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Thursday, 08 February 2018 23:21

Ginny Goes to School

I want to begin by apologizing for my absence. The last blog I wrote was at the end of October when I finished my tribute to cancer survivors during Cancer Awareness Month. That project drained me emotionally and mentally, and when it was over, I found myself spiraling down into a funk. My friend, Pam lost her nine-year battle with cancer at the beginning of December. Around that time, one of my dearest friends was diagnosed with lung cancer, and another is facing the pain of watching her two-year-old grandson undergo treatments for leukemia. I was also floundering with where…
I have been having a difficult time getting into the Christmas Spirit this year. The month started out sadly when my dear friend, Pam Cook, lost her long battle with breast cancer. About a week later, another very close friend was diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer. It was about this time that I learned a high-school friend's two-year-old grandson is undergoing treatment for leukemia. My heart went out to all involved in the lives of these beautiful women and this young child. I felt as if a dark cloud had descended upon my shoulders and the only thing I could…
I have been having a difficult time getting into the Christmas Spirit this year. The month started out sadly when my dear friend, Pam Cook, lost her long battle with breast cancer. About a week later, another very close friend was diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer. It was about this time that I learned a high-school friend's two-year-old grandson is undergoing treatment for leukemia. My heart went out to all involved in the lives of these beautiful women and this young child. I felt as if a dark cloud had descended upon my shoulders and the only thing I could…
Thursday, 23 November 2017 13:44

'Tis the Season to be Thankful

While looking around my office the other day, I spotted the message my granddaughter, Sophie texted me last Thanksgiving. "Happy Thanksgiving, Nonny- words can't explain how thankful I am to have gotten a grandma as cool as you!" I remember how my heart soared when I first read it. I copied it in a word program so I could save and pasted a copy on my office wall. When I glanced at this message touched me once again and reminded me of all the things for which I am most thankful. I am Thankful for... My husband Jim, the love…
Thursday, 02 November 2017 15:01

Heather's Wrap-up

This is Part 3 of Heather's story. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for providing us with her heart-felt experiences as a cancer patient. Many times, it is difficult to express your inner most feelings and fears. Heather has done a remarkable job baring her soul and I will continue to keep her in my thoughts and prayers. I encourage anyone who is reading her posts to do the same. Heather's Story I don't know why I was given this awful disease, but then again why is anybody subject to this? When I see children that…
Friday, 27 October 2017 18:48

Let the Treatments Begin!

This is part two of Heather's story of her fight again Triple Negative Breast Cancer. As I pointed out last week, Heather is a fighter and an openly frank person. Her step-by-step details about her surgery and treatments helps the reader have a better understanding of what a cancer patient sometimes has to endure to become a survivor. I applaud her honesty in describing her feelings. I had my breast and brain MRI on June 12. Kevin went with me on June 16 to Magee Women's Hospital to see the surgeon for the first time. It had been six- weeks…
Thursday, 19 October 2017 17:19

Facing the Truth by Heather Baughman

Knowing that my friend, Heather was recently diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer I decided to call and ask her if she would allow me to feature her story in this month's blogs. After a few moments hesitation, she agreed. We both felt that sharing her experiences with others might be helpful. I asked her to write down everything that has happened to her over the past six-months. Although it might be painful to do this, I also knew it could be very therapeutic. Two days later, she sent me her eight-page story. She started writing after my call, and…
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:10

Annual Mammograms Can Saves Lives!

This month I am sharing stories about women dealing with breast cancer. Last week, I shared the poignant story about my friend Pam Cook. This week I am sharing my story and that of another friend, Kay Dracup. I went to school with Kay and our friendship was renewed when she read my memoir and reached out to me. Through our correspondence, we learned that we experienced many of the same things while growing up. Her recently diagnosed breast cancer was very much like mine. When I requested stories from other breast cancer survivors, she immediately responded. I have always…
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