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Chemo and COVID: Patrick’s Story

Growing up as one of eight children, Patrick Mendola never spent much time being lonely. At age 15 he met his soulmate, who was also one of eight. Their extended family continued to grow, eventually tallying 13 nieces and nephews. Surrounded by love, family, and friends, loneliness felt like a…...

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Choose Joy: Jennifer’s Story

There are so many challenges when it comes to someone’s individual journey with cancer. For Jennifer Brown, the most challenging part was maintaining the emotional strength when physical strength seemed unattainable. “I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in October 2011,” Jennifer shared. “Routine bloodwork prior to an umbilical hernia…...

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Stay Strong, Be Positive: Brianne’s Story

Sometimes life gets busy and all you can do is put your head down and focus. That was what the autumn of 2017 looked like for Brianne Jaeger. She was a busy mother of two in her mid-thirties juggling her office manager role and a busy social life. That autumn…...

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We Are Stronger Than the Cancer: Maria’s Story

Maria Gonzales was no stranger to cancer by the time she was diagnosed in 2008. She had watched the disease affect many of her family members, from her mother and her grandmothers to her aunts and cousins. Despite seeing her loved ones battle cancer in various forms, her diagnosis came…...

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