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Karen’s Story: “My Miracle Baby” - “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”

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When you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, the date is etched into your mind. Life is, from then on, measured in “before” or “after.” For Karen Chrisco, that is particularly true — her birthday, April 13 — marks the day she discovered what would later be revealed to be gestational trophoblastic disease with carcinoma. Exactly one year later, it also marked the day she would learn about one of the greatest blessings of her life.

As part of the “Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies” Share Your Cancer Story campaign, Karen shared her full, miraculous story with AETN.

Karen, who works at AETN, is regularly an inspiration to her coworkers. Her cheerful, can-do attitude, her constant creativity and her love for her family (and, truly, virtually everyone around her) have always been encouraging, but we’re truly touched she chose to share this dimension of her life with us and with you. It’s an inspiring story of hope, and one that Karen lives out each day. If you would like to share your story or watch the stories of others like Karen as reminder that you’re not alone, visit

“Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” — a film by Barak Goodman based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee — will air Monday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 1, at 8 each night. The three-part series, presented by Ken Burns, is the most comprehensive documentary on a single disease ever made and shares a “biography” of cancer — covering it from its first documented appearance thousands of years ago through epic battles in the 20th century to conquer it, to a radical new understanding of its essence. 




“Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” 

Gestational trophoblastic disease 



Monday, March 30, through Wednesday April 1, 2015

“Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” at 8 each night