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Survivor Story: Tayla Granstaff

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Survivor Story:  Tayla Granstaff

    Written and Contributed  by Mindy Granstaff   My daughter Tayla was born with Partial Trisomy of the Number 1 Chromosome leaving her with multiple disabilities. She was diagnosed with a small brain mass 9 years ago. Which wasn't really causing any problems at the time, but now it has grown and is pressing on her optic nerve causing issues with her sight. She will be having surgery to remove the mass on June 22nd, 2015 which is now bringing financial hardship to our family.      I am a single mother caring for 2 children and only able to...

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Survivor Story: Shirley Prentice

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Survivor Story:  Shirley Prentice

  Written by Shirley Prentice Contributed by Vickie Watson    Greetings!  I am Shirley (Mertz) Prentice.  I was raised in Gillespie, IL went to Saint Simon and Jude school for 8 years and graduated from Gillespie High School in 1970.  In 1974 I moved to Arizona where I met and married John Prentice, my husband of 41 years, and have lived there ever since. Together, we raised 3 beautiful children, who in turn gave us 10 beautiful grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren!!!  Our children and grandchildren are the joy of our life!     I have always been a very...

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Survivor Story: Rick Mitchem

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Survivor Story: Rick Mitchem

  Written and Contributed by Regina Foutch My father, Rick Mitchem, has been diagnosed with advanced renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer).  He is only 52 years old.  There is no cure, and treatment that has very low chance of working for this type of cancer.  This type of cancer doesn't respond to traditional chemo or radiation.  It is stage 4 and they have given him 18 months.   The problem we are having is that he is self-employed and since they have to remove his kidney to try and give him more time he can no longer work and their medical...

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Survivor Story: Gina Corbin

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Survivor Story:  Gina Corbin

 (Gina pictured above right) Written by Misty Fritz Contributed by Betsy Fenton Gina Corbin was getting dressed in a hotel room bathroom at the end of August 2014 when she noticed her right breast was shaped oddly on the right edge.  As soon as she got home, she made an appointment for a mammogram, which she should have had a few months prior.  The mammogram confirmed her fear that she had a lump in her right breast.  The radiologist immediately sent her for an ultrasound, which confirmed the area was cancerous.  A biopsy was set up for the next week. ...

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