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Karen Sewell
Karen is a professional family photographer in the Salt Lake City area and a stay-at-home-mom to three darling daughters. A cancer widow at age 22, Karen is now remarried to a testicular cancer survivor. Karen advocates for caregivers, volunteers for the Magic Hour Foundation and has set out to share the hope and inspiration she derives from her cancer experiences.

Entries by Karen Sewell

8 Thoughts You Have When Your Child Goes in for Surgery

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 2:56 PM

In terms of mommy milestones, I hit a big one recently. My sweetest, most tenderhearted little one had surgery. She was under general anesthesia, the whole nine yards. There's a lot I did to prepare for it, but I never felt ready. She's 4. Just a sweet, innocent, finger-sucking 4....

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How B*tchy Resting Face Helped Me Breastfeed

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 12:08 PM

There are so many things I love about American culture. Like, for example, when we all began acknowledging b*tchy resting face (BRF). That's definitely me. I have your average, run-of-the-mill, textbook b*tchy resting face. Sorry for the profanity, Mom.

Before explanations about BRF came to light, I...

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My Daughter Asked How Daddy Died

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 2:14 PM

My Darling Sophie,

We parents do this thing where we raise our children and teach them things and then we are surprised by how well you learn all of the things we've exposed you to. You and I are no exception to this. You've grown up so quickly. I know...

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We Have Extraordinary Fathers in Our Family

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 11:11 AM

There have been two incredible fathers in my daughters' lives.

One of these men comes home to a houseful of women every evening after work, kicks off his shoes and slings his laptop bag down to the floor. He makes the rounds, finding each of his girls in turn,...

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The Best Thing I Did While Battling Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:16 PM

It was October, and right in the middle of football season. We were at a game, using our free student tickets, rallying the Utes together, just as we did every week. The team had taken a time-out, and as I sat back in my seat, Sean took my hands in...

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Perspective on the Bad Days

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 12:06 PM

Today, I threw a party. It was a pity party.

Today I cried because my 3-year-old wouldn't eat her peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch -- the one she had insisted I make for her.

It got thrown in the trash and she had a nap with no...

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Lessons I Learned From Grief Counseling

(7) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 5:49 PM

It has been nearly four years since Sean died and there are many of facets of our time together that replay in my mind almost constantly. My experience with grief counseling is one part of his death, though, that hasn't left me either.

When he died, I knew that I...

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5 Reasons the Friends You Never See Anymore Aren't Bad People

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 5:04 PM

When Sean was diagnosed, we knew we were going to face his cancer together. We counted on lots of doctors visits, lots of chemotherapy, a few surgeries here and there, lots of sleepless nights, lots of tears, and a few hysterical laughing sessions. We counted on each other.

Some of...

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Get to Know Testicular Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 6:35 PM

I love scrolling through the Huffington Post iPhone app while I eat breakfast and get my daughters ready in the morning. It's a quick and easy way for me to get snippets of the news and to find out what is important to people this week. Recently I came across...

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Affordable Health Care for Everyone Is Important

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 4:51 PM

My husband self-diagnosed his testicular cancer. Yep. He got on Google and did a search for symptoms and everything.

This was 2010 and he, just like millions of other Americans, did not have affordable health insurance coverage. He was in his mid-20s, a college student working toward a double...

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Cancer's Bright and Blissful Side

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 6:38 PM

There are two sides to nearly everything. When it comes to cancer, it's the dark side of things that often holds the focus and my experience with cancer was no exception. There were many days where doom and gloom were all that seemed to surround me despite a lingering light...

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5 Things a Caregiver Should Know

(12) Comments | Posted September 29, 2013 | 8:02 AM

There is a lot of information out there about how to be a cancer patient. Drink this. Inject that. Have this surgery. Stay away from these.

There's no guidebook giving instructions on how to be a caregiver. There are no physician consultations to tell you what the next step...

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