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Lhearn

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Subject:Survivor?

I keep hearing from various sources that you are a cancer survivor from day of diagnosis. Is this true? As someone who is in the middle of treatment, I don't feel like a cancer survivor.


Posted: 06 Feb 2013 01:51 PM
Originally Posted: 06 Feb 2013 01:50 PM
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Lhearn

Lhearn

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Subject:Survivor?

Congratulations! You are surviving your treatment! This is one of the early steps in the journey of survivorship.  It may not feel very good at this point but look at the challenge that you faced and your decision to move forward. Survivorship is not a sprint run but rather a marathon. It takes a trooper to cope with the everyday struggles of treatment and it is not for wimpy folks! Survivorship is not about a goal but about the journey. Give yourself credit for the work that you do every day. There are two ways to begin looking at survivorship in a new way.

-Attend the Anderson Network Survivors Conference in September 2013 if at all possible. You will meet people at all stages of the journey and hear their stories of surviving and thriving.

-Read about survivorship in books or sites on the web. Many national organizations for survivorship offer strategies for living fully and living well.

Not every day is roses along the cancer journey but there is always another flower around the next bend. It may be a smiling child, a laugh with a friend, a painless day or an entire garden.


Posted: 25 Feb 2013 09:18 AM
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