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S P E CIAL AD VER TIS IN G S E CTI O N “Avoid relying on credit cards. They can be a sinkhole.” a sinkhole,” Purinton says. “Small amounts of debt can be okay, but only if the monthly pay-ments remain manageable.” Borrowing from your 401(k) or Roth IRA should be a last resort. Early withdrawals do come with penalties and tax obligations, and there are some rules and disadvantages to borrowing from your retirement accounts. Before you dip into those accounts, make sure you have all your facts. Don’t take advice from well-meaning Uncle Bill, unless he is a Certified Financial Planner. Talk to the company that is managing your retirement account or a profes-sional from a reputable financial advisory firm. Once you receive a clean bill of health, your first instinct may be to return to your pre-cancer lifestyle. Understandably, you and your loved ones have been through a great deal, but Pu-rinton suggests keeping the frugal lifestyle in place until the emergency fund has been re-plenished and cancer-related debt has been paid down. “Just like everything else in your life, manag-ing money requires a mindset. By defining what you have, what you could owe and the resources that are available to you, you can gain control of the financial side of the equa-tion,” she says. ; Our Center for Women’s Health Is Centered On You. Above, (L-R): Lisa S. Rameaka, MD; Jennifer Avedisian, RNP; Steven H. Schneider, MD; Jill M. Samale, MD; Jeffrey F. Joseph, MD; Mary Christina Simpson, MD • Comprehensive Ob/Gyn Care • Contraception Counseling • HPV Vaccinations • Minimally Invasive Surgeries • Family-Centered Maternity Services Our Gratitude: The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the following sponsors: South County Hospital Breast Health Program is comprehensive breast health services, plus a personal care-coordinator at your side. Call 401 788-3850, or visit www.schospital .com / breasthealth. RI Rehabilitation Centers provide high-quality one-on-one care to each of its patients by help-ing them reduce their pain and improve their functional mobility. Making life better...one pa-tient at a time. Phone: 1-877-RI-RIHAB. Website: www.rirehab.com or www.ritww.com Gem Plumbing & Heating is one of the largest plumbing and heating companies in the coun-try that continually strives to provide superb customer service and the highest quality of workmanship. Gem is also committed to its local community, and is the founding sponsor for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. The South County Hospital Center for Women’s Health – Obstetrics & Gynecology is a leading center of excellence for women’s care. We are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art, personalized care at every stage of a woman’s life. And our holistic approach to your health and well-being cares for you in body, mind, and spirit. To learn more, please give us a call. Watch our latest videos Center for Women’s Health Obstetrics & Gynecology Wakefield ~ East Greenwich ~ www.obgynri.com ~ 401 789-0661 RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY l OCTOBER 2012 107

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