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Survivors

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The Other Seat

by Melissa Gallagher

On March 10, 2005, I was diag­nosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer when I was just 26 years old. I experienced a slew of emotions after the cancer bomb was dropped on my life, but self-pity was never one of them. In a way, I was relieved that I was the one with cancer and I didn’t have to watch one of my loved ones go through it. In my mind, now that our cancer card had been dealt, that meant my family members would somehow be protected from having to face this awful disease themselves. I’ve since learned that it doesn’t work like that.

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My Parent Has Cancer

by Marc Silver and Maya Silver

You’re a teen, and your mom or dad was just diagnosed with cancer. You may be scared, sad, mad, nervous. And if one of your first thoughts is Who’s going to drive me to my friend’s house after school, don’t feel guilty. That’s a perfectly normal teenage concern. But things won’t exactly be normal as the months of treatment go on. You’ll need to find ways to cope.

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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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