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Reader story: Liz Goldman

My name is Liz Goldman. Eight years ago at the age of 41, I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. The next 12 months of treatment were physically and emotionally challenging. I knew that it wasn't only me that had been diagnosed, but those who loved and cared about me as well.

I volunteer regularly for the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery Program; I'm an active fundraiser for many of the Island's local cancer coalitions and participate in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk and the Long Island 2-Day walk.

During my treatment, the outpouring of support from family, friend and strangers, and the availability of resources from all of the cancer programs, gave my life a new meaning. I knew "giving back" would become a permanent part of my life, even as I hoped that cancer would not.

I had a very aggressive cancer. I remain inspired, encouraged and empowered every day of my life and try to encourage others to feel the same way. We must say it and we must do everything in our power to think, act and live like a survivor every day.

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