The Worst Pandemic

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The World Health Organization has set out three essential characteristics of a pandemic: It must be a new virus to which no one is immune; it is capable of producing a fatal illness; and it can be transmitted from one person to another. In 1918 a flu pandemic (commonly referred to as the Spanish flu) spread to nearly every part of the world. Most of its victims were healthy young adults. …

The Big ‘C’ Word

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The big ‘C’ word that puts fear into the heart when the doctor makes his diagnosis has been a prominent intruder into our family. My granddaughter died of this dread disease. My mother and eight of my twelve siblings, have all died of cancer. I, one of the remaining three, have had surgery for removal of my bladder, kidney and half of one lung. Those who have experienced a …