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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)(Credit: Newsday Alejandra Villa)

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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.