A Pennsylvania teacher who decided to write his own obituary after finding out that cancer had returned for the fourth time encouraged his friends and loved ones to "stop letting you out of little situations" and "do what was important to you."
Ashley Ann Kuzma died on September 22 after being diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and undergoing chemotherapy, 29 radiation treatments and a laryngectomy to remove the voice box over the past two years. She previously told GoErie.com that a scan in March found that her cancer had returned and that her treatment options were limited by previous treatments.
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"When you have recurrent laryngeal cancer that just won't answer, you have a lot of time to think about death," "The good thing is you no longer have to worry about saving your pension, paying student loans or trying not to get skin cancer ???" One of the positive results of cancer relapse was that it taught me to let go of minor things and just enjoy people and places. After three relapses, my body was finally enough and I passed away on Sunday, September 22, 201
Approximately 13,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with laryngeal cancer each year. Risk factors include smoking or tobacco use, high alcohol consumption, age, gender, personal history of head and neck cancer and occupation, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Symptoms usually include a sore throat or a cough that does not go through. no change in voice, pain or swallowing problems, pain in the ears, lumps in the neck or throat, problems with the making of sounds, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, feeling as if something is in the throat, or cough of blood. He is usually treated with radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. [
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decided to write her own obituary, "before it went through many preparatory activities to facilitate the transition of the family."
The 32-year-old also wrote that she enjoys spending time with her cats, reading, tasting wines, watching movies, boating, watching the Steelers, and seeing the sunset. She also noted her travels to different places and how she traveled to Mexico to see Chichen Itza after learning of her latest relapse.
"I am extremely grateful for the life I have lived," she wrote. “I was fortunate to have a loving family, supportive friends, a stable and meaningful job and a home to call my own. My wish for you is to stop letting go of minor situations. Do what is important to you. Relax and enjoy the company of others. What do you value in your life? After all, that's important. "
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Kuzma also stated that she considered traditional awakening and funeral views to be" too sad "and instead asked her family to have a" celebration of my life "celebration to be held on October 13.