I was a senior in high school and had not been feeling "well" all year. However, my complaints were relatively non-specific which made it difficult for my doctors to pinpoint the "real" problem. Anything can cause chronic fatigue and headaches they told me and, as for the intermittent numb, tingling on my left side ... well, they weren't sure, but decided that it was probably nothing to worry about. I began to feel better at the outset of the 1989 tennis season, which raised my spirits. As captain of the varsity team and the number one singles player, I needed…
  Hello - my name is Andy Conk. Below is a story about the brain tumor that I suffered from as a child. It was 1980 - I was seven-years-old and in second grade. Christmas vacation was only a bus ride away and I could not wait for it to start, unbeknown that it would be one that I would never forget. After Christmas was over, I felt very ill. I was having massive headaches and vomiting a lot. My parents took me to the hospital. My dad was in the military and we went to Fort Belvoir Hospital on…
On September 14, 1999, when my four-year-old son Sean and I walked hand in hand through the doors of the Coffs Harbour Hospital, I had no inkling of what was about to happen. I suppose I should have known something was seriously wrong with Sean, given that I was a…
Our Emily went to her new home two years ago on January 11, 1999. She was 11-years-old and in 6th grade. Her birthday is February 6th and she would have been 14-years-old this year. Let me go back to the day she was born. It was a difficult delivery and…
Each day as we go about our daily routines, there are children suffering with all types of cancer. As we are enjoying our activities, they are going through chemotherapy, blood transfusions, and endless poking and probing of their little bodies. Chemotherapy brings their blood count down. Each week when they…
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