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Today's Opinions

  • Relay: Surviving ovarian cancer took faith, friends

    As LaRue Countians prepare for the annual Relay for Life Event scheduled for May 15 at Hodgenville Elementary School, the local Relay for Life County Committee is focusing on local survivor stories. This is the third of eight stories.

    I was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer at age 39 in April 2005.

  • Pain compounded by Mother Nature

    A couple of weeks ago I had a toothache. It started out as a nag and turned into a relentless pain that extended from my jaw to above my eye.

    One little abscessed tooth turned into three trips to the dentist and a root canal.

    The funny thing about a toothache is – it overpowers anything else you’re feeling. That includes even heartache.

  • Relay: Viers keeps fighting, farming

    As LaRue Countians prepare for the annual Relay for Life event scheduled for May 15 at Hodgenville Elementary School, the local Relay for Life County Committee is focusing on local survivor stories. This is the fifth of eight stories. Roy Viers is your typical LaRue County farmer in one sense. On the family’s 200 acres off Fork Road, he and his brother Clyde are planning on planting their annual crops of tobacco and corn. They milk about 50 Holstein cows and work from sun up to sun down.  But in another sense, Roy is not your usual farmer.

  • Relay: Couple shares hope after cancer treatment

    As LaRue Countians prepare for the annual Relay for Life event scheduled for May 15 at Hodgenville Elementary School, the local Relay for Life County Committee is focusing on local survivor stories. This is the sixth of eight stories.

    Diane Akridge is a breast cancer survivor. Her husband Al is a colon cancer survivor.

    Here are their stories:

    Al: When you are told you have cancer, it comes as a shock, why me?

  • Relay: Clint Williams survived battle with childhood cancer

    As LaRue Countians prepare for the annual Relay for Life event scheduled for May 15 at Hodgenville Elementary School, the local Relay for Life County Committee is focusing on local survivor stories. This is the fourth of eight stories.

    When you look at him now standing tall with his ever-present grin, it is hard to believe that 29 year old Clint Williams was once a sick little boy. But it’s been 20 years since Williams was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma as a toe-headed 9-year-old.

  • Relay for Life: Jimmy Rogers fights back

    As LaRue Countians prepare for the annual Relay for Life event scheduled for May 15 at Hodgenville Elementary School, the local Relay for Life County Committee is focusing on local survivor stories. This is the second of eight stories.

    Whether you know him as the guy who pumps your gas at the local service station or as the man who is quick with a joke or innocent prank, Jimmy Rogers is living proof that we can all fight back when it comes to cancer.

  • Relay for Life: Red Hazle survives bout with skin cancer

    A few of his cousins call him as Charles Ray. To his daughters, he is Daddy and to his six grandchildren and great-grandchildren he is Papaw. And almost everyone knows him as “Red” Hazle, but very few know him as a cancer survivor.

  • 10-year-old beats acute leukemia

    As LaRue Countians prepare for the annual Relay for Life Event scheduled for May 15 at Hodgenville Elementary School, the local Relay for Life County Committee is focusing on local survivor stories. This is the seventh of eight stories.

    Cancer knows no age. Just ask fourth-grader Misty Vittitoe.