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Pro Golfer Jim Colbert on Surviving Prostate Cancer
A Letter from the Land of Cancer
O Is for Organize Your Life
A New Perspective
 

Jim ColbertA CONVERSATION WITH
 
Pro Golfer Jim Colbert on Surviving Prostate Cancer

Jim Colbert, who has been playing golf professionally since 1965, is easy to spot on the golf course. He’s the one with the floppy white hat and the shirt with the turned-up collar. What began as sun protection has now become a trademark for the 68-year-old golfer.
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A Letter from the Land of Cancer
by Walter Wangerin Jr.

On December 26, 2005, Walter Wangerin Jr. felt a lump in his neck. Doctors later confirmed his fears – he had lung cancer. Walter began writing letters to close friends and family, relating his experience with the disease. He wrote about confronting mortality, about the medical procedures he endured, about the strength of the relationships surrounding him, and about the hope he possessed. He later collected these letters and transformed them into a book. What follows is a selection from that book, Letters from the Land of Cancer.
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O Is for Organize Your Life
by Richard C. Frank, MD

Choose caregivers whom you like and trust. Choose a treatment center that fits with your practical needs as well as your preferences. Get a second opinion. The more life threatening a cancer, the greater the need to hear more than one opinion. Choose one oncologist to be your most trusted adviser and ally to help you make the best decisions at every juncture of your cancer journey; you should feel that you have good and open communication with this physician.
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A New Perspective
by Florence Ferreira, Survivor of the Week

Three years ago, a doctor told me that I had three to six months to live. My breast cancer had spread extensively to my bones, my lungs, and my liver. Today, I am in stable condition. I was very upset at this doctor’s insensitivity for a while. How dare anyone tell me when I’m going to die? But looking back, his gloomy prognosis paradoxically gave me a new life-giving perspective.
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