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Me and Dr. M

My angel!

Trish Mascola - Author of poem, Living With The Enemy

I wrote the poem, "Living With The Enemy" after having lost both parents to colon cancer and shortly after, finding out that my sister-in-law and my dear friend, both had breast cancer.
Another dear friend, was diagnosed with prostate cancer and it just seemed that I was being surrounded by people I loved, who had cancer. I write poetry all the time, but for some reason, one Sunday afternoon, my anger about cancer having hit so many that I love motivated me to write a poem about it. Hence, "Living With The Enemy" was born.

I pray that the poem will give you the courage to fight the cancer and take back your life as best you can.

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Jackie's story

I found a lump shortly before Thanksgiving. a biopsy and ultra-sound and I was told I had breast cancer, my family stepped right up and I had all my children home for the holidays and help from co-workers and friends bringing in meals and donating their hard earned vacation time to me. Jesus carried me throughout and December 2nd 2008 I had a masectomy and six positive lymph nodes out of 21 taken. Jesus carried me also through this.. next step was surgery to implant the port through which my C/T would be administered for 6 months, with one treatment to last a year.. then 6 weeks of radiation are to follow.

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Brain Tumor Survivor - (from my site, www.ImSurvivor.com)

Yes everyone has a story to tell, this is mine. The year was 1987. I was 11, and starting the 6th grade. Exploration, independence, cliques, and social graces, were part of my everyday experience. I was a normal teen excited to start off my teenage years with a bang, but unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to go through. I was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor wrapped around my brain stem.
My stay in the hospital was for the better part of 2 years, off & on. My treatment consisted of surgeries, shunt revisions, radiation, chemotherapy, and several traumatic moments. I lost my balance and had to re-learn walking. I lost my hair, and my body stopped producing the growth hormone in the process. But that didn’t stop me from coming back to school and rejoining my friends and classmates. Determined, I came back first in a wheelchair, then a walker, then a cane, and as the years went by, I was walking on my own. I took needles throughout school to make me grow taller and wore a wig to cover my bald head.

Myxoid Lypo Sarcoma

I had a lump growing on my left thigh for about 4 years.
I may have had this tumor longer but I was so busy taking care
of my husband who was terminally ill for several years and I became a Widow in 2004 .
They say stress can cause Cancer . I also had an auto accident at about the same time .
I told several doctors and they just brushed it off as fatty tumors , age , ect. ect.
Then I finally got a Nurse Practitioner to listen to me and she sent me for MRI .
I was diagnosed with myxoid liposarcoma on my left thigh in July 08.
Mine was low grade , slow growing type .

I had biopsy then surgery for removal of tumor



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