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Ethan Zohn's 5:30 A.M. Tour of N.Y.C.

07/30/2009 AT 07:45 AM EDT



Ethan Zohn has been through plenty of ups and downs in his battle against cancer. But as he nears the end of an intense three-month chemotherapy regimen aimed at knocking out his CD20-positive Hodgkin's Lymphoma, the Survivor winner is finding some peace in one of chemo's side-effects: insomnia.

Up and outside just before sunrise, Zohn takes us on a stroll around his remarkably quiet pre-dawn Manhattan neighborhood. "Since insomnia is one of the side effects of chemotherapy, I thought it would be nice to show you a side of New York City that you may have never seen before," he says. "A side that I find incredibly peaceful now: New York City at 5:30 in the morning."

Birds can be heard chirping and the normally bustling streets are empty as they fill with the light of the rising sun.

Since first being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease on April 30, Zohn has vowed to use the disease to "educate and inspire others," by keeping a positive attitude while sharing his story with the public.

In mid-August, Zohn is expected to undergo a series of tests to determine if the chemotherapy did its job, and whether or not he'll need to undergo radiation. A full-body scan mid-way through his treatment showed that the mango-sized growth in Zohn's chest was shrinking. "It's good news," Zohn told PEOPLE at the time.

Come back to People.com next Thursday to watch as Ethan Zohn takes us along to his very last chemotherapy session. See all of his exclusive video diaries here.

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