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by beaty

My cancer journey with help from family and my guardian angel

August 12, 2010 in Home Page, Journey Through Cancer, Parent with Cancer by beaty

7/4/10

Dad’s Story

“Dick, Dr. Malone is on the phone and he wants to speak to you.”

“I do not like to give you this kind of news over the phone. The results of your biopsy indicate that your prostate is 65% consumed with cancer.”

My wife Helen has told me that her hand was on my shoulder during the phone call, but I did not recall. She is always there for me, a friend for 51 years, and wife for 48 years. I would not have made it without her. Read the rest of this entry →

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by rick

Cancer–My Journey Too

May 29, 2008 in Daughter's Point of View, Keeping Up Your Spirits, My Mom Has Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Parent with Cancer, Women's Cancers by rick

May 21, 2008

On December 7, 2000, I left for school on what seemed to be an ordinary day. Little did I know, when I returned home, my life was never going to be the same. One minute I was a happy 15-year old, president of the student council and chorus at school, whose biggest worry was figuring out who I would sit with at lunch.

When I received the news that my Mom was diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer that day, I was devastated. Given only a 20% survival rate, I was instantly overwhelmed with confusion, fear, and shock. Despite her frightening prognosis, a major surgery, and 3 recurrences, my Mom has been successful in her battle with cancer. It’s this victory that has restored my faith that people cannot only survive from cancer, but can thrive.

My name is Jessie, and I am a 22-year old graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. I’m so excited to be starting this blog because it’s giving me the chance to do something that I’ve always wanted to do. As you might imagine, watching my Mom deal with cancer for 7 years, my family and I have gone through a multitude of experiences. Some have been good, some have been bad, and some just seem to make no sense at all. The bottom line is I understand what cancer can do to a family. I realize that the more knowledge we acquire about the illness and its effects on our relationships the easier it will be to continue enjoying our lives.

This brings me to the goal of my blog; sharing my story. It’s my hope that my experiences will provide insight about how to cope when someone close to you is diagnosed with cancer. Whether you need some tips for how to deal, ideas for how to help, or a story with which you can relate, I’m here. I’ll do my best to share new thoughts periodically. Feel free to post comments, ask questions, or simply say hi. I’m looking forward to this journey we’re about to begin.

Until next time…