Play Repeat: My Current Song Obsession #4

L7- Pretend We’re Dead

This song instantly became stuck in my head after just one listen to it. The lyrics although simple, were very meaningful and straight to the point pulling no punches. My favorite line is “wake up and smell the coffee, or just say no to individuality”. I really love the message and the creative nature of that lyric.

L7 started in 1985 in L.A. The band consists of all female members who became the “poster girls” of grunge music.  They have released 6 albums the most recent Slap- Happy being released in 1999.  The band reunited with the original line up in 2014 and continues to tour. I would recommend giving the album Bricks Are Heavy a listen.

Play Repeat: My Current Song Obsession #3

Make It Back- Joan Jett and The Blackhearts 

I was lucky enough to be able to see Joan Jett and The Blackhearts live this year and it was so inspiring to me. This song is one of the ones that instantly stuck out and drew me in. The beginning riff is really catchy and seems to give off an energy to get into the song. The lyrics are easy to relate to and very uplifting. The vocals drive the message of being able to pick yourself up and not give up on your dreams.

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts formed in 1980, the original lineup is different from the current line up. They have released 12 albums  starting with the album I Love Rock ‘N Roll in 1981 to their newest album Unvarnished, which was released in 2013. I really liked a lot of the newer music as well as the classics. I would recommend grabbing a copy of Unvarnished.

Play Repeat: My Current Song Obsession #2

Star Fucking Hipsters- Only Sleep

This song immediately drew me in with a hypnotic bass and some really catchy riffs. The lyrics are so poetic and beautifully written. I really like the combination of male and female vocals. It adds a new layer and emotion to the lyrics.

Star Fucking Hipsters is from NYC. Many have referred to them as a “punk supergroup” as the members have come from other bands such as Leftover Crack, Ensign, The Ergs! and Casa de Chihuahua. I would recommend checking out their album Until We’re Dead.

Play, Repeat: My Current Song Obsession #1

Welcome to the first of hopefully many posts of Play, Repeat: My Current Song Obsession.

I am looking forward to sharing some of the music that I love as well as some new music I find along the way!

George Ezra- Budapest

The first time I heard this song I was immediately hooked. There was a catchy melody that just drew me in and that voice was amazing. I was surprised after watching the music video for the first time that such powerful vocals resonated from someone much younger than I thought.

George Ezra is an English singer-songwriter, at only 22 he has the voice of an old soul. This song is something fresh, new and I feel very needed in the music scene today.  I would highly recommend checking out his album Wanted On Voyage.

“Your self-esteem won’t come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while, and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love you and admire you.” – Stacy London


Positive Self Reflection

My skin is made of ivory,

My lips, soft pink rose petals,

My hair is free like the wind,

That blows through it,

My eyes are as blue as the sky,

My soul is as deep as the ocean,

My heart beats to music,

My language is anything,

But ordinary prose.

©Nicole Corbin

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”- William Shakespeare


The Decision

Love me, hate me,

You’re part of what created me,

Care or stare,

I reflect a love you used to share,

Ready or not here I am,

Do or don’t you give a damn.

©Nicole Corbin

May: Cancer Research Month

May is Cancer Research Month

I wanted to put together a post with a bunch of helpful sites for general information on cancer. I also wanted to include sites for emotional support, financial needs, transportation needs, housing/lodging, children’s services and home health care/hospice.

Cancer- A brief overview

Cancer- A disease in which an abnormal, unregulated growth of cells divide uncontrollably and destroy body tissue. The cells can ultimately spread to vital organs.

Major Cancer Types:

  • Carcinonmas- these are the most common cancers such as breast, lung and colon cancers.  These cancers invade surrounding tissues and organs and can spread to lymph nodes and other parts of the body.
  • Melanomas- these are the most serious types of skin cancer. They initially appear on the surface of the skin as a change in shape, color or feel of a mole.
  • Leukemias- these are more common in children then adults, they account for about 25% of all childhood cancers. They are immature cells arising in bone marrow that should have become functioning white blood cells.
  • Lymphomas- these arise in lymph nodes and other tissues of the body’s immune system. Lymphoid tissues include tonsils, adenoids, spleen, thymus and bone marrow.
  • Sarcomas- these are rare cancers, accounting for about 1% of all cancers.  They grow from cells in bones, cartilage, joints, muscle, fat, nerves, deep skin tissues and blood vessels.

