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Monday, August 3, 2015
Day 128 Cancer Survivor Celebration
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. )
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)
Kathleen Bryte (Patient Family and Community Educator for UPMC Passavant) 412 748-5762
American Cancer Society-Relay for Life http://www.cancer.org/involved/participate/relayforlife/index
Posted by Cindy Marie