After Margot was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a blood cancer, she found herself more aware of "all the small, wondrous things that happen every single day." She's living her life "in a more 'alive' way," which means making sure her kids see that she hasn't lost her sense of humor or her zest for life. "They see me laugh a lot, they see me enjoy sunsets and good friends and they experience my putting everything down so I can give them my full attention and share the time we have together." Click below to hear her story.
After Gerry Krobisch was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, he and his wife moved from New York to Baltimore, just a few blocks from his daughter and two of his grandsons, ages 3 and 5. Living in Baltimore meant he was able to see his grandkids almost every day - picking them up from school, taking them to the park, watching them grow up. As Gerry said a few nights before he died, "it doesn't get any better than this... surrounded by my family." Click below to hear his story.
Jeffrey Meyer was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis as a kid and, later, with cancer. An athelete and firefighter, Jeffrey always lived life to the fullest. Or, as one observer put it, he turned his face to the sun and never looked away. Click below to hear his story.
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Ellen DeCaro spent her career as a teacher until a brain tumor meant she could no longer spend every day in the classroom. It was important and meaningful for her to continue to take care of others, so she began making small, hand-sewn pillows for members of her community. Click below to hear her story.
"Outliving the bastards one day at a time" is the phrase Liz Dols has used since being diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 26. Adapted from a quote by Edward Abbey, it has become her mantra for doing the things that make her feel enriched and happy. When Liz's disease reached stage IV, she underwent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and participated in a clinical trial. Liz was never motivated to work a "corporate job or live a corporate life." Because she believes that a large part of our souls need to be fed by more than sitting at a desk and crunching numbers, she has enjoyed traveling and loves seeing how people in other parts of the country and the world live their lives every day. "Going through cancer gives you different eyes to look through," she says. "Certain things that you thought were once really important may not seem [...]
Jonny Imerman battled testicular cancer at age 26. After undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, Jonny's disease relapsed, which meant more therapy. Through it all, he was eager to talk to someone who had been down a similar road. After he finished treatment, he founded Imerman Angels, a non-profit organization that provides one-on-one support among cancer patients and caregivers. In recognition of his work, Jonny was recognized as a 2012 CNN Hero. Click below to hear his story.
Jenna Langer created a blog - - after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. She uses the blog to report on her own progress, comment on issues of public policy and express her own creativity. Click below to hear her story.
Joy Walsh (pictured above, center) is a brain cancer and breast cancer survivor who has participated in 8 Avon walks in order to raise money for cancer research. It's her way of giving back and working toward a cancer-free world for her children. Click below to hear her story.
Erika Hanson Brown was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002. Now she's the mayor (and founder) of Colontown, a non-profit organization that serves as a social network for people fighting colon cancer. Or, as Erika calls it, “the face and the place for colorectal cancer survivorship”. Click below to hear her story.