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May.11.2011
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The very first news I have to share is great, great news! My buddy Braden Hofen received test results today… NED!!!!!  No evidence of disease!!!!! Go ahead and do a happy dance, sing off-key at the top of your lungs, and if you live in a big city, stick your head out of the window and take a deep...
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May.04.2011
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Yesterday, I returned to Santa Barbara to the place where I received my life-saving treatment for cancer. Now, three years after my treatment has ended, I am reminded again how Cottage Hospital and the people who work there will always bring my heart to its utmost openness. I loved seeing Nurse...
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Apr.08.2011
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“Make that change” ~ Michael Jackson It makes me wonder. I wonder why humans spend enormous amounts of time focusing on what we are getting or not getting—instead of examining what we are giving or not giving. I wonder where and when, “Me, me, me!” became the rule rather than the exception. Would...
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Apr.06.2011
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 The very first thing I want to share with you is an update from Noah’s mom… “NOAH IS DOING A LITTLE BETTER TODAY, HE LOOKS GOOD TODAY. HIS LUNGS LOOKED A LITTLE BETTER TODAY. HIS SWELLING HAS GONE DOWN MORE TOO. JUST TAKING BABY STEPS, KEEP PRAYING WE LOVE YOU ALL GOD BLESS” Thank you for all of...
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Mar.26.2011
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There are times I wish I could transport my People Shell through time and space so that I would be able to attend an important event… or be able to wrap my arms around someone I love. I really could have used a People Shell Transport to bring me to Washington D.C. to attend CureSearch’s Advocacy...
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Mar.19.2011
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One thing I learned this past week is to never underestimate the navigating skills of an Onc-Parent in the mighty “rapids” of the World of Medical Needs. I want all of you Onc-Parents (I use this term with utmost respect and love) to know that the skills you are learning now will help you and your...
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Mar.09.2011
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“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and when you pass through the rivers,they will not sweep over you.When you walk through the fire,you will not be burned;the flames will not set you ablaze.” ~ Isaiah 43:2 One year ago, a precious two year-old girl named Layla Grace earned her...
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Mar.08.2011
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Swirling feelings from many directions have me spinning a bit today. I am very, very excited about being one of 251 people throughout the world who have been chosen to be 2011 LIVESTRONG leaders. At 7:00 am, I listened to my very first LIVESTRONG conference call. May I please admit that one of my...
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Feb.23.2011
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When I miss communicating with you for a few days, I get all messed up. It’s like all of the things I want to share with you get plugged up like logs in a logjam. Then, in order to share my “logs” in an orderly fashion, I have to straighten them out of their tangle before they will proceed with any...
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Feb.19.2011
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  Dear Major League Baseball,My name is Melinda Marchiano, and I am sixteen years old. When I was thirteen, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma; I am thrilled to tell you I am now in remission.The reason I am writing to you is to ask you to please consider assisting the cause of raising...
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Feb.17.2011
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There are days in life where there is nothing I can think of but life. Today is one of those days. Maybe it was the news today that Tulsa’s Wilson Holloway passed away from Hodgkin lymphoma. Maybe it’s because I have been thinking of Breanna’s family all week-long and about her memorial service...
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Feb.15.2011
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This is a day of international significance. This is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. Each year, 250,000 children in our world get cancer. 100,000 of these children die because they live in developing countries where they have no access to health care that could diagnose and treat...
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Feb.14.2011
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Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you dearly loved hearts with People Shells around you. That’s really what you are you know. At least that is how I see you… or should I say, feel you? What I never expected, never anticipated, about this “sharing” journey I have embarked upon, is the joy I have found...
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Feb.11.2011
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It will not be long before I begin my United Way grant project. One extremely important message that I want to be sure to let the students know is that they are able to do great things. Good things take a lot of time and a lot of effort. Sadly, it seems like many people in our society look for the...
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Feb.10.2011
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Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery I have a question for you. Where do you go for up-to-date, accurate information about childhood cancer? Where can you look for important facts, pending legislation, a list of resources, a summary of what other childhood cancer...
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