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Cancer Survivor Series: Phil Zielke

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After months of dealing with constant hip pains, fevers and dramatic weight-loss, at 22-years old, Phil Zielke was told he had stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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Cancer Survivor Series: Amanda Lyons

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“I had just ran my first Chicago Marathon on October 12, 2009 and I was feeling pretty good about myself for that accomplishment,” Amanda Lyons recalled.

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Cancer Survivor Series: Rachel Hurst

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In leading non-profit organizations and dedicating her life to helping those in need, Rachel Hurst was able to find new growth after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

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Cancer Survivor Series : Sue Ebeltoft


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“Overall, my life changed the most when I found out that I was a lot stronger than what I thought I was,” said Sue Ebeltoft.

Sue Ebeltoft was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin's Disease, otherwise known as Lymph Node Cancer, in 1999 at the age of 24.

Before her diagnosis of Hodgkin’s, Sue had been diagnosed with eczema, an itchy inflammation to the skin, and was told to “live with it”. After a year has passed since her eczema diagnosis, she soon discovered a lump under her arm that led to the diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Disease. Doctors performed multiple tests regarding the lump which led to the diagnosis on March 3, 1999- the same year Sue was planning her wedding for the upcoming April. She journeyed through 6 months of chemotherapy once every other week, followed by 20 days of...

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Cancer Survivor Series: Rachel Boose

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At just 29 years old and with no family history of breast cancer, Rachel Boose was shocked when doctors found a tumor visible on her mammogram. She was sent for a second mammogram which confirmed her worst fears.

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Cancer Survivor Series: Jeff Winstead

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“I’m going to beat this.”

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Cancer Survivor Series: Sandy McDade

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In times of fear and uncertainty, our true self comes out to guide us. For Sandy McDade, a 15-year breast cancer survivor, she found strength within herself that she never knew she had, providing insight into the person she is today.

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Cancer Survivor Series: Kristina Chip

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“I was planning my life, where to go to college or where to go on spring break. When I was diagnosed with cancer, it was nothing I would ever expect.”

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Cancer Survivor Series: Ann Peters

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When diagnosed with cancer, reaching out to other survivors is one of the best ways to foster the strength to overcome the disease. Fortunately, local women that face breast cancer can find refuge at the Pink Ribbon Society, founded by Ann Peters, a 41 year breast cancer survivor.

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Cancer Survivor Series: Heather Banks

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The most harrowing challenges can lead to the most unexpectedly rewarding pursuits. Heather Banks can attest to that.

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Cancer Survivor Series: Sandra Schaffer

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“I have everything that anyone could ever need.”

The above statement is not one you would expect from a two-time cancer survivor. Nevertheless, this is the positive outlook Sandra Schaffer maintains after having overcome both breast and thyroid cancer. With the support of family and friends, including Jenny Craig-Brown here at Ideas in Motion Media, Schaffer was able to not only beat cancer, but is living a fulfilling and meaningful life in Valparaiso.

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