Survivors

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Not As I Pictured

by John Kaplan

As a well-known photo-journalist, I was used to documenting life’s challenges, and even the worst that life could offer a human being. In my more than 25-year career, I had covered revolution in the Philippines, the worst tornadoes to hit the United States in a century, and many other devastating circumstances.

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Three Life-Changing Words

by Darren Neuberger

“You have cancer.” It’s funny how three words can stop you in your tracks and send you to a place of uncertainty and confusion. That was my reality when I was told that I had cancer at age 34. A nagging cough for seven months was my only noticeable symptom, but thanks to the persistence of my wife, Jaylene, I am alive and extremely well today, almost seven years after treatment.

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Cancer Survivors Can …

by Nicole Malato

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I remember thinking that my life was irrevocably changed. I was right. But not in ways I would have expected. At first, my future felt limited. In time, I understood that it wasn’t. I thought that being a cancer survivor was something to be afraid of or sad about. Then I realized it was something to be proud of. I learned early on in my survivorship that there is indeed hope in cancer: hope for a cure, and hope for making the world a better place.

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Cancer’s Gift

by Jim Higley

As word of my diagnosis spread through the various circles in my life, I had countless conversations with friends, relatives, and coworkers. These were caring conversations. Reassuring conversations. Conversations focused on this general belief that everything would be OK. It seemed, somehow, that everyone had magical powers with which to see into the future. And what they saw was always good.

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Sad Eyes

by Don Rhymer

Cancer pushes everybody’s buttons differently. For some, it’s a scary “what if it happened to me?” For others, it’s an all too present reminder of the traumatic experience of a family member or close friend. Either way, cancer is a devastating car crash that even the most disciplined bystander has a hard time turning away from.

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Advice for Adults with Cancer from a Five-Year-Old Childhood Cancer Survivor

by Nicole Scobie and Elliot

My son Elliot was only four and a half years old when he was diagnosed with stage IV Wilms tumor, and now, at age five, he is in remission. Here is his advice for adults with cancer.

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New Report Estimates Nearly 18 Million Cancer Survivors in the U.S. by 2022

The number of Americans with a history of cancer, currently estimated to be more than 13 million, will grow to almost 18 million by 2022, according to a report by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute. The report finds that even though cancer incidence rates are decreasing, the number of cancer survivors is growing due to the aging and growth of the population, as well as improving cancer survival rates.

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Stand Up To Cancer's Nationally Televised Fundraising Event is Friday, September 7

The Hollywood community is once again rallying together and lending its support to the third Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) primetime television fundraising special. A cast of stars and SU2C Co-Founder Katie Couric will all appear in the broadcast which is being executive produced by Paltrow and Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions in collaboration with SU2C’s production team.

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