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Dana-Farber team helps teacher find inner strength during breast cancer fight

Before a diagnosis of breast cancer, a double mastectomy, and months of grueling treatment, fifth-grader teacher and mom Colleen Sullivan “never, ever” would have described herself as strong or envisioned a classroom full of 10-year-olds clapping as she removed her wig. But Colleen’s journey fighting cancer at Dana-Farber has given her a new perspective of herself—and on life.
“Life is a gift,” she says. “I now understand the idea of stopping to smell the roses.”
Colleen was diagnosed after her primary care doctor found a lump during an annual physical. Within days, tests confirmed that she had invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC). As …


Former Waltham resident looks back at two battles with cancer

By Jen Judson
Wicked Local Waltham


Mayra Montijo was going to be a senior at Waltham High School when she discovered a large lump in her neck.
In August 1999, Montijo was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer – non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – transforming her normal 17-year-old life into one filled with hospital visits and missed classes.

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