General Sites for information about Cancer:

American Cancer Society:

American Institute For Cancer Research:

Association Of Cancer Online Resources:

Cancer Care:

Emotional Support:

Cancer Hope Network:

Family Caregiver Alliance:

Caregiver Action Network:


Cancer Support Community:

Financial, Transportation and Housing Needs:

Angel Flight:

Catholic Charities USA:

Corporate Angel Network:

The Max Foundation:

National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses (NAHHH):

National Patient Travel Center:

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA):

Patient Access Network Foundation (PANF):

Patient Services Inc. (PSI):

Ronald McDonald House Charities:

United Way Of America:

Visting Nurse Associations Of America (VNAA):

Children’s Services:

Children’s Cause For Cancer Advocacy (CCCA):

Children’s Hospice International (CHI):

Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA):

CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation:

Kids Konnected:

Make-A-Wish Foundation Of America:  (Also for Adults- Dream Foundation:

National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS):

Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation:

Home/Hospice Care:

National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC):

American Hospice Foundation:

Hospice Education Institute:

Hospice Foundation Of America (HFA):

International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC):

National Association For Home Care and Hospice (NAHC):

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization:

Also if you haven’t already read the previous posts please take the time out to go read!

May: Brain Tumor Awareness and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention

May is Brain Tumor Awareness and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention MonthBrain Tumor Awarenessskin cancer ribbon

Brain Tumor– An abnormal growth of tissue in the brain.

Skin Cancer– Uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells

Advances in treatment of Melanoma, Oral Cancer, Brain Metastases and Childhood Cancers:

Here is a brief summary of facts about Brain Tumors:

  • Unlike other tumors, brain tumors rarely metastasize (spread) outside of the brain
  • There are over 120 different types of brain tumors
  • A tumor can increase pressure in the brain, shift brain or push it against the skull and/ or invade and damage nerves and healthy brain tissue.

Here is a brief summary of facts about Skin Cancer:

  • Most common form of cancer
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer the the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • 1in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • Most skin cancers are caused from UV rays from the sun.

Signs and Symptoms of Brain Tumors:

  • A new seizure in an adult
  • Gradual loss of movement or sensation in arm or leg.
  • Unsteadiness or imbalance, especially if it’s associated with headache.
  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes, especially if the vision lost is more peripheral.
  • Double vision, especially if associated with headaches.
  • Hearing loss with or without dizziness.
  • Speech difficulty of gradual onset.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer:

  1. Actinic Keratosis:
  • Scaly or crusty growths caused by damage from UV rays from the sun.
  • Growths commonly show up in sun exposed areas, such as the face, bald scalp, lips and the backs of hands.
  • Growths are often elevated, rough in texture and resemble warts
  • Often become red, but some will be tan, pink, red and or flesh toned.
    1. Basil Cell Carcinoma:
  • Looks like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps or scars.

  1. Squamous Cell Carcinoma- Uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells arising in the squamous cells ( upper layers of skin).
  • Looks like scaly red patches, open sores, elevated growths with central depression or warts.
  • They may crust or bleed.
  1. Dysplastic Nevi ( Atypical Moles):
  • Unusual benign moles that resemble melanoma.

V. Melanoma: Most dangerous form of skin cancer.

  • Often resemble moles, some develop from moles.
  • Majority of melanomas are black or brown but can be skin colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white.
  • ABCDE’s of Melanoma: A– Asymmetry B– Borders- Borders of early melanoma are uneven. C– Color- Variety of color is a warning signal. D– Diameter- Melanomas are usually larger in diameter than an eraser on a pencil. E– Evolving- Any change in size, shape, color, elevation or another trait or any new symptoms such as bleeding, itching or crusting.
  • Types of Melanoma:
  1. Superficial Spreading Melanoma– Most common type of melanoma. It grows on the top layer of the skin for a fairly long time before penetrating more deeply. It is usually discolored patches with irregular borders. This type usually is diagnosed in younger people.
  2. Lentigo Maligna- Also remains close to the skins surface. Often has a tan, brown or dark brown discoloration. This type is usually diagnosed in the elderly. It is referred to as Lentigo Maligna Melanoma when it becomes more invasive.
  3. Acral Lentiginous Melanoma- Also spreads superficially before penetrating more deeply. Appears as a black or brown discoloration under nails, soles of feet and palms of hands. Most common in African Americans and Asians.
  4. Nodular Melanoma- Usually invasive. Malignancy is recognized when it becomes a bump. It’s usually black but occasionally blue, gray, white, tan, brown, red or skin tone.

