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In March of 2008, I was diagnosed with inoperable stage III NSCLC. Since the completion of my treatment at the end of that same year, I have been NED. Prior to my diagnosis, I founded and ran a hi-tech professional services company located in Redmond, WA. Once diagnosed and given a less than optimal prognosis (physician told one to two years tops), I sold my company to my employees and focused my time and attention on family and friends. During this time, I also co-authored a book titled, "It's an Extraordinary Life - Don't Miss It". Its contents center on specific reflections of life that I felt had the most impact on living life and not missing out on the most important moments. It contains both business and personal experiences. I have been speaking publicly on its contents ever since and seek to use my communication skills, knowledge of the business world, and be a voice to corporations, the healthcare community and / or schools in one aspect or another. Recently there was a job opening for an Outreach Manager with the State of Washington Healthcare Exchange. Based upon the listed requirements/needs for the position, I felt with a combination of running a small business along with walking in cancer's shoes, I was an ideal candidate. It turned out I couldn't even get an interview. Even working every professional connection possible, I wasn't able to get past the HR gate-keeper. My question to you is, what is your recommendation on bringing attention to having had cancer as part of the application process to target jobs? I am not seeking to be defined by my cancer but seeing as how it's part of my life, is it appropriate to call out or leave behind?