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Welcome 2019 – Coping with Change
Dr. Gayle Carson, CSP, CMC - Midlife Crisis Coach Dr. Gayle Carson, CSP, CMC - Midlife Crisis Coach
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Miami , FL
Monday, January 07, 2019


First I want to welcome all of you to 2019. I am sure many of you are getting tons of “How to Make 2019 your best year ever” messages as I have. And no, I’m not going there. But I am going to change this newsletter to share more. Many of you have been asking me where I get my positive attitude from and I want you to know it hasn’t always been easy.

I’ve been through a lot, however I’ve found that thinking positively always makes things better and if I can help you in that journey, then I am ready to do that. And so I thought I would start with my cancer journey 31 years ago since I know many of you have gone through or may be going through the same thing.

At 49. I had my first mammogram thanks to my husband’s urging. Not seeing the need for it since I was “so healthy” I went in and boy was I surprised when the doctor called me and said “You have massive breast cancer.” I was totally shocked and only said one thing…”Will I live?”  When the answer was yes, I got to work researching, asking questions and doing my homework.

I didn’t tell my family until 2 days later when I had come to a decision to have a lumpectomy. Truthfully, had I known then what I know now, I would have had a double mastectomy, reconstruction and been done with it. But I wasn’t ready for it. The first time was radiation only and they used to call me “Little Miss Sunshine” because I went in for each treatment with a smile. To me I was getting cured.

I also decided to do a public service announcement to get people to get mammograms, because no one was talking about breast cancer in 1987. They traced 250 people getting them from that announcement. So I went from being devastated to being pro-active which also helped me mentally and emotionally. I had to give up my precious lap swimming and being in the sun because of the treatments but I increased my workouts.

Did any of this have any effect on me? Of course. I couldn’t tell anyone because if you did, they thought you were dying. I managed to do my speaking on weekends and was grateful I was getting healed.

To be continued next week…

Dr. Gayle Carson, Chief S.O.B. has announced the 2018b Spunky Broad of the Year.  And she is Dolly Parton, a prime example of what a woman over 50 can still achieve.

An extraordinary businesswoman, out of this world entertainer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, and a philanthropist, Dolly Parton is a testament to what women can achieve.  At 72, she is continuing to have massive influence in the world of entertainment and her Dollywood Theme Park continues to thrive with new exhibits and attractions that the public adores.

Married to her husband for over 50 years, she is an example of someone who blends family and professional life with amazing dexterity and humor.  A Spunky Old Broad is someone who distinguishes herself by her uniqueness, intellect, enthusiasm, dedication, selflessness and spunky. Dolly certainly epitomizes all of those.

Dr. Gayle says “Women over 50 are like fine wine.  They only get better with age and I am delighted to have Dolly Parton as our Spunky Old Broad of the Year.” 

Gayle also says “I started the S.O.B, movement because I found that women over 50 were thinking that it was all over because they hit the magic number of 50.  I knew that they had everything it took to start new careers, develop a passion into a business and start thinking about putting themselves first.  And I was right. Right now re-invention is the name of the game.

Gayle will be addressing the East Bay Women’s Conference  in California on just that subject next month. 


Spunky Old Broad
Miami Beach, FL