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The evening before the blizzard, my husband and I drove after work to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to see a friend who has been hospitalized for a week for her cancer treatment.  She was diagnosed with both thyroid and esophageal cancer six months ago.  She underwent chemotherapy and radiation.  The tumors have made it…

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Editor’s Note: Although Carol is writing about leukemia, those with other cancers in remission can relate to her thought process. I have CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the most common form of adult leukemia.  Simply defined, it is a white blood cell disease.  The white, infection-fighting blood cells run amok.  They multiply at an abnormally fast…

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CDC Warning of Zika Virus Infection to Pregnant Women Traveling to Latin America or Caribbean Countries Last Friday, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned pregnant women to postpone trips to 13 Latin American or Caribbean countries such as the United States Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, where Zika virus, transmitted by mosquito bites,has…

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Thursday I tended to my mother who had what I presumed was norovirus. In the middle of the night she had developed diarrhea and later the next day vomiting. She had a low grade temperature of 100F and very little energy. I kept a safe distance but did empty her vomit pot (AKA emesis basin). …

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I usually write to you about exercise routines but this article shares my journey and experience with breast cancer. I am ten days out from my breast reconstruction surgery. All went very well, and marks the long and challenging six months since my initial diagnosis with breast cancer. In May, pathology reports confirmed DCIS (Ductal…

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I hope you all enjoyed the holiday time you spent with your families. On New Year’s Day, my husband David, a neighbor and I went for a walk to North Beach, half a mile from our house in Chesapeake Beach. We walked past the registration desk for the Polar Bear Plunge to take place at…

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