Cancer Survivor’s Day is Sunday June 4th, 2017. I am the lucky one because I am choosing not to attend the festivities this year. Lucky because I am in total remission and I have the luxury of feeling good and my cancer is in my rear view window. Here are the 4 top reasons I am not celebrating Cancer Survivor’s Day:
- Every day for me is a cancer survivor day because I am on the other side of treatments, appointments and scans.
- Too many friends have died for me to assure a newbie in the world of cancer that they will be fine.
- So many people with cancer are scared about their long-term health care with the current administration. That adds another burden to the cancer patient and saps the joy out of surviving. The question becomes surviving at what cost to my family and me! Right now there are no answers so I choose not have that discussion.
- There is a breaking point of being current on cancer research or just reading for fun. I have let my scientific periodical reading slide and have embraced reading fiction. Listening to lectures with graphs and mortality rates, I don’t want to!
Cancer Survivor’s Day is a fun filled event for the entire family. I encourage any new cancer patients to attend in their city. The bonding with other patients, other survivors is empowering.
This year I will spend time in my garden and think about how lucky I am. I survived, I am alive and I have my health. My Grandmother used to often say, “If you have your health, you have everything!” She of course was correct.
Cancer affects the entire family but those of us going through the ordeal know it is a very personal experience. Alone, we are the ones feeling poorly or not. We are in charge of our own health choices, to continue treatments or not. We are the survivors or not. For me right now, none of those discussions or choices or decisions is on my agenda and I am relishing in being a Lucky One!
I am knocking on wood and crossing my fingers that my remission will last!
Have you attended a Cancer Survivor’s Day happening?