Hill Harper Talks Cancer Diagnosis, New Book

Diagnosed with thyroid cancer, he writes about the nexus of physical and financial health in his new book.

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In actor-turned-author Hill Harper's previous book, The Conversation: How Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships, he urged African Americans to have serious discussions about their connections. In his latest, fourth book, The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place, which he wrote after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, he doles out important advice about the intersection between health and wealth.

The actor known as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on CSI: NY recently spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"Today, if we believe the doctors, I am doing pretty well," said Harper by phone. Early detection worked in his favor, he said, as did extensive research and second and third opinions.

He also retained a positive attitude. "There were times when I was down, but a positive attitude goes a long way toward healing," Harper said.

Harper tapped into his positivity during a train ride from Los Angeles to Chicago as he worked on his theories about wealth. Part one of "The Wealth Cure" begins with the diagnosis and the idea that we as a society have a debilitating relationship with money. As Harper moves through stages of treatment, compliance, maintenance and ultimately overcoming our "wealth virus" we meet a few interesting characters that he encounters while traveling through parts of middle America.

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