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cover of book Seeds of Hope by Michael A. Dorso MD
photo of Dr. Michael A. Dorso
Seeds of Hope Chapter 6, page 62

live with them for the rest of your life. What is most scary will appear during those times when you are alone with your thoughts. You will realize that this is real and that people die with cancer!"

She put her hands on my shoulders and looked me in the eyes. "I know that this will sound strange, and you will probably tell me that I'm nuts. I'll say it anyway. I would never have asked for my cancer or what I went through, but I would never give it up now. You are going to experience one of the most dynamic periods of your life. It will change you forever."

Her final advice was: "This thing will consume you for a while. That's OK. Read everything you can get your hands on. Talk to as many people as you can. Give them a chance to support you. You will find that they really do want to contribute to you. Don't worry about becoming a bore. Give yourself into this process; you need to work through it."
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Later that day I found myself having coffee with a couple of other physicians. One greeted me with, "Hey Mike, howyadoin?" I decided to take Pattie's advice and really share how I was "doin'." I smiled slightly and simply said "I have cancer!" My announcement fell into the conversation like a hand grenade. I began to sense the power such news held. My embarrassment was falling away. I actually began to enjoy my power to usurp the center of attention anytime I chose. I would need to be careful lest I become a bore - Let's talk about me and my prostate cancer!

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