There are two very different personal stories shared in today's The Examiner, yet both have a similar message for readers.
Back in January, Tasmania's Governor Kate Warner revealed her diagnosis with cancer.
What followed was a display of pure strength and respect for everyone involved in her treatment - this included the Tasmanian public.
The Examiner was very grateful to Professor Warner for sharing her story with the public.
Health is often a very private journey. The Governor's decision to be open and frank has the potential to inspire and save lives.
According to the Cancer Council, about 145,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year. This number is expected to rise to 150,000 in 2020.
A staggering one in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. This means if you avoid a cancer diagnosis in your lifetime, you will know someone who is not so lucky.
Professor Warner's candid recount of treatment over the past eight months is a solid reminder that a cancer diagnosis does not have to be the beginning of the end.
The Governor talks of walking to treatment, having the faith in medical specialists and putting her situation into perspective based on the friends and family members in her life.
For Rod Howell, his story has taken 54 years for the public to hear.
His story is one of fear, courage, guilt and death. Despite the horrific circumstances he experienced as a teenager, he has dedicated his life to empowering young minds.
One of the most poignant messages to come from his story was a message he shared from a grieving mother, that was recounted by the principal of Riverside High after the tragedy.
"You must let your children adventure for themselves. If you overprotect them, you spoil their lives."
The adventure should not stop come adulthood or when trying circumstances cross your path.