What cancer cannot do.....
Cancer is so limited.
It cannot cripple Love. It cannot shatter Hope.
It cannot corrode Faith. It cannot destroy Peace.
It cannot kill Friendship. It cannot suppress Memories.
It cannot silence Courage. It cannot invade the Soul.
It cannot steal eternal Life. It cannot conquer the Spirit.
Survivorship-We know that cancer is a chronic disease. There may be short term and long term effects. Others may not be affected at all. They will have freedom from the disease. They will not fear recurrences as they are truly cured.
What does it mean to be a survivor? It means that you will return to a "new normal." You have gone from active treatment to possibly no treatment. You will move forward, celebrate life and be free from the disease. You will put the disease behind you and most likely live a quality life.
For others it will be a fear or recurrence, you may have quality of life issues due to the side effects of treatments. For example, you may be over weight from treatments. You may suffer from, sleep and fatigue issues. Some may be experiencing chemo brain and memory issues from chemo or drugs. Some patients may have neuropathy and lymph edema from surgery and drugs. Others may have cardiac problems from the type of breast cancer or radiation to the heart side of their body. Some patients have to look out of secondary cancers. There are others who may have problems from chemo such as cardiac issues or osteoporosis. There are those affected by hormone therapy. They may have secondary cancers, osteoporosis, heart disease and other related health problems. For these patients, healthy eating, a healthy weight is so important. They have to monitor their life style choices as well.
What should a patient do to have a new normal as they move forward? They should celebrate each day. Each day is a gift. They need to enjoy their strengths, and enjoy moments with family and friends. Patients who have chronic problems need to look at their work life style choices. Is this the job for them or is it too stressful. Re-evaluating life choices is important. It is important to be social able,love yourself and care for others. Each patient needs to find what gives them spiritual inspiration, hope, strength and courage in the next journey of their life. They need to find time to reflect, express and move forward. It is not good to be angry, depressed, anxious and fearful. Life, family, and friends are important. It is really important to deal with health problems, pain, and lead a healthy life style. It is what you do with your life that is important. It is your choice.
Facts: In 2014 there were 14.4 million survivors. As of Jan. 2014, 3,131,440 (41% were breast cancer survivors and 624,890 were uterine cancer survivors).