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"From the Ted Talk by Debra Jarvis: Yes, I survived cancer. But that doesn't define me"

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Ever notice how we tend to identify ourselves by our wounds? And where I have seen this survivor identity have the most consequences is in the cancer community. And I've been around this community for a long time, because I've been a hospice and a htaisopl chailpan for almost 30 years. And in 2005, I was wrkoing at a big cancer center when I rveeiecd the news that my mother had bseart cecnar. And then five days later, I received the news that I had breast cancer. My mother and I can be competitive — (Laughter) — but I was really not trying to compete with her on this one. And in fact, I thought, well, if you have to have cancer, it's pretty convenient to be working at a place that treats it.

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Ever notice how we tend to identify ourselves by our wounds? And where I have seen this survivor identity have the most consequences is in the cancer community. And I've been around this community for a long time, because I've been a hospice and a ________ ________ for almost 30 years. And in 2005, I was _______ at a big cancer center when I ________ the news that my mother had ______ ______. And then five days later, I received the news that I had breast cancer. My mother and I can be competitive — (Laughter) — but I was really not trying to compete with her on this one. And in fact, I thought, well, if you have to have cancer, it's pretty convenient to be working at a place that treats it.

Solution

  1. received
  2. working
  3. cancer
  4. hospital
  5. breast
  6. chaplain

Original Text

Ever notice how we tend to identify ourselves by our wounds? And where I have seen this survivor identity have the most consequences is in the cancer community. And I've been around this community for a long time, because I've been a hospice and a hospital chaplain for almost 30 years. And in 2005, I was working at a big cancer center when I received the news that my mother had breast cancer. And then five days later, I received the news that I had breast cancer. My mother and I can be competitive — (Laughter) — but I was really not trying to compete with her on this one. And in fact, I thought, well, if you have to have cancer, it's pretty convenient to be working at a place that treats it.

Important Words

  1. big
  2. breast
  3. cancer
  4. center
  5. chaplain
  6. community
  7. compete
  8. competitive
  9. consequences
  10. convenient
  11. days
  12. fact
  13. hospice
  14. hospital
  15. identify
  16. identity
  17. laughter
  18. long
  19. mother
  20. news
  21. notice
  22. place
  23. pretty
  24. received
  25. survivor
  26. tend
  27. thought
  28. time
  29. treats
  30. working
  31. wounds
  32. years