Sometimes life changes in an instant.

Allison Gilbert had just turned 30 years old. She was watching television with her husband, Christopher Gilbert, who everyone just calls, “Gilbert.”

“He's the best. He's a principal at Bottonfield School in Champaign,” she said.

Allison works for Health Alliance.

Anyway, they were enjoying some time-off together and relaxing.

“I had an itch on my breast,” Allison said. “I could feel this hard, marble-like lump.”

She knew she had better get in to see her doctor right away.

Early is the key

Question: What do you have when four ladies make their way to shop and eat all day-oh- and throw in a little wine purchasing for good measure?

Forever Glamorous

When we think of giving ourselves a new look or freshening up our appearance we often think it will involve a great expense. While having a fresh look for the new year is a goal of many people, taking care of one’s budget is also high on the list of resolutions.


Let’s take an evening trip to the Better Days Distillery in Tilton, Vermilion County’s first and only distillery, located at 8 Hodge St., Tilton. It is open Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.


I grabbed my friend, Brenda Jamieson, and we trekked out to the distillery.