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How I Learned Acceptance on the Berkeley Fire Trails

by Marcia Renée Goodman

Standing in the specialty running store with my 25-year-old daugh­ter Dani and my childhood friend Felice, I am in good fitness company as we survey the options of running shoes laid out before us. Dani was an All-American athlete in college. Felice was the fastest runner in our elementary school. Both have kept in shape. I, on the other hand, have slacked off in the fitness department over the last several years of cancer treatments.

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

by Stephanie Madsen

My long, blonde hair used to be a prized possession of mine. Having been a hairstylist for many years, I’d spend hours upon hours styling my luxuriant locks. I wore my hair up, down, and every way in between. I took pride in my frequently complimented tresses. That all changed shortly after my 25th birthday, when cancer barged into my life.

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I'm Not Waiting to Live

by Melissa J. Gallagher

Patience is a necessary virtue. We all have heard countless times throughout our lives that in order to succeed, we must be patient. To achieve what we want in life, we sim­ply must wait. I find myself repeatedly telling my own children, “Please, be patient. Wait.” But there are certain situ­ations in which we can’t wait; we have to act. Fighting cancer is one of them.

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8 Rules for Keeping Your Sanity
While Coping with Cancer

by Jane Loeb Rubin

As a four-year primary peri­toneal cancer survivor and a fifteen-year breast cancer survivor, I am often asked how I’ve kept my head on straight when there seems to be so much fear associ­ated with cancer. Drawing from some great advice from my husband, David, as well as my physicians, nurses, rabbi, children, and coworkers, I have come up with eight basic rules for keeping sane while coping with cancer.

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I’m Outshining Ovarian Cancer

by Karen Ingalls

Leading up to my cancer diagnosis, I noticed that I had gained a few pounds and developed a protruding stomach, both of which were unusual for me since I had always bordered on being underweight. But I never considered these changes to be anything other than normal postmenopausal aging. When I continued to gain weight, I began an aggressive exercise and weight-loss program.

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Journaling Cancer in Words and Images

by Harriet Claire Wadeson, PhD, LCSW, ATR-BC, HLM

Cancer imposed its own special kind of helplessness as I was cut open and parts were either removed or irradiated and blasted with chemicals that destroyed cells and interfered with my physiological func­tioning. People turn to a number of outlets under this kind of duress – religion, meditation, music. For me, I needed to do something. Writing and making art were my saviors in times of trouble or pain in the past, so it was only natural for me to turn to them to help me through cancer.

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Gratitude

by Linda Goss

I’m in the light,
But I’m not out
Of the woods.

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A Journey Completed

by Alyssa Phillips

My story has a happy ending, but it didn’t exactly start out that way – at all. In order for me to tell you how I got to where I am today and what I learned along the way, I must first tell you where I began.

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