National Cancer Survivors Day

Lefty Graves

The first Sunday in June has been set aside as National Cancer Survivors Day. Many decades ago, cancer was a death sentence. Today, more than ever before, there is life after cancer. There are many cancer survivors today, thanks to advanced medicine that kills off the cancer cells and leaves the other cells alone. As a result, the long-term survival rate for cancer patients has far surpassed the survival rate of yesteryear.

Set aside as a day for survivors to share their own personal journey and a day to offer hope and inspiration to newly diagnosed patients, this day is an important step in cancer patients' recovery and continued recovery. Anyone who has survived cancer knows well the emotional toll it can take on a person. There are many steps in recovery, both physically and mentally.

There are many support groups designed to help cancer patients and their families through the maze of diagnosis, treatment, and overall outlook and prognosis. Today also offers an opportunity for such groups to gather together and spread the word that they are out there to help support cancer patients and their families.

Our own family's personal experience includes one daughter who passed away from cancer and another daughter who survived cancer. The journey was long and arduous in both cases. However, without the support of such groups as Ronald McDonald House, ACCOIN, and Mark Rypien Foundation, we wouldn't have had the support we needed for a successful outcome. Use #CancerSurvivorsDay or #NCSD2021 to share your story on social media.

Without these resources, we would have had to drive over 150 miles roundtrip for each cancer treatment. We wouldn't have had accommodations; we wouldn't have had the emotional support required to make it through the treatment protocol. We wouldn't