Dance With Me: My Journey through Cancer
The true story of a courageous young woman's struggle against incredible odds. Fighting against a rare cancer, Melinda Finn sees her journey as a blessing in disguise, helping her to grow as a person and to never take anyone, or anything, for granted. More
Each time Mother drove me to Geneva to see Dr. Seely, one particular song always came over the car radio. The name of the song was “Dance with Me” by Orleans. It didn’t matter what time the appointment was. It didn’t matter what radio station Mom was listening to. It transcended time and space to be there for me, and let me know everything would be all right.
I had always been a sickly child. I had everything from the mumps to pneumonia and back again. So, when I started getting sick in my teens, my mother just chalked it up to me being me. But strange things were happening and I couldn’t figure out why.
I finally made an appointment with the great and powerful Dr. Dutcher. I liked him right off the bat. He was very kind and yet very serious. He said that I had a large tumor called a glomus jugulare, or glomus vagale, which is a type of paraganglioma cancer, sometimes known as cancer of the carotid. But he also said that to determine just how far the tumor had spread and exactly how much damage it had caused, he had to order more tests.
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