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"The Rest of the Story" (As Paul Harvey used to say.)


Thank you and God bless you, too. I had said I came across the topic of oral cancer and tobacco several times. I will follow up with the true story of the one time it mattered the most.
The housekeeping lady on the floor where my office and lab were located and I had become good friends. Just so you can picture her I will briefly describe her. She was a somewhat heavy black lady in her 50s from Arkansas. She was always happy and smiling and came from a religious family. We had the bad habit of using smokeless tobacco. She told me she started using when she was a young teenager. I would frequently invite her to have a seat in my office during her rounds when I was there so we could chat about various things.
One day I realized I hadn't seen her for a couple of weeks and started to ask around. I found out from one of the pathologists at school she had an intraoral lesion biopsied and it was cancer. She had major surgery and passed away a year later. Her name was Dorendia. She was 58 years old. That's when I quit. Dorendia saved my life in a way. I still carry her little newspaper obituary in my wallet. God bless her.

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