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Woody Roseland diagnosed with cancer 6 times in 5 years

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"Being the coolest guy in the hospital is a bit like being the most popular guy in prison," he said with a smile. He tends to smile a lot.

"I mean, you can get upset, but you quickly realize that doesn't get you anywhere. I can't be mad at cancer for five years straight," he said.

Over the course of the last five years, doctors have re-diagnosed him with cancer five times.

Last year, doctors decided it might not be a bad option to amputate a leg, a suspected source of the recurring cancer.

"The funny thing is," he said, "is that the doctors told me it could happen only three more times."

He's laughing again.

Roseland has made a name for himself, not only on the city's speaking and charity gala circuits, but online as well. His YouTube video "Sh-t Cancer Patients Say," has gone viral.

"It's funny when people say you're so brave for going through this. I'm like, 'I never had a say.' From day one, I've never had a say."

Woody is also well known at Presbyterian St. Luke's hospital for spending numerous hours simply talking to other incredibly ill patients.

"I try not to tell them anything," he said. "I just try to listen to what they have to say."

"I was 16 years old when I was first diagnosed with cancer," he added. "I would say [to any other cancer patient] that now you're a part of this community. Embrace it. Now you will have this community rally around you."

9News started working on Woody's story months ago, when he was working on his last round of chemo.

Back then he told us, "I feel like it's time to move on. I've had my fun dabbling with cancer, and now it's time to move on."

This week, Woody Roseland called to tell us the cancer has returned once again.

You could tell he was trying to smile when he told us.

"You just don't meet people like him every day," an oncology floor nurse once told us about Woody. "He's a tough guy, but it's hard work."

For more on Woody Roseland and his journey go to: http://woodyroseland.com/

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