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Survivor Story: Angela Sharer

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Survivor Story: Angela Sharer

Written & Contributed by Angela Sharer Faith Over Fear ..... Not a day goes by that I don’t think about what is in my head.  I am a 51 year old Mother of 3 and devoted wife.  I had a brain aneurysm rupture a year ago on August 23, 2016 causing a subarachnoid hemorrhage (a brain bleed), and subsequently a hemorrhagic stroke.  I spent 16 days in the Neuro ICU at Memorial Hospital.  Those 16 days have shaped the rest of my life, some for the good, most for the bad.  I had suffered from severe headaches since my first one...

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Survivor Story: Quinn Murphy

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Survivor Story: Quinn Murphy

Written by Quinn Murphy Contributed by Melanie Riley   This is the hardest thing I have ever had to write.  After going to the doctor two weeks ago with a minor cough (and no other symptoms), I have been diagnosed with advanced stage cancer in my lung and liver.    Today (originally published on Quinn's facebook page on July 5th, 2017) is my first day of chemotherapy, and I will have surgery in several weeks to remove one lobe of my lung and possibly some of my liver.  I have a large tumor in my right lung, and I have never...

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Survivor Story: Paul McReynolds Jr.

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Survivor Story: Paul McReynolds Jr.

  Written & Contributed  by Kelly McReynolds   Paul “PMAC” McReynolds, Jr. is 32 years old and single.  He was born and raised to a Catholic family in the small town of Linn, Missouri.  He is an amazing son, brother, nephew, friend, and very proud uncle of his niece.    Paul is a hardworking, gracious, loyal, and loving young man who has a passion for life and BMX.  He works along side his father and sister for the small family business located in Jefferson City, Missouri.      In February, 2017, Paul was diagnosed with an aggressive form of testicular cancer and...

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Survivor Story: Tommy Reynolds

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Survivor Story: Tommy Reynolds

  Written & Contributed by Lory (Reynolds) Rone   Thomas "Tommy" Reynolds was hospitalized several weeks ago with pneumonia.  While in the hospital they removed 2 1/2 liters of fluid from his right lung which was found to have cancerous cells in it.     A PET scan was scheduled to determine where the cancer originated.  Before the results came back he was once again admitted to the hospital for fluid build up and another 2 1/2 liters was taken off his lungs.     The PET scan revealed that the cancer originated in his lungs.  He has paratracheal nodes in his right...

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Survivor Story: Dana Penrose

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Survivor Story: Dana Penrose

Written by Dana Penrose Contributed by Heather Penrose   Hello friends, my name is Dana Penrose.  I have always been a healthy person, but just over 3 years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.  At the same time, I was also diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder called Pemphigus Vulgaris.    It is characterized by blisters that form all over the body.  Up until about 60 years ago it was fatal.  Today it still has a 20% mortality rate.  I got very ill to say the least.     I spent about 7 months in bed and lost over...

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