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My turn: From cancer caregiver to cancer patient

My cancer story doesn’t begin with me — it begins with my family. I am a 68-year-old woman and out of eight children, I was the second youngest. My two oldest sisters were breast cancer survivors but have since become angels for the Lord following unrelated medical challenges. Two of my brothers are cancer survivors.  …

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What it’s like to bring a baby into a pandemic world

As I sit here dictating my story, I have 3-week-old baby Skyler comfortably sleeping on my chest. If you had asked me this time last year where I would be in a year, I would never have imagined I’d be here — a new mother having just given birth during a pandemic, economic crisis, and …

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My breast cancer story: Learning to “just roll with it”

Never did I think I would hear those words. “You have cancer.” Nope, not me! I am the person who takes care of everyone else. I am a 41-year-old momma with three kiddos and I was working full-time in retail. Plus, I was busy with our kids’ afterschool activities. I didn’t have time for cancer. …

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Our miracle NICU twins: Finding joy outside of the birth plan

One afternoon, my mother-in-law and I were visiting when we got on the topic of expanding our family. By something I said, she thought I was telling her I was pregnant — I quickly responded that I WAS NOT! I was not ready for another pregnancy, as my son was one month shy of a …

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My pandemic pregnancy: A safe and stress-free delivery despite COVID-19

This past Christmas Eve, I received an extra special gift — a positive pregnancy test! Our family of three would soon become a family of four. But as my pregnancy progressed, this looming word in the news kept coming up: “coronavirus.” I remember thinking it wasn’t a big deal, at least not here in the …

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My pandemic pregnancy: An open letter from one mom to another

Dear mommas and dads-to-be, This isn’t how we thought pregnancy would go, is it? Who could have predicted that we would have to add a pandemic to our (already long) list of pregnancy worries and questions? And yet, here we are — because life doesn’t stop in the middle of a pandemic. We found out …

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How my dad’s courageous journey through COVID-19 taught me to enjoy every moment

I consider my dad to be my best friend. I am able to tell him anything. I go to him for advice, even if it’s the tiniest problem. I can’t imagine what I would do without him because he is such a stable force in my life. He is my biggest advocate and I am …

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