“‘You have cancer’ are three of the most terrifying words a person can hear,” writes Bill Aron, the photographer for New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors, in the book’s introduction, from which the following photos are taken. As a cancer survivor himself, Aron knows firsthand the physical and emotional strain that accompany a cancer diagnosis. “But many people gain a new perspective on life. It is as if their senses become more finely tuned by facing their own mortality.”
These photographs and quotes shed light on some of those new perspectives—great advice for anyone battling a disease or looking to live a more mindful, present life. Want more? Visit billaron.com to find his book, read additional inspirational stories, and learn more about the survivors.