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cover of book Seeds of Hope by Michael A. Dorso MD
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A Selection from Seeds of Hope
Chapter 6


My secret was out. I began to talk freely to friends at work. This cancer was beginning to consume my life, if not my body. There was no way I could keep such news from my co-workers. We were simply too close a closeness born of eighteen years together in the human struggle against disease.

I was especially impressed by Pattie, our department secretary. She has survived breast cancer. She has endured a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and breast reconstruction. She has been bald and has worn wigs the whole she-bang. Looking at this self-confident woman now, one would never suspect what she has been through. She now sports a full head of lovely hair, which compliments a shapely figure. She is actively involved in supporting other women with breast cancer.

She approached me with a big hug and encourage- ment.

"I heard the news. Doctor. You know you are going to survive this. If I did it, you can." She smiled, "You will laugh again." She told me that I was going through the most difficult period for a cancer patient. "The reality that you have cancer confronts you. It's scary that the decisions you make now are so irreversible! You will need to

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