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Breast Cancer Awareness 2015

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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Breast Cancer Awareness 2015 19 Covering two Great Communities! It's all about you It's all about you North Georgia! North Georgia! Advertise in Both & Save! Call 706-272-7721 706-272-7721 to find out how DALTON MAGAZINE Benjamin, 31, Arlington, Virginia Blog: Cancer Slayer Blog I created this delusion, and it took shape very quickly, that I was literally superhuman. Cancer didn't affect me, didn't bring me down like it did other people. I was 16 and so strong in treatment that one man gave me a Superman shirt and boxers. Later, I had to have my entire hipbone removed, and the whole time I kept asking my surgeon when I'd be able to play tackle football again. I just knew I could because I was Superman. My mind couldn't accept that I'd never run or jump again. I eventually realized I was being unrealistic, but during the second cancer, I still lived by certain rules. I would never complain. I would never bring up cancer. But then I got this powerful urge to write a book ("Twice: How I Became a Cancer-Slaying Superman Before I turned 21," Woodley Books) and later learned that I'd better talk about it if I wanted to sell books. So I started blogging. But there's more to it than that. Looking back, that superhero mindset did well for me while I was battling illness, but along with it came this idea that I was superior. It was unethical. I didn't keep up with the other kids I met in treatment. Now, I want to help kids. I have a new book coming out, another version of my story that younger people can read. It turns out that talking about cancer, bending that rule I had, has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. © CTW Features

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