Survivors

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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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My Raven Moccasins

by Barbara Center

I’d forgotten about my raven-black moccasins, still safe in their box on the top shelf of my bedroom closet. I’d for­gotten about their rubber nonslip soles, the white and gold beads that gently adorn their black leather tops, and the trim – four inches of soft black fur – that hugged my ankles and lower calves.

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Major League Survival

by Dave Dravecky

Battling cancer is hard enough, but for many survivors, of which I am one, cancer leaves us with an even tougher battle to fight. That battle has to do with our identity.

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Communities to Recognize Cancer Survivors, Raise Awareness on National Cancer Survivors Day® – Sunday, June 7

On Sunday, June 7, 2015, tens of thousands of people around the world will gather in their local communities to observe the 28th annual National Cancer Survivors Day®. Hundreds of cities across the U.S. and abroad will hold celebrations on this day to honor cancer survivors, to bring attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship, and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and inspiring.

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10 Years Later …

by Dennis “Doc” Knowles

It’s been 10 years. Ten, sometimes very long, years since I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. I’ve outlived my oncologist’s most optimistic predic­tion. The cancer that was once the sole focus of my life is no longer the center of my universe. The disease is no lon­ger detectable in my body. For this, I thank God often.

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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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10 Things I've Learned in 10 Years

by Emily Miller Land

More than 10 years have passed since I beat cancer as a teenager. Reflecting on my life from diagnosis to today, I came up with 10 things I’ve learned and embraced through my journey. These thoughts are applicable to anyone who has gone through cancer treatment or is facing a serious health challenge.

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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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