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To The Nurses Who Made a Difference in My Life

I've spent more days in the hospital than I can count. So I can't tell you how many daily visits with the doctor I had in my hospital room. That would take a lot of math. But the math that really stumps me is how many times I was visited by a nurse. If you've been lucky… Continue reading To The Nurses Who Made a Difference in My Life

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Why We Need to Talk About Teen Cancer

There is no situation in which cancer does not suck. Cancer sucks. This is a fact. We are told we can make choices in our lives that make us less prone to developing cancer. We are told many cancers are preventable. And while this is being said, what is not really being said -- but… Continue reading Why We Need to Talk About Teen Cancer

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On Being a Survivor and a Mother

"Will we have to get scars, too?" asked my 4 year-old at the dinner table last night. Though my abdomen was completely covered, as it normally is, her thoughts turned to the very long, very ugly scar that runs down the core of my body while she chewed her dinner. "No, baby, you won't have… Continue reading On Being a Survivor and a Mother

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The post where I talk about when I had cancer.

Dysgerminoma is the name of the cancer that grew in my young body more than 25 years ago. It is a rare germ cell tumor that develops mostly in adolescent girls and young women. It is also a form of ovarian cancer. When I got the diagnosis of “dysgerminoma of the ovary” I barely knew… Continue reading The post where I talk about when I had cancer.