I work with a lot of women-- probably 35 of us. I had only worked there about a year when I was diagnosed. My best friend there was diagnosed about 2 years later. I remember a friend from our board flew out here for her funeral. I took her to a gathering of friends/ coworkers after the service. She was devastated as I introduced her to the women I work with... This is Cathy, she is my assistant, and she is a colon cancer survivor. This is Ellen, we share a classroom and assistant... her husband died of leukemia when I was going through my treatment. And Cheryl...her husband has prostate cancer. And this is Connie. Her mom has ovarian cancer. Ella, my other assistant... brain tumor. Janet... breast cancer. Gina... breast cancer... her dad was dying of melanoma when when she was diagnosed. Chris... breast cancer. And those were just the women we worked with. The list was much longer when we added in her close circle of friends who had cancer.
I don't say this to scare you, but yes, sometimes it is hard to look around a room and not find someone whose life has not been touched by this disease.
Good luck on your followups... I hope you get good news and the "epidemic" in your office stops before your station. Let us know how it goes. We love to hear good news!
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