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The Hidden Scars Cancer Leaves Behind

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by Courtney Kerrigan

 

Best Friends

As a young child, I thought my best friend would always be there for me. I never imagined cancer would change our relationship so drastically or permanently.  My best friend happens to be my identical twin sister. I remember when she was hospitalized in the 2nd grade and I cried myself to sleep because I missed her. We were inseparable and equally unlucky. We both ended up being diagnosed with a proto-oncogene and were encouraged to have prophylactic thyroidectomies. We had our appointment and surgeries on the same day and asked if we could be roommates. This was declined as there was too much risk of confusion having the same last name, birthday and appearance.

 

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A Hollow Room

by Timothy Buckland

Imagine walking into a room full of people yet you feel alone.  This room is not one you choose to walk into; it is literally a matter of life and death.  This is a place with phenomenal medical and psychosocial resources yet they aren’t designed for you.  The people that fill this room are your parent’s age and in many cases your grandparent’s age.  This is a room where you are surrounded by people and yet you are isolated.  This is a hollow room.

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The Baby Battle: The Fight With Fertility

by Timothy W. Buckland and Savanna Buckland

Diagnosis

One of the most universal rights of any person is the ability to have children. A week before my 18th birthday, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and lost this ability as did my future wife. After being diagnosed and told about the decrease in fertility that may occur from a necessary surgery, I was persuaded to bank my sperm. I was only given a couple of days between this initial consult and my surgery so things had to move quickly. In fact, I would not receive the results of the sperm test until after my surgery. At the time, that was fine; who really cared about banking sperm when my life was on the line?

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