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Brain Tumors Survivor Stories

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When Fear Pushes You, Push Back

What if you could overcome your fears? What would you do, and how different would your life be?

“Most people have no idea what they’re capable of; I think they’re al­most trained by fear to not attempt the amazing things they dream of. But I’m living proof – if you can overcome fear, you can overcome almost anything,”says Jay Platt, whose feats include swim­ming across the Mississippi River while handcuffed, shackled, and blindfolded.

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Tips for Coping with Cancer from a 15-Year Survivor

by Jeannine Walston

In 1998 when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 24 years old, I knew nothing about cancer. Since then, with two awake brain surgeries and many other cancer therapies, my experiences have cultivated insights for optimal survivorship. Through my health and healing journey, I’ve garnered essential wisdom to thrive, and gained knowledge from extensive cancer-related professional work. My personal and professional work has even helped thousands of other cancer survivors along the way.

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Behind Enemy Lines

by Mike Verano

I have to confess that three years into my thymic cancer survivor­ship, I still have problems with the “war on cancer” mentality. I fully appreciate that the diagnosis of cancer brings on a reflexive fight-for-your-life response. However, I find it hard to reconcile the need for peace of mind with a battle against “the emperor of all maladies.”

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The Wrestler

by Renee Gurley

Jon Veitch ended his freshman wrestling season with a dismal record of no wins; he had tasted defeat and refused to take another bite.

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Keeping Hope Alive

by Ann Brandt

You cannot battle cancer alone. A vital factor in survival is hope, an ingredient to be shared with others like a treasured gift. When my husband, George, was told that the four large tumors imbedded deep in his brain would take his life within a few weeks, hope seemed far away indeed. There must have been a tiny spark, however, that caused us to take the option of using heavy doses of chemotherapy, which was offered by the treatment team as a last resort effort to save George’s life. The future seemed grim, and the road ahead would be hard.

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