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November 26th, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Human Factor: Reclaiming life on the field – and off

Each week in the Human Factor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces you to a survivor who has overcome tremendous odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship – they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed. Be inspired by their successes, as we have been.

At the age of 11 I was diagnosed with a brain tumor that was thought to be fatal. Many doctors did not think I would survive, let alone walk, talk and live a normal life.

I was in a bed for three months including a week in a coma, which meant I lost the majority of muscle in my body. I had to go through rigorous rehabilitation to learn how to walk, talk, and do other daily tasks that appear to be so easy. Although it felt like forever to regain these abilities, I always maintained faith, determination, and a positive attitude.

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.

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