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Keep Calm and Rock On—Despite Cancer

“I won’t give you up mom; you can be my mom forever.” Those were the words of my then three-year-old as we cuddled before bed on August 11, 2013. I held back the tears because I didn’t want to upset her. My three- and four-year-old daughters weren’t aware that I was diagnosed with advanced Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma just three days before. […]

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The Good in Give and Take

Humans are not meant to go it alone. Science is finding evidence that we may be wired for close companionship, built to connect with and care for one another. Study after study shows not only that too much solitude hurts us, but also that offering and receiving support bring emotional and physical benefits. It is good to receive. Researchers have […]

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Back to School after Surviving Cancer: One Boy’s Story

Summer is soon over and the anticipation of the upcoming school year is here. It’s time for children to say goodbye to bonfires and swimming and hello to schedules, desks and books. It is a time for new beginnings and endless possibilities for most children. For my two healthy children, it is just that. But for my son Gavin, who […]

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Miles to Memories: Storytelling and Family Road Trips

Growing up, my family was always spending time in the car. Soccer practice, dance class, school–it seemed that we were always on the road. When it came to vacations, it wasn’t much different. With a family of six and my dad’s fear of flying, the traditional road trip constantly presented itself as the most logical option. To some, the idea […]

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Sisters and Best Friends, Conquering Challenges Together

There’s a saying out there about being kind to people no matter what, because we’re all fighting our own battles. In the Geist family, they’ve experienced two battles. One is now, thankfully, conquered—18-year-old Greta’s fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is coming to a close, as recent tests came back showing no signs of her cancer. “I felt relief, happiness, and excitement […]

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