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Little Town, Big Idea: Rome’s Cancer Navigators

Rome’s Cancer Navigators do more than support patients through a medical crisis. They steer clients through the emotional, financial, physical, and logistical challenges of coping with the deadly disease.

Cancer etiquette: What you should and shouldn’t say

When a loved one, friend, or coworker is diagnosed with cancer, it’s sometimes awkward to know what to do and say. The natural response might be to offer platitudes and assurances that everything will be okay, but the truth is, you don’t know what that person’s journey holds.

January 2014

Once every few months I have lunch with Lee Walburn, who was editor in chief of this magazine for fifteen years. We usually meet in Marietta, which is sort of halfway for both of us. Lee and his wife live in Armuchee now, just north of Rome—far beyond even the metro Atlanta exurbs. Lee is always giving me grief that in the five years I’ve been editor, I still haven’t made the drive up to his farm, a place that coworkers and friends describe as magical, which may or may not have something to do with the fine bourbon I’m told he has on hand.

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