Survivors

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Still Standing with Late-Stage Lung Cancer

by Joseph Liguori

If I’ve learned anything from my battle with cancer, it’s that can­cer can find anyone; it doesn’t discriminate. But more importantly, I’ve learned that a frightening and bleak cancer diagnosis is not necessarily a death sentence.

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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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The Bald Blessing

by Nicole Malato

The other morning I looked into the mirror, just as I do every day. The woman with no wig on her head and no makeup on her face had a very different appearance from the dolled-up version who prefers to shield those around her from what cancer really looks like. This is the real me, a private reality that often brings sadness to my heart as I examine my reflection.

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Send Your National Cancer Survivors Day® Photos by June 9

Did you celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day® on Sunday, June 1? We want to see your photos! You could have one of your photos chosen for the cover of Coping® with Cancer magazine’s July/August 2014 Celebration Issue. Deadline is Monday, June 9, to be considered for Coping’s exclusive coverage of National Cancer Survivors Day.

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Cancer Has Shown Me That …

by Belinda Foreman

I love my children, but it is so difficult to let them see me this way.
It’s important always to tell the people around me how much I love them.
God does exist, and God is good.

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Star Stuff

by Yvonne Watterson

Remembering the first time I saw it, nebulous and bright white on a screen in my doctor’s darkened office, the cancer makes me think of Carl Sagan’s “star stuff” quote. It re­quires magical thinking to accept the notion that human beings are descen­dants of a supernova that exploded long before we were born, that there is ancient stardust in each of us.

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Cancer Survivors to Celebrate Life on National Cancer Survivors Day – Sunday, June 1, 2014

On Sunday, June 1, 2014, cancer survivors across the globe will unite to show the world what life after cancer looks like. This unique celebration will mark the 27th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. Thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the U.S. and abroad will hold celebrations on this day to honor cancer survivors and to show that there is life after a cancer diagnosis – and it’s something to celebrate.

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What Cancer Means to Me Now

by Patricia Prijatel

I sometimes play the “what if” game. What if I had never moved to Iowa? What if I had more kids? What if I had been born rich? What if I never had cancer?

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