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    Procedure or Surgery (Long-term catheter): My friend had her catheter put in today... chemo should be starting next week. She said that it went ok but was pretty tired afterward. Nervous for her but staying positive and supportive!

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    Loss (Lost loved one): David passed away in April of 2012.

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    Oh No (Cancer has spread/Metastasized): My mother in law has been a care provider for a good part of her life, and one person she took care of, David, she had been with for over 16 years. Because of this we all got to know David a great deal, even having Thanksgiving over there with them when she had to work. David also had paraplegia... when he was 40 he had two heart attacks and two strokes in the same day, which left him in a wheelchair. Over the years he taught himself how to paint with his mouth and he would fill in his time painting. Beautiful paintings, and I'm lucky enough to have four of them. Because David was in a wheelchair, he was used to the aches and pains that accompany it. When one pain wasn't going away, they finally went in to have it checked out. That's when it was discovered that he had bone cancer, and it was advanced. David never left the hospital after the diagnosis.

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    Celebration (CIBC Run for the Cure): Every celebration should be celebrated, and about six weeks after Wanda had her mastectomy she participated with the team who was brought together for her and another Mother with breast cancer in the CIBC Run for the Cure. It was a pretty emotional day. Our team got separated a bit through the run, but at the end, we waited until we were all together and crossed the finish line together.

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    Loss (Lost loved one): My Grandmother's loss was the hardest for me to deal with. Not only did i have the childhood connection with her, like my Grandpa, I also had the opportunity to develop an adult relationship with her too. We had a very special connection that couldn't really be explained, but my family saw it. People often say when they lose someone that they wish they had said this or that, or had the chance to tell them something. I can honestly say that there was nothing I didn't tell my Grandma... the last time I saw her I laid on the bed next to her and anything that hadn't been said was said. I lived six hours away, and after I left she said to my aunt that her one regret was that she wouldn't be alive to see my children grow up. And then she went to sleep and never woke back up. I was 25 when I lost her.

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    Oh No (Cancer has spread/Metastasized): Because the cancer had gone undetected for so long, there really were no treatment options. He said they believed it had originated in her liver but they couldn't be sure. The doctors recommended keeping her as comfortable and pain free as possible, and Grandma's request was to stay in the home my Grandpa had built for her many many years ago, when they were first starting their family. My family made this happen, bringing in nurses and taking turns being there with her.