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Every Step of the Way: A Nurse's Cancer Diary - Entry 3

Published February 21, 2012 4:58 PM by Guest Blogger

Nancy Cohen, BSN, RN, has graciously shared her personal journal, in which she writes about doing battle with cancer for the second time in her life. This is the third installment of a weekly blog that will enable readers to join her on the journey.

Entry 3: Too Much of a Bad Thing

October 23, 2011

Every day is another test: bone scan, chest X-ray, PET scan, echocardiogram, bloodwork. Looking for answers; did the cancer spread?

Waiting for the results is excruciating. My stomach churns and I jump every time the phone rings. Is it my doctor with more news or a solicitor trying to sell me a newspaper subscription or a firefighter asking for support?

Well, if charity begins at home then I guess I’m looking at me. My husband called to me that it was my mother on the line. She is struggling with her own illness called mantle cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with an onset of an autoimmune hemolytic anemia. My father died of metastatic bladder cancer and both my sister and my father’s sister are breast cancer survivors.

You could say we’ve more than had our share of the “C” word. Our plate runneth over.

Click here to read Entry 2: The Waiting Game


Entry 4: The Waiting Game October 29, 2011 I’m going back to that dark place; that place with IVs and

February 28, 2012 2:38 PM

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