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Letters from Our Readers
September 08, 2008
Web Exclusive: For the Caregiver: How to Make the Adjustment Post-Treatment
September 08, 2008 – Charlotte Huff
Defeating Fear: Strategic Moves
September 08, 2008 – Paul Engstrom
Scott's Denial
September 08, 2008 – Tara Beers Gibson, PhD
Planning for Survivorship
September 08, 2008 – Kathy LaTour
Re-Entry: Age & Gender
September 08, 2008 – Charlotte Huff
Web Exclusive: How to Manage Side Effects
September 08, 2008
Web Exclusive: Preventing Breast Cancer
September 08, 2008
Breaking Down TCM
September 08, 2008 – Lena Huang
When Patients Don't Want to Know
September 08, 2008 – Joanne Kenen
Survivors Celebrate and Stroll
September 08, 2008 – Lena Huang
Active Recovery
September 08, 2008 – Don Vaughan
Challenges in Cancer Survivorship
September 08, 2008 – Kathy LaTour
Back to 'Normal'
September 08, 2008 – Charlotte Huff
Web Exclusive: Questions to Ask Your Doctor
September 08, 2008
What's the Right Decision?
September 08, 2008 – Jeffrey Belkora, PhD
Multiple Myeloma & Thrombocytopenia
September 08, 2008 – Elizabeth Whittington
The Last Tenth
September 08, 2008 – Jen Hoffmann
Keep It Moving
September 08, 2008 – Lacey Meyer
Glossary: Making Sense of the Jargon
September 08, 2008 – Katy Human
Surgery & Radiation: New Options, New Questions
September 08, 2008 – Katy Human
To Take or Not to Take
September 08, 2008 – Lena Huang
Finding Your Compass
September 08, 2008 – Katy Human
Pretty Is What Changes
September 08, 2008 – Kathy LaTour
Dana Farber's Survivorship Clinic
September 08, 2008 – Elizabeth Whittington
Programs to Help People Quit Smoking Miss Minorities
September 08, 2008 – Elizabeth Whittington
New Funding and a New Voice
September 08, 2008 – Elizabeth Whittington
Advocating for Others
September 08, 2008 – Lacey Meyer
Never Fear
September 08, 2008 – Paul Engstrom
Q&A: Vitamin D
September 08, 2008 – Len Lichtenfeld, MD
www.SharingHope.tv
September 08, 2008 – Elizabeth Whittington
New Pharmacy Breed Offers Special Attention, Drawbacks to Patients
September 08, 2008 – Jessica Wapner
Olympian Postpones Treatment to Compete
September 08, 2008 – Elizabeth Whittington
International Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Conference
September 08, 2008 – Elizabeth Whittington
Understanding Preventive Mastectomy
September 08, 2008 – Kathy LaTour
New Law Prevents Genetic Discrimination
September 08, 2008 – Elizabeth Whittington
East Meets West
September 08, 2008 – Lena Huang
Facing A Legacy
September 08, 2008 – Kathy LaTour
What to Know Before You Go
September 08, 2008 – Susan Kreimer
Far From Home
September 08, 2008 – Susan Kreimer
Message from the CURE Staff
September 08, 2008 – The CURE Team

Letters from Our Readers

Living with metastatic breast cancer, new treatments for brain cancer, and choosing who to tell about a cancer diagnosis. 

PUBLISHED September 08, 2008

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I really can’t tell you how encouraged I was by the article "Dancing in Limbo" in the Summer issue. It was almost as if I were a part of that group. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989 and, as of today at age 62, I have battled this disease for 19 years. Thanks so much for the many types of articles you publish and the scientific information you provide.

Paulette Friederich
Erie, Kansas

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I was so pleased to read your article "A Better Way to the Brain." As a three-year survivor of a racquetball-sized malignant brain tumor, it was great to show that having brain cancer does not mean a “death sentence” as some of my family and friends thought. I especially loved the illustration by Pam Curry since I took Temodar and became aware of just how this drug is absorbed by the tumor. I am hopeful to see more brain tumor articles in your magazine. Brain tumors do not get enough attention.

Lynn Fortaleza
Tamarac, Florida

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I had surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy for a malignant brain tumor of significant size. I have told a small group, including my family and close friends. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to discuss it, but I am faced with a situation similar to the freelance consultant mentioned in "The Diagnosis Dilemma" article about whom to tell. It doesn’t matter that I suffered no deficit in speech, logic, or movement; I am a nurse in a medical-surgical unit. Would you feel comfortable with someone who has had a portion of their brain removed treating your loved one? I am monitored closely for new growth and symptoms. I know eventually I will have to stop working; however, as long as I can be a safe and useful nurse, I intend to keep doing the job I truly love.

Name, city, and state withheld

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CURE
was first introduced to me at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the articles have been very informative, helpful, and insightful. Having this magazine allowed me to feel as if I had an extended staff of caregivers and supporters walking with me and my husband. Thank you for such an excellent vehicle of knowledge.

Nettie Wood
Lansing, Michigan


We love to hear what you think about CURE. Address comments to editor@curetoday.com. Letters may be edited for length, grammar, spelling, and clarity. If you prefer your letter not be published, please indicate.

And don’t forget we are always looking for good writing from our readers. Send your stories about cancer and its impact on your life to editor@curetoday.com. Keep it to 1,000 words please. 

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Thank you for the wonderful article on living with metastatic breast cancer. I was diagnosed in 2003, and this past November my lower back began hurting. It was discovered that my breast cancer had metastasized to my bones. Since then I have been looking all over in magazines, the Internet, and other places and have not found many articles on this type of cancer, but your Summer issue really helped me to better understand what I am in for.

Nona B. Van Clever
New Iberia, Louisiana

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