I walk into the large sunny room with windows on each side and verdant garden paintings on the walls, surprised to see it crowded. Ashen-faced people, bundled in colorful blankets, lying back in recliners some with their eyes closed, and some alert, talking to family members and friends who have accompanied them.

James E. Williams Jr.The "Big C" - Cancer is not a team sport

I am a 20 year survivor of prostate cancer. Growing up as a black male in America had its challenges. Two combat tours in Vietnam also had its challenges. However, nothing in my life was as devastating as being told that I had cancer. Cancer is not a team sport. You can't share the feelings of shock, anger, vulnerability, hopelessness and the realization that your mortality is at hand. Life's timetable all of a sudden shrinks from years to months to days. Why me? There must be a mistake. What will happen to my family? How about the work undone and places unseen. All of these reactions occur because I believed that the diagnosis of cancer was a death sentence.

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