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October: Cancer Awareness Month: Honoring All Cancer Survivors

“Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today, let us begin.”

Mother Teresa

“October is the month set aside each year to help raise awareness of the screening tests and treatments available for breast cancer. Sponsored by the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Susan G Komen Institute, among others, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness of the prevalence of breast cancer and to encourage people to take control of their own health by doing breast self-examinations and getting screenings for the disease.”

I'm a Cancer Survivor, going on 7 years now. I will never forget the day I received my diagnosis. I was shaken, scared and confused. But, as time went on and I went through treatments, I became stronger and developed a newfound respect for other survivors like me and for life itself.

I found comfort with the close relationships with my family and friends, journaling, exercising and counseling.

4 ways to Honor a Cancer Survivor

  1. Join a Celebration or Event: Take time to plan an event in a way that honors them.

  2. Share your Gratitude for Their Providers. Reach out to the caregivers/team who card for your loved one.

  3. Volunteer with Them: Volunteer with them at a local or national organization.

  4. Make a Donation: Make a donation on your loved ones behalf to an organization or institution that supports cancer patients and research.

5 Ways to Help Support Cancer Survivors

- Be patient with your loved ones and try to understand where they are in their cancer journey

- Plan uplifting outings

- Understand cancer survivors also need rest

- Listen to them

- Be there for them- don’t ask them; just show up

A few Websites/Information/Tools for Cancer Survivors

Cancer Survival Toolbox: Free Audio Program created by leading organizations to help people

develop skills to better meet and understand the challenges of their illness.

Cancer. Net: Provides information for cancer survivors and their friends and family.

Written and Submitted by GSS Agent#3013

Works Cited:

Health Cleveland


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