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In honor of the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety Re­lay for Life, this is­sue re­volves around cancer, cancer aware­ness, and the in­di­vid­u­als who have been touched by the dis­ease.

It’s not a com­fort­able sub­ject for any­one. No one wants cancer. No one wants their friends or fam­ily mem­bers to suf­fer through cancer. But the grim real­ity is that most of us do, and if we don’t, we prob­a­bly will at some point in our life.

Our hope is that, by help­ing to tell the sto­ries of other lo­cal women who have beat cancer, this is­sue will bring com­fort to those who may be fac­ing their own strug­gle with the dis­ease.

This month’s cover story features three cancer sur­vivors, the youngest be­ing only 7 years old. Olivia, who is on the front cover, was di­ag­nosed with ju­ve­nile myelomono­cytic leukemia, or JMML, when she was only 18 months old. She un­der­went three chemo­ther­apy treat­ments and a bone-mar­row trans­plant. Look­ing at her now, though, you’d never know she ex­pe­ri­enced that trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence. Her bub­bly, play­ful, sweet per­son­al­ity shines through her smile as she cel­e­brates five years of be­ing cancer-free.

Kris­ten Dunn and Rita Koller are breast cancer sur­vivors and each told us their own sto­ries of sur­vival. Re­lay for Life of Gar­land County is set for June 2 at the Hot Springs Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

We met another cancer sur­vivor this month, Frances Iver­son, who bat­tled a near-fa­tal form of cancer just a few years ago at the age of 29. She turned her ex­pe­ri­ence into some­thing pos­i­tive with the Cre­ations of Hope pro­gram. Cre­ations of Hope be­gin as bare man­nequin heads and are trans­formed into sym­bols of hope, with the pur­pose to up­lift and in­spire lives touched by cancer. Read more about her story in this month’s HER Style fea­ture.

We learned this month the im­por­tance of ex­er­cise and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity dur­ing and af­ter cancer. Check out the HER Fit­ness and HER Health features to learn about pro­grams that pro­mote bal­ance and strength for cancer pa­tients and sur­vivors.

Do you have a sug­ges­tion for an up­com­ing is­sue of HER Mag­a­zine? Send me an email at

Lind­sey Wells, as­so­ciate ed­i­tor

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