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Chuck Nowlen and best friend James Carr, shortly before Carr’s wedding in the Cook County Courthouse. (Submitted photo)

Get Me the Manager: Ghosts of cancer past continue to haunt - bittersweetly

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The last time I held my mother’s frail, bony hand, she had gritted through pancreatic cancer for four cruel months, but her big, round eyes were the most radiant blue I’d ever seen.

“Really? They are?” she asked when I told her, as if she were a kid who’d just been promised that lollipops were waiting for her in the kitchen. She smiled while trying to measure one of those long, slow sighs.

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Chuck Nowlen
Chuck Nowlen joined the Star-Observer team as a business, township and general-assignment reporter in April, 2014 after a three-decade career in newspapers and magazines, and as a newsroom-management/business-planning consultant.
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