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Twist on Cancer: There are so many emotional and physical complexities tied into a cancer diagnosis, treatment and outcomes. There are many new and effective treatments for a variety of cancers. So I am often hopeful that people’s bodies will respond positively to their cancer treatments and live long healthy lives. Sadly for our family, my mother’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer came late in the progression. She managed to live 3 years from diagnosis to death. What transpired in the last 13 months of her life was truly remarkable and beautiful. My mother's grace and appreciation of life paved the way for all of us, her family and friends, to share our feelings more intimately. She engaged us in difficult conversations about life and death that left us feeling less afraid and more empowered. She maintained a wonderful sense of humor throughout her journey that put all in her company at ease. As her illness progressed, she became more radiant, glowing with love, compassion, kindness and courage. And we had FUN. And we LAUGHED. And we CRIED. And we CELEBRATED. We celebrated her life and her legacy. May her memory be a blessing.