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Tamaria’s Story (Thyroid Cancer)

My 16-year-old daughter, Tamaria, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last month. She has already undergone 2 surgeries. 1 was to remove the left portion of her thyroid when we thought the mass was a benign cyst. Then the pathology results came back, and she had a 2nd surgery to remove …

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Nafz’s Story (Lupus)

Hello! I’m Nafz, 22 years old. I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 14 years old, in my 2nd year of high school. I was able to see a lot of doctors, but they could not tell me what I had. One day, I was rushed to the hospital, due …

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Don’t Romanticize the Fact That I’m Dying

The latest buzz on the internet is a new television show called Red Band Society. I’ve read a few reviews of the show that were written by chronically or terminally ill teens who had watched the pilot. Their reviews made me worried that chronic or terminally illnesses wouldn’t be portrayed …

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Keirstyn’s Story (Lupus)

My name is Keirstyn. I’m 18 years old, soon to be 19. I’m in college, have a wonderful job, boyfriend, family, and friends. But I feel I can’t enjoy life like an 18-year-old should. I have not been officially diagnosed with lupus, however my symptoms all point to it. When …

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Rachel’s Story (Lupus)

Where do I start? Well first, I have not been officially diagnosed with lupus. My symptoms started when I was about 15 years old, and I am now a 27 year old mother and wife. At 15, my knees would start popping every time I moved. It was uncomfortable but …

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Mary’s Story (Breast Cancer)

My name is Mary Zoshak, 42 years old. Just like the doctor ordered, I did my yearly mammograms, self exams, etc. Mammogram already scheduled. Here’s my story. How I found my lump: February 2014, I started getting very sharp pains in my right breast. I did a self exam, and there …

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