10 MORE days…

This is me on Day 20… it its starting to be itchy!  Honestly, I don’t know why guys have beards.

Can you believe it has been a year already? Can you tell this is me?  OK, it has only been a day! When I first started this, I thought it would be great not to shave for a month. Then as I went two weeks, I couldn’t wait for the time to end. I hated growing a beard…and that is why I do it!

Is there anything you hate…or dislike greatly? Cancer? Diabetes? Depression? Pain Managment? This is the time for you to do something about it!

WHAT IS NO SHAVE NOVEMBER?

This is when guys all across the country drop their razors for an entire month until December 1st rolls around. Some men view it as a competition to see who grows the best beard and others do it truly to support the cause.

MEANING OF NO SHAVE NOVEMBER

At some point in the last couple of years you have probably heard of “no shave November”. The whole purpose of no shave November is not to let your beards grow crazy, but to raise awareness for different kinds of cancer including prostate cancer. The goal is to donate the money you normally would use to get a haircut or groom your facial hair to St. Jude or other cancer research charities.

This is a great tradition but the real no shave November meaning and significance often gets lost among all of the jokes, hashtags and hype created by the media. Many men don’t even realize why they do it. Some use it as an excuse to not shave for a whole month. Although the no shave November cause of cancer is a great cause to support, there are other alternative ways to show your support.

NO SHAVE NOVEMBER ORIGIN

So, how did no shave November start? No Shave November started after a father in Chicago passed away from colon cancer. His 8 sons and daughters started this campaign in 2009 in honor of their father. Over 6 years this became a popular thing to do among many throughout the country.

There are a lot of things that people don’t tell you before you decide to participate in this official month of no shaving. From trends to setbacks and to just straight opinions. Even if you like facial hair on a guy, or as a guy it only goes to a certain point. No one likes beards or mustaches that look unkept. Many girls like a man with a well groomed beard, but if you happen to be one who doesn’t, chances are “No Shave November” is not your month.

10 More Days
OK, I can think of ONE thing: I don’t have to do ANYTHING with my face.  I get up, brush your teeth, and get dressed.  On weekends, my wife and I awake at the same time. I take 5 minutes; she takes a 45 minutes.

True, she looks way better than me, but it still took her 45 minutes.

So I will spend another 10 days with my beard….but it comes off December 1.

My Donation:

Hello Gordon Viggiano,

Thank you for your donation to No-Shave November! Your generous gift helps support programs at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Prevent Cancer Foundation, and Fight Colorectal Cancer. All four of these foundations are making great strides to fight, research, and find a cure for cancer, each in their own unique way.

For tax purposes, please keep this email as your receipt.

Donor: Gordon Viggiano
Organization: No Shave November (Tax ID #473673254)
Date: 11-20-2019
Amount: $100

And one more testimonial this year….

We were very grateful to have Gordon and Jill open our 2019 International DI Society Conference. Their story of overcoming such an unexpected challenge in their lives with determination, teamwork and faith was simply put, inspiring. Gordon infused into his speech humor and a positive attitude that was infectious. His talk reinforced the need for all the 130 advisors, wholesalers and corporate leadership attending our meeting to promote the benefits of a sound income protection plan.

We were especially impressed by the tenacity Gordon and Jill showed to painstakingly build on every day, smaller successes that ultimately led to sustained progress. Their journey is one of triumph from which we can all learn.

Thank you, Gordon and Jill, for joining us in San Diego.

Don Schamay, CFP®
President
International Disability Insurance Society

Does Anybody Care?

No Shave November.  Remember the first time I wrote about this in 2013?  I showed this link of Al Rocker and Matt Lauer going in for their prostate exams.  That was a good thing!

About one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Not counting skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and the second most-common cause of cancer-related deaths, according to the US. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If anybody over 50 is NOT getting this done, forward him the article.  If he still refuses, make an appointment FOR him and MAKE him go.  1 out of 6 are diagnosed with prostate cancer.  If you catch it NOW, he WILL be saved.

Now, 6 years later, I don’t see anybody doing it!  Did we forget about it?  Is prostate cancer not a problem anymore? Are we safe from prostate cancer?

It is sad.  I care…and my brother cares; Prostate screening every year has saved his life!

