Summer is officially here.
So that brings the subject to water.
We need to drink a lot of it, experts say.
I've read that drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body. And that there is a correct time to drink water.
We should drink two glasses of water after waking up. That helps activate internal organs.
Then we should drink one glass of water 30 minutes before a meal. That helps digestion.
Drink one glass of water before taking a bath. That helps lower blood pressure.
Then drink one glass of water before going to bed. That helps avoid stroke or heart attack.
The expert said also that water at bedtime will help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a charlie horse.
Now I don't know if all that information is correct.
But at a recent visit to my doctor he said my lab work revealed that I was badly dehydrated.
He said I must start drinking water "until it ran out my eyeballs."
I've been trying to do that now. Actually, I've never liked water that much. But I'm drinking more by icing it down in one of those insulated cups.
Those who are working outdoors in the heat need to drink more water than usual.
And don't forget to give plenty of fresh water to pets that stay outdoors.
Another subject on my mind is the Relay for Life effort to publicize the fight against cancer.
Saturday was the Clay County Relay for Life fundraising effort in Piggott at Heritage Park.
I was one of the approximate 30 walkers.
Cancer touches the life of so many people.
My father had lung cancer. My younger brother also had lung cancer. He is a survivor.
My only sister had breast cancer and she also is a survivor. My grandma Adam died of cancer over 50 years ago but I was told it was pancreatic cancer. To get pancreatic cancer that long ago was a death sentence.
I survived ovarian cancer. It has been 18 years since I was diagnosed with the deadly disease.
I had all the symptoms but I knew nothing about ovarian cancer or its symptoms. I knew of no one in my family history who had the disease.
I now know there are five main symptoms. They are bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full, frequent urination and family history of ovarian or other cancers. There could also be constipation or diarrhea. I also learned that the cancer is usually in the advanced stage when it is diagnosed.
For me, it was a long hard struggle with two major surgeries and months of chemotherapy treatment at a Memphis cancer clinic.
Local home health nurses also came to my home in Piggott during that time to monitor my progress and give shots when needed to boost my white blood cells. My immune system was greatly compromised and I had to take precautions against infection.
Because I have been through the battle with cancer, I was later able to encourage and support my brother and sister when they faced their own cancers. It encouraged them to see that I was a longtime survivor and they could be, too.
There were times when my family and friends thought I would never beat the odds. When I would quote the dismal survivor statistics for ovarian cancer, a friend would reassure. "Those are just numbers. That might not mean you."
There are many people out there who are battling all manner of cancer today. But progress is being made in many cancers, such as prostate cancer. Early diagnosis and improvements in treatment are instrumental in improving the odds of survival.
The five year survival rate for all childhood cancers combined is now approximately 81 percent.
Don't give up hope.
As my 2012 American Cancer Society Relay for Life purple tee shirt says, "Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back."