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Monday at 6: Navigating the cancer journey

Posted May 19

Nearly 40 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with some type of cancer in their lifetime.

What happens after you hear the words: "You have cancer?" How do you begin to process, accept and navigate a cancer diagnosis?

Every cancer journey is as unique as the individual. But the journey is much more than the daunting and exhausting tasks of deciding on treatment and the physical toll it takes. It's also mental and emotional as well.

We wanted to explore that part of the cancer journey.

I had the pleasure of talking with two cancer survivors: Beth Teel of Wendell, a 2-time breast cancer survivor; and Thomas Goode of Durham, living with multiple myeloma for 11 years now and thriving. Both were extremely open and candid about what the challenges were, what sustained them and the lessons learned along the way. Their cancer now makes them part of a club to which no one wants to be a member. But they understand new members join every day.

One thing they say helped them immensely – and still does – is talking about their cancer experience. They believe it's given them a renewed focus in life – to share their stories to help others who are starting on their cancer journey. We hope hearing what they have to will also inspire you to help and support those who are dealing with cancer. Navigating cancer takes a village, and WRAL wants to help. We'll begin by sharing their amazing and touching stories on WRAL-TV Monday at 6 p.m. We hope you'll join us.

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