BY Judy Overton

Tom's doctor told him he knew he would make it when he stepped into the hospital room during his rounds and saw him shaving, just a day after he was moved from ICU.

"What a relief," I thought when Tom shared the news with me. "So, maybe he'll get through this, even though they hadn't been able to remove all the cancer."

But the harsh reality of our situation set in when one of the nurses at the pod...