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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 4, 2012 / 18 Tishrei, 5773

Cancer is everyone's story

By Sharon Randall




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When I rolled out of bed this morning and padded out to the kitchen, my husband was sitting at the table with a mug of coffee, reading the paper.

This was not unusual. We are newspaper people. He's an editor. I'm a columnist. We read the paper the way farmers check the weather report: We like to know what's on the horizon.

The paper is a big part of our morning ritual. So is coffee. One gives us the news. The other helps us to face it.

Without coffee, I am groggy, bordering on cranky. But my husband is entirely worthless.

Well, until he's had sufficient caffeine -- lots of it -- after which he is a perfectly fine human being, or at least, somewhat more human.

Seriously. It's best he doesn't try to shower, let alone shave, before he has a second cup.

This morning, however, he was scheduled for a routine physical, including blood tests, that required fasting -- as in nothing to eat or drink. Lucky for him, I stopped him just as he lifted the mug to take a swig.

"You're having COFFEE?"

He looked at me the way I used to look at my sister when we watched "Wild Kingdom" and I thought Marlin Perkins was about to get snake-bit.

"Yes," he said. "Yes, I am."

"What about the blood work?"

He blinked hard, looking back and forth from me to the mug, until finally it dawned on him.

"Oh," he said, slowly putting down the mug. "Oh, no."

I thought he was going to cry. Instead, he went back to reading the paper. That's when I noticed it. The newspaper. Instead of dingy gray, it was pink.

October is National Breast-Cancer Awareness Month. The paper was pink (like the pink-ribbon symbol) to recognize the month, and featured stories in every section on breast cancer -- its prevention, treatment and, most of all, its survivors.

So I poured myself a cup of coffee and started reading.

What makes a story not just good, but great? First, you need a villain that strikes without warning, inflicting pain and suffering, even unto death.

Then you need a hero -- an ordinary person like most of us -- who didn't ask for the fight, but can't walk away, refuses to be a victim, takes every punch, endures the pain and suffering, sometimes even unto death.

Cancer is the perfect villain. And those who battle it -- the patients, their families and friends, doctors and nurses and others who stand with them -- are, for me, the perfect heroes.

They were all great stories. I couldn't put them down. And after reading them, I couldn't stop thinking about them.

Later, after my husband called to say his checkup went fine and he was going into work as soon as he stopped for coffee, I went back through the paper to look at the stories again.

I wanted to find a common thread. What made them so compelling? Cancer is an all-too-common story. Why does it need to be told and retold, read and reread? What can it teach us that we don't already know?

Sometimes, even if we know things, it helps to be reminded.

First, cancer is everyone's story -- every woman's, every man's, every child's. No one is immune, whether it attacks us personally or, worse, someone we love.

Second, awareness is both a weapon and a shield. It enables us to be proactive, empowers us with choices and inspires us with the stories of others.

At best, the stories are not about cancer. They're about courage and hope, strength and frailty and the beautiful, stubborn persistence of the soul.

They make us less, not more, afraid; show us what matters; remind us to be thankful; and leave us just a little more alive.

Such is the power of a life well-lived, and a story well-told.

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Previously:


When does 'happily ever after' begin?

Is there ever a good way to say goodbye?

The being and the finding

When fishing, she lands companionship

Trophy sunsets

Helping a friend find the way

A home abloom with family and sunflowers

Healing is our highest calling

Needing help can really make you feel so, well . . . helpless

The bedspread from hell

A phone call to treasure

It was close to the best gift my father had ever received

It was the right time --- not a moment too late or too soon

25 tips for staying married

Some people water your soul --- a storm worth waiting for

Driving country roads helps restore hope

Confessions of a bad-weather magnet

The new star of my husband's harem

Shared family moments are precious, irreplaceable

What I'll remember from serving on the jury in a murder case

When someone walks into your life and never lets you go

Look for beauty

We can't always 'be there' when we're needed

Picture-perfect memories

To love someone is to want to hear all their stories

With age should come at least some wisdom

A story for my grandson

Regretting she didn't help out a woman in need

Post-holiday-visit blues

For 2012, tuck some hope into your wallet

The measure of a time well spent is not where you went or what you did. It's the way you smile remembering it

Treating people we love like the Jello salad at Thanksgiving dinner

We all need something or someone to pull for

Hold on to treasured words, don't trust memory

A storybook princess

Love reaches forward, never back

How to Watch a Sunset

Waiting often comes with gifts

An exceptional book club

There is no guilt in moving forward

Celebrations full of love and buttercream

It takes a whole village of shoes to raise a child

The best stories always tell us who we are

Stop, look back . . . and listen

The great outdoors, if one's lucky, a rock-solid companion

An iChat with my grandson

Lightening bugs and other things make us glow

Each and every Fourth of July a cause for celebration



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