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In this week’s episode of the “First Opinion Podcast,” writer and philosopher Adam Hayden opens up about his experience as one of a minority of people with glioblastoma who live longer than 15 to 18 months. Just 7% of people diagnosed with this aggressive brain cancer are still alive five years after their diagnosis, a milestone Hayden hit in June.

“People will say, ‘Oh, Adam, you are an inspiration.’ And that’s meaningful, thank you for saying that,” Hayden said. “But that is not on my to-do list each day. I don’t wake up in the morning and say, ‘Well, how can I inspire somebody today?’”

The conversation stems from Hayden’s First Opinion essay, ‘Here be dragons’: Long-term survivors like me can help map the boundaries of cancer. His inaugural First Opinion essay was an open letter to Sen. John McCain after the Arizona Republican announced in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma.

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