Thursday, April 17, 2014

Man of the Year Interview, Part III

In this final part of my interview recorded at the First Descents headquarters in Denver, Colorado, I discuss playing the cancer card and I offer a parting life lesson. You can also see parts I and II of this interview, which I share as I campaign to raise money to fight blood cancers.

Leia Mais…

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Man of the Year Interview, Part II

I created a symbol for my nickname, like Prince. I miss aspects of cancer. Am I superhuman?

I answer and reveal all of that, and hint at why I am campaigning for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year, in part II of my three-part interview (first watch part I, and then part III):

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Man of the Year Interview, Part I

My name is Ben Rubenstein, I am addicted to coffee and gummy worms, and now that I am running for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year, you can meet me unadulterated. An intimate conversation with me, part I (and then watch part II):

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Help Me Change the World Today

CancerSlayer LLS Fundraising TeamI am honored that The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has nominated me as one of its 2014 “Man & Woman of the Year” candidates!

Eleven years ago, I lay on a hospital bed with an obliterated immune system, as stem cells from an anonymous baby girl sped through my veins. I closed my eyes and envisioned them sticking inside my hollow bones and repopulating my marrow with clean, cancer-free cells. I was 19 years old and battling my second cancer, this one affecting my blood. My fantasy became reality, and I survived myelodysplasia through a combination of hope, attitude, support and modern medicine.

I am not alone. More than a million Americans are living with blood cancers. Every four minutes, another person is diagnosed; every ten minutes, someone loses the battle. LLS has been helping people like me since its founding in 1949. In fact, the Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to blood cancer.

Each year, the National Capital Area chapter of LLS selects approximately 20 candidates to reach our fundraising goal of $1.25 million. For the 10-week campaign from April 3 through June 14, my goal is to raise $10,000 for each cancer-free year – totaling $110,000! If my campaign raises $50,000 or more, then my efforts will be linked to a specific cutting-edge LLS-funded research portfolio.

My CancerSlayer fundraising team would be grateful for your support, and no amount is too small. Together we can raise money that will go directly to LLS and help find a cure, reduce adverse side effects of treatment and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

In most cases your donations are tax-deductible. Your employer may even match your charitable gift, and you can share this blog with friends and family to increase your impact. Online donations are accepted until June 14. To donate online, please visit our fundraising Web page.

For many years I’ve been providing inspiration to people with cancer through this blog and my 2010 memoir, Twice. Now is my chance to provide funding.

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, I thank you for your support.

Leia Mais…

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lifting Young Adult Cancer Survivor Baggage

As published on The Huffington Post

Press play on "workout" playlist: energetic pop hits, hard rock and rap, songs from cancer treatment that trigger flashbulb memories. Grab handles on this plate-loaded incline press machine. Take a deep, slow breath. Now, explode.

You're too short for her. No amount of ambition, personality or strength will change her mind. One repetition down.

She thinks you're weak and sick because of your limp. She needs a guy who will beat her in a 5k and you can't run ever again. You even use crutches to walk a few blocks. Two repetitions down.

She thinks you're too open and narcissistic -- writing books and blogs about yourself, displaying your shirtless torso online, discussing improper topics like chemo's humiliating effects. Yeah, she's probably right. Three repetitions down.

She thinks you're too healthy for her -- eating too few fries and too many greens, counting too many calories and body fat millimeters. Yeah, she's definitely right. Four repetitions down.

She thinks you've had too much cancer and you're abnormal and maybe you're even contagious and you would get sick again and wouldn't produce healthy children and wouldn't be around when they grow up. Five repetitions down. Keep reading, here.

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