In This eUpdate:
Life Lessons from a Four-Year-Old Kid
Keeping Your Own Medical Records
Help for Relationships Challenged by Cancer
Survivors Canon
 

Survivor Story Life Lessons from a Four-Year-Old Kid
by Lt. Mike Koprowski, USAF, Survivor of the Week

Nearly two years ago, I wrote in these pages about my battle with testicular cancer. Shortly after my survivor story was published, a 29-year-old mother named Alison sent me an e-mail. She explained: Her four-year-old son, Brendon, was battling an extremely rare and aggressive brain tumor. Over the next few weeks, through phone calls and e-mail conversations, Alison and I shared stories of the common fears, doubts, and uncertainties that inevitably arise with a cancer diagnosis. Each conversation would end with Alison’s emphatic request: “Mike, you must meet Brendon! He’s an angel.” I decided to visit Brendon, and it remains one of the best choices of my life.
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Keeping Your Own Medical Records
by Jody Pelusi, PhD, FNP, AOCNP

It’s always a good idea for you to keep your own complete, updated medical records so you can play an active, informed role in your care. This is especially true after a cancer diagnosis. Though this may seem an overwhelming task at first, what you need may be simpler than you think.
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Help for Relationships Challenged by Cancer
by Karen Kayser, MSW, PhD

Going through treatment for cancer can be a lonely experience. Those close to you may not seem to understand what you are feeling. But the stress and uncertainty of your cancer is often felt and shared by your partner.
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Survivors Canon
(On Completion of Chemotherapy and Radiation)

by Helene Parris

Survivor Poem

I crossed a gorge the other day,
through a canyon vague and dark.
The bridge across was made of ropes,
the planks from reeds and bark.
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