In 2013, we were touched by the stories of men and women who have survived  cancer. These are their stories, in their own words.

Jake Burton: “Snowboarding Pioneer. Business Mogul. Cancer Conqueror”

Sonja Fuller: “Losing My Hair (But, Not My Mind!)”

“One year ago, I had no hair. I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. It was detected very early and I had a good prognosis. My treatment plan was surgery, followed by chemotherapy, then finish with radiation. My first infusion of chemo was on May 18. By mid-June, I was bald. Alopecia is the term for this very visible side effect of certain chemo drugs…”

Nikki Hayes: “Steps to Wellness After Cancer”

“Nikki Hayes, an employee at the University of Vermont, was diagnosed with cancer in April 2011. She finished cancer treatment later that year, but was eager to get back into her former fitness routine. An active runner and marathon team enthusiast, Nikki knew that she needed to get back in the gym – little did she know it would also help with her cancer recovery…”

David Cranmer: “Finding a New Normal After Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment”

“I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in October 1999. I received a bone marrow transplant the following March. While on my journey, which included a diagnosis of thyroid cancer in 2010, I learned a few things about living with cancer – the most important of which was finding your new normal.”

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