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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAfter beating cancer two different times, climbing the world’s tallest mountains seemed easy by comparison — even if he does it with just one lung.Sean Swarner has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro a dozen times and these days, he is inspiring other cancer survivors by leading them up the trails to the summit.He was twice diagnosed with cancer, at age 13 and again at 16. Swarner remembers sitting on the floor of his shower, 60 pounds overweight and losing his hair from cancer treatments. Doctors had given him just two weeks to live.STAY ON TOP OF ALL THE GOOD NEWS WITH OUR APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSIt was his life’s lowest point, but also its turning point.Swarner came up with a mantra: “The human condition can sustain itself for roughly three days without water, but no human alive can live for more than 30 seconds without hope.”He’s never given up hope since that day.Swarner has climbed the highest mountain on every continent and was the first cancer survivor to summit Mount Everest. The trek into the thin air was made doubly difficult because he had only one lung.He chronicled his journey from the depths of despair on his shower floor to his symbolic triumph of hope atop Mount Everest in his autobiography, “Keep Climbing: How I Beat Cancer and Reached the top of the World.”CHECK OUT:  Sons Haul Paralyzed Dad Into Grand Canyon for Trip of LifetimeHe created his own foundation, the  Cancer Climber Association, to show survivors of the disease their continuing potential. Each year, it grants one cancer survivor the opportunity to climb the tallest mountain on the African continent with Swarner as guide.“Taking people up Kilimanjaro, I see a transformation,” Swarner told TODAY. “It gives them the tools to say, ‘Hey, if I can conquer that mountain, I can do anything.’”(WATCH the video at Your Erie) — Photo: news videoShare This Peak Performance…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


first_img“Find your passion” is a mantra dictated to everyone from college students to retirees to pretty much anyone seeking happiness.But according to a forthcoming study from Stanford and Yale-NUS College in Singapore, it’s actually bad advice – and may actually make it harder for people to figure out what they love to do.Why? The idea of “finding” one’s passion implies that people have built-in interests just waiting to be discovered, and if you can simply figure out what they are you will magically be able to embrace them, says the study, which will be published in the journal Psychological Science.But people with that mind-set are more likely to give up on their newfound interest when they hit the inevitable roadblock, the study found. Instead, researchers say true passion develops – through being open-minded about delving into a new topic, and being willing to put some work into it. Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more


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first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods nearly aced a hole and made his lone eagle of the week.The four-time Masters champion somewhat returned to form at Augusta National. It was just a few days too late to be more than an afterthought at golf’s first major.Woods closed with a flurry, recording a 3-under 69 in the final round at the Masters. He finished 1 over for the tournament, 16 strokes behind winner Patrick Reed and in a four-way tie for 32nd.It was far from what the 42-year-old Woods wanted, but he left the hallowed grounds feeling better about his game than he did a few days before and more encouraged than his last few trips to Augusta National.Woods last played the event in 2015. He returned the last two years for the champions’ dinner, but didn’t get on the course. The hiatus left him feeling nostalgic during his walk to the 18th green.“This is one of the greatest walks in all of golf,” Woods said afterward. “And I had missed it for the last couple of years. I hadn’t been able to play in it, so now I’m glad I’m competing in this tournament. And to face the challenges out there, I missed it. I really did. I missed playing out here. I missed competing against these guys. Such a great event. Best (event) in all of our sport.”Woods started the weekend more than a dozen shots out of the lead and knew he would need something special to happen to get back in contention. It never happened. Never even came close, either.But there were some glimpses Sunday in his traditional red shirt.Woods had two birdies and an eagle on the back and looked like he would get to even par for the event. He lamented his iron play for the fourth straight day and loathed two three-putts, including one for bogey on No. 18.“Another loose day with the irons,” he said. “And I putted awful. It was possibly the highest score I could have shot today. All in all, a bittersweet ending.”He still drew one of the round’s largest galleries, giving spectators a reason to get to the course long before the leaders arrived at the practice range. They simply wanted to catch a glimpse of one of golf’s greatest players.Woods is assured of moving back into the top 100 in the world, notable only because he was at No. 1,199 just over four months ago when he returned from yet another long layoff following a fourth back surgery.“I think things are progressing,” he said. “It was a little bit disappointing I didn’t hit my irons as well as I needed to for this particular week. You miss it just a touch here it gets magnified. And I just didn’t do a good enough job this week in that regard. But overall I’m five or six tournaments into it, to be able to compete out here and to score like I did, it feels good.”Woods plans to take some time off in April, maybe even putting the clubs in the closet for a few weeks to “kind of get away for a while.”“The run up to this event is pretty hard and pretty grueling,” said Woods, who finished 12th, tied for second and tied for fifth in three tournaments on the Florida Swing. “I pushed myself pretty hard to get ready. And I peaked at it four times over the course of my career, and it’s tiring.”He can take some solace in making six birdies or better in the final round — nearly as many as he made in the first three rounds combined.The best one came early Sunday. Woods nearly aced the 240-yard, par-3 fourth. His tee shot landed a few feet short of the flag, bounced a couple of times and then skirted by the left edge of the hole. He was left with a left-to-right-breaking 10-footer that he dropped in the left side of the cup.His eagle putt at the par-5 15th was even better. He drained a sweeping 30-footer after reaching the green in two.Those shots provided a brief snippet of what might have been at Augusta National had Woods had better control with his irons.Woods missed greens right and left, never really getting approach shots in the precise spots on treacherous greens. His errant ways left him starting a lot sooner than expected Sunday and finishing shortly after the leaders teed off.“My swing is slightly off,” he said. “I was pleased with the way I was able to drive it, but I just could not convert with my irons. I struggled with obviously controlling the shape. Can’t control the shape. Can’t control the distance. And it was one of those weeks in that regard.”___For more AP golf coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Golf and https://apnews.com/tag/TheMasters Tiger Woods hits a drive on the third hole during the fourth round at the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)last_img read more


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