"We Are Cancer Babes"

Spunky cancer survivor Kris Carr doesn't consider her story a battle. She calls it an adventure.

"One of the things that's very important to me is that we are not victims, we are not 'oh-poor-so-and-so,'" Carr tells CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace. "We are cancer babes."

The former actress became a cancer babe on Valentine's Day 2003. She learned she has an extremely rare form of vascular cancer - one with no treatment and no cure.

"I'll do whatever it takes, whatever it takes," she says in her documentary.

So she became - in her words - a full-time healing junkie, completely revamping her diet and willing to try anything. Anger therapy. Sacred healing mud. Dance therapy.

"Cancer takes away a lot of things, but it doesn't have to take away your spirit or break your soul or take away your glow," Carr says.

She turned her video journal into a documentary and has written a book, "Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips," a hip girlfriend's guide to cancer.

"Crazy, sexy cancer - that totally doesn't go together," Carr says. "We're still these amazing young and wise women, and we just don't want to be defined - I don't want to be defined - by cancer."

At a well-being forum sponsored by fashion designer Donna Karan, Carr gave Karan a copy of her documentary. She's now watched it 14 times.

"It is the kind of movie that's not about cancer, it's about how we live in the lives that we live today," Karan says.

Four years after her diagnosis, Carr says her cancer is completely stable.

"I still live with the tumors, there's dozens of them inside me," she says. "They just sit there."

Along her adventure ride, she discovered the man behind the camera was the man of her dreams.

"It's a blessing," she says.

For Carr, it's not about living happily ever after. It's about living happily with cancer.
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