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Survivor Story: Seth Bruhn

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Survivor Story: Seth Bruhn

 Pictured: Seth & wife Kellie Bruhn      Written and Contributed by Seth Bruhn     Hello, my name is Seth Bruhn, and I am a cancer survivor.  In April of 2010 I was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma.  Mantle Cell Lymphoma(MCL) is a type of non-hodgkins lymphoma(NHL).  MCL is the rarest form of NHL , constituting only 6% of all NHL cases(only around 15,000 patients presently in the U.S.).     MCL is an aggressive form of lymphoma that attacks the lymph nodes, blood, bone marrow, spleen, and GI tract; among others. The causes of this disease are still unknown.  MCL is rarely curable, and no...

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Survivor Story: Jim Johnson

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Survivor Story: Jim Johnson

Contributed by Amy Johnson   Jim Johnson owned and operated Jim's IGA in Livingston for 24 years.  During that time he supported the community however he could.     Churches, fire departments, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and numerous other organizations benefited from his generosity.       In 2015, Jim was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.  He was told he was lucky because this was the "best" kind of cancer to have if there is such a thing.    After many tests and radiation therapy, it seemed that he had beaten it.  In June of 2018 he had a very successful knee replacement...

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Survivor Story: Sara & James Randle

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Survivor Story: Sara & James Randle

Written by Sondra Ashley    In July 2018, Sara Randle found out that she had breast cancer.  She started chemo once a week at Siteman Cancer Center.    During this time, her husband James became ill with breathing problems.  He was taken to Springfield Hospital where they diagnosed him as having a severe heart problem and his kidneys began to lose their functioning.    Springfield was not equipped to do the further testing that needed to be done, but they felt there was a team of doctors in Chicago that could help James.    He was then transferred to Chicago...

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Survivor Story: Landon Mays

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Survivor Story: Landon Mays

Contributed by Karissa Mays Our son Landon Mays was born on September 2nd, 2018 via emergency C Section due to his heart rate dropping.  As a result he was diagnosed with Hypoxia Ischemic Encephalopathy.  After being resuscitated for 10 minutes he was immediately put on life support and put under a cooling treatment for 72 hours.  Following the cooling process we were told Landon had a very small chance of surviving.  It was emotionally hard to see my baby hooked up to all sorts of machines just to keep him alive.  We spent 24 days in the NICU.  At just...

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Survivor Story: Jeff Shaw

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Survivor Story: Jeff Shaw

Contributed by Krystal Hall & Kellie Bruhn   When we think of a hero we can use many adjectives to describe one such as: strong, brave, mighty, or powerful.    Christopher Reeve describes a hero as “An ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”    These words are a perfect way to describe our Dad, Jeff Shaw.  In August 2018 he was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma.  As shocking as this news was for our family, for the first time in our life we got to see fear on our Dad’s face.    You...

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