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Cancer Survivors
Coping with Cancer

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Sean Swarner:
Defying the Odds
For two-time cancer survivor Sean Swarner, nothing’s impossible. Not even the Explorers Grand Slam.

by Kaylene Chadwell

Completing the Explorers Grand Slam, which includes climbing the highest mountain on every continent and trekking to the North and South Poles, would be an impressive feat for anyone to accomplish. But for someone like Sean Swarner – a two-time cancer survivor with only one functioning lung, who was twice told he had only weeks to live, and who once spent almost an entire year in a medically induced coma – you’d think that achievement would be all but impossible. That is, if you didn’t know Sean. His whole life has been about defying the odds.

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Lessons That Cancer Taught Me

by Heather Hall

This year I celebrate a special anniversary – 20 years as a cancer survivor. While it’s an anniversary that my family and friends celebrate too, it’s a milestone that only I can fully feel. And, yes, I celebrate it! Because every morning that we wake up to a new day should be cause for celebration.

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I’m Not Dead Yet

by Ann Rein

Katie Suss, who is 15 and has a nice voice and a long history of theatrical camps, said I needed a theme song and she had just the one for me: “I’m Not Dead Yet” from Spamalot.

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