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12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.

This New Mom Was Told Losing Weight Would Fix Her Symptoms. Turns Out, She Had Cancer

When you go to the doctor, you expect that they will do everything in their power to make you feel better. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. This story highlights the importance of self-advocacy and the life-saving power of trusting your gut instinct. Jen Curran, a new mom, was dismissed by her doctor who told her to lose weight to fix her symptoms. However, Jen’s intuition led her to seek a second opinion, uncovering a far more serious underlying issue — bone marrow cancer.

Jen Curran’s Story: The Beginning

In 2019, Jen Curran was excited about becoming a new mother. Like many expectant mothers, she was vigilant about her health and followed her doctor’s advice closely. During her second trimester, her medical team detected high protein levels in her urine, a common sign of preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure.

The Dismissive Diagnosis

Despite being put on bed rest for three months, Jen’s protein levels remained unusually high. After giving birth, her obstetrician recommended she see a kidney specialist. The specialist dismissed her concerns, attributing the high protein levels to her weight. “Lose weight, and it will go away,” the doctor told her, brushing off her symptoms as post-pregnancy complications that could take up to a year to resolve.

Jen, however, felt that something was not right. She knew her body and felt that her symptoms were not typical post-pregnancy issues. Frustrated and feeling unheard, she decided to seek a second opinion.

Trusting Her Instincts

Jen’s decision to consult another kidney specialist turned out to be life-saving. The new doctor took her concerns seriously, examining her lab results more thoroughly. Upon reviewing her tests, the doctor immediately recognized that her condition was far more serious than just a weight issue. “This is not good,” the new doctor said. “There’s nothing diet or exercise can do to touch it.”

The new specialist ordered a kidney biopsy, which revealed unusual markers in her blood. Jen was then referred to a hematologist-oncologist for further testing, which included a bone marrow biopsy.

The Shocking Diagnosis

The bone marrow biopsy results were devastating: Jen had multiple myeloma, a rare form of bone marrow cancer. “Shocking. Gut-wrenching. I have a 5-month-old baby,” Jen shared. “I’m not even 40 years old.” Her diagnosis was a stark reminder of how critical it is to listen to your body and seek second opinions when something feels off.

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12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.