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It is said that being diagnosed with cancer changes a person forever. My internist, who is a personal friend and who discovered my cancer, said exactly that to me. I did not doubt him then, and I certainly do not doubt him now. A cancer diagnosis is one of life's defining moments, a new tint to one's glasses that puts the world in a different light.

Cancer doesn't just change the person, however. It also changes the person's relationships with family members, friends, coworkers, and professional colleagues. It is not only that you see the world in a different light but also that others see you in a different light. You are still the person they knew before, but you have something added, ''the big C,'' as it is often called. It is not as stigmatizing as the embroidered ''A'' that Hester Prynne had to wear in Nathaniel Hawthorne's story, as she stood in the public pillory holding her illegitimate child, but it occasionally feels that way.

10 Ways To Fight Off Cancer

10 Ways To Fight Off Cancer

Learning About 10 Ways Fight Off Cancer Can Have Amazing Benefits For Your Life The Best Tips On How To Keep This Killer At Bay Discovering that you or a loved one has cancer can be utterly terrifying. All the same, once you comprehend the causes of cancer and learn how to reverse those causes, you or your loved one may have more than a fighting chance of beating out cancer.

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