National Cancer Survivors Day 2016
By: Courtney Floyd
Today is National Cancer Survivors Day—a celebration of life! It is a day to honor those who are survivors those who have recently been diagnosed and families of those who have passed.
I reach out to several of our patients and asked what being a breast cancer survivor meant to them as individuals and was honestly touched by their responses.
“Proudly living my life with gratitude and not allowing Cancer to define me!” -Catherine L.
“For me it has felt like my life became one big doctor appointment. I’m glad I’m a survivor but it’s still hard especially because I have to see my oncologist every three months and the Tamoxifen has caused so many uncomfortable side effects. I’m still trying to find my new normal living as a cancer survivor.” -Carla B.
“Being a cancer survivor means inspiring and encouraging others. It gives a genuine meaning to living each day to the fullest and appreciating each and every moment we are given here.” -Jen R.
“Cancer survivor = Grace! Grace is equated with the power to live a good and fulfilling life, but most importantly to share my testimony and tell others what Christ has done in my life. I am a cancer SURVIVOR... by the Grace of God!!” -Amanda Esparza
“The day I was diagnosed with breast cancer I became a survivor. I have found inner strength, peace, a passion for life and the will to help others along their Journey! Surviving is thriving!” -Jessica M.
“My life is forever changed since my diagnosis of breast cancer. My surgery was actually on my birthday! It was the greatest gift of all! Every day I thank God for all the women that went before me. Those courageous women that suffered through experimental treatments, donated their tumors for scientific research, allowed surgeons to perform techniques that were new and not perfected. All this so other women could conquer cancer and feel normalcy to the best degree. Of course, I am thankful to PRMA and Dr Nastala! I have an immense feeling of gratitude every day. Life is beautiful.” -Jeanette T.
“Having survived cancer twice I feel that I live my life with far less fear. I find that being a bit more bold and brave helps me "slay that cancer dragon". I've kicked it to the curb twice and God willing won't have to again. Surrounding myself with positive, loving individuals is always good fuel for my soul as well.” -Terri C.
Sending extra love to all those effected by this terrible disease today, but also celebrating the many lives saved by latest technologies and advances in patient education and early detection.