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Life after diagnosis

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As some of my readers may now, I work not only for Healthy Living News but for The University of Toledo as well.

I’m a writer for UT News, and in that job I have met some of the most extraordinary people. One woman that I met recently is a woman I think our readers should know about.

Corey Smith was just 26 years old when she was diagnosed with stage-four melanoma. But even in the worst circumstances, this woman was so incredibly optimistic. It was inspiring to me, and I think it would be inspiring to you too. You can read her story here.

For those of you who didn’t know, June is cancer survivorship month. Though the month is over now, the message is the same. There is life beyond diagnosis.

When you read Corey’s story, you see a woman who is not only determined to fight cancer, but to live her life while doing so — especially when it comes to spending time with her kids.

Another article in our June issue talks about survivorship and life after diagnosis, and I suggest you read that as well. One thing this article touches on is the importance of early detection.

Though many may not know, our community has a strong focus on early detection. This Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Rite Aid at 105 Golden Glate Plaza in Maumee is offering free skin cancer screenings with dermatologist Dr. Matthew Molenda. The University of Toledo Medical Center soon will be offering lung cancer screenings at little cost to its patients as well.

Being diagnosed with cancer can be a very scary thing. But early diagnosis, being positive, and having a supportive community like ours can make a huge difference when it comes to being treated. No matter who you are, what cancer you have, or what stage you have, you are not alone.

Be sure to check out our July issue, which debuts tomorrow!