November 6, 2015 | by Valerie Howard
When 52-year-old Jim Murphy, an avid mountain biker, was informed he had esophageal cancer, he made a powerful decision. He decided to continue living as actively as possible, and do the things that fueled his spirit and soul.
“When I found out I had cancer, I decided I would make the best of the situation and continue living a normal life,” Jim said. “Cancer is not a death sentence; it’s a disease.”
With clearance from his doctors, Jim rode his mountain bike at least three times a week during his chemotherapy and radiation treatment. He continued his duties with the National Ski Patrol at Bear Mountain and refused to take the elevator while undergoing treatment at City of Hope, using the stairs to signal his refusal to succumb to the disease and treatment side effects.
Now, with his cancer in remission, his story is featured in a new campaign highlighting City of Hope’s unique approach to patient treatment and wellness: “The Miracle of Science with Soul.”
Here, Jim offers five pieces of advice for people who have been recently diagnosed with cancer, shared previously on Breakthroughs:
Watch Jim's inspiring story below.
Learn more about our esophageal cancer treatment and research and our unique patient experience. If you have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.