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By Bryce Alderton | December 13, 2013
Kelly Boyd says the hard part of his cancer treatment has passed. Boyd, 69, sounded relaxed when he discussed the next phase of treatment - a stem cell transplant. For three weeks beginning Friday, the Laguna Beach city councilman will stay at City of Hope hospital in Duarte while doctors draw blood and extract white blood cells, Boyd said. Doctors diagnosed Boyd with multiple myeloma in February and he has undergone chemotherapy treatment since. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell present in bone marrow, according to the Mayo Clinic website . Plasma cells normally make antibodies to help fight infections.
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By Beau Nicolette | October 31, 2013
For Lisa Early, getting a mammogram at age 40 was just a casual thought, and she didn't follow through. Years passed, and the thought became a whisper. Eventually it turned into a throbbing yell when she started seeing less than subtle signs from the universe. She set the appointment after driving by a billboard with bold letters that simply read "Get a mammogram. " Tracy Dean also scheduled a mammogram. She had been doing the exam yearly and this year's was just another appointment, a routine checkup.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 28, 2009
Advocates and opponents of medical marijuana voiced their opinions Wednesday at a Planning Commission hearing on a proposed ordinance that would legalize dispensaries in Laguna Beach. The commission hearing was a review of a draft ordinance ordered by the City Council, comporting with a state law passed in 1996 that exempts “qualified users” and lawful suppliers from criminal prosecution. The ordinance, if adopted, would put Laguna Beach in the minority of cities in surrounding areas.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | August 4, 2011
Julie Pendleton thought she was just being cautious when she went to the doctor in July 2010. The Laguna Beach resident thought the abdominal pain she was feeling could indicate appendicitis. After getting a CAT scan, the doctor revealed something much worse: a tumor. This weekend, Pendleton, 66, will be honored as the queen of the 10th annual Relay for Life at El Morro Elementary School. The former speech therapist was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year. She said she couldn't imagine how a 4- by 6-inch tumor had made its way into her abdominal area without her knowledge.
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November 1, 2002
Mary A. Castillo The Orange County district attorney's office dropped two felony charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana against Ross Embry of Laguna Beach. "Based on the information we have, we felt that in the interests of justice not to proceed," said Susan Schroeder, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office. Embry was exonerated last Friday after his court-appointed attorney presented two letters from doctors. "It's a great relief, and I'm glad that it happened that way," Embry said during an interview at Laguna Health Club.
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By Barbara Diamond and By Barbara Diamond | March 13, 2013
After learning that March is Myeloma Awareness Month, Mayor Kelly Boyd — who was diagnosed in February with multiple myeloma — moved quickly to include Laguna Beach. Boyd presented a proclamation to Myeloma Foundation representative Thomas Swick at the March 5 council meeting urging residents to join him in participating in activities that support myeloma education and the funding of research programs to find a cure. "Thank you for this proclamation that raises public awareness about this incurable disease," Swick said.
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November 16, 2007
Diane Walcott Watson of Laguna Beach became an ordained minister in Science of Mind on Nov. 2. Science of Mind is a spiritual practice of recognition of and unification with a divine source, drawing on all the abundance and prosperity in the universe. Watson is founder of Laguna Beach’s Center for Global Peace and Prosperity. Seventeen Science of Mind ministers from greater Southern California attended the ordination, emceed by Caroline Reynolds, author of “Spiritual Fitness.
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By: Torrey AndersonSchoepe | September 9, 2005
Pink wasn't Burnetta Tate's color -- until she survived breast cancer. Tate plans to support other cancer patients and survivors by running in the Race for the Cure in Newport Beach on September 25. And she will run with a pink shirt designating her as a survivor. Tate moved to Laguna Beach in 2000 after being promoted to vice president of marketing and sales operations at Verizon Wireless. She had everything going for her in life and didn't expect anything to go wrong.
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By Cindy Frazier | August 18, 2011
I'm cancer-free. At least that's what my last "tumor marker" test showed after a few weeks of intensive treatment with radiation and chemotherapy. The test result caused my oncologist to smile — a rare sight. Call me a skeptic, but I wanted to know more about the test and its veracity. The radiation doctors (three or four of whom I saw during my 5.5 weeks of daily treatments) had told me several times that this test, called CA 19-9, is considered accurate only if a prior test has shown an elevated level.
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By Bryce Alderton | August 29, 2013
Darrin Reed, who is battling leukemia, has retired from his job with the Laguna Beach Unified School District, he said Thursday by phone. Reed, the former executive assistant to the superintendent, is leaving after 14 years with the district to keep his employer-sponsored medical insurance after he exhausted all eligible sick, vacation and medical leave days, said Ray Kawecki, Reed's partner. His resignation is effective Friday. School board president William Landsiedel made the announcement at Tuesday's board meeting.
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By Bryce Alderton | December 13, 2013
Kelly Boyd says the hard part of his cancer treatment has passed. Boyd, 69, sounded relaxed when he discussed the next phase of treatment - a stem cell transplant. For three weeks beginning Friday, the Laguna Beach city councilman will stay at City of Hope hospital in Duarte while doctors draw blood and extract white blood cells, Boyd said. Doctors diagnosed Boyd with multiple myeloma in February and he has undergone chemotherapy treatment since. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell present in bone marrow, according to the Mayo Clinic website . Plasma cells normally make antibodies to help fight infections.
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By Beau Nicolette | October 31, 2013
For Lisa Early, getting a mammogram at age 40 was just a casual thought, and she didn't follow through. Years passed, and the thought became a whisper. Eventually it turned into a throbbing yell when she started seeing less than subtle signs from the universe. She set the appointment after driving by a billboard with bold letters that simply read "Get a mammogram. " Tracy Dean also scheduled a mammogram. She had been doing the exam yearly and this year's was just another appointment, a routine checkup.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 28, 2009
Advocates and opponents of medical marijuana voiced their opinions Wednesday at a Planning Commission hearing on a proposed ordinance that would legalize dispensaries in Laguna Beach. The commission hearing was a review of a draft ordinance ordered by the City Council, comporting with a state law passed in 1996 that exempts “qualified users” and lawful suppliers from criminal prosecution. The ordinance, if adopted, would put Laguna Beach in the minority of cities in surrounding areas.
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