National Cancer Survivors Day (& Month)

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)

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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