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I was diagnosed with colon cancer in the fall of 2013. The call from the doctor on a sunny afternoon a few days following a routine colonoscopy hit me like a punch in the gut. How could this be? How dare life interrupt my quiet, relatively peaceful existence in this way? Fear arose, and the realization that it was going to take all the courage I had to handle this new situation.

But as I seek to share in the revised edition of my book, The Upside of Cancer, my brush with cancer and mortality—which of course continues—I’m almost 84--has helped me change and grow. I have discovered that the strength we need to handle difficult circumstances is always present with us: We simply have to listen to the wisdom of our own heart and trust the unconquerable power of our own spirit.

Strange though it may sound, I have become a new and happier person.  My wife, a shrewd lady, remarked the other day that there are smile lines on my face that were simply not there when we first met 20 years ago.

I have become more conscious of the strange, paradoxical, magical truth that governs our lives.  Yes, we are mortal. You can count on it. I can count on it. But we are also spirit, ageless, unconquerable, and pure, untouched by any of the outer events of our lives.

Eben Alexander, MD, author of The Map of Heaven, has a beautiful quote at the beginning of his book. It’s from an ancient Greek text, and goes like this: ‘I am the child of earth and starry heaven, but my real race is of heaven.”

We are human beings--with the usual human foibles and failings—but we are also spiritual beings, perfect and entire, who have come to express love into this world, and create whatever we choose to create, and give the gift that us ours to give.

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See my story in ‘Stories of Hope’ at American Cancer Society website

Six months or so ago–soon after publishing my new book, The Upside of Cancer–I submitted a story about my experiences as a colon cancer survivor to ‘Stories of Hope’ at the American Cancer Society’s website. I had more or less forgotten about this. But then, a few weeks ago, I received a surprise email from […]

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