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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

My writing samples

Over the past 15 years I've accumulated quite a few writing samples and I'm going to post some of them here or leave a link for you. If you don't see what you're looking for or you would like more information, please contact me at petulawrites@yahoo.com. Also, keep in mind that this page is always a work in progress; I will add samples as often as I can. I look forward to working with you.

Around the Web
An article on Charles E. Johnson at SparkPlugPeople.com.
Living with Firbromyalgia for HeathyWomen.org.
Check me out on eHow.

Blog posts
I really enjoy writing book and product reviews here at It's a woman's world!

Random (essay-like) Samples
This is a creative writing sample I submitted to eCopywriters on July 1, 2009.

It isn’t a secret that I am addicted to skincare and beauty products. Most recently, I’ve written about Advanced RevitaLift ® Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair treatments, the Neutrogena™ pure & free™ baby sunblock lotion and Relastin Eye Silk. I have tried Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper and their Vivid Impact Lipcolor. And right now I’m testing the Active Eyelash Technology™ neuLash®.


I could fib and say it hasn’t always been like this, but it has. The only difference now is it’s more intense. When a woman reaches the age of 40 and over (sometimes as early as 35), she begins to notice the changes her body is going through. A lot of those changes begin to quickly to show up on her skin. That is what happened to me.


So, in my ever-increasing desire to maintain my youthful appearance, I ensure that my skin is well taken care of and my beauty regimen is solid. That makes it exciting to learn about what’s being introduced to the public and the things that have worked over the years. Of course, one can’t do that unless one keeps abreast of the skincare and beauty products on the market – new and old.


That’s why I always have my trusty petroleum jelly to soften my lips, Aveeno products for all-over body care to smooth my skin as well as tried and true Olay® and Dove® products. These are just a few of the things I can’t live without… a girl has to have some secrets.

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Magazine articles
June/July 2007 issue of New You magazine
Tired of Being Tired

Seven years ago, Stephen Hinton dozed off while driving and crashed into a brick mailbox, narrowly missing a tree. Although his truck was totaled, he walked away from the accident relatively unscathed. During a visit to the doctor shortly thereafter, he discovered he had a sleep disorder.

Hinton was referred to a sleep and electroencephalogram (EEG) diagnostic services center, in which doctors conduct sleep studies that electronically transmit and record specific activities while a patient sleeps. He was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Hinton is one of about 12 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea—a disorder characterized by interruptions in breathing while asleep. There are three types of apnea: central, mixed and obstructive. Hinton suffers from the most common form. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), sleep apnea can affect anyone, but it’s most common in men who are overweight and/or over the age of 40.

OSA is caused by an airway blockage, when the soft tissue at the back of the throat closes during sleep. This can occur several times a night, and when it does, the brain rouses the person and signals him or her to resume breathing. In central sleep apnea, the airway isn’t blocked, but the brain fails to signal breathing. Mixed apnea is a combination of the two.

From his sleep study, Hinton learned his brain had signaled him to breathe approximately 276 times. “The technicians who were monitoring me became so scared that they put a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device on me after a few hours,” he says. The apparatus involves wearing a mask that is attached to an air blower while asleep.

Other common treatments for sleep apnea include losing weight; avoiding sedative substances such as alcohol and certain medications; using oral appliances to prevent the airway from collapsing; and undergoing surgery to improve the airway. The Pillar Procedure is an alternative treatment for OSA and disruptive snoring. It is minimally invasive and involves placing implants in the soft palate to reduce the vibrations that cause snoring and obstruct the airway.

Pradeep K. Sinha, MD, PhD, FACS, a board certified surgeon at the Atlanta Institute for ENT and Facial Aesthetic Surgery, offers the Pillar Procedure. He says it’s less painful, can be performed quickly, and is the only procedure approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). In fact, the Pillar has been clinically proven to produce results comparable to more aggressive procedures.

"The standard treatment is pretty extensive surgery, where you’re laid up in the hospital and have to take about two weeks off of work,” Dr. Sinha says. But not all sleep apnea sufferers are candidates for surgery. The other alternative is wearing the aforementioned CPAP mask at night, every night, to stop snoring and breathe properly. It works well for those who snore and those with mild sleep apnea, but it is only part of the solution for people with more severe cases.

Hinton says the CPAP worked for him, but he would consider the Pillar Procedure if his doctor recommended it. “Before I got the CPAP, I’d go to bed tired. I’d fall asleep the minute my head hit the pillow, but when I woke up, I would feel just as tired as when I went to bed. Whenever I sat still for a moment, I’d fall asleep,” he says. Now, the only time he feels tired is when he doesn’t get enough sleep.

Sleep apnea can be a serious problem. If left untreated, it can cause high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, stroke, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, depression, mood disorders and headaches. It can also lead to job impairment and an increased risk of motor vehicle collisions due to exhaustion.

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll, about 75 percent of those surveyed experience symptoms of a sleep problem a few nights a week, but have never mentioned it to a doctor. If you snore loudly, are overweight, have high blood pressure, feel sleepy during the day, or gasp or stop breathing at night, you may have sleep apnea. If you have any or all of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention. “I could have died that day,” Hinton says, referring to the day of his sleep apnea-induced accident. “It’s only because of God’s grace that I missed that tree.”

Sidebar
Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that is characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. If you experience snoring, gasping for air while asleep, are overweight, have high blood pressure or are frequently tired during the day, seek medical attention immediately. In fact, any sleep disturbances or problems should be mentioned to your doctor.

For more information on sleep disorders and related issues, check out the National Sleep Foundation’s website at SleepFoundation.org.

Although your doctor will most likely recommend a sleep center for you, there is a list of centers in your area at SleepCenters.org, which is provided by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

For a comprehensive overview of sleep apnea, visit the American Sleep Apnea Association’s website at SleepApnea.org.

To reach Dr. Pradeep Sinha at the Atlanta Institute for ENT and Facial Aesthetic Surgery, call 404.257.1589 or visit DrSinha.com.

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