A Friend, Indeed

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One of my original friends in Oregon took on the role of advocate-in-chief when she heard of my diagnosis. She showed up the first night, phone to ear and stayed on the line until she got me the next available appointment with an oncologist. She is always there, often ahead of me in recognizing when I might need more hands-on assistance. She never waivers and has never said, “well, maybe….” in a way that makes me regret asking. She flew to Philly on her own dime for the trial intake interview. She is loyal and effective and most definitely the ‘secret weapon’ that coordinated entry into this clinical trial that required such pursuit.Marcy10:6:12

My diagnosis has impacted my circle of family, friends and colleagues in ways large and small. Holly, my advocate-in-chief, was a highly regarded political consultant when I was diagnosed. Now she is a licensed celebrant with a…

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