The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 28, 1996 · Page 49
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 49

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 28, 1996
Page 49
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OVERCOMING CANCER WAS MY WEDDING GIFT To MY WIFE "In 1992, just a few months before Sue and I were to be married, I was diagnosed with cancer. "I was scared. Here I was— 21 years old, about to be married and faced with the possibility of dying from cancer. I didn't want to face it. I had my whole life ahead of me. A life with Sue. "But then I found Cancer Treatment Centers of America™. ."I was admitted to one of their hospitals and received comprehensive medical care which included a nutrition plan, psychological and spiritual support. "Today, my cancer is in remission, and Sue and I will celebrate our second wedding anniversary." If you or someone you love has cancer, call Cancer Treatment Centers of America™ today at 1 -800-234-7139. ® OF AMERICA 1-800-234-7139 Because cancer varies with the individual, treatment and effectiveness also vary. No case is typical and no results guaranteed. FIRST PERSON BY EVAN HANDLER Count down Men, too, can have biological clocks Y CHILDREN DONT live with me. My children don't actually live, but I'll come back to that later. I learned recently, through articles in the newspaper, that their place of residence had been ordered closed by the New York State Department of Health. .Concerned for their safety, I arranged to have them transferred. Today, I went to pick up my children and take them to their new home. "You wanna watch us pack your specimens, right?" asked the woman on the phone. "Uhh... yeah, sure." On my way to the Empire State Building, where my children have been stored for almost a decade, I thought the same thoughts as so many other neglectful fathers. I hadn't even known that watching the packing of my specimens was a possibility. The question surprised me, and I had an immediate emotional reaction: If something is going to happen to my kids, I'm going to be there with them when it does. If you haven't guessed by now, my children don't really exist. All that exists is the potential for their existence —and even that is in desperately short supply. Since I was successfully treated for (and ultimately cured of) leukemia 10 years ago, I've been sterile. As a precaution against such a probability, I had semen stored to be used to attempt a pregnancy in the future. A decade ago, when I was 24 and unsure of even short-term survival, the fact that inseminations using frozen sperm had resulted in full-term pregnancies after up to 10 years of cryopreservation offered me all the breathing room I could have imagined needing. After all, I was in a passionately committed relationship. Ourfuture together—in which parenthood would figure prominently — was one of the most compelling reasons to walk the hellish treatment path that promised the only hope for any future at all. 14 USA WEEKEND • Jan. 26-28, 19V6

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