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What to do when someone you know has cancer

If you have never had cancer, it’s almost impossible to understand what the disease — or its cures and aftermath — feel like to the person who has it. Whether the person who gets the diagnosis is a family member, friend or random associate, the news always comes as a shock.

Step into the 1900s on the Tacoma Historic Homes tour

It’s enough of a sensuous experience taking in the carved mahogany, Italian marble and curvy glass windows of the Virges House living room. But if you’re Phil Ray, you also have the sound of a jazz record playing on the original Victrola gramophone, and the touch of 1903 damask silk covering on your fingers. The Virges House in Tacoma’s North End is part of the city’s annual Historic Homes tour April 30-May 1, along with five other historic homes and host venue Central Lutheran Church.