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Lessons Learned

by Mary Dunnewold

In general, I don’t think about cancer in terms of lessons learned, because I believe cancer is just stupid and unlucky, not a golden opportunity to improve your life. Whether we’ve been diagnosed with cancer or not, all of us should live every moment to its fullest because life is, in fact, short. I believed that before I had cancer, and I think I did a good job putting it into practice.

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Something Old, Something New

by Holly J. Bertone

Over the course of 48 hours, eight words changed my life forever. The first four came during a phone call from my doctor. The latter came two days later when my boyfriend, Carter, proposed marriage. Those eight words, “You have breast cancer,” and “Will you marry me?” were just too much to process together.

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Where Is That Silver Lining?

by Rosemary Bobay

Six years ago, on the day before Thanksgiving, I got the call. You know which one I’m talking about. The one where the doctor says, “It’s cancer.” Invasive ductal carcinoma in my case.

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Develop a Cancer Conqueror’s Mindset

by Lauren E. Miller

When the doctors told me, at age 38 with three young children while going through a divorce, that I had a 50/50 chance of survival, I had no idea how strong my survival instinct was. In less than two years, I went through divorce, a double mas­tectomy, 16 chemotherapy treatments, an additional year of chemo, 6 weeks of daily radiation, and 12 surgeries.

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My Parent Has Cancer

by Marc Silver and Maya Silver

You’re a teen, and your mom or dad was just diagnosed with cancer. You may be scared, sad, mad, nervous. And if one of your first thoughts is Who’s going to drive me to my friend’s house after school, don’t feel guilty. That’s a perfectly normal teenage concern. But things won’t exactly be normal as the months of treatment go on. You’ll need to find ways to cope.

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If You Build It …

by Gail Presnell-Jones

I started my regeneration at Goodwill. No, I didn’t volunteer or utilize their many services; I simply shopped. After a year of battling cancer and an 18-month depression, I realized that I had two choices: I could continue to sit around in my fuzzy bathrobe, waiting for a miracle to lead me back into life, or I could get up, get dressed, and … Well, I wasn’t so sure what should come next, but I decided to go with that sec­ond option anyway. I would get up, get dressed, and take it from there.

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A Race to Remember

by Khevin Barnes

When I was 12 years old, my family lived in a quiet neighborhood in Riverside, CA. I wasn’t very good at your typical school sports like baseball and football, but I was good at running. And I loved it. I loved it so much that it became one of my life’s greatest joys.

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Go to Your Happy Place

by Ginger Johnson

Some people say that the cancer experience is like drinking from a fire hose – overwhelming. I tend to disagree. Adversity has the ability to make us better if we choose not to let it make us bitter.

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