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Eva’s Keynote Speech Influenced My Career Path: Improve Dental Care For Cancer Patients

Dear Eva, In January of 2012, when I was in college, I volunteered in the oral oncology department of the British Columbia Cancer Agency. During this time I was exposed to dentistry and the challenges faced by those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer, but I didn’t really connect the dots between cancer and dentistry at that time. I …

Take Control of Cancer: Don’t let cancer control YOU

Dear Eva, I had massive surgery to remove tumor in lower jaw & cheek followed by 30 radiation treatments which near killed me. I now suffer badly from side effects & nearly everything I eat gives a burning in the mouth. Just smelling some spices makes me burn & break out in massive sweat. Is there anything I can do to …

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Move Beyond the Fear of Recurrence: Live Life with Joy

Dear Eva, Are we ever really able to move beyond the fear of recurrence? Suzanne, Yes. After 5 years, the chances of a recurrence of the cancer are greatly reduced. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t get a new primary….along with every other human being on the planet. Cancer is random. Like a car/plane crash or a tragedy of some …

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Passion Pays Off: Inspiring Without Knowing

Ironically, flying to El Paso, I sat next to a woman on the airplane who told me her brother was attending a survivorship event because he wanted to meet one particular speaker….and I was that speaker! We only met in person once but when you meet another oral cancer survivor, there is an immediate bond. No one really understands what …

“I’m not doing the Oral Cancer Walk with you!” my daughter yelled, and it hurt.

  Dear Eva, My daughter is 21, lives at home and is a nursing student. When she was 10 my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she was 12 my sister passed away from breast cancer. Since then, we have participated in Relay for Life in her memory. When she was 19, I was diagnosed with oral cancer and now living …