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Cancer Survivors
Coping with Cancer

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Finding My Strength
How Coming to Terms with My Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Became a Transformative Experience

by Richard S. Hillman

When I heard the doctor say prostate cancer, it felt as if I was struck by a bolt of light­ning. My wife, Audrey, and I had moved to Florida to enjoy an active retirement. A few sets of tennis and a swim were on our daily agendas. Not this. It seemed our world would crumble.

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Learning to Love My Body
and Live Out Loud

by Morgan Thompson

Scared. Confused. Hurt. Ashamed. When I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma at just 26 years old, I was overwhelmed with so many different emotions, but the feel­ing of shame kept washing over me. I naively believed that cancer was something that happened to “other” people. It had never touched my life in a personal way, and I assumed that if I did the right things (exercise and eat a healthy diet) — it never would.

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Life Is about Choices
I Chose … Live

How I Learned to Cope When Faced with the
Stress of Cancer

by Mike Coy, RFC, CPBA

I’ve been asked many times by friends and family if I ever wanted to just give up when I was battling cancer. The answer is no. I had a six-month-old grandson, and I wanted to be able to take him to the park. I wanted to be able to play catch with him and watch him grow up. No, giving up wasn’t an option for me. However, I do understand why someone would quit.

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