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Healing Hope: Finding Happiness in a Storm

Dr. Wendy Harpham was launching her career as a physician, happily married and loving her life with her three young children, when she was diagnosed with an incurable cancer. The life that she had worked so hard to create was suddenly gone. She knew as a physician that Hope was an important part of healing for her patients. It was only when she found herself being the patient, struggling with feelings of hopelessness, did she come to really understand the power of Healing Hope.

Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, 30-year cancer survivor and nationally recognized leader in survivorship. Her children were 1, 3, and 5 years old when she was first diagnosed with a type of cancer with no cure. Over the next 17 years, she underwent many courses of treatments – including three clinical trials—that led to her current, lasting remission. When ongoing illness forced Dr. Harpham to retire from patient care, she turned to writing and speaking to continue to educate, comfort and inspire patients. She has received numerous national awards for her 8 books and her regular column in Oncology Times.

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