Aug 29, 2003 - 10:56 am
"The truth is, if you asked me to choose between winning the Tour de France and having cancer, I would choose cancer. Odd as it sounds, I would rather have the title of cancer survivor than Tour de France winner, because of what the experience has done for me as a human being, a man, a husband, a son and a father."
"I am a cancer survivor. Although I'm not glad I had cancer, and I don't wish it on anybody, I am better for it. Sometimes the best gifts come in the ugliest packages!"
"I feel so fortunate and grateful to be a survivor of Breast Cancer. I was diagnosed in 1992 and I am so happy to report it is now 2003 and I am cancer free! I feel I owe my good health to several things particularly my wonderful doctors! A positive attitude, which is essential to ones ultimate survival, good nutrition both emotionally and in a dietary sense are invaluable. I balanced my western chemotherapy and surgery with eastern philosophies and practiced meditation, yoga and prayer. I complimented my treatments with herbs, homeopathy and acupuncture to combat my nausea and to help me stay centered and focused. Equally important were my conversations with other women who have gone through the same treatment. It helped me to understand what was ahead of me. Last but not least, the support of my family and good friends was priceless and lots of laughter-the best medicine of all!!! I realize that I am blessed to be alive and every day I acknowledge and affirm that life is a gift--so live in the present!"
"Like so many others, I became more intimately involved with the fight against breast cancer when my mother, Carol, was stricken by this terrible disease in the late 80's. What I found to be particularly troubling was that while the rate for breast cancer was at an unacceptable 1 in 9 women nationally, the local rate on Long Island was a disproportional and catastrophic 1 in 6. For nearly a decade, my mother and her friends have provided support, raised awareness and funds to help find a cure through the Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund."
"I survived cancer. I'm one of the lucky ones. I strongly believe that with early detection most cancer is treatable, but public awareness and access to low-cost or free cancer screenings is essential to beating this disease. My mission is to share my personal experiences overcoming cancer in the hopes of inspiring others to get tested early."
"I lost my father to colon cancer but am happy to say I have several family members who are long time cancer survivors. Everyone needs to be pro-active and know the various warning signs. We still need to find the cures, BUT early detection and research to make detection easier at earlier stages, along with the treatments needs, is still a must. I salute all those winning the battle."
"In many ways, going through a diagnosis of Thyroid Cancer changed my life for the better. I know it's easy to say now that they gave me the official 'cure.' ...but I've lived every day of my life as if it were my last. I have cherished every single second of every single day. Only we who have survived, are surviving and will survive can understand that. In another way, it seems like a lesson from God to appreciate every solitary aspect of life itself."
"National Cancer Survivors Day is a triumph of human spirit and medical science. It is a testament to how far cancer treatment has come and a tribute to the nearly 9 million Americans continuing to live their lives after a cancer diagnosis. The courage of these survivors is an inspiration to us all. It is also a reminder of what is possible -- and why we must continue this essential work to save lives."
They have more at the link I posted above. Very insiring stories. Also, people have to be aware that cancer diagnosis doesn't mean a death sentence any more!