June 2, 2013

June 2nd is National Cancer Survivor’s Day.

What is National Cancer Survivor’s Day?  Well, this is directly from their website:

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual, treasured Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide and around the world. It is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community. Participants unite in a symbolic event to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, productive, and even inspiring.

It is a day for everyone, whether you’re a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional. This day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer – including America’s nearly 14 million cancer survivors – to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. Anyone can host an NCSD event. Get started with our 7 simple steps to organize your event.

When is National Cancer Survivors Day? National Cancer Survivors Day is traditionally observed on the first Sunday in June. However, some communities choose a different day for their local celebration.

What does the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation do? The nonprofit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation provides free guidance, education, and networking to hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host NCSD events in their communities. Through National Cancer Survivors Day, the Foundation works to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors by educating the public on the issues of survivorship.

Who is a cancer survivor? The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a “survivor” as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. National Cancer Survivors Day is an opportunity for your community to demonstrate that it has an active, productive cancer survivor population.

I’ve never taken part in this event, although my life was touched by cancer long before I was a patient.  This year, I think I’m going to celebrate here on my blog – a virtual party for all of you who follow me that have been touched by cancer – for those of you who have battled and won, or are still battling, or are merely striving to live your life to its fullest.  For those of you don’t have a diagnosis, but have had a family member or friend touched by cancer. 
Help me celebrate National Survivor’s day by spreading the word.  And please know, a survivor isn’t necessarily someone who has beaten the disease and has received an updated status of remission or NED (No Evidence of Disease) or are, God willing, considered cured.  A survivor is merely someone who has not let cancer beat them. 
Live your lives.  Live them loud and proud.  And show cancer who is boss.
I’m a survivor.  Are you?

One thought on “June 2, 2013

  1. Marked my calendar. I agree that survival is counted from the day of diagnosis. I will be proudly sporting my survivor tshirt that day.

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