+-
Ovarian cancer survivor Anna Kaplan, with grandchildren Sydney, (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa )

Ovarian cancer survivor Anna Kaplan, with grandchildren Sydney, 1, and Drew, 4, cites good luck and support in her recovery. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Outliving death

Many people, if given the chance to choreograph their death, would probably envision going gently into that good night by drifting off peacefully in their sleep. Newsday asked readers given these and other diagnoses to share their tales of long-term survival, which doctors and surgeons didn't think possible for most of them.

Kimberly Holland: “If you get down when you
(Credit: Newsday Alejandra Villa)

Kimberly Holland: “If you get down when you have cancer, you’re finished. It’s crazy that I’m still here. I think 75 percent of it is the attitude.” (Oct. 19, 2012)

Gary Klausner, who had a double lung transplant,
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Gary Klausner, who had a double lung transplant, says he’s busy making memories with family, like playing tennis and coaching his boys’ sports teams. (Oct. 27, 2012)

Flo Puff credits her return to health after
(Credit: Newsdsay / Alejandra Villa)

Flo Puff credits her return to health after leukemia to the support of family, friends, co-workers and others around her and adds: “I was in constant prayer myself.”

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE
Mary Joyce, grandmother to nine, says she’s had
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Mary Joyce, grandmother to nine, says she’s had “the world’s best husband for 54 years.” (Oct. 18, 2012)

Taylor Zoitos enjoys kickline — and bed bouncing.
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Taylor Zoitos enjoys kickline — and bed bouncing. (Oct. 19, 2012)

Hospice was called in for Janet Shavel, but
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa )

Hospice was called in for Janet Shavel, but she decided to get another opinion and chemo — and then went to church. (Oct. 24, 2012)

Ovarian cancer survivor Anna Kaplan, with grandchildren Sydney,
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa )

Ovarian cancer survivor Anna Kaplan, with grandchildren Sydney, 1, and Drew, 4, cites good luck and support in her recovery. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Diagnosed with cancer at age 8, Appel had
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Diagnosed with cancer at age 8, Appel had intense chemotherapy, 26 blood transfusions and numerous MRI and CT scans. (Oct. 7, 2012)

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE
Zammett Ruddy, horsing around with her children, Alex,
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Zammett Ruddy, horsing around with her children, Alex, 5, and Nora, 3, is considering having another child. (Oct. 18, 2012)

A college junior, Ali Bie said she wants
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

A college junior, Ali Bie said she wants to help others and hopes for a career in musical therapy. (Oct. 8, 2012)

Debbie Blick of Lynbrook says she’s pulling her
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Debbie Blick of Lynbrook says she’s pulling her courage together for another surgery in December. (Oct 9, 2012)

Tricia Shannon and her husband, Ron Geraci, often
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Tricia Shannon and her husband, Ron Geraci, often take long bike rides from their Huntington home; exercise is key in controlling her diabetes, she says. (Oct. 6, 2012)

Genie Scharf and her family enjoy a Sunday
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Genie Scharf and her family enjoy a Sunday dinner at her home in West Islip. Her advice is to live each day fully and try not to put anything off for too long.(Sept. 28, 2012)

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE
Sandy Nicholas Psomas, a former NYC Transit Police
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Sandy Nicholas Psomas, a former NYC Transit Police officer, was diagnosed in 1984 with a deadly brain tumor. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Best Bets

Get the scoop on events, nightlife, day trips, family fun and things to do on Long Island.

Comments

Newsday.com now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.