 

It is that time again….

It’s that time again: No Shave November…Day 3 (a few days ago).  I will tell you more about it on future blogs.  Let me ask  you this question: Do I look different now,  then I did 6 years ago???

6 Years AgoNOW

 Maybe I look an even younger now?  You could dream!

 

Frustration…

I spoke to my contact a few days ago…and he couldn’t say enough positive things about my talk.  He brought tears to my eyes when he described his sister.  She had a stroke and she is resistant to working on getting better.

This hurts when I hear somebody tells me this.  It hurts knowing this loved one wants his sister to get better, but she refuses.  What can he do?  You can make suggestions, you can make it fun, and you can introduce games to make the exercises more interesting.

But when it is all said and done…. I am sorry to say it really is all up to the individual to WANT get better.  You can hope, wish and pray, but really that’s all you can do.  Don’t beat yourself up!

…another STANDING ovation!

Persistence pays off? I finally got to speak at the International DI Society …after trying for 6 years!

If you remember from my blog post a few weeks ago, I was planning to use my new remote. Then, when I called my AV contact, I was told I couldn’t use my laptop computer and I would have to do it in Powerpoint instead. Given that , I practiced my Powerpoint presentation for the rest of the week, with the remote I always used.

When I arrived, they had the NEW remote. Since I was kind of nervous on this one, I didn’t put the remote in my pocket, I just held it in my hand.   I know, it is a minor thing, but I didn’t do it.

So how did I do?  They all got up and gave me a standing ovation…and I got 32 PINK   cards back; this was an amazing return!

 

A New Record…

 

I know what you are thinking…what is this?  This was one of my goals this year!

It means that I went 171 DAYS of 10,000 steps…or more. For someone like me, I would just sit all day. But when I set this goal, it got me out there everyday until I achieved it.  Last year, me goal was 170 day…and I hit that!

With the rain coming, I decided to put a home gym in my living room…where I can workout even when it is raining.

So be prepared for me setting BIGGER goals next year!

Note: My blogs have been infrequent this last month; I tell you WHY next week.

 

One last speech coming up for the year…

I have one more speech to do this year…and this will be my biggest to date.

The audience is the International DI  Society in San Diego. Not only does my wife gets to see her mother, the event is at the San Diego Marrioitt Mission Valley where we stayed before.

I am nervous because I am testing a new slide advance system. After a month of practice, I used the system for the first time last week…and it was a bit rough.

With this system, I hold the unit (on the right) in my pocket and advance the slide that way.  You would think it was easy, but it isn’t!  I always have to read my speech, but this time, I  got lost…twice!!  Since I was so focused on the slide advancer, I forget where I was.   I don’t know if people caught it; maybe they though it was part of my speech.

After reading the speech over 1000 times, I still have issues delivering it correctly.  I figure when I am great at delivering the speech, I will retire!

I could have wrote this article about something really cool!

I just read the article and the device looked like something really useful.  I will sign up for the free trial and let you know how it goes; fingers crossed!!  Check out the article:

“I was in the hospital and thought I’d better catch up on emails. I pulled out my phone and couldn’t read a thing. The nurse told me that the stroke had affected my vision and ability to read. When they brought in flashcards, and I couldn’t name simple things like a hammer or pencil, I cried. I realized my recovery was going to have to be my work,” said Patty Geer, Director of Finance, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, and stroke survivor.

I was 51 and too young for the rest of my life to be over,” said Geer.

In June 2019, the American Heart Association released a study showing that working long hours for ten years or more is associated with stroke and that people under the age of 50 had a higher risk of stroke when they worked long hours for a decade or more. This is compounded by the trend of Americans working longer and retiring later.

Digital therapeutics and neurotechnology have the power to change how stroke victims recover, but with more Americans working longer, there’s a need to put recovery directly into their hands through digital therapeutic mobile apps.

For stroke survivors like Geer, getting back to work is more than a mental necessity, it becomes a financial one as well.

Constant Therapy is a mobile app from digital therapeutics company, The Learning Corp. The app is designed for people who have had a brain injury or cognitive disorder to give them direct access to clinical exercises that can rebuild their cognitive, speech, and language functions.

