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What Does Survivorship Mean to You?

In this forum discussion, we invite you to share your thoughts and personal experiences on the theme of survivorship.

Survivorship is not just about surviving a diagnosis but also about thriving in the face of adversity. It encompasses the physical, emotional, and psychological challenges that individuals and their loved ones may face during and after treatment. We want to hear from you:

1. What does survivorship mean to you personally?

2. How have you or someone you know been affected by blood cancer, and what strategies have helped you navigate the journey towards survivorship?

3. Are there any inspirational stories or advice you'd like to share with others who are currently battling blood cancer or supporting a loved one through it?

4. What initiatives or support networks have you found valuable during your or your loved one's journey?

Let's come together to discuss the concept of survivorship and share our insights, experiences, and hope during this important month of awareness and support. Your words may inspire and provide comfort to others who are on their own survivorship journey.

  1. Surviving blood cancer made me realize I was stronger than I thought I was. Even tho mine isn’t curable, this beast has changed my mindset that I can defeat anything that crosses my path, and ironically I thank it for that.

    1. that's a very powerful awareness! I know there are many here who would appreciate that mindset. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Survivorship. That’s an interesting question. For me I guess it means (now) that I can add “cancer survivor” to my list of disease qualifications and things I have survived. I’m getting to the point where there is a slim chance I might be invincible.

    As for others with blood cancer I know many, some on this very website, and I think I can say without reservation that we are stronger together. It helps to know that other people have gone through the same thing, I see it every day!

    I think the only inspirational story that I can think of is the one you are writing yourself. “You” as in the person who is going through their cancer journey. Every day you get up and face the cancer is inspirational and even if you do absolutely nothing that day, you still woke up and faced it. That, in my book, is pretty amazing.

    I think the answer to that is obvious - the support networks here are a great way to open the door into the myriad communities that exist online. You can even find local communities online where people meet in real life! It’s indispensable and helped me very much on my journey and still does! Keep on keepin’ on, DPM

    1. It feels great to be 5 years AML Leukemia cancer survivor

      1. Woo hoo! I celebrate you and your recovery! Wishing you many more years of health.
        Angie (Team Member)

      2. Yes! I hope you have many more years of health as well. Best!

    2. I’m in chemo at the moment. Survivorship means living every day to the fullest and appreciating the small, everyday pleasures.

      1. Let the new journey begin. It truly is about living each day like it's golden! Wishing you the very best during treatment. You got this! Xo

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