Items Tagged ‘cancer’

August 2, 2019

When the Fearful become Fearless – Experts by Experience

By Carly Flumer carlyflumer

The drip-drip-dripping of the sink in the radiology room echoed loudly in my brain as I waited for the pathologist. I just had a biopsy done for two spots on my neck—one suspected to be cancerous. “A nodule,” my primary care physician had previously explained at my annual physical. The radiologist had comforted me, casually […]

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July 19, 2019

Hope for the Best, and Plan for the Worst–Experts by Experience

By Allan Butler butler3222

Life, as I knew it, was crashing down. I was sitting with my wife in the oncologist’s office and had just been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. But, I was about to experience some of the most optimistic and hopeful words I had ever heard. My doctor could have told me about the bleak […]

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May 17, 2019

Accidental Path to a Cancer Cure – Experts by Experience

By Martin Jensen, Volunteer Mentor predictable

Incontinence was a major problem for me 15 years ago. Guiding my cousins around the National Mall in Washington D.C. one day, I had to find a restroom for urinary relief several times. Later, we remembered that my father had developed incontinence from benign prostatic hypertrophy or BPH—overgrowth of the prostate—in his 70s. It seemed […]

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August 17, 2018

Coping With Loss of the”Health Privilege” – Experts by Experience

By Danielle Ripley-Burgess danielleburgess

For some people, the only life they’ve ever known is full of suffering, disease, and pain. I am not one of those people. I was born a healthy baby in December 1983, and for most of my childhood, I stayed that way. I never broke a bone and I rarely got sick. I did contract […]

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