Built by neuroscientists and clinicians at Boston University in 2012, the Constant Therapy app digitizes therapy through a Neuro Performance Engine (NPE) that creates a highly customized and detailed map of each user’s strengths and deficits across 80 different categories.

The company says the program in the app delivers the optimum combination of exercises uniquely tailored to each user’s needs.

“The NPE in the app is self-learning and adaptive ability to produce new exercises is limitless. Every 3.5 seconds, a patient completes an exercise, teaching the program in the process,” said Michael Evers, CEO of The Learning Corp. “More than 100 million tasks have been completed by Constant Therapy users to date, allowing the NPE to discover new ways to improve individual tasks, fine-tune the sequence of therapies, and update current protocols, speeding up innovation in brain rehabilitation.”

Evers says that Constant Therapy moves recovery into the patients’ hands – giving them anywhere, anytime access to evidence-based exercises to help rebuild the brain.

“In a trial, patients with access to Constant Therapy did four times more therapy which resulted in a significant improvement in the patient,” added Evers.

A 2019 retrospective study published in Frontiers in Neurotechnology compared outcomes among patients using tablet-based therapy at home and those who complete the same therapy in a clinic. The study found that home users took less time to master tasks than users who only practiced in the clinic. Home users also practiced therapy more frequently than clinic users.

The app can be used by the consumer on their own or is available on referral by their clinician as a complement to in-clinic programs. Currently, Brooks Rehabilitation, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Kessler Institute, Memorial Hermann, Shirley Ryan, and Spaulding Rehabilitation are using the app with stroke patients.

“The cost is $25 per month which is less than the cost of an average single session with a clinician,” added Evers.

“Our platform is powerful because it gives patients a more active role in their recovery [..] and it utilizes credible tech to impact patient lives in a measurable way,” added Evers. “This is a product that’s been developed around real patient usage and proven clinical recovery methods, making it a tangible application of technology versus a theoretical concept.”

Evers believes that traditional therapies developed decades ago just haven’t kept pace with innovations in health that can change the way people can now independently monitor their exercise, diet, and sleep.

“People want access to legitimate tools that help them manage their health,” added Evers.

After her stroke on Christmas eve in December 2017 which left her with cognitive and short-term memory challenges including aphasia, Geer was set on returning to her position as finance director at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

Geer says she worked hard to recover with the help of a speech-language pathologist alongside Constant Therapy which she says put her back at work only three months after her stroke.

“I looked at it like ‘this is my job now, getting better so I can get back to work,’ I called it homework,” said Geer. “It was something that I could do at home every day that makes you feel like you’re making progress because you can see it – the app helps move you along. It gave me a sense of accomplishment because I could see real advancement as I went through the exercises.”

Geer says the app was a natural fit for her since 75 percent of what she does every day at work is on a computer.

“Outside of work, I use my iPad and I would play Words with Friends and then open Constant Therapy; it felt like it was in my wheelhouse,” said Geer. “Until I used the app, I never would’ve thought this was something you could do that actually helped. Using tech in this way was an important part of my recovery.”

We ARE in sales….

OK, I liked the picture!  I was contacted by SalesPOP! a few months ago and thought that this would be interesting.  OK, I thought JILL would be interesting.

Welcome to another informative video of SalesPOP!
Here we are interviewing Gordon Viggiano who was an expert sales consultant, specializing in building and developing sales teams in small to mid-sized companies. He spent over 30 years of experience as a VP of Sales for a number of California companies. Gordon not only brought proven sales processes and means of success but also the “Big Picture” relationship between sales and the corporate structure. Here we will be talking about the following queries:
• When you faced such a life-changing dramatic event, it obviously becomes very tempting and easy to give up and disappear into the dark so what is it you both together actually turn it into something. How are you able to resist the temptation?
• Giving yourself rewards even if you are achieving small goals or overcoming small steps can help you and motivates you to perform well. Is it helpful?
• It is critical and true that things take more time than we predict at initial stages and people don’t have the patience to deal with that. So how to manage all that!
Sometimes people don’t know how bad they are and how badly things are going. They think that they are doing well and then there comes someone who told them that they suck at everything. So how to approach and guide somebody towards reality in a positive way! About

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