"I'm afraid of dying. That's the reality," Nora says. "It's just a constant sense of how am I dealing with this. Aging is just a fabulous word for the D-word."
Diahann says she was also afraid of the unknown until she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 63.
"When I heard the word [cancer], I thought, 'Oh my. No, this is not possible,'" Diahann says. "But then you learn wonderful things about yourself...if out of every negative, if you can try to find some positive."
Now cancer-free, Diahann says she learned to depend on her friends more. "I needed to nurture my friendships more because I needed them so much. It was selfish of me to wait until someone said, 'You have cancer' to do that."