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The Power of the Journey

by Mary Sand

Seven miles outside of Grand Forks, North Dakota, on I-29 South, is a billboard, advertising a state college, that says “The Power of the Journey.” I noticed it last July on my first visit to the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve passed by it since then. All I know is those words have made a lasting impact. Whenever I see that billboard, I’m reminded that I’m on a journey; it’s powerful, and it’s going to be long.

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Travel Gently

by Lisa K. Tager, JD, MSW, LICSW

I first heard the words “travel gently” at a meditation class in New York that I attended with my daughter. The meditation class was held in a dark, cool dome of a room. A facilitator led us in counting and encouraged us to gently push away other thoughts from our minds. Since cancer, I had been mak­ing myself do this regularly, so I was actually not bad at this exercise. BC (or before cancer), I was never able to do anything like that! Before cancer, I was barely able to relax long enough to sit still – let alone (attempt to) meditate.

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Cancer is Only the Beginning

Surviving the Cure, Choosing to Live

by Andrew Bundy

I guess you could say I was lucky – leukemia wasn’t too bad for me. I mean, sure, at the time, it was horrible, the worst thing I thought any­one could go through. But four rounds of chemotherapy, a bone marrow trans­plant, and six months later, I was in remission and already thinking about joining my high school friends in col­lege, although I’d be a freshman, and they’d be sophomores.

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