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Chairwoman’s Message

You are your best Quarterback

By: Patty Murray, Chairwoman and Co-founder of Hope for Two…The Pregnant with Cancer Network I learned this valuable lesson 21 years ago, just after finishing six months of intensive chemotherapy treatments, while at my radiation Oncologist’s office being fitted for my foam radiation cradle. It all began when I asked, what I perceived to be, […]

“What if”- Our Invisible Thief

By: Patty Murray, Chairwoman and Co-founder of Hope for Two…The Pregnant with Cancer Network ALL of our negative “What if…” thoughts are personal thieves, stealing our peace of mind and ability to live in and enjoy the present. You know them on an intimate level. Thoughts such as, “What if I can’t take my next chemo […]

We are braver than we believe and stronger than we seem!

By: Patty Murray, Chairwoman and Co-founder of Hope for Two…The Pregnant with Cancer Network A year or so ago my 20 year old son Patrick, who I was pregnant with when diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer, gave me the idea for this article. He asked, “Was your pregnancy a great incentive to fight even harder […]

The New Normal: Learn to Embrace

By: Patty Murray, Chairwoman and Co-founder of Hope for Two…The Pregnant with Cancer Network Immediately after my treatments ceased for breast cancer nineteen years ago, I remember saying to myself, “I couldn’t wait for my life to get ‘back to normal’.” Since that time, I have heard that refrain hundreds if not thousands of times, both […]

No quotas in life – Be vigilant

By: Patty Murray, Chairwoman and Co-founder of Hope for Two…The Pregnant with Cancer Network When driving home after my initial cancer diagnosis 20 years ago, all of the trials and losses in my life flashed before my mind. I silently screamed, “God, didn’t I endure enough? Didn’t I meet my quota?!” But what I had only […]

Buoys of Love

By: Patty Murray, Chairwoman and Co-founder of Hope for Two…The Pregnant with Cancer Network I am penning this article while sipping on my afternoon homemade espresso and nibbling on a coconut macaroon. My mom recently gave me a few packets of these cookies after hearing of the possible health benefits of coconut for a colon infection […]

Happiness

By: Patty Murray, Chairwoman and Co-founder of Hope for Two…The Pregnant with Cancer Network My 18 year old recently asked me, “Would adults recognize joy if we didn’t ever experience any heartaches or sadness?” This question arose out of his reading a novel in school. I told him I had to think about it and asked […]

Badges: The Foundation of our Lives

By: Patty Murray, Chairwoman and Co-founder of Hope for Two…The Pregnant with Cancer Network After 53 years of living, I have come to understand that we all wear badges or tags, with some being more invisible and silent than others.  A few years prior to my own cancer diagnosis, I met a neighborhood woman. Almost immediately, […]

Prune Back to Flourish

By: Patty Murray, Chairwoman and Co-founder of Hope for Two…The Pregnant with Cancer Network Everywhere I go I hear common refrains: “I’m so tired; I have too much to do; I don’t have enough time to pack it all in and still have quality family time, ‘me time’, or just plain old ‘down time’.” I’ve given […]

The Giant Rollercoaster Ride

By: Patty Murray, Chairwoman and Co-founder of Hope for Two…The Pregnant with Cancer Network My Dad, after asking how I was faring 8 months into cancer treatments and attentively listening to my replies, likened my cancer journey to a giant rollercoaster ride.  The analogy resonated with me at the time and was the reality of my […]