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Sometimes cancer takes a long time to run its course, sometimes it strikes fast. Being told you have 30 days to live would be earth shattering for most people, but one man has turned it into a personal mission.

This year, about a half-million Americans are expected to die of cancer, That`s more than 1,500 people a day. And while most of them rely solely on medication, some believe that what is on the inside can make a huge difference.

"People need to hear this message," says Sally May, of Minot. "People need to hear that there`s hope, people need to know that they have choices and that can empower them to live well."

Cancer Recovery Foundation founder Greg Anderson was told that he had only 30 days to live when he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. That was over 20 years ago. Now he tours the country empowering people to live by the new cancer pyramid - medical, nutrition and exercise, attitude, support and spiritual, embracing the whole self.

"In addition to medicine, not in place of it, but in addition to medicine there are things you can do in terms of diet, certainly exercise, we believe that the mind affects the body, we also believe that our relationships have an impact on health," Anderson says.

"If people aren`t willing to extend you hope and be a part of your betterment, then you need to readjust your team," says Sandy Larson, a cancer survivor. "You need to do everything you can to help your spirit, your heart and your health grow. That`s important."

Larson would know. A survivor of colon cancer, she fired her first doctor after he told her and her medical staff that she was going to die that day in the hospital. Now she is now a spokesperson for colon cancer and speaks to doctors on patient relations and working with the patient.

"Cancer does not have to equate with death," says Rev. Michael Gingerich, of the Cancer Recovery Foundation. "You can survive this and the fact is that we all someday will leave this earth and we don`t know when or why or how, but no matter how much time we have no matter how short it is or how long it is in this life it is important to live it with hope, to live it with joy and to live it well."

If you would like a copy of the Cancer Recovery Contract visit www.cancerrecovery.org

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(KFYR-TV News Stories, By Jen Dame, April 12, 2008)


The information contained in these articles may or may not be in agreement with my own opinions. They are not posted as medical advice of any kind.

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