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My Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. She had a mastectomy. The cancer moved to her brain. She had a tumor removed from her brain the size of a small lemon in 2004. She had radiation surgery to remove the smaller tumors. The cancer moved to her lungs. She was already on oxygen 24 hours. The tumors were inoperable in her lungs. She kept going for chemo after the brain surgery. During 2005, she started acting different. She would be watching tv and would tell you she would call you back but wouldn't. She would start forgetting things, but would laugh it off and call it old age. She put things in her house in weird places. Right after Christmas she fell in her oncologist's office and her doctor took her to the hospital. She had been hiding the signs of that the cancer was back with a vengence. She just wanted to make it through Christmas with her family. She was put into hospice the 2nd week of January. The doctors told us we had 3 months with her. It was a week and a half before she passed. The last few days, the only person she knew was my 6-year old son, Ryan, the light of her life, the only reason I think she held on as long as she did. She passed in January 2006. She was the most wonderful, caring woman on the face of this planet. She would give you the shirt off her back and the last dime she had and not ask a thing from you. She was my best friend and my confidant. She is truly missed by one and all. The Lord is truly blessed to have her with him, I know I was.

Jennifer Huffman
Valdese, NC

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