st jude series

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The number of pediatric cancers is only 1 percent of the total number of new cancer cases diagnosed each year in this nation
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I was 14 years old when I learned I had cancer, but the scariest feeling was before my diagnosis when I didn't know what
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This year the parents of nearly 16,000 children in the United States will hear these devastating words: Your child has cancer
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A pain crisis is hard to put into words. Every person with sickle cell disease describes it differently. For me, it is a sharp, excruciating pain that runs throughout my entire body.
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It is estimated that nearly 10 percent of children with cancer have the disease because, like Megan, they carry predisposing gene mutations. That percentage may be even higher, because some children carry genetic mutations that have not yet been identified.
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How does one sleep when the to-do list has been wiped clean except for one task "save my son's life?"
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After two-and-a-half years of treatment, I made the important transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor. My experience made me realize that I wanted to be a doctor and help children through their cancer journeys.
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I took a deep breath and pondered a moment. I also wanted to answer with enthusiasm and from a place of peace, but honestly, I struggle with letting go of the emotional baggage that we have accumulated along John's journey with childhood cancer. So I responded with a heavy heart, "I'm trying."
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recently asked my mother what it felt like to hear those words from the doctors. She told me she has never felt so helpless. She said she could not believe her child was going to die, not because a treatment did not exist, but because she did not have the money to pay for it.
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There wasn't much of that interview he remembered, but the one question that stuck out in his mind was what type of doctor he wanted to be when he grew up. "I want to be a pediatric neurosurgeon," he answered. Four days later, the first headache came.
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So many of these "hopeless" cases have returned home with buoyant grins and newly sprouting hair. Others have slipped beyond their parents' grasp, where a mother's final hope is that researchers can learn from her child's disease and save others in the future.