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My Cancer Birthday

I am 42 years old. And I have malignant pleural mesothelioma. I am told I am Stage 3. Although I have probably survived with this disease for five years or so, I am officially three years out from awareness of the disease. I have a wife, one child, four cats, two cars, and […]

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Calling Him Dad: What My Father Meant to Me

by Jennifer Gelsick
When I was asked to write about my Dad, I struggled with it. I wasn’t sure where I should start. My father, Donald Edward Smitley, was born on April 25, 1956. He was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma on January 30, 2012 and fought as he lived, with faith, grace, and love, until he […]

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