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Allison Denenberg: Perspective

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Posted on March 12, 2015  by Allison Denenberg

About a month before my sister started high school and I began my freshman year of college, we found out that our mom had cancer.  We were heartbroken and afraid, but also shocked and confused.  How could something like this happen to our mom?  She was so healthy. So alive.  So kind.  So undeserving of such a diagnosis.  We feared that we were going to lose her, and we didn’t know what to do.

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For months, we watched her undergo intensive chemotherapy treatments.  She became frail and fatigued, but never stopped smiling. She constantly reassured us that she was fine, and that everything would be okay.  Our mom was a ray of positivity and hope through one of the darkest times of our lives.

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My sister and I learned a lot as a result of our mom’s illness.  For one, it taught us not to sweat the small stuff.  Failing a test, not getting the lead role in the play, being rejected from your top choice internship – these disappointments barely scratch the surface of the sadness and hopelessness that you feel when someone you love is sick and there is nothing you can do to heal them.

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It has also taught us to be more appreciative of the good things in life, both big and small.  A sunrise, the excitement of a first date, spending time with those you love – these are the things worth focusing on.  It isn’t healthy to dwell on the negatives, because in doing so, you might overlook something wonderful.

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portrait of young woman who just found out her mother has cancer

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While I never would have wished our mom to go through such an ordeal, there was definitely value in the experience.  Watching her take on her illness with such positivity and grace was inspiring – and I was astonished at how her strength influenced my sister’s (and my own).

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Now that our mom is better, we have all gained some peace of mind.  But in her illness, we gained perspective.

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Photography and Text by Allison Denenberg, Copyright 2015

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About the Author: Allison Denenberg is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015.

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Olga Ignatovets: What’s Cooking?

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Posted on March 11, 2015 by Olga Ignatovets

My hands are not cooperating as I stand there attempting to make dinner for the one who betrayed me. My fingers come close to the edge of the knife and that is when the most brilliant idea comes to mind. I should make him suffer the way he made me suffer. He broke my heart and now it is my turn to take something away from him.

It feels very moist and soft in my hands. The blood from it is all over my hands and my brand new white apron. A feeling of satisfaction comes over me as I thrust my knife deeper and deeper into his organ.

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photo of blood stained apron in contemporary kitchen

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After a few hours of fascinating experimentation with it I decide that it is time to take a break.I am so caught up in my thoughts of revenge that a loud creaking sound at the front door made me jump and drop my glass onto the floor. They were here for me!

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My plan had failed and I was discovered. There was nothing I could do now but grab my suit case and make it out of the house without getting caught.

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woman wearing red shoes and blood stained floor

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As I ran out the door, I left everything behind – the kidney, the body, but most importantly my favorite white apron. I would never be able to get it back…

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Photography and Text by Olga Ignatovets, Copyright 2015

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About the Author: Olga Ignatovets is a sophomore in the school of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2017.

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