Sheila Schimpf bought a horse, Q the Applause, after her breast cancer returned.

Living with cancer: the second second chance

COLUMN: LIVING WITH CANCER Twenty-nine years after I was treated for breast cancer, it came back – and now it is dug in and metastasized. And so, I bought a horse. Then I bought an 8-week-old golden retriever puppy. The new kind of winning – living with cancer and not letting it stop me from finding that elusive everyday Better Life – is a victory measured in horse rides, dog walks, outdoor dinners with our daughter and laughs with the others on FaceTime. By Sheila Schimpf. Note that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. FOR HEALTH AND FEATURE PAGES. ATTENTION LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.