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BY Dusty Bailey

I’ve been an educator for 16 years and a high school librarian for eight. I teach kids how to do research, so I know how to find stuff online. And that’s exactly what I did after my husband, Mark, was diagnosed with a rare skull base tumor called chordoma of the clivus last summer.

None of the doctors or specialists we saw here in Alabama could even tell us what it was, much less how to treat it. One thought it might be an...

Dusty Bailey with her son and husband, skull base tumor survivor Mark Bailey

BY Meagan Raeke

When you have a rare cancer that only affects one in a million people, it can be difficult to find the answers and information you need. That...

BY Hank Lech

As I reflect on my chordoma diagnosis, surgery and setbacks, I think back to my most recent surgery and smile. I remember Sujit Prabhu, M.D...

BY Hank Lech

Recently, I was reflecting on everything that had come up since my chordoma diagnosis and surgery.

In the process, I recalled the F I made on my very first exam in seminary. That F turned out to be something to be thankful for. It motivated me. I ended up doing well in the class and in my other classes.  

Could I be thankful for my cancer diagnosis, surgery and recovery, just as I had been thankful for the F?