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Life: precious and short

Susquehanna class affirms life by teaching about death

Her four-year life-and-death struggle with ovarian cancer opened Janice Follmer's eyes and transformed her soul.

"It has made me realize that you really must enjoy God's world," says Follmer, who now sees blessings everywhere, especially in relationships and the natural world. Follmer has undergone two grueling rounds of chemotherapy that appear to have put her cancer in remission. The experience has helped her grow.

"Life just has more peace of mind, and it's just a learning process, a beautiful learning process," she says.

Follmer had the chance to share her perspective when she partnered with Kellie Kremser, a sophomore pre-veterinary student at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., for a class on death. The "Issues at the End of Life" course paired young adult students with someone nearing death through age or sickness.


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