The very first time that I was affected by cancer was at 16 years of age; I lost my mom to ovarian cancer. She was only 46. Many years later I was faced with this again. My nephew was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001, six months later my brother was diagnosed with severe melanoma, less than a year later my husband was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and only one year after him, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Only 42 and I truly thought that I would never get to see my kids get married, or see my future grand-children. Happily: more than 10 years later, we have all survived. I watched my son Kyle marry his sweetheart last year and my son Dave will be married in June. I truly believe we have all survived in large part due to the ongoing research. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have strong family support and a positive attitude.
“Life is grand and I never take it for granted.” – Darlene Dooley
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