brooke Egan




Despite being diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in April 2017, Brooke Egan isn’t putting life on hold. The 45-year-old wife and mother of three stays optimistic about the future and gains strength from friends and family.

Featured Pink Woman: Patsy Dawson


Patsy Dawson, 52, stopped worrying about what people would think about her physical appearance and figured out what she could do to help other breast cancer patients. “I feel awesome when I can talk to or help someone recently diagnosed.”

Featured Pink Woman: Linda Black



Staying physically active at the Louisville Athletic Club while receiving her cancer treatments kept Linda Black’s body strong — but also strengthened her emotional resilience. “Don’t give in to thinking you can’t do something, because you have cancer. You are a fighter.”

Monday, October 2, 2017

She Spent a Year Planning this Halloween Party

By Lucy M. Pritchett
Stephanie Bromback devotes much time to planning the Louisville Zoo's annual Halloween party and other events.
Photos by Patti Hartog 
If the idea of picking up a couple of bags of candy and carving a pumpkin for your front porch is your idea of preparing for Halloween, you might want to show a little compassion for Stephanie Bromback. Stephanie is the special events coordinator at the Louisville Zoo and spends a year planning The World's Largest Halloween Party! for kids 11 and under. The fun, which runs Thursdays through Sundays, begins this year on October 5 and ends on October 29.

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Christmas at the Gaylord 

Package includes two-night room accommodations for two people, tickets to Cirque Dreams Holidaze, tickets to ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas, tickets to Diamond Rio Holidays & Hits Dinner Show, two tickets for a ride on the Delta Riverboat inside Gaylord Opryland as well as applicable taxes, daily, self-parking, and daily resort fee. Packages are valid (Sunday-Thursday), November 19-December 25, 2017 based on availability.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Things You Won't Want to Miss This October

By Gioia Patton/Arts Insider 

“A country Barry White,” wrote Blender magazine about Josh Turner. Inspired by Hank Williams, Turner gives a gospel-blues, country feel while bringing his rich baritone right to the front. His voice and musical style has often been compared to that of Johnny Cash. From his 2003 platinum-selling debut Long Black Train, to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, Turner’s hits include Your Man, Why Don’t We Just Dance, Firecracker, Would You Go with Me, All Over Me, and Time is Love, the most played country song of 2012. *The Hannah, South Carolina, native was the Arts Insider’s October 2010 Today’s Woman interview subject (titled Blue-Eyed Country Soul).

WHEN: October 14 @ 8pm
WHERE: Louisville Palace, 625 South Fourth St.
TICKETS: $35/$55/$65
CONTACT: here or in person @ the box office. For premium seats and lounge access contact MindyGoff@livenation.com or call 502.883.5804.
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