Cancer survivor day is next week. Maybe you knew there was a day, maybe not, now you do. It is the first Sunday of June. The thing about cancer survivor day is that either you are a survivor or you are dead! 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. There should be one. Cancer is a tricky disease because there are just a few that are truly curable. The rest of the cancers are all put into a state of remission or if you are living with metastatic cancer, managed.
For those new to the world of cancer the event is a great resource happening. The biggies like breast, ovarian, and prostate 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 know I meet up with some friends and usually unfortunately one of them brings some one new. It is nice to meet new people but you wish it wasn’t because they have cancer.
Cancer is a very sneaky disease. All it takes is one rogue cell to go awry. Subsequently we survivors are in a way always looking over our shoulders. 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 friends, and family crazy but to other survivors it seems perfectly normal.
On cancer survivor day we can fly our paranoid flag high. We can talk freely with each other and relish another year!