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Susan Bahorich's Blog

October 09, 2010

Comments, questions, concerns, story ideas, etc. email me at:  sbahorich@wdbj7.com

5/5/13

You may have seen or heard my promo.
I have cancer.
The story airs Monday night at 6o'clock.
This is a little weird for me.
I'm not used to "being" the story.
I'm a reporter, I tell other people's stories.
I struggled with this decision.
So, bottomline, WHY am I coming out with this?

Okay, a couple of reasons:

1. I was gone about 6-weeks. I had hundreds of messages on social media with people asking about me & when I would return.  Others sent letters, cards & emails. Many called to find out if I still worked for the station.  I try to respond to every message I get, so I felt like there was an obligation on my part to be honest.

2. When I returned to work I talked with a couple of women who I have done a lot of stories with over the years.  Both of these women had dealt with my same cancer and I had NEVER known it.  I thought to myself, 'WOW, here are two women who have gone through this and survived.'  It made me feel a lot better.

3. Eventually I'll be taking off this wig (especially with it getting warmer!)  I want to warn viewers this could be happening.  (I think I may have mentioned how a viewer called screaming about a colleague wearing a hat while he went through cancer treatments.  I'd like to avoid this.)


So, all these things being said, you don't just have to be a woman or going through cancer to get something from my story.
My message is simple.
- I didn't have symptoms, but I maintained my yearly check-ups.
By doing that, I really feel like I've saved my life.
- If you have a doctor and he's/she's not giving you the time for questions or addressing your concerns- find another doctor.
Remember, your doctor should want you to get a second opinion.  Don't worry about hurting feelings, we're talking about your life.
- But, that being said, you don't need a best friend, you need a skilled doctor who's at the top of his/her game.
Bring your patience.  In that waiting room, you can bet everyone is going through something, whether they look sick or not.

I'll be hosting a web chat at noon on Monday, May 6th.
The story will air at 6p.m. (Monday, May 6th)

I hope you'll join me.
~sjb

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3/3/12

Isn't the internet something?

Wow, all of a sudden I've gone from broadcasting to Southwest Virginia to going around the country, even the world (where a Croatian newspaper said I was head of the station- hello promotion! someone better warn my boss! :)

Maybe you saw it that Saturday morning more than 3-weeks ago, maybe you've seen it since?  It's about a Northern Virginia cat owner who is helping her furry friend lose weight by taking her to the spa for swimming.  The video shows a cat. IN a lifejacket.  At that point, I get the giggles on live tv. I'm not sure if it has ever happened to you, where you try to stop laughing, but it builds and builds, and well, before you know it you can barely breathe?  Now- imagine that scenario, but on LIVE tv.  Yep, that's my 30-seconds of "fame." Oh, the topper? At the end, it comes back to me, on camera where I snort (yes, snort- OY!!) and slap the desk.

Since the video went viral I've had people from all over the country comment how I hate overweight people, fat cats, the sick, exercise, how I could use more exercise, etc., etc., etc. - you name it, it has been sent to me.

First off, I wasn't making fun of this cat, people or anyone.  A cat in a lifejacket is unusual (really, when is the last time your cat put on a life jacket and went for a swim?) Secondly, the copy indicated the cat dislikes physical activity.  People, as a cat owner, I can tell you that is nearly every cat in the world.  The look on the kitty's face was not joy.  And the topper, after 6-months of what must be torture for this little thing, she's only lost one-pound.  It seems a bit unfair, no?  But, I trust that this cat's owner knows best (once again, I did not put this animal in the water.)

As for me, an important "What Not to Wear" moment - if you've got a chest, do NOT wear a flowy top, especially if you're only being seen from the waist up -oh, and button your jacket.  Memo received, memorized, processed, etc.

For those who live in the Roanoke Valley, you know the 'DBJ weekend morning show is a place for news, sports, weather and a little fun.  This was a segment near the end of an hour-long show.  In no way did I mean any disrespect to the viewers, cats, their owners or anyone battling their weight.  Please forgive me if you were offended by this video.  That was not my intent.

~sjb

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