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Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Medical Danger, Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

My Awful Six Months

I don’t know if I should do anything, and I need some advice. I don’t want to go to a lawyer, I don’t even know who to go to. I don’t know if I should be joyful or upset or truly angry.

I was misdiagnosed, seriously misdiagnosed. I was told I had cancer six months ago. This was, as it would be for anyone, the worst possible news. I had been having some bowel complaints, and when I went to my doctor about them, he sent me for some tests, which apparently (and I emphasize apparently here) came back positive for pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer, for those who don’t know, is one of the really bad ones. It’s not the light skin cancer or breast cancer sort with high survival rates. People live, but it isn’t that common.

I was terrified, of course, and my doctor calmed me down and told me to go on some new experimental drug that might keep cancer localized. He sent me to a specialist he knew who was doing drug trials.

I took my drug dutifully while I went about all the horrible things I thought I could put off for a few more decades: drawing up a will, making preparations to say goodbye to some people, writing goodbye letters, getting my possessions and finances in order.

The treatment itself I don’t want to go into. Let me just say it was traumatizing in its own right. The only way I made it through was thinking it was my only shot at surviving this horrible situation.

I did all this, and my bowel complaint continued. No easing of that problem. I just assumed that meant the drug wasn’t working, which was another stress in an already awful situation.

All of that went on for six months. Then, just last week, my doctor sent me for more tests. Amazingly, the tests came back negative! Completely negative! I was ecstatic when the specialist told me, but he was confused. He said the drug wasn’t supposed to get rid of cancer, only to confine it. I was all set to just assume it was a miracle, but after this specialist went prying through my records, it turns out it’s likely I never had cancer at all. I got what he called a “false positive.”

So, no cancer. I’ve never had it. All of this awful time and the issue is probably just inflammation of the bowels or something.

I have no idea whose fault this is. Should they have run more tests? Is it my doctor’s fault for not testing for something simpler first? Or the specialist? Or was I just thrown into this trial for the statistics? Was it some awful joke?

Right now, the question most on my mind is, how should I feel about this?

Relief, of course. Joy? I don’t know. After spending six months coming to terms with my mortality, saying goodbyes, preparing for the end, how am I supposed to pick back up like this didn’t happen? Should I be angry first? Vengeful?

I just don’t know anymore.

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Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Landscaping | 0 comments

Does a Beautiful Landscape Really Add to Property Value?

Many landscaping businesses market that a beautiful landscape will increase your property’s value; however, is this really true? Not only is the landscape of your home or business aesthetically pleasing, but you are, in fact, also instantly adding value to your home or property just by having a well-kept landscape. While there is not an exact number on how much of a return on investment you will see if you invest in your landscape, we can speak from experience and other home sellers experience. Investing in a landscape increases your curb appeal and you have the potential to have an estimated 5 to 20 percent increase in your property value. However, to ensure that you will receive a return on investment and add property value to your home, you should maximize the potential of your landscape by hiring a professional like our Naperville landscapers at Ware Landscaping.

Many property owners may fear that they will not have a return on investment if they invest in a skilled landscaper to landscape their property; however, in an interview with the Washington Post, John Gidding, the host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal,” gives details of how he has personally seen the return on investments of landscapes that he has improved. He insists that an investment in landscaping can elicit a 150 percent return on investment but he thinks this is a conservative number. He goes on to state, “On a ‘Curb Appeal’ project, I put in $20,000 and the sellers got $200,000 more than they had paid for the house just a year prior.  The return was astonishing.” However, if you do not have a lot of money to invest in landscaping, any bit of landscaping can help.

A tidy, well-trimmed yard, flowers, shrubs, and trees can go a long way in contributing to your new beautiful landscape. While landscaping sounds like a job you can do at home by yourself, landscaping requires professional help if you really want to maximize the potential of your property value. Our landscaping services include landscape design, landscape maintenance and renovation, and organic lawn care because we believe that you should have a beautiful and professional designed landscape that is healthy and safe.

If you are looking to sell your property in the near future, an investment in landscaping will not only attract more people to view your property but also potentially lead to a quicker final sale. Potential home and property owners are often first drawn to a beautiful landscape. If a home has an ugly or untidy landscape, then you are not as likely to have a good amount of potential buyers view your property. Hiring professional landscapers to take care of your landscape is a step in the right direction. At Ware Landscaping & Snow Removal, we believe in maximizing the potential of your landscape and our skilled landscapers have over a decade of experience in landscaping.

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