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Cancer Survivor Stories


Once treatment is over, cancer survivors cope with their new life in different ways. While some prefer to put their experiences behind them, others choose to draw on them, and get involved with cancer-related activities or causes. There is a wide range of ways to help others, whether it's taking someone to a doctor's appointment, or deciding to start a Web site. Below are some inspiring stories of survivors who took what they went through with cancer and turned it into something positive. Each individual found a purpose in sharing their experience and giving back to others. Perhaps their stories will inspire you and offer hope that there is truly life after cancer.


The story on this page was first featured in the book Cancer Adventures, by Marlys Johnson (Copyright © 2008 by Marlys Johnson). Both the story and the photograph are owned by the author and the survivor and are used with permission.