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Cancer Survivors
Coping with Cancer

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Finding My Cancer Lifeline

by Roberta Aberle

Cancer has always been a con­stant in my family. Even from an early age, I’ve always known I was at risk. Several uncles and aunts, as well as three of my grandparents, lost their lives to cancer. When a few cousins were diagnosed, my fears increased. I began doing everything I could to mitigate my risks – eating the right foods, exercising regularly, avoiding toxins, and just taking care of myself.

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Curly Hair

by Diane Tefft Young, MA, LICDC-CS

In late January 2015, I was di­agnosed with uterine cancer – stage IIIC. My oncologist recommended a “sandwich” treatment plan. I would receive three 6-hour chemo infusions three weeks apart, followed by 28 daily radiation sessions. Treatment would end with two addi­tional 6-hour chemo infusions four weeks apart. As I was trying to take this all in, I posed a question: when will I lose my hair? The response was that my chin-length, fine gray hair would be completely gone following the second chemo infusion.

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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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