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Jeanne, 16, the daughter of Laurence, recounts her experience

February 10: "Mom has cervical cancer." The world was shattered the day the doctors told us, we couldn't even begin to imagine, or even understand: "It just was not possible."

Yet it was true. And it was our mother, our pillar of strength.

With all the courage of her forty years, she chose to fight. She accepted everything: the mutilating surgery, the "burning" radiation, the isolation, the deprivations. She gave up everything in order to be cured.

What she was and what she loved.

She also learned to savor each moment of happiness, each instant of freedom.

Mother was brave and strong. But she is exhausted now: will she find the strength to continue the struggle?

I'd like to hope that everything will return to the way it was.