Road to Recovery
For cancer patients, life after treatment comes with a new set of challenges. Fortunately, support systems are close at hand.
In the past, when Lisa Welling spotted May 5 on a calendar, she immediately associated it with Cinco de Mayo, a festive Mexican holiday. The longtime bartender and restaurant manager would gear up to cater to a crowd of tequila drinkers, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds or the establishment’s cuisine. That changed on May 5, 2015, when she got a phone call from her doctor’s office. Welling had breast cancer. “I never liked margaritas anyway,” she says with a characteristic splash of wry humor.
A single mother, Welling underwent a double mastectomy and four rounds of chemo-therapy, which she completed on Oct. 2, 2015. To signal the end of their treatments, patients at Tunnell Cancer Center, part of Beebe Healthcare, ring a bell. But, as the Millville resident discovered, the symbolic gesture is not the end of a patient’s fight. It is the beginning of a new one.
Coastal Postal Treasure
Its historic character undimmed, the Lewes Post Office still delivers a timeless sense of pride — and belonging
If you’ve ever wanted to slip back 100 years or so into Lewes history, the post office on Front Street is a good place to start. Virtually unchanged since 1915, its lobby is an airy space with tiger-striped oak woodwork, dentil moldings, and a frosted glass door to the postmaster’s office. In contrast to utilitarian post offices typically found in modern suburbs, this relic of the past is a warm and welcoming place that invites you to linger even after you’ve picked up your mail.
And then there’s that stairway off to the right, with its gracefully turned balustrade, leading to rooms you can’t quite see beyond the second-floor landing ...
Although visitors may wonder about those mysterious second-story spaces, any reveries are cut short when they’re invited — typically after a short wait — to the counter, where the staff stands ready from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and on Saturdays until 12:30 p.m.
A Lyrical Look at Life
Karina Grace Forman is just 13, but her songs reveal a maturity beyond her years
From the May 2017 issue
Click here to listen to Karina's original song, "So Much More"!
Karina Grace Forman remembers a photo of herself sitting at a piano when she was just 2 years old. It’s a picture that sticks out in her mind because the seventh-grader can’t remember exactly when she fell in love with the instrument.
“But I was 6 when I really started playing,” she says with conviction.
Karina, who has never had any formal music instruction, recalls taking a few piano lessons from her grandmother, a concert pianist, but she learned how to play largely from watching videos on the Internet. That’s also how she learned to play the guitar.
These days the 13-year-old from Milton, who is home-schooled, not only plays both instruments but also writes her own music and sings. Moreover, she’s found fame from posting her songs online, and has recorded a track at The Cutting Room Studios in New York City.