The only times I stood in Emily’s room without fear were the day I met her, and the day she died. These days were two long years apart, years of unhealthy snacking and spending most weekends away from my husband and son. When Emily’s name first appeared next to mine as an overnight admission, the resident physician providing the hand-off gave me a clear warning: “Good luck. She is the ...

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Here's what they should have told you: "We found cancer in your lymph nodes, your liver, your lungs, and your brain. It explains your weight loss, your difficulty breathing and your loss of appetite. This wasn't just your depression like you thought. It started in your lungs, and now it's everywhere. This cancer has been growing for quite some time. You cannot, even with the strongest medications and the longest ...

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