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April 5, 2022

Share Your Story: Ben Cooper

Share Your Story:  Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper is a Christian, husband, father of five, author, speaker, and beekeeper. Ben used his second cancer diagnosis as a therapy to launch his writing journey of Christian devotionals and children's books. His love of farming and nature is the backdrop of his writing.

  • 01:13: Take us back to the beginning of that first cancer diagnosis and tell us where your journey began.  
  • 03:52: I was already scheduled to have a specialist in Baltimore look at me.  
  • 06:29: Was it considered throat cancer? 
  • 08:20: My step-grandfather had had neck cancer.  
  • 10:07: I don't want my kids to be shocked to see a different dad come home from the hospital.  
  • 12:07: My percentage with the surgery was a 35% survival rate. 
  • 15:07: Did you make it to five years? 
  • 18:49: Why couldn't they get you in sooner?  
  • 20:28: Writing was my second therapy. 
  • 22:42: If I'm involved, I'm 120% involved. 
  • 23:42: What was your worst moment? 
  • 26:15: I was not wrong in challenging the hospital and saying, why didn't you tell me this? 
  • 28:09: My wife was in tears. 
  • 30:05: Almost 20 years later, I have a sinus infection every day of my life. 
  • 32:27: People I didn’t even know sent me letters of encouragement. 
  • 33:18: What is one thing you wish you had known at the very beginning? 
  • 34:19: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in the U. S., what would it be and why? 
  • 35:05: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions.  
  • 36:19: Aside from Cancer U, what is one resource you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers? 


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Ben Cooper


Ben is a Christian, husband, father of five adult children, author, beekeeper, and double cancer survivor. He and his wife live in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southern Pennsylvania. Ben attributes his writing journey beginning after his second cancer diagnosis and now writes for several imprints for Guideposts Publications. Each day is a gift and Ben tries to live it out to glorify God.