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Yearly Archives: 2019

Catherine’s Story (Breast Cancer)

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In April of this year, I had my yearly mammogram. It would have been 5 years that I was cancer-free. This time in addition to a mammogram I had a biopsy. I had all the tests I had 5 years ago, and was diagnosed with Lobular breast cancer. I had …

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Megan’s Story (Melanoma)

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Hello My name is Megan. I work in Plant 3 at Arconic Industries, and I am a 35-year-old wife and mother to 2 children. I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma on September 14, 2018. The doctors considered me a stage 2B and scheduled me almost immediately for removal to prevent …

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Stacey’s Story (Breast Cancer)

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When I was 27, I was watching an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. They were showing how to do a self-breast exam so I did one, and found a lump. But I was only 27, no one gets cancer at 27. Two months went by and I finally asked …

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Fall Fitness

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Change is inevitable as we (reluctantly, if summer lovers) move into the fall season. In addition to the changing color of the leaves, is the changing dynamic of our lives. This inescapable change in nature can have a direct effect on health and fitness if not prepared. Without the extended, …

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Nancy’s Story (Bipolar Disorder)

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At age 17, I had my first of many manic episodes. The symptoms were promptly subdued with anti-psychotic medicine (because that is what the doctors saw, therefore that was what they treated). Never mind that I had extrapyramidal symptoms (arms drawn up like a kangaroo, stiffness in the joints, coating …

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Casey’s Story (Colon Cancer)

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I was diagnosed with colon cancer in October 2014, at the age of 34. I had been having lower back pain for a few months but ignored that and other warning signs my body was trying to give me. My friends and family finally urged me to go to the …

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