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I was encouraged, however, by the fact that Mrs. Belter survived and she worked for many years later on for my mother, and I recall noticing that cancer didn't have to be fatal even though it was very cruel. And I'll never forget my anger at hearing about this disease that caused such suffering and mutilation and my thinking that something should be done about this.

Now, I don't remember thinking at that time that I should do anything about it, because I was really too small, I was tiny. I remember seeming very small in relation to the room and the other people, but I was absolutely furious.


It was a real frustration for you.


It was a real frustration for me.

Well, after that my sister, when I was between five or six--my sister was born when I was five--when she was 10 months old she had pneumonia and this made me very anxious. It was said that she was desperately ill, and I was very, very anxious about that, I recall. After that, however, things seemed to go along fairly well in my family, except that every winter I would have earaches which would result in mastoids which would drain and which would keep me indoors for weeks at a time. When I would have this mastoid flare-up, I would be in agony for days and there was absolutely nothing anyone could do to stop it. Now, thanks to penicillin, and even before that sulfa drugs, nobody needs to be operated on, nobody needs to have the ears punctured, nobody

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