Cancer Victim Retains Positive Outlook Despite Hospitalization

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Lance Beauregard, who was pictured with his wife, Bonnie, and featured in an article about cancer survivors in the Tuesday, July 6 edition of the Payson Roundup, will not be part of the Payson Therapeutic Massage Center's Relay for Life team this weekend, but he hopes to be released from Good Samaritan Hospital in a few days.

From her husband's hospital room Thursday, Bonnie Beauregard said the picture of Lance that accompanied an article on the American Cancer Society's first-ever Rim country Relay for Life, captures his spirit.

"It's not just a brave front," she said. "He's always like that."

Lance Beauregard said his heart and his thoughts will be with his teammates and the other cancer survivors who are participating in the fund-raiser for cancer research, treatment and programs.

Beauregard, who will be 39 next week, was diagnosed with large cell B lymphoma cancer in mid-April, a cancer that is characterized as "aggressive." Last Friday, his cancer was found to be in remission, but Tuesday night he was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.

He was first taken by ambulance to Payson Regional Medical Center with severe headaches and nausea, and later transported to the Valley hospital where he is undergoing a series of MRIs. Lance Beauregard called it a "mop-up."

"The doctors are saying this is what's left over and they will treat it with radiation, which has a very high rate of success," he said. "This is a pretty standard procedure."

"My husband is an inspiration to everyone he touches," said Bonnie Beauregard. "But it's kind of like he's in this little raft in the rapids, living in the moment, and I'm on the bank watching."

Lance Beauregard called his cancer "a gift."

"I know this is going to be hard for people to comprehend," he said, "but cancer is a gift. It really helps you get a perspective on your life, and that's more important than anything.

"I think it was a Zen Buddhist monk who said, 'One hour awake is better than a lifetime of sleep.'"

He said he wants his teammates to understand that he's doing OK.

Christy Walton, of Payson Therapeutic Massage, said Wednesday, "He's been so healthy for so long, and it came on so quickly they had to call an ambulance. They did a CAT scan and found lesions on his brain."

The Beauregards recently moved to Payson from Davis, Calif., where he worked as a general and electric contractor.

Relay for Life, Rain or Shine
The American Cancer Society's Rim Country Relay for Life will be held rain or shine from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday at Payson High School. If weather permits, the event will be held on the baseball field. In case of rain, the event will be moved into the high school gymnasium. The public is encouraged to attend what promises to be a fun event for all ages.

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