“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 so important.”
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