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In mid-June, 2005 cancer patient Kathy Jardon made one of her familiar trips to Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Oncology department for chemotherapy. On her arrival she and the staff greeted one another by name and she went through the drill of getting her wrist band, the weigh-in and headed for a treatment with no prompting. Her parents Norma and Marvin drove her to Lawrence and brought in her noon meal. During the nearly day-long session, she talked about missing Colorado "badly," and her drug reaction that caused painful mouth sores that sometimes necessitated her wearing an athletic mouthpiece to bed.

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