Monday, August 3, 2015

Day 128 Cancer Survivor Celebration

Photo Booth at Event
My blog inspiration, Everything I Need to Know I Learned From A Little Golden Book, recommends, “celebrate your birthday” and that is just what you do every year that you’re a cancer survivor.  My mother has been a survivor  for over five (5) years! Recently we attended a carnival themed cancer survivor celebration sponsored by UPMC Passavant Cancer Center.

It is a celebration when you see so many survivors – there were over 400 at this event! I love the idea of looking at the glass half full and not half empty when facing any adversity.  I walked among people proudly wearing name tags from 1 year to over 20 years of survivorship .  I was excited for the man who told me, “Yay, I have been coming to these   things for over 20 years!” 


As I ate dinner, I noticed a lot of dialogue about the disease. It is great to have a safe place to talk about your struggles, treatment, or just to tell your story. There was  a speaker  who was the Administrative Director of John Hopkins Breast Center and also a two-time cancer survivor!

My mother and I love to play games and to win something .  This  evening, everyone seemed to be a  a winner celebrating each year of life. (If you are looking for a survivor celebration contact your treatment center.  Also The American Cancer Society -Relay for Life , has a celebration event  for each survivor category. )

Sky on the drive to event
Spiritual Reflection
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems, and trials, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in use, and character strengthens or confident  expectation of salvation. (Romans 5: 3,4) 

Other Sources
Kathleen Bryte (Patient Family and Community Educator for UPMC Passavant) 412 748-5762