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How Can I Have Cancer? I Feel Great

How cancer taught San Diego’s COO Kris Michell how to slow down and appreciate what’s important in life



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Kris Michell, COO for the City of San Diego. | Photo: Jay Reilly

Kris Michell didn’t have time for cancer. Routine doctor’s appointments often got pushed to the bottom of the busy executive’s to-do list. A diagnosis of stage 2 invasive carcinoma struck like lightning, but luckily Michell knows a thing or two about overcoming obstacles. She refocused her project management skills and type A tendencies on getting well, and with the help of her medical team at Scripps, she beat cancer. Now, Michell considers her battle an “unanticipated education” that taught her to take a broader view on life. Read more about Michell’s inspiring story here.

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