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The Power of Acceptance

by Michael J. Russer

In October 2011, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Despite the encouraging biopsy results that indicated a slow-growing, early-stage cancer, I chose to listen to my intuition and insisted that my doctors remove my prostate immediately. It’s a good thing they did because the post-surgery tissue studies showed that the cancer was extremely aggressive.

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Write to Heal

by Nancy Morgan

Convincing people with cancer to write about their thoughts and feelings as a coping strategy can be a hard sell. From that first elementary school essay, for many people, writing means dead­lines, criticism, comparison, rejection. “I can’t write,” they say. “I’m not a writer. No thanks.”

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When Cancer Calls into Question Everything You Thought You Knew

by Michael Eselun, BCC

Most of us walk through our lives feeling so certain of what we hold to be true; then along comes a crisis – like cancer – and sud­denly all bets are off. But I’m a good person, so God will heal me… God doesn’t give us any more than we can handle… If you haven’t said such platitudes to yourself, you’ve undoubtedly heard them countless times from others. While these statements of faith may have seemed true at another time and place, right now, in these cir­cumstances, they just fall flat.

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