The first Sunday of June is Cancer Survivor’s Day. It is party day 6/5/16. If you or your loved one survived the disease, still living with cancer or in the middle of treatments, you are survivors and you are on the party list!
If you had the word cancer associated with your health and well being, that makes you a survivor too. The survivor’s family and friends can attend the festivities too because as we all know in the cancer community, cancer effects the whole family.
I am not sure if there is a Cancer Survivor Hallmark card noting you survived another year or not, but here should be one. One that conveys the message:
“You didn’t Die Yet, so let’s Celebrate Today”!
For those new to the world of cancer the event is a great resource. The biggies like breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer awareness/support groups are usually well represented. Usually there are non-profit support groups, cancer activity groups, research groups, and screening groups for a variety of cancers.
And of course there is swag, food and chances to win something. Music and face painting, henna painting, balloons and something for everyone to celebrate.
It may sound odd but it is fun. I meet up with some friends and usually unfortunately one of them brings some one new. It is nice to meet new people but I wish it wasn’t because they have cancer. Friends that aren’t there, I pretend they are busy and couldn’t make it even if I know they are dead. It works for me!
Cancer is a very sneaky disease. Subsequently we survivors are always second-guessing ourselves. We question a cough that appears to be lasting too long, a mole that was unnoticed, or a new ache and pain. We all wonder if it is the cancer coming back. This hypochondrium can drive non-cancer friends and family crazy but to other survivors it seems perfectly normal.
Me: I think I have cancer of the ear cartilage.
Non-Cancer Person: You think you have cancer of the ear?
Survivor: Oh Yes, that is totally a cancer.
On cancer survivor’s day we can fly our paranoid, freaked out cancer flag high. We can talk freely with each other and relish another year of life!
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