June 3rd is the 31st annual National Cancer Survivors Day! Observed each year on the first Sunday in June, this day honors survivors, those currently in the fight against cancer, and all loved ones who provide support along the way. While celebrating life, National Cancer Survivors Day also brings awareness to the many challenges cancer patients face during and after treatment.
The words survivor and survivorship can have different meanings for different people. Some people think of someone who has completed treatment and doesn’t have any signs of cancer. Others use the term survivor from diagnosis throughout the rest of a person’s life. No matter your definition, living with lung cancer can be physically and emotionally challenging for patients, loved ones, and caregivers from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
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Reflections of a 5-year Lung Cancer Survivor
“I had lived 53 years in preparation for opening my life and lung cancer experience to others. I could not teach, inspire, guide, mentor, commiserate, or any number of other important activities I now perform without having the first-hand experience of living life as a late-stage lung cancer patient.” Read More
Banish “Survivor” from the Cancer Dialogue
“What I have to say here goes against convention, but when we are dealing with trying to change the stigma and popular understanding of lung cancer there must be some changes in how we talk about ourselves and our conditions.” Read More