09/29/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT
What a relief to see that smiling face. Your cover story is proof positive that Scott Hamilton is riding the Zamboni to good health. Scott, thanks for sharing your story in such frank terms. Your honesty, upbeat outlook and optimism serve as a refreshing tonic for those who have been threatened by cancer.
SHARON M. DUNSCOMBE
Endicott, N. Y.
As an oncology nurse I find that so often patients hear of only the horror stories of those who have cancer. Scott's story showed that cancer has the potential to be beaten with chemo, courage and determination. Scott is not only a sports hero, but a hero to all cancer survivors.
CARYN SHULMAN, Duluth, Ga.
Having gone through cancer seven years ago and recently having had to undergo radiation treatment again, I found Scott Hamilton's story both cathartic and inspiring. This issue was a pleasure in my life during a time that has been very difficult and scary. You'll never realize how deeply this touched me.
I hope someday Scott Hamilton realizes that the reason the cancer in him "just died" is because there were millions of people praying for him, and we continue to pray for him.
TRICIA HOOD, Lompoc, Calif.
When my daughter Heidi was battling cancer at 15, Make-A-Wish granted her wish to skate with Scott. He went overboard. He called her and gave her tips on driving the nurses crazy. Then he sent her an autographed picture and a stuffed bear wearing skates. Then he brought her out with the whole cast of Stars on Ice to skate for two hours. His support and encouragement kept her hopes and fighting spirit going through a terrible ordeal. She is now a cancer survivor—cancer-free for five years. Scott's incredible spirit and truly generous nature are an inspiration in an era of complacency and adulation of rudeness. Our prayers are with you, Scottie!
NANCY MYER, Greensburg, Pa.
I am writing to say thank you. About five months ago you ran an article about Scott Hamilton's diagnosis of testicular cancer and the battle he would have ahead of him. After reading your article I did a self-examination. Being a very healthy 28-year-old male, I figured what could I lose? That night I found a lump, and I was diagnosed with testicular cancer after a few visits to my doctor. After having successful surgery and starting chemotherapy this week, I often think what would have happened if I had not caught it early. I credit your magazine for heightening my awareness. Though very rare, testicular cancer has a 90 percent cure rate. I have no doubt I will be in that 90 percent.
JEFF JACOBS, Nashville
I appreciated having the opportunity to share my battle with cancer with PEOPLE readers. But during the editing process an important name was inadvertently omitted—Bob Kain, a close friend and senior vice president of IMG. When I received the shocking news that there was a tumor in my body, Bob was the person who stepped in and arranged for all my care at the Cleveland Clinic. I don't know how you thank someone for saving your life, but I just want to say, "Thanks, Bob."
SCOTT HAMILTON, Denver
As a lightning-strike survivor I read with interest your article "Sudden Impact." While you did mention the "annual convention of lightning survivors," I was disappointed you did not print Steve Marshburn's name or the name of his organization. It is Lightning Strike and Electric Shock Survivors International in Jacksonville, N.C. Without this group a lot of us would have no one to turn to for support.
BONNIE WEISS, Marietta, Ga.
I'm glad to see Paula Cole finally getting the recognition she deserves. She has an amazing stage presence, and her songs brim with emotions that are all too real for many of us. Paula puts music first and the perks of fame a pale second, and I greatly admire that.
RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL
New York City
PICKS & PANS
It was very nice to see your review of our new book 1003 Great Things About Getting Older. Just one thing: I supplied just one-quarter of the creative juice for this little volume (which actually contains over 1,120 Great Things—we're too old to bother to count accurately, it turns out). Your item suggests I wrote it alone with a bit of help from Ann Hodgman, Patricia Marx and David Owen. Au contraire, it was the reverse; their contributions make me laugh every time I open the book.
LISA BIRNBACH, New York City