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More Than Survivors

by Chris Frey, MSW

I have had wonderful cancer care. At each stage of my journey, I have met highly skilled, efficient, and compassionate caregivers. I have also been repeatedly reminded that I am not just the recipient of that care; I am an active, vibrant member of the team, working to restore me to health.

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Life Lessons from a Four-Year-Old Kid

by Lt. Mike Koprowski, USAF

Nearly two years ago, I wrote in these pages about my battle with testicular cancer. After waging the greatest battle of my life, I felt lost in a vacuum. Questions raced through my mind: Where do I go from here? Who am I supposed to be now? In a sense, my article was an open invitation to all cancer warriors to be my companion in the journey – to be my “comrades in arms” as I found my way through a remarkably changed life.

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Cancer – 25 Years Later

by Neil Fiore, PhD, 30-year survivor of a "terminal" cancer diagnosis

When the first edition of my book Coping with the Emotional Impact of Cancer: Become an Active Patient and Take Charge of Your Treatment was published in1984, the stigma associated with the word cancer was so strong that I had to fight to get the word cancer included in the title.

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A New Perspective

by Florence Ferreira

Three years ago, a doctor told me that I had three to six months to live. My breast cancer had spread extensively to my bones, my lungs, and my liver. Today, I am in stable condition. I was very upset at this doctor’s insensitivity for a while. How dare anyone tell me when I’m going to die? But looking back, his gloomy prognosis paradoxically gave me a new life-giving perspective.

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Accept and Fight

by Anne Beckman

For six and a half years, a monster named cancer has been chewing on my body. It began with breast cancer. After a year’s treatment, the beast went into remission. Three years later, pre-cancerous cells demanded a hysterectomy. Two years later, cancer reappeared on my skull and spine.

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Lessons Learned

by Jane Jayroe

The sound of my doctor’s voice on the telephone put life on pause. I didn’t want to hear another word. With my eyes closed, I received the message that transported me into the world of cancer. I cowered in fear and begged God, “Not me!”

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The Hope Protocol

by Dennis “Doc” Knowles

There are a few million things I want to know before I die. High on my list, Is there life after death? As you can plainly see, I’ve tried to confine my investigation to useful information. There are, of course, questions that are more mundane. Lately, much of what I want to know is about life after cancer.

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It Is What It Is

by Gary Grieger

Recently, I got together with a longtime friend and fellow survivor. During the course of our conversation, she told me that one thing she will always remember about me was my often speaking the phrase, It is what it is.

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