Today 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 define survivorship from cancer as the time from diagnosis throughout the rest of a person’s life. No matter your definition, living with blood cancer can be physically and emotionally challenging for patients, loved ones, and caregivers from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
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Share your experience as a blood cancer patient, caregiver, or advocate.
Use the hashtag #NCSD2018 to help spread awareness about the challenges of survivorship and the ways we can improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Read how other members of the community have dealt with issues of survivorship.
Hello My Name is Survivor
By Cindy Chmielewski — May 31, 2018
“Although I never achieved a complete remission from my myeloma and still receive treatment, I am proud to call myself a cancer survivor.” Read More
The Words We Use
By Bob McEachern — May 29, 2018
“Words matter. And the words we use to describe ourselves – and the words that we insist others use to describe us – might influence the way we live our lives.” Read More
Confronting the Anniversary Challenge
By Ronni Gordon — May 18, 2018
“These emotional landmines come in many forms. The day that you suspected something was wrong. The date of diagnosis… The day that you knew nothing would ever be the same.” Read More
On Being A Cancer Survivor and Nurse
By Carole McCue — May 11, 2018
Cancer survivors who are nurses experience the same fears and concerns as other patients and are challenged with the dual role of being both a patient and care provider. Read More