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Duke's McDonald returns to field after brain surgery

Christie McDonald lost her best friend to a brain tumor -- only to be diagnosed with one six years later. But the Duke sophomore survived surgery to return to the soccer field, writes Graham Hays.

Updated: November 2, 2006, 12:58 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

Christie McDonald isn't sure what she wants to do with her future. Like any number of her classmates, the Duke sophomore isn't sure what major she'll settle on or which career path she'll follow. What she does know is that the two seasons she has left as a member of the women's soccer team are a gift she's not about to waste.

McDonald has seen the other side; seen a brain tumor steal her best friend's life and seen her own future suddenly reduced to a series of question marks upon learning ...

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