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Sharon Hansen

Sharon Hansen is a fighter, and she battled cancer with the same determination and energy that she has used throughout her life.

"Don't tell me I can't. I will," says Sharon, who retired to Milton nine years ago after a long career as a specialist in clinical microbiology and infectious disease with the VA and FDA. Because she had smoked most of her adult life, she signed up to participate in a clinical study on lung cancer that was taking place at Johns Hopkins Hospital. When she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2002, she had the surgery at Johns Hopkins and a year later treatments at Tunnell Cancer Center. She ended up with pneumonia and was on 24-hour oxygen for two months.

"They call me the wonder patient," she says. "I live alone and I am independent. So when I needed help, my friends took turns." Sharon is back to golfing, dancing, working in the garden, going to the gym, and volunteering for Meals on Wheels (MOW). For her 70th birthday she had a party and raised more than $2,000 for MOW. "I'm living life," she says.

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