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Take Control of Your Journey

by Lynda Peterson

What do you do when you’re given a cancer diagnosis? After you get over the shock and the air returns to your lungs, after your soul returns to your body and you no longer feel as if you’re floating above watching the scene un­fold beneath you, do you feel sad? Yes. Scared? Yes. Confused and paranoid? Yes. Do you feel sorry for yourself? Yes. At least for about three sec­onds. Then you have a choice: put your head in the sand and wait to die, or hold your head up high, sum­mon the courage that is deep in your soul, and show yourself and the world just what you’re made of. You get on with the business of healing.

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Cancer Can’t Dance Like This

by Daniel Stolfi

It was Valentine’s Day 2008. I know this because my roommate wanted the apart­ment to himself so he could have a “special” night with his girlfriend. The moment I stepped outside of my apartment building to give him some space, the cold winter air hit me like a punch to the face. This strange ill feeling in my bones swept through my body, and I thought to myself that I must have been getting the flu. This didn’t feel like your nor­mal, run-of-the-mill flu, but I went on with my life thinking it would pass on its own. Well, it didn’t pass.

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Send Your National Cancer Survivor Day Photos by June 10

Did you celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 2? 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 2013 Celebration Issue. We’re planning a section to showcase the wide variety of ways people have celebrated life on this special day. Send us your most interesting shots to share with other survivors in our special issue. Deadline is Monday, June 10, to be considered for its official coverage of National Cancer Survivors Day.

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Shadows

by June Wilson

The sunlight
creates shadows
on the day.

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My Little Secret

by Lisa Pawlak

At the time of my cancer diagnosis, I was training for a half marathon. I was 37 years old with two children. My lung tumor, previously thought to be benign and stable, had grown. When a lung biopsy was recommended, I was stunned.

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Face to Face with Fatigue

by Marilyn R. Grainger, RN

As an oncology nurse, in 1995, I participated in the Oncology Nursing Society’s patient education program Fatigue Initiative Research and Educa­tion (FIRE). The goal of FIRE was to teach oncology nurses about the reality of cancer-related fatigue, along with proven interventions to lessen this com­mon cancer- and treatment-related side effect. I never imag­ined that one day I would be diagnosed with breast cancer and would need to apply what I had learned at that conference to my own recovery.

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After

by Gail Presnell-Jones

Today is the day I’ve decided
That I will not die.
Or at the very least,
I’ve decided that I’ll try

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Cancer: Only a Part of Who I Am

by Denise Cooper

I am 53 years old, and I have stage IV breast cancer. Do I let this fact define me as a person? Should I? Absolutely not! I have a choice to make each day. Do I wake up with a negative, feel-sorry-for-myself attitude? Or do I face the day with an uplifting outlook so that I can be an inspiration to someone else and turn this negative diagnosis into something positive? I al­ways try to go with the second option.

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