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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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Jumpers, Minimizers, and Fixers

by Craig T. Pynn

Scattered among the hundreds of thoughtful and caring responses I received to my prostate cancer diagnosis from my family, friends, and colleagues, there were a few reactions that were difficult to handle. After listening to several people attempt to say the right thing while assiduously avoiding the idea of cancer itself, I sorted their deflective responses to my bad news into one of three categories: jumpers, minimizers, and fixers.

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Healing with Words

by Diana M. Raab

During my breast cancer journey, my lifeline was three-fold: immediate healthcare, a supportive family, and the creative arts as a source of strength. For a long time, the arts have been associated with relieving tension and fears. Creative expression is a healthier alternative to keeping your emotions bottled up inside. Author Virginia Woolf confessed that she wrote in her diary “to bring order to the chaos in her life.”

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10 Ways to Cope with Cancer

by Glenn Brooks

In September 2011, I heard those most-unwelcome, life-changing words: “Glenn, you have cancer.” The news is better now. Following ex­cisions, surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy, hydration, some sketchy moments, and incredible medical care, the cancer is no longer active. But I am! I vowed to use my story to encourage others, and with that, I give you my “10 Ways to Cope with Cancer.”

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Fighting Cancer with Colors

by Marisol Del Sol-Auten

“I’m sorry,” the doctor said. “It’s lymphoma.” The scenario was surreal. I was 40 years old. I had just married the love of my life and gotten my MBA in international business through a program sponsored by my employer, a prestigious worldwide oil company that had offered me a promotion as an international sales and marketing executive.

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How I Rebooted My Life after Cancer

by Francine Brokaw

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, it was a complete shock. I was the first woman in my family to have breast cancer. I was a writer and had been a tennis instructor years before, and I still enjoyed playing whenever I could. But what I did for a living didn’t matter at that moment; all I wanted to do was get the cancer out of my body and get on with my life.

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You Have the Power!

by Regina E. Savage

Today is a present, truly a gift. Just think, we have been given a second chance – a chance to change things for the better, to make our lives what we want them to be. There is so much good that can come from cancer. I know that might sound unbelievable, but it’s true.

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Healing the Greatest Wound

by Ella Strzepa

“OK,” I said to myself as I took one more glance at the prosthesis that was lying on my bed. “It’s just another chal­lenge; I’ll be fine,” I thought. Then I picked up my crutches, shoulder bag, and keys and left the apartment. It was supposed to be my first day back at work after taking a week-long vacation to celebrate my 30th birthday, settle into my new apartment, and let the wound on my stomach caused by the prosthetic socket heal.

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