A regular column reader, "Roseanne" (not her real name), has been a fighter. Weighing only 21 ounces at birth, she then became overexposed to oxygen in an incubator for three months and developed retrolental fibroplasia. It's a condition that causes blindness.
It was only three years ago when Lisa Adams of Grove City, Ohio, first learned her then four-year-old daughter Eden had neuroblastoma. A National Institutes of Health website defines it as a malignant (cancerous) tumor that develops from nerve tissue and occurs in infants and children.
"Routine, routine, routine," said 48-year-old Gary LeBlanc in a telephone interview, referring to what he believed most important in caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease. He regularly reads this column in the Hernando (Fla.) Today newspaper.