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botwasdir
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Joined: Jul 2001

Production company in Fort Worth, TX. is looking for cancer survivors to participate in documentary. Share your experiences and help others on the road to recovery and survival. We are searching for survivors in the North Texas area to tape but anyone, anywhere willing to share a photograph or story are encouraged to contact Mark A. Nobles at: botwasdir@hotmail.com
Thank you.
Mark A. Nobles
BOTWAS Productions

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suzykg
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Joined: Feb 2001

I am a 37 year old female that has survived leukemia. I was diagnosed in 1/2000. i have done volunteer work to help other cope with cancer and to bring them hope and courage. I believe that the spirit has as much to do with recovery as does the medicine. I enjoy giving back and helping others, I think that it's why I am still here. I had a lot of spiritual experiences during my recovery, as do most cancer patients, and would like to share my journey with others. I am also a recovering alcoholic (6-1/2 years) so I've battled my share of diseases. I feel very blessed for everyday that I am given, and would like to be able to tell my story. Pleas contact me if you wish. A little about me....I am 37, a certified interior designer, a Harley Davidson Owner and enthusiast, and have a very loving family and lots of wonderful friends. Oh yeah...did I mention that I'm cute as a button???? And a smart-ass??? A sense of humor is a very important thing when dealing with recovery...from anything!!

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pdtycz
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Joined: Nov 2000

Mark -
I'm a soon-to-be 14 year survivor of inoperable Oat Cell Carcinoma of the left lung, i.e. lung cancer. The date was September 9, 1987.

At diagnosis, needless to say, my family's lives changed as well as mine. Without making it sound like a personal bravado, I never had doubt that I would beat the disease. I can't say the same for my family. Following the diagnosis and immediately before taking my first chemo treatment I had to face a terrified wife wanting us to create a suicide pact. Here was my first challenge in survivorship.

Well, I survived that and a bit more; two protocols of chemo since the first wasn't doing its job, radiation to the chest, and radiation to the brain. Along the way I learned how to cope with hair loss, nausea, fatigue, and weight loss. I did this with meds, vitamins, supplements, teas, imaging, exercise, prayer, and humor.

I also found the silver linings in the black cloud of cancer. My wife and I got closer to each other, we got our "house" in order, we gopt closer to my siblings than we had been in the past, we renewed our faith in God, we made new and lasting friends, I reappraised my work habits, we learned more about cancer, and we both became volunteers with the American Cancer Society. To this day we are still active volunteers.

There is so much more I can tell you but don't know how much you want to know. I do know I'm proud, not only of my survivorship, but also of my accomplishments as an ACS volunteer. Helping others see there is life after diagnosis and see them lift themselve up and go forward with survivng is a FANTASTIC experience.

Phil Tycz
Plano, TX

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