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Cancer and My Learning Curve

Cancer and My Learning Curve

Submitted by Melissa Burns When I was diagnosed with breast cancer it was traumatic and serious. I was pregnant with my second daughter, I was stage IIb triple negative and I was 32 years old. l went through treatment and the years following, listening to all of […]

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My Mom & Hospice

My Mom & Hospice

Submitted by: Doreen Bosse Streetman My mom was bed bound when she died. She had broken her hip and did therapy, doing pretty good, but as she lost weight, it became harder for her to bear weight on her leg that had the hip surgery. Then over […]

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There is No Road Map

There is No Road Map

My husband has been recently placed in a healthcare facility. He’s only 63, and six years into his Alzheimer’s journey. We laugh together, cry together, and think how great it would be if there was a cure. Learning to live together separately is gut wrenching. It’s very […]

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The Power of Music

The Power of Music

Submitted by Deborah Vassar As a nurse of 45 years, I have cared for many as they end their journey here on earth. One of my favorite stories is about a patient with end stage dementia. She was a total care patient and non-verbal. She would often […]

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Doctors Gave Me 18 Months To Live

Doctors Gave Me 18 Months To Live

In August 2013 while my family and I were preparing for my mother to pass, I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that spread to my spine and my ribs. I was given 1.5 years to live with treatment. How was I suppose to tell my […]

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#FUCancer

#FUCancer

12/26/16: 4:29 PM As I was walking into a restaurant for a holiday dinner with my family, my gynecologist called to give me the results of an endometrial biopsy that was conducted the week before. “Abnormal cells” she said. Then she went on about a few other […]

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Who am I now?

Who am I now?

When I think about cancer these days, I don’t think about the bad stuff, but the good stuff instead.   No one seems to talk about what happens AFTER you have come through a life changing illness. Why is that? For me, I had cancer twice (breast […]

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