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National Cancer Survivors Day 2016: Communities to Celebrate Cancer Survivors, Raise Awareness on June 5

On Sunday, June 5, 2016, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world will gather to celebrate the 29th annual National Cancer Survivors Day® and raise awareness of the issues of cancer survivorship.

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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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Embracing the Positive Side of Cancer

by Susan M. Krauss

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. How vividly I remember the nega­tives: the interminable delays in getting in to see a doctor, the waiting for test results, the waiting in doctors’ offices, the waiting to feel better. Then there were the side effects from chemo: mouth sores, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, allergic reactions. And the post-treatment period brought worries about my future: What will my life look like now? Will my can­cer recur? Where might it metastasize?

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The Sun Will Shine Again

by Adrienne Slaughter

As an upbeat, active single woman living in Hermosa Beach, CA, I live a fabulous life. But my life hasn’t always been easy. When I was just 14 years old, I faced my first of two rounds with cancer. And I was given only a one-percent chance of survival.

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Determined to Live

by Virginia Repsys

I was 27 years old when I was diag­nosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. I had known something was wrong. But I never imagined it’d be cancer. I guess none of us do. I was devastated, but I tried to remain hopeful. When I researched my disease online, I found out that my type and stage of cancer had a 90-percent five-year survival rate. But even that didn’t quell the fear I felt inside.

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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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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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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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