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Surviving & Thriving
 
SURVIVE & THRIVE
Welcome to our first Surviving & Thriving newsletter -- tips, tools, resources and inspiration to help you not only survive life's toughest challenges, but to thrive in the aftermath. Be sure to watch "Surviving & Thriving," hosted by Wendy Chioji on WKMG Local 6 and presented by MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando.
 
 
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REAL PEOPLE. REAL STORIES.
 
 
 
FEARLESS FIGHTER
BREAST CANCER PATIENT'S ADVICE: "DON'T BE AFRAID"

Julie Tharp never thought she'd hear the sentence we all dread -- “You have cancer.” But when she heard those three words, it triggered something inside. She was not going let her breast cancer diagnosis dominate her life. See how she found a way to own her diagnosis and thrive on her terms.
 
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ROWDY'S RULES FOR THRIVING
OLYMPIC CHAMP'S PARALYZING HEALTH SCARE

At the age of 32, three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines suddenly found himself paralyzed from the effects of a rare nerve disease. He explains how he had to relearn how to walk, swim and even eat again and what the experience taught him about the importance of taking care of yourself at all times to prepare your body for any future health scares.
 
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REAL INSPIRATION
 
 
MEET THE HOSTS
To help you on your own journey to Surviving & Thriving, we've put together an all-star team of hosts, reporters and contributors who not only talk the talk -- they walk the walk. Learn how their real-life experiences have influenced the stories you'll see on "Surviving & Thriving."

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BEHIND THE SCENES
The first episode of "Surviving & Thriving" debuted on WKMG Local 6 in December (stay tuned for details about the next show!). Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes? We're inviting you backstage as we read scripts, forget wardrobes, apply make-up, tape story intros, make mistakes, eat lunch and share countless laughs. See what goes on … before the show goes on.

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YOU'RE THE BOSS
Dr. Mark Roh, a liver cancer specialist and President of MD Anderson-Orlando, talks about the importance of creating a treatment strategy once a diagnosis is confirmed that works for YOU and why MD Anderson is uniquely positioned to move quickly.

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YOUR STORIES OF SURVIVAL

No one survives life’s toughest challenges alone. Sometimes we have our family, friends and medical professionals by our side to help us. And sometimes, the most important thing we can do is learn from other stories of survival. When we meet people who have not only experienced something similar but actually came through it better and stronger, it provides hope and inspiration. We invite you to Share your Story of “Surviving & Thriving.” Your words could be just the thing someone needs to keep moving forward. Share the gift of hope.

In our first Story of Survival, you'll meet three-time cancer survivor and mother of three Sally Derrick. She explains how paying it forward has been the best treatment, and even led her to launch a nonprofit organization to help other cancer patients and their families.