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Over time, Fran says she learned to accept her diagnosis and let go of the negativity. "You can kick and scream for a while, but then eventually, you have to play the hand that's dealt you," she says. "Play it elegantly. Play it courageously. Play it with a great deal of strength."
Almost nine years later, millions know Fran as a survivor.
"I'm feeling great. I'm eight and a half years well," she says. "I didn't want to have cancer. I don't wish it on anyone, but I am better for it. Sometimes the best gifts come in the ugliest packages."