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Aki Smith
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A wife, a daughter, a friend... I refuse to let my occupation define me
A wife, a daughter, a friend... I refuse to let my occupation define me

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Let me explain… I suffer from survivor’s guilt yet it is my dad who is the survivor not me. So, maybe I should say how do you cope with caretaker-of-parent-survivor-who-faced-a-deadly-cancer guilt?   
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So, I’m pretty sure my dad is not going to be happy with me– as he’s not the type you wants anybody to feel sorry for him ever– but images do tell a powerful story and I think it’s important to share. Even though these past two years have been extremely…
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In 2014, we closed the year with LOVE. As a family, we found that there were so many unknowns… but that LOVE had gotten us through the toughest year imaginable. This year, we closed 2015 with HOPE. I have to admit that picking that particular word was an…
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I have to admit that ever since we got my dad’s painstaking diagnosis, “So, It’s stomach cancer”, I’ve been eating for two. At the beginning of this nightmare, the doctor said, “Shigeo, you need to gain some weight before we remove your stomach,”… and…
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It’s been almost two years since my father was diagnosed with stomach cancer. It’s been almost two years since my world has been turned upside down. During this time, my father has had a total gastrectomy, a port-a-cath surgery, six cycles of chemotherapy…
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Dear Victor, My #TripleCrown Story began on November 16, 2013… the day my dad was admitted to our local hospital for severe gastric bleeding. I guess you might ask what does this have anything to do with horse racing… but it does. It very much does. Here…
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I know…I know… this post is so long over due– but I can explain!! Every year, during the last week of December… I like to reflect on the past year. I think about the year as a whole… the good, the bad, the ugly. I do a mental cleaning, purge all…
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Who would have thought it… Me– A happily married woman and a loving caregiver to my dad (stage 3B stomach cancer) got CATFISHED!! Well, I did… I was dubbed… I was fooled… I was hoaxed…
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 2014  Family Holiday Picture A brief summary of the photo shoot:  Tom had mentioned that he wanted to do the family photo shoot earlier this year and with a lovely background. This got me thinking… lets do something different. So that’s what we did!! The…
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November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, and I have decided to kick of the month by donating my hair. (I did this last year too!) My beautiful long locks will be going to Pantene Beautiful Lengths because this organization makes wigs for adult cancer…
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