When I interviewed Marcia Jackson, PhD, American College of Cardiology, for the last installment in our women leaders series (see page 25), she told me she had just finished chemotherapy and radiation treatments for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I asked how she coped with such a serious crisis. In addition to the support she received from family, friends, and co-workers, she said a colleague whom she has never met became an important e-mail friend. Diagnosed with the same disease several years ...

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