Spencer Fluharty’s Essay

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By: Spencer Fluharty The most revealing aspects of an individual’s true personality and morals emerge when pushed to the most devastated state humans can reach. One of the most devastating events is the diagnosis of a terminal disease. Typically the grief and hysteria is looked upon as the defining feature of terminally ill people. However, […]

Dylan Reece’s Essay

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By: Dylan Reece  I was riding home from middle school one day and I knew my parents were acting weird. When we arrived home, my parents sat my little sister and me down on the couch and said we have something to tell you. At this point I had many things going through my head. […]

Cancer Hurts

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By: Kyle Roper My mom has had cancer since the age that I could last remember.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer on April 14, 2007. That day changed the rest of my life, forever.  I never would blame it on my mom, or anyone else. I feel as if most people in my situation […]

Lauren McCormick’s Essay

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By: Lauren McCormick I was ten years, three months, and two weeks old when it happened.  When my mom came rushing out of the bathroom to the computer that morning.  I was sitting I her room, so I saw the look on her face. I was ten years, three months, and three weeks old when she […]

Ben Klein’s Essay

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By: Ben Klein My mom’s diagnosis with breast cancer caused significant changes in our house. For example, during the process of chemotherapy, my parents would often spend evenings away from home for the treatments. This meant that I would be alone for hours on end, which, while admittedly enjoyable at first, eventually proved to be a […]

Mikayla Hutchins Essay

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By: Mikayla Hutchins  People, even ones I barely know, often stop me to ask me about my mother’s health and about how I am doing. If I have the time, I might give them a quick update on recent scans and how the current treatment is being tolerated. But usually, I’ll tell them that everything […]

Friday Family Spotlight: The Grubbs’ Family Vacation

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Josh Grubbs 2017 Participant Family Member September Oak Island, NC Before the retreat, I never got to spend much time with my brothers or mother, partly due to being so busy, and partly to my own selfishness. At the retreat, I got to spend quality time with them, and had an amazing time. It felt […]

“And You Thought Going on a Retreat Was Great; being a VolunSTAR is Even More Amazing!”

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Elaine Case September Lake Tahoe, CA Having been a past recipient / participant in an LPHOH retreat, I can honestly say that being on the other side of the event as a VolunSTAR truly rivals the former experience! It was unexpectedly fulfilling to serve these families and to see the relief, happiness, and joy in […]

Life After Pink

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By: Amanda Gold During the fall of my 8th grade year my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. In an attempt to find something good to go along with a cancer diagnoses she looked up, “free things you can get if you have breast cancer.” This google search is what started my now five year […]

Friday Family Spotlight: Flipping the kayak in New Smyrna Beach

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Erika Balza 2017 Participant/Breast Cancer Survivor November New Smyrna, FL Our blessing of being chosen for the 2017 LPHOH New Smyrna Beach retreat came in August, through an email received while we were on another cancer retreat. Due to how the other cancer retreat turned out, I initially said an emphatic “NO” to my husband, […]