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Barb Martin

Barb Martin of Raleigh didn’t know that the advocacy work she did after earning her MPHdegree from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health would help in her experience with breast cancer. The 1995 graduate who works at Wake Forest University School of Medicine on a cancer control training grant had previously taught advocacy skills to North Carolina community groups for reducing underage drinking. “I didn’t think I would have to use that training for myself,” Martin explains.

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Daniel Fischler

Daniel Fischler remembers the call. “When a doctor calls you at 10:30 on a Friday night, it’s not going to be good news.” He had undergone an MRI for a herniated disc, but when the test revealed a shadow on his left bowel, a CT was ordered. Then came the call from his doctor. “He told me that it was very likely a tumor. I was knocked out, shocked by the bad news.”

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Heather Miller

Heather Miller said of her breast cancer diagnosis, “I gave cancer my tears for one night, but after that I decided that cancer was not taking any more from me or from my family.” She adopted the slogan “Fightin’ Feisty” as she prepared to do battle with the disease.

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Jiselle Arrington

Jiselle Arrington was only eight months old, when her mother, Nakia, knew something was wrong. “Jiselle was an active baby, and suddenly, she wasn’t,” Arrington explains.

“Jiselle developed a cough that led to numerous pediatric visits and a visit to the E.R. that resulted with a prescription for an inhaler. When nothing was working, I took her to the doctor’s office and asked them to please check her labs, so blood tests were run. The results showed a massive white blood cell count. We immediately brought her to UNC where a diagnosis of leukemia was confirmed. She was in the ICU for a week and a half.” Jiselle would stay in the inpatient unit of N.C. Children’s Hospital for 3 months, undergoing intensive chemotherapy. Now 18 months old, Jiselle’s visits are to the outpatient clinic. If all goes well, she will complete her chemotherapy in 2010. “Our care at UNC has been great,” Nakia notes. “Drs. Gold and Blatt, the nurses, they’re all wonderful, very professional and knowledgeable.” Nakia, and her husband, Vincent, are Marines, but are inactive at present to care for Jiselle and their two other children, Carmine, 2, and Caito, 3.


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