Hubby goes in for his 2nd 6-month PT scan next month after enduring the grotesquely challenging esophageal cancer treatment, which included lengthy chemo and the maximum radiation dosing a human body can endure. We remain confident his tests will still show his body to be free of cancer. Why are we confident? Because it’s the best choice.
I had always thought that hitting the 5-year cancer-free goal defined being a cancer survivor. Au contraire! The National Cancer Institute is the authority when it comes to defining cancer terms. Officially, when it comes to cancer, a person is considered to be a survivor “from the time of diagnosis until the end of life.” If you are among the millions who are currently living with cancer, please take a moment to give yourself some credit. Whatever your path, it’s far from easy. None of us gets out of this Life alive, but cancer delivers a distinctly challenging path.
So, bravo to everyone who has received the chilling diagnosis and has survived or is still alive! YOU are a Survivor! Even if you are currently still living with it and fighting it, congratulations! You ARE a Survivor. Today (June 4th), for the entire month of June, and always… we salute you!!!
(Photo courtesy of National Cancer Institute)