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One-handed organist says keep faith, stay busy


Jan Tucker/Daily Globe

Caryl Miilu sits at the organ at United Methodist Church in Rockland. Thirty-eight years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but with surgery and treatments, she credits her faith in God and support of her family for securing a long and active life.


ROCKLAND - Neither cancer, nor loss of a functioning hand can stop Caryl Miilu from living life to the fullest.

Miilu was 44 with a husband and five daughters when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now 82 and one of the longest survivors of cancer in the area.

It was after the Ontonagon Labor Fest parade in 1979 while she was reading in bed that she discovered a lump in her breast. She had just started a new job in the office of Dr. Robert Johnson DDS and got the day off to have the lump tested. It was positive for cancer.

"It was a scary time,...

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