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Cancer Survivors

Watch the complete episode of Growing Bolder's Surviving & Thriving

Talia Castellano is 13 years and she has spent more than half of her young life battling cancer. She recently learned the cancer has spread to her bone marrow and she has a second cancer -- preleukemia. Like many cancer patients, Talia turned to wigs when she started losing her hair. But she says the wigs made her feel less like herself. Then discovered the magic of makeup and she says she began using makeup as her wig.

Confused about recent reports on prostate cancer testing? NBA legend Oscar Roberston says our greatest weapon against cancer is knowledge. That's why he is urging men over 50 to fight prostate cancer with yearly exams. He believes they saved his life, and now he wants to help save yours.

One year ago, NBA executive and motivational speaker Pat Williams revealed he has multiple myeloma, an incurable, inoperable cancer. He declared that day, "The mission is remission." Pat, who is a member of the Growing Bolder TV show on-air team, returned to the Growing Bolder offices to participate in an exclusive Growing Bolder/Orlando Sentinel livechat. He sat down with us to answer questions about his treatment and to share some exciting news about his health.

Pat Williams: Mission Accomplished at growingbolder.com

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Wendy Chioji has been the face of Orlando news for 20 years. Her battle with breast cancer enlightened all women; her determination to help others was only equaled by her dedication to becoming a world-class athlete. Now, her glamorous job doesn't seem as important. It's time to start growing bolder.

After any diagnosis, it may seem as if your life as you know it is over. While it may be true that you'll have to make some major changes, it doesn't mean you can't still live a full and purposeful life. On the Growing Bolder Radio Show, we have interviewed countless survivors, experts and doctors and they all agree on one powerful message: your attitude can save your life.

How long does it take to turn a good idea into a great program? Not long when great people combine forces with great organizations. What began as a weekend event for a few cancer survivors is now a year-round wellness program for an entire community. Come along as we show you how the volunteers of Women Playing For T.I.M.E. are proving that even though you have to slay a few dragons along the way, a cancer diagnosis can make you stronger than you ever imagined.

At Growing Bolder, we say it’s not about age; it’s about attitude. And it takes attitude (plus a lot of chutzpah) to show this much skin! So why did Growing Bolder reporter Wendy Chioji do it? She and 17 others -- all over the age of 40 -- donned their swimsuits for the Calendar for Conquering Cancer. Wendy is a Stage 2 breast cancer survivor and she says it was a way for her to smash stereotypes and raise money for a great cause.

Pat Williams is a member of the Growing Bolder TV Show on-air team, and as senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic, he's one of the top executives in professional sports. He's also run 58 marathons, written more than 70 books, is the father of 19 children, and is one of America's top motivational speakers. And he has incurable cancer. Pat sat down with Growing Bolder CEO Marc Middleton for an exclusive one-on-one to discuss his diagnosis.

He's 87, still vibrant and still on a mission. Just don't call Jay Kordich the Juiceman anymore. A legal battle took the name from him but not his spirit or his conviction. He believes raw juices saved his life more than 60 years ago. See why he's been shouting it to the world ever since.

For 25 years, the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah, has shown people who either believe or have been told that they CAN'T do something that they CAN. The program helps people with disabilities and other challenges get back in the game through a variety of athletic endeavors. GB's Wendy Choiji hits the slopes to show how people who've spent decades in wheelchairs are zipping down mountains and embracing their need for speed.

Susan Helmrich is one of the best swimmers in the world in her age group. She's also a three-time cancer survivor and a victim of one of the greatest drug tragedies in history. With luck, determination, great medical care, the support of family and friends and the benefits of the sport of swimming, Susan has fought to escape the deadly legacy of a supposed wonder drug turned nightmare.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Although the disease is quite serious, one unique event has found a way to help women find something to laugh about. At the Bra-ha-ha, breast cancer survivors and supporters are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively and even find the humor in breast cancer.

Bra-Ha-Ha: Funny Name, Serious Good at growingbolder.com

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Gymnast Shannon Miller's life was busy, full and satisfying, when, at the age of 34, she suddenly had the breath knocked out of her. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after doctors discovered a baseball-size tumor. She underwent surgery, followed by nine weeks of chemotherapy. Shannon says since she was already so involved with women's health and fitness, she decided early on to be open and public about her battle.

Sean Swarner is a three-time cancer survivor, a medical marvel, adventurer and an inspiration to anyone who hears him speak.

In 2005, comedian Steve Mazan was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer and given five years to live. Like many comedians, he had one dream -- to be a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. After his diagnosis, he went through all the stages of grief -- denial, anger and finally acceptance. Then he set his mind on one goal -- achieving his dream to get on Letterman. He started a project called Dying to Get on Letterman.

All of us live in fear of cancer but most of us do nothing. We try to catch it early through diagnostic tests, but we don't do anything to prevent it. One woman thinks it makes much more sense to try and prevent it rather than focusing on treating it. She learned this lesson the hard way. In 2003, Kris Carr was diagnosed with a rare, incurable stage IV cancer. She chose to live like never before, and in the process, she has created a global wellness revolution.

Kris Carr at growingbolder.com

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By the age of 35, Kyle Garlett had survived cancer four times, 54 months of chemotherapy and radiation, hip and shoulder replacements, a bone marrow transplant and had spent five years on a heart transplant waiting list. When he finally got his new heart, he made a decision while he was still in the hospital recovering. He wanted to try a triathlon.

Kyle Garlett: Heart of Iron at growingbolder.com

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