Originally written on NBC Washington  |  Last updated 10/7/11
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On the morning of May 16, 2008, Nancy Cooley, mother to Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, was waiting to hear from her doctor about a suspicious lump she had tested. The call came while she was driving to work.  “They just said, ‘It’s bad and you need to get to a doctor,” she told us. It turned out that Nancy had Stage 3 ductal carcinoma, a very aggressive form of breast cancer, and she was told she needed to have a mastectomy and start chemotherapy treatments right away. While it’s never a good time to find out you have cancer, Nancy’s diagnosis came at a particularly inconvenient time. Chris was getting married that week, so in between entertaining family and dealing with the flurry of activity that comes with being the mother of the groom, she met with various doctors and specialists so she could begin treatment immediately after the wedding. Being a high school teacher, Nancy had good insurance. But the bills that were sent to the insurance company that first wee...
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