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Welcome to the Personal Journal, a blog by people who have cancer or whose lives have been touched by cancer. Follow as they share their journey with us. Please leave a comment to add your voice to the conversation.

Bette_MartinBette is a baby boomer and was born in Lancaster, PA; however, much of her childhood was spent in Red Lion, PA. Here she attended public school until her senior year when she elected to go to Lancaster Mennonite High School – graduating in 1964. Bette's professional path started with becoming an LPN. She soon sought to become an RN and obtained a BSN from Eastern Mennonite College, now EMU. After deciding on her area of interest, Bette pursued a graduate degree in Mental Health / Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. For the next 30 + years she worked in a variety of mental health settings with her last position being that of Care Coordinator at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in Harrisburg. When diagnosed with stage 4 cancer after the breaking of her left hip, it became necessary for Bette to retire.

James E. Williams Jr.The "Big C" - Cancer is not a team sport

I am a 20 year survivor of prostate cancer. Growing up as a black male in America had its challenges. Two combat tours in Vietnam also had its challenges. However, nothing in my life was as devastating as being told that I had cancer. Cancer is not a team sport. You can't share the feelings of shock, anger, vulnerability, hopelessness and the realization that your mortality is at hand. Life's timetable all of a sudden shrinks from years to months to days. Why me? There must be a mistake. What will happen to my family? How about the work undone and places unseen. All of these reactions occur because I believed that the diagnosis of cancer was a death sentence.

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