Patient Reflections

The Healing Power of Pets Children's Hospital LA
Aug

The Healing Power of Pets

Julie Matthews

Dogs have always held a special place in my heart and in my home. When I left to attend college, I felt incomplete …


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Cancer is a Team Sport Terri and her daughter
May

Cancer is a Team Sport

Terri Fedonczak

There seems to be little connection between volleyball and breast cancer, and yet they are inextricably linked in my …


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Staying Positive Rainbow
Apr

Staying Positive

Karen Hegedus

Those Dreaded Words I never thought much of those words until I heard the words “you have breast cancer”. I used …


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#WillToWay: Volleyball Athlete, Detective & Cancer Lifer
Oct

#WillToWay: Volleyball Athlete, Detective and Cancer Lifer

Guest Blogger

    My name is Julie, I am 37 years old and I am many things…. I am a woman, a wife, a daughter, a …


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Music Therapy
Sep

Music Therapy – The Power of Music

Julie Matthews

Originally posted May 15, 2013 Music is magical. It can inspire, it can soothe, it can energize. For patients, music …


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Just Keep Swimming: Grief Advice from Finding Nemo Dory
Jul

Just Keep Swimming: Grief Advice from Finding Nemo

Julie Matthews

July 25th marks four years since my brother died at the age of 35. It was an acute illness: he went into the hospital …


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How Baseball All-Star Mariano Rivera Helped Me Fight Cancer Yankees Jerseys
Jul

How Baseball All-Star Mariano Rivera Helped Me Fight Cancer

Julie Matthews

Originally posted April 6, 2015 When I think spring, I think green. The various shades of green dazzle the eyes, but …


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When Your Doctor Retires
Jun

When Your Doctor Retires

Julie Matthews

Developing a Bond I first met Dr. Kales on the ninth floor of Fairfax Hospital in January, 2005. He explained my …


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Language of a Survivor preview photo
Jun

The Language of a “Survivor”

Julie Matthews

Originally published April 29, 2010 According to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), a cancer …


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Sport's Healing Power
Apr

Sport’s Healing Power – Helpful to Everyone

Julie Matthews

When I think spring, I think green. The various shades of green dazzle the eyes, but nothing signals the start of …


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