National Cancer Survivors Day

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My Fear of “The Big R”

by Fredricka R. Maister

Cancer – just the word could spin me into ruminations of doom and gloom, pain and suffering, and possible death. I was young, physically fit, and health conscious. I didn’t indulge in junk food, didn’t smoke or drink, and was born to a family with bad cardiac DNA, not wayward cancer cells.

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Life Becomes Art: Cancer Survivor Awarded Top Prize in 2010 Oncology On CanvasSM Art Competition

Following her lung cancer diagnosis, amateur artist Annette Zalewski felt as if her life had been "cut up, rearranged and become a different picture." She sought to express her cancer journey on canvas by using a cut-up painting technique for the first time. Her mixed media entry, "Wild Water," took first prize in the fourth biennial Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition.

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Do I Know the Lady in the Picture?

by Pamela Estes

A girl with a short, choppy haircut looks back at me. She’s not young, not old, but dangling somewhere in between. Do I know her? Is she a part of my past, perhaps an old friend, or just someone I thought I once knew?

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House Resolution 787 – Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day October 13

by Kathy Coursey-Boes

On July 19, 2009, I drove with my 12 year old daughter Addie to Washington, DC, to join our group of breast cancer patients and family members representing all of us with stage IV breast cancer and the issues that are unique to us.

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A Few Minutes with Namrata

by Laura Shipp

Because of her family’s history of breast cancer, Namrata Singh Gujral had her first mammogram at age 25. For the next seven years, those regular mammograms came back clean every time. But the actress who is known for her titular role in Americanizing Shelley says an inner voice prompted her to be vigilant anyway. It’s a good thing she listened.

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Been There, Done That

by Kimberly Srock Fields

The last time I went in for a round of post-transplant tests and reassurances that I am, indeed, still in remission, I visited the X-ray division once again. As I sat in the waiting area holding a red beeper and the key to locker #13, I was struck by a sense of recognition as I watched the young couple sitting near me.

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Sisters on the Journey

by Karen Sudduth

My friend and I sat in a cozy bistro. This lovely treat was a gift we gave ourselves following a long day of tests and scans. My friend, courageously battling inflammatory breast cancer, was getting a second opinion. And we were having a heart-to-heart about the vulnerabilities we’ve experienced as cancer survivors.

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Bald Chicks Rule

by Mary Beth Hall

My new counseling job at the high school started in late July, just a few months after my breast cancer diagnosis. I could hardly keep my head up because of the radiation treatments, and I hadn’t even started working yet. I didn’t know how I was going to start a new job in this shape.

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