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  Kristin Hurley
Kristin Hurley
Making It Mine

One of the best parts about working for Virtua is the team I am part of.  One member of this team published a book to help teens whose parent or loved one was dealing with cancer.  This book, "Making It Mine:  Stories of Teens Who Found Themselves in Their Parents' Cancer," is outstanding and I strongly suggest that you read it.  The author, Brie Bernhardt, is an oncology social worker.  She even had a book signing so she is the real deal:-).  RUN, don't walk, to your computer and order this book from Amazon today.  It is a GREAT read!!!  Also,

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  Kristin Hurley
2015

We enjoy receiving everyone's Christmas cards. We also love to send a picture Christmas card out each year. We look back through all the pictures and pick the one that best sums up our year. We had a great 2015. We visited Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Boston. We spent a lot of time on LBI. We traveled to Gettysburg for a soccer tournament. Each kid had a great birthday celebration. Each of us enjoyed our family, friends, sports, and hobbies. However, I do not have the energy to send an official card this year. So, I have posted 6 pictures in the photo gallery on this blog that we woul

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26

26 has always been my favorite number. My birthday is October 26th, but that's not the only reason. I just have always liked the number 26. So, you can imagine my surprise to find that my oncotype score came back as a 26! Furthermore, the guidelines have literally just changed. Now, 0-10 is low risk of recurrence, 11-25 is intermediate, and 26+ is high risk. The numbers do not lie. I am at a high risk of recurrence. My pre-surgery fears were pain, complications, my new body, & losing my hair. My new fear is recurrence. It haunts me day and night. Don't get me wrong, the pain &am

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The True Meaning of Breast Cancer Awareness

Our 3 kids are extremely understanding and compassionate about the situation our family has been given. However, we are astounded by the understanding and compassion that our friends' children are showing during this time in our lives. All of Brynn, Braeden, and Maggie's friends run to me (as opposed to away from me) whenever I see them. They greet me with big eyes and sincere "how are yous." Every time, I am touched deeply. Braeden's soccer friends ran off the field last weekend to greet me after their game. The team's 7 year old ball-boy said to Bob after the game, "Is that Mrs. Hurley?

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Good News & More Waiting

Last week was filled with doctor's appointments and healing time.

On Monday, my parents took me to my breast surgeon follow-up. (Bob met us there after he got the kids off to school.) As we sat in the waiting room, I watched as woman after woman arrived for her appointment with her large manila envelope in her hand (which contained her Mammogram results.) Most likely the results from the Mammogram were not normal, hence the reason they were seeing a breast surgeon. Some women were alone, some were with spouses or older children, and one woman was there with her husband and young child. My

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As the Hurley World Turns

Here is my double mastectomy surgery story: I woke up in the recovery room around 9pm after surgery. Apparently, I was in immense pain so the doctors and nurses kept giving me pain meds, until they realized that I had too much pain medicine in me so they spent the next hour waking me up every 10 seconds because they were afraid to let me sleep. Every 5 minutes, when I became alert, I would look Bob in the eyes and say, "What day is it?" He would reply, "Wednesday." I would then ask, "Is it in my lymph nodes?" to which he would say, "Yes, just one." And I would break into uncontrollable

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Home Sweet Home!

With a hemoglobin above 9, I was released and sent home to heal. XOX

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Another twist...

So, my hemoglobin level is at 6.3- it should be at 13. I'm not going home anytime soon. I'm just so unbelievably tired and weak and my pain level is still at an 8. Bob is staying with me, although he just left for the kids Halloween parade. Not sure if I need a blood transfusion or what yet. I just wanted to let you all know where I stand right now. Thanks for all the wishes and prayers! Keep them coming please.

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