Stories

My “best friend and idol,” my mother, Joanne Perriens

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Stories

My “best friend and idol,” my mother, Joanne Perriens

Courage is defined as “strength in the face of grief.” When I look among the faces today, I see the embodiment of courage – cancer patients, caregivers, service providers, medical professionals, and others who have been touched by this disease. Getting cancer, caring for someone with it, and in some cases seeing some die from it shows unfathomable courage. You have no choice. If you ever wondered how strong you are, look to your relationship with cancer and the answer is clear. You are STRONG and you are not alone!

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“I’ve outlived three oncologists”

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Stories

“I’ve outlived three oncologists”

This article draws upon an interview Joanne Perriens had with our MiraGuide Amanda in June 2016. We were deeply saddened to learn that Joanne lost her battle to breast cancer shortly after they spoke on December 23, 2016. We would like to dedicate this piece in memory of Joanne’s remarkable life in the hopes that her unfailing and selfless spirit “can keep living” in all who read of it. In addition, we would like to thank Joanne’s daughter, Laura for providing the text of her keynote address from the 2017 ACS Relay for Life, her testament to her “best friend and idol.”

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“Making Something out of Nothing”

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Stories

“Making Something out of Nothing”

Her mother–a “fighting Amazon of a thing” Michelle affirms–had recently lost her battle to ovarian cancer, and yet seemed totally present to Michelle as she picked up the December 2014 issue of Discover Magazine. Under “New Research” the cover read, “High-Risk Cancer Gene: Who Has It?” Although she herself had not healed from the wounds cancer inflicted on her and her family, and did not know if she could bear taking an even closer look at this disease, Michelle found courage and began to read.

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“Nobody plans to get cancer–I certainly didn’t.”

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Stories

“Nobody plans to get cancer–I certainly didn’t.”

During the summer of 2009, Tina Kelly noticed two pea-sized lumps in her right breast. Feeling strong and having plenty of energy, she thought for sure they were benign fibroids, which she had had previously. Just to be safe, she visited her physician. When a deeper scan revealed a substantial tumor in her right breast, Tina was utterly blindsided.

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