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On Coming Alive: At Least, Finding Beauty in the Shards

March 01, 2018 by Victoria Strong

My mother was 34 when she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. It was aggressive and doubled in size in the few weeks between diagnosis and surgery. She had a radical mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy. It was 1977. I was 6-months-old.

 

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SMA Community Grants Program Provides Help for Uncovered Expenses

October 26, 2017 by Victoria Strong

The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation's "SMA Community Grants" program has made financial grant contributions toward uncovered, tangible expenses associated with the challenges of SMA. We have helped families with the costs of an accessible van, home modifications, wheelchair repairs, lift system,...

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SMAsh Dash Success

October 13, 2017 by Victoria Strong

The SMAsh Dash in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas was a huge success! For the third year in a row, Rusty and Jessica Hastings gathered runners, walkers, children, SMA families, and companies to help change SMA. As avid runners themselves, creating the SMAsh Dash was a natural fit and their daughter,...

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TEN.

October 04, 2017 by Victoria Strong

My darling big girl, today you are 10. Ten years we are parents. 10 years adoring you.

 

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I am Happy.

September 14, 2017 by Victoria Strong

Gwendolyn drew this. It was her first-grade self-portrait. She chose to include her bipap, her butterfly bow, her long hair and a striped shirt. She also chose the words, "I am happy." This was all Gwendolyn. No guiding or pushing in this direction. Other kids chose things like "I am a...

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