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One Step at a Time

by Matt Jones

On January 29, 2016, I crossed the finish line of my seventh mara­thon on my seventh continent. Just three days prior, I completed my sixth mara­thon on my sixth continent, Antarctica – yes, I ran a marathon in Antarctica. But twelve years earlier, at age 25, I was relearning how to walk.

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How Martin Sheen Helped Me Survive Cancer

by Susan Groh

Life has a funny way of giving you the things you need. When I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, I felt like a ship cut free of its moorings during a storm. I cast about trying to come to grips with my diagnosis and find safe harbor, until a conversation with actor Martin Sheen provided the anchor I needed.

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Signs along My Road Trip through Cancer

by Jody Winsick-Soluri

My journey through leukemia over the past six years has seemed somewhat like a road trip to an undetermined destination. Along the way, I’ve encountered several road signs, just as you would on any period of extended travel.

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Words of Wisdom from “The Running Rabbi”

by Rabbi Hirshel Jaffe

In 1978, I bounded across the finish line of the New York City Marathon wearing a shirt identifying me as “The Running Rabbi.” I was equally as tireless in my calling as a rabbi in Newburgh, NY. I had marched for civil rights in the 1960s, rallied to free Soviet Jews, and in 1980 visited the hostages held in Iran. I’d never been sick in my life. I felt indestructible. That was then.

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Out•li•er

by Glen Kirkpatrick

1: A person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system
2: A person or thing excluded from a group; an outsider

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Three Life-Changing Words

by Darren Neuberger

“You have cancer.” It’s funny how three words can stop you in your tracks and send you to a place of uncertainty and confusion. That was my reality when I was told that I had cancer at age 34. A nagging cough for seven months was my only noticeable symptom, but thanks to the persistence of my wife, Jaylene, I am alive and extremely well today, almost seven years after treatment.

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American Cancer Society Nutrition Guidelines Stress Need for Supportive Environment

Updated guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention from the American Cancer Society stress the importance of creating social and physical environments that support healthy behaviors. The report includes updated recommendations for individual choices regarding diet and physical activity patterns, but emphasizes that those choices occur within a community context that can either help or hinder healthy behaviors.

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Yoga May Help with Fatigue-related Symptoms in Breast Cancer Survivors

A common side effect of cancer treatment is fatigue: approximately one-third of cancer patients experience persistent fatigue. According to a new research study, funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, yoga may help breast cancer survivors deal with fatigue.

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