Wife's cancer teaches Chicago Bears assistant tough lesson

Full story: Chicago Tribune

Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub got news of wife's cancer just before last Mother's Day and they drew up battle plan David Haugh On the Bears May 10, 2009 The Toub family: 7-year-old Nicolette, Cheryl, 15-year-old Shane and Dave.
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Englewood, FL

#1 May 9, 2009
I would like to say that I am a 9 year Breast Cancer survivor
as of Jan. 24, 2009. My diagnosis was a Stage 1 which was
found by my radiologist. My surgeon recommended a routine modified mastectomy leaving the pectoral muscle intact of my right breast. There was no lymph node involvement. I did not have to have chemo/radiation nor tamoxifen. I also had plastic and reconstructive surgery which there was enough tissue that could form a breast. The plastic surgeon advised against taking tissued from my abdomen. She inserted a saline implant and on my left breast reduced it to conform with my right breast. I am thankful that the Good Lord spared me and that the cancer was caught early enough. Every year my regular surgeon has me in for a mammogram and chext x-ray. I am graterful for this very fine surgeon and he takes good care of me. So I urge all women to please have a yearly mammogram; it is a nuisance I know but it saves your life.
If you haven't had one recently, PLEASE DO IT NOW!!
N-ville Bear

Thompsons Station, TN

#2 May 9, 2009
God bless Dave, his wife and their family. Football is important, but in the scheme of things, it doesn't matter when someone's life is in the balance. May Cheryl be healthy and live to be with her grandchildren...

North Aurora, IL

#3 May 9, 2009
Prayers to Cheryl and her family. Happy Mother's Day, Mrs. Toub.
gop Rest in Peace

Starkville, MS

#4 May 9, 2009
I wish the best for Mrs. Staub and her family.

Englewood, FL

#5 May 9, 2009
I might add to Cheryl Taub, God Bless you and keep up the good work. Happy Mother's Day to you.

Englewood, FL

#6 May 9, 2009
Excuse the spelling of your last name Cheryl. I noticed it is Staub. Sorry about the typo.
Harold S

Daly City, CA

#7 May 9, 2009
I'm of two minds here.

The first is I'm so very glad that Mrs. Toub's tumor was caught so early, that both are now far more cognizant of how many Americans fight this disease at some point in their lives and are doing their best to promote awareness, and - most importantly - that both are healthy.

At the same time, the other is that as of a caregiver of an elderly mother with Stage IV metastases from a breast cancer tumor that was Stage III when caught, there are so many more compelling cases of perseverance and love and care than this that it's a bit of a disappointment the Tribune chose this story.

This isn't a hit on the Taub family, but someone who got caught at Stage 0 is among the luckiest people alive, especially when they have health insurance provided by the NFL. I'd so much rather hear of what happens to players and their mothers who really do face cancer in its awfullest form - as a terminal disease, that requires financial and personal sacrifice beyond belief.

That's a true Mother's Day story.
Billy Chiacchia

Plainview, NY

#8 May 11, 2009
hey dave god bless u and your family i known u and ur family long time and ur great people stay strong and hope u have a great season.

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