Prevention – Skin Cancer:

  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
  • Seek shade especially between the hours of 10 am – 4pm.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Cover up.
  • Apply 1oz of sunscreen to body 30 mins before going outside. Reapply every 2 hrs or immediately after swimming or sweating excessively.
  • Examine skin head to toe every month
  • See physician every year for professional skin examination.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun.

Helpful links for more information:

Also if you haven’t already read the previous posts please take the time out to go read!

April 13th – 19th is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Week

April 13th – 19th  is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Week

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Oral Cancer– Also called Oral Cavity Cancer, is cancer that starts in the mouth.

Head & Neck Cancer– Cancer that starts in the head or neck region ( nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth salivary glands, throat or larynx).

Here is an article about improving the quality of life for people diagnosed with head or neck cancers: EdBookAM201333e230

I have included a small video that shows the treament course of a patient diagnosed with base-of- tongue cancer: John’s Story

Here is a brief summary of facts about Oral Cancer:

  • Some risk factors are smoking, drinking heavily, HPV ( Human Papillomavirus)and prolonged sun exposure.
  • Almost all Oral cancer begins in the flat cells that cover the surfaces of the mouth.

Here is a brief summary of facts about Head and Neck Cancer:

  • Cancer usually begins in the squamous cells that line the moist mucosal surfaces inside the head and neck ( Inside mouth, nose, throat).
  • Risk factors include smoking, heavy drinking, and HPV ( Human Papillomavirus).

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

  • Patches inside mouth or on lips
  • A sore in your mouth or on your lips that doesn’t heal
  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding in your mouth
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • Difficulty wearing dentures
  • A lump in your neck
  • An earache that doesn’t go away
  • Numbness of the lower lip and chin

Signs and Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer:

  • A lump or sore throat that doesn’t heal
  • A sore throat that doesn’t go away
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Ringing or pain in ears
  • Sinuses that are blocked and do not clear
  • Chronic sinus infections that do not respond to antibiotics
  • Nosebleeds
  • Numbness or paralysis of the muscles in the face

Prevention- Early Detection:

Early detection is key

Doctors recommend self oral exams monthly to help prevent Oral cancer

Doctors recommend a yearly physical examination of the head and neck to help prevent Head & Neck Cancer

Helpful Links for more information:

Also if you haven’t already read the previous posts please take the time out to go read!

April: Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month


Testicular Cancer– When normal cells in one or both testicles change and grow uncontrollably, forming a tumor.

Facts about Testicular Cancer:

  • Most tumors develop in germ cells which make sperm. Hence they are called germ cell tumors
  • Testicular cancer is divided in to two types seminomas and non-seminomas.  Non-seminomas grow more quickly and are more likely to spread.
  • Both types require immediate treatment.
  • It is the most common form of cancer in men ages 15-35 years old.
  • It is one of the most curable cancers if it is detected early.

Improving Treatments for germ cell tumors:

Risk Factors:

  • Undescended testicles (cryptochordism)
  • Urological birth defects
  • Family History
  • Being a Caucasian male

Signs and Symptoms:

Most common:

  • Lumps, swelling and or pain in scrotum.
  • Usually lumps are painless or mildly uncomfortable so do not wait until it becomes more serious to seek medical attention.
  •  Swelling can happen without a lump being present.
  • Dull ache or pressure in lower abdomen or back.
  • Change of size in testicles.
  • Feeling of heaviness or fullness in the scrotum.
  • Enlargement or tenderness in breasts.

Advanced symptoms:

  • Significant weight loss and/or enlarged abdominal lymph nodes. (Due to growth of tumors)
  • Back pain
  • Chest pain, coughing and difficultly breathing.
  • Coughing up blood ( Due to tumors in the lungs)
  • Enlargement of lymph nodes in abdomen and/or neck.

Prevention:  A monthly self exam for all men over the age of 14. The exam is best performed after a bath or shower as it relaxes the scrotum making it easier to spot abnormalities.

Helpful Links:

Also if you haven’t already read the previous posts please take the time out to go read!


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