Barbara

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Oral Cancer: One Family's Journey
August 02, 2016
Most bloggers write about current experiences. My story is different. It spans the 33 years of my mother’s two bouts with oral cancer—one maxillofacial, which she survived with great courage and in the face of many challenges, and one squamous cell, which took her from us. The intervening years brought personal triumphs and daily traumas; the subsequent years resulted in recurring catharses of grief for her caregivers.
 
Of course, much has changed since my mother’s first diagnosis in 1963. Yet my family’s journey was so extensive that it still offers many lessons—some practical, some inspiring, some simply sad. They emphasize the need for better awareness and public education, for accurate presentation of the diagnosis and treatment options, for explaining anticipated changes in functionality and ...

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