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    1. Brents Journey Brent E. Zehr Published by the Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company; Mahyco, India Aileen Kerns History of American Medicine April 22, 2008

    3. Brent E. Zehr Family friend: Usha Zehr May, 2006, final diagnosis of pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma cancer Extremely rare adult cancer that starts in the skeletal muscle and spreads, eventually hitting the lungs. 18 months left to live until he passed away November 17, 2007 Brent left a wife, two sons 18 & 16 years old, and many friends and family He was the Director of Research at the Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company later published the blog entries into a book to leave a lasting legacy and to assist and offer encouragement to those who face their own difficult circumstances (1)

    4. Basis of this Pathography Collection of web log entries: Thoughts, feelings, realizations and other personal accounts written by Brent Bible passages, famous quotes Comments, letters, poems submitted by family and friends reflecting on Brents dairy entries. Pictures of Brent and other photographs illustrating stages of his life.

    5. Testimonial Pathography Hawkins defines testimonies as: Religious: bear witness to the truth and strengthen other believers by relating an experience of spiritual trial or conversion. an illness experience, focusing primarily on the authors thoughts, feelings, and behaviorsetc. positive attitude toward medicine. (Hawkins 4) Examples

    6. Importance to Medical History Knowledge of Brents treatment; chemotherapy, rehabilitationetc. Education for this rare disease: helpful for research, treatment, either drug or psychological therapy for those cases in the future with this particular cancer Demonstrates a new way to narrate an illness by using the Internet as a source of communication.

    7. Monday, October 8th, 2007 Each new phase in the disease progression is marked by tears, which need to be shed to get out the emotions and gain courage to continue with the journey. I am so thankful for my wife, who walks me through the process with her strength and courage (140)