Posts Categorized: Cancer

Our Christmas in Omaha

Sean resting on the "chemo couch" with Kathryn.

Not many couples dating face life-threatening situations, but that is exactly what Sean and I did. It is nearly impossible to share our story without writing an entire book. There have been too many events, too many emotions and too many ups and downs to share everything. I hope my brief summary will do our… Read more »

A Grateful Heart

Sharon Long will be spending the holidays in Omaha as she recovers from a stem cell transplant.

For the last eight years, I’ve felt tired. Not the kind of tired from raising three kids or working as a pediatric nurse. The kind of tired from battling cancer – twice. In September 2007, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). Living in Black Hawk, South Dakota, my oncologist recommended I get a second… Read more »

A Life-Saving Routine


It started on the first anniversary of 9/11. Duane Johnson, a retired schoolteacher, wanted to make a difference. He stopped by a local American Red Cross blood drive and rolled up his sleeves. From there on out, it became a regular routine for the next 12 years. “I pretty much donated blood every 56 days… Read more »