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Vibe of Being Alive!

June 25, 2010

Relay logoTonight my family and I watched the movie Extraordinary Measures with Harrison Ford and Branden Fraiser. It is the story of the great lengths a Father will go to find the cure for the disease that threatens to take the lives of two of his kids. This weekend, there will be many of us walking, decorating luminaria bags, buying tee-shirts and bake sale items and many other things to raise money….so that we can stop cancer from taking the lives of so many that we love. I will walk in celebration of being alive! Because of all of the cancer research that has happened already, I get to watch my beautiful teenage daughter get on her first cheerleading team. I’m alive to see my son Sam pick out cool sunglasses and my step-son Colin prepare to leave for college. I got to take pictures of my 17 year old stepson Cameron take his gorgeous girlfriend to prom. I celebrated my wedding anniversary with my wonderful husband. I coached a client on how to communicate with an employee to make work a better place. I helped a friend who had lost a job and another who lost a marriage. I got to contribute to this wonderful, painful, joyful, frustrating, laughable thing called life. All because people walked, prayed, donated, and cared. If you have ever been touched by the effects of cancer, please join my huge family of survivors and those that support and love them, in walking and Smiling for a cure this weekend at Los Medanos College on Saturday at 9:00am to Sunday at 9:00am. We will have at least one person from our team on the track for 24 hours. Please come join us…even for just a few laps. If you can’t join us, send your prayers…and send a little money to help the fight.   And thank you….from all the people like me who will live because of people like you…
God Bless!

Jody Bagno-Dill

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Medical Vibe…really?

November 18, 2009

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The journey through treatment for breast cancer can be terrifying a bit scary…unless you are lucky enough to receive your treatment from one of the terrific doctors at John Muir, like I did two years ago. Today was one of the routine check-ups with my fabulous Radiation Oncologist, Dr Michael Levine.  Dr Levine is not only a great doctor, he is a great man. After examining me, I got to ask him about his recent success in securing the largest financial gift ever given to this health care system. I asked what he would attibute his success to. Now stop for a second….would you ever consider this kind of doctor to be a salesman of any type??? No Joe Girard training for this guy! He never attended, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” with Dale Carnegie…and yet he convinced some generous couple to hand over $10 million (no typo there) to a hospital…receiving nothing in return…except the good feeling of having a positive impact on a community. That’s what I call…SALES! at its finest! I said, “How did you do it?”  Wearing only recycled kleenex  a hospital gown, I listen with great anticipation to hear the ultimate secret.  “Well, he said…as though it were nothing more then shooting a couple of baskets, “it was really a matter of developing a relationship. I have genuinely cared (aka:played tennis, ate fabulous meals together, listened to concerns about politics, celebrated birthdays, drank wine, encouraged) about these people for several years. They have given a few gifts over the years and then I had the opportunity to serve them in a professional capacity….and they chose to give.”  Genuinely caring about people and investing in the relationship…..hmmm, what a novel idea.  It was obvious that he was truly friends first with whomever these giving angels were, before any giving…. the gift was not the focus, merely one of the fruits of a long relationship of caring.Dr Michael Levine

Bravo Dr Levine….I continue to learn from you. Thank you for sharing the wisdom and insight. And thank you for taking such good care of us patients. You are the best!

Who do you care about? Who do you invest in? What can you do to invest in an important relationship today?

Dr Levine invested…and now there will be generations after generations who will be blessed with health because of one friendship.

That’s a legacy.