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Letter: Outlook takes a deep dive after cancer diagnosis

Thank you to Susan Shinn Turner for her feature on prostate cancer survivor Bill Burgin in the Sunday edition of the Salisbury Post (“Bill Burgin: You never want to hear somebody tell you that you have cancer”).

It is true. Just to hear the words, “You have cancer” is devastating. Your world immediately turns upside down. Your thoughts turn inward and downward for a bit. Your thoughts center on family. What outside things were important to you before the news now become mute.

Your world takes a steep dive and then, seemingly, out of nowhere, miracles begin to present themselves. Family embraces you and delivers the first words of encouragement. The right doctors seem to come from nowhere. You agree on a medical plan to fight back. Friends come forward with support and prayers. All is ready, and the fight is on.

Bill kept the faith, endured the pain and fought the fight. He never gave up. And his miracle began to happen. It was a wonderful story for Easter Sunday because Easter means new life.

I’m proud of Bill and his family.

— Paul Fisher

Salisbury

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