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Victoria and Alan’s Power Story (Lupus and GIST)

Alan's Story (GIST)

I have Lupus and Scleroderma and my spouse has GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor) stage 4. This is is a very rare cancer affecting the digestive tract or nearby structures within the abdomen. He was diagnosed in 2004 and the tumor was removed only for the cancer to return in 2006 and spread to …

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Dealing with the Holiday Season

Feeling a little bah humbug about the holidays this year? The expectation to deck the halls and be jolly is overwhelming, especially when you’re going through breast cancer treatment or have just finished treatment.  The last thing you feel like doing is being jolly, and it may seem like others …

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Amy’s Fight Like A Girl Story (Lupus)

Amy's Story (Lupus)

Lately, even as sick as I am — recovering from a lupus flare that began six months ago — I’ve learned to be grateful for the disease I have. My appreciation slowly started maybe about a year ago when I was starting to feel somewhat better and was told I might be going …

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Let’s Get Real

Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out ways to bring about more awareness about Rheumatoid Arthritis. By awareness, I mean making people aware of the facts surrounding this disease and erasing some misconceptions. So today I want to present a little list of Myths vs. Facts. Myth: RA is what …

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Melanie’s Story (Brain Tumor)

Melanie's Story (Brain Tumor) LR

I was sick with headaches for about 6 months, and progressively got worse. I started having slurred speech, my legs going numb when I would walk, the left side of my face was numb, I would black out, and muscle spasms in my neck that were getting worse, and this …

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It’s Not Fair!

Today, I had quite a big “It’s not fair” moment. Throughout my illness and my treatment, I’ve managed to avoid most of these, but not today. What, exactly tipped me over the edge, I don’t know. I have heard of people coping fine throughout their treatment, and then afterwards reflecting …

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