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Mary Fairhurst: Cancer, hope and candor

Mary Fairhurst with the Mariner Moose, the mascot of the Seattle Mariners. She sent this photo as her 2011 Christmas card with the words “Believe in Miracles” written on the front. She explained: “When I got rediagnosed (with cancer), my brothers and sisters were concerned and upset. I said, ‘I believe in miracles, you guys. It’s going to be OK.’ ”
Mary Fairhurst with the Mariner Moose, the mascot of the Seattle Mariners. She sent this photo as her 2011 Christmas card with the words “Believe in Miracles” written on the front. She explained: “When I got rediagnosed (with cancer), my brothers and sisters were concerned and upset. I said, ‘I believe in miracles, you guys. It’s going to be OK.’ ”

My Wise Words interview today is with Mary Fairhurst, a Washington state Supreme Court justice, who talked so openly about living with cancer that could kill her sooner rather than later.

She's realistic that she might have less than a year to live while at the same time, she's optimistic that she'll beat this cancer.

Thank you, Mary, for being so open in our interview. Your words will help others today and in the future.

(About the photo: For Mary's 54th birthday last summer, 700 of her friends and family gathered at a Mariners game, where she threw out the pitch, helped by her "crush" -- the Mariner Moose. Photo courtesy of Mary Fairhurst)




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