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  1. Judy Burgi
    October 30, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    As of August this year I have been cancer free for 14 years. I Praise God for that! My only reminders of battling breast cancer is the fact that I have some lymphodema in my right arm. It is annoying enough that sometimes I need to buy a size larger top because of the swelling…I can live with it. The scars and numbness under my arm is a bit more annoying and the constant ache in my right arm bugs me to no end BUT I have my life.

    My Sister, and two first cousins have battled this disease after me. Sadly, my favorite cousin Joyce lost her battle 15 months ago. Cousin Thelma has been cancer free for 12 years and my sister has been cancer free for 3 years. We don’t know God’s reason for calling my cousin Joyce home. I do know she was looking forward to her home going with such radiance. How awesome was that?

    Judy B


  2. Bonnie Cram Hall
    November 22, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

    As of October this year I have been cancer free for 8 years although I did have a slight run-in again in July 08. I had breast reduction surgery and cancer cells were found in the other breast. I underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction. I have struggled to regain a life since all of this as I lost my teaching position due to my needing to take a medical leave of absence for the remaining of the school year. Losing my job was worse than losing my breast as I lost something that I felt God had called me to. However, because I was “home,” I was able to be with my cousin as she continued her battle with cancer which ended in her going home to be with God two years ago. I started to say she lost her battle, but she really won the whole war. Unlike Serena, I do not fancy the pink ribbon as I reminded over and over that I still walk green pastures on this earth while so many I knew and loved (my aunt also died of cancer) are gone. I am a victim of survivor’s guilt. How many others are out there?


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