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SPIRIT
You can see the good
in tough times.

THE MIND OF A

CANCER FIGHTER
How much does optimism play a role in
overcoming cancer?

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You know she means well, but it's not
that simple-especially when it comes
to a serious diagnosis like cancer. Still,
many people claim positivity has great
power. Is there something to it?
"This is a somewhat controversial
area," says Tenbroeck Smith, the strategic director of patient-reported outcomes for the American Cancer Society.
"The literature shows mixed results.
Some studies show having a positive
attitude is better for you. Then there are

PHOTO BY GLOW IMAGES

Everybody has that one friend. You know the
one. The one who's always happy and upbeat. You
complain about how your kids are stressing you
out, and she says, "You're a great mom!" You lose
your job, and she says, "You'll get a new one in
no time!"
And then you tell her, "I have cancer." Her reply?
"Just be positive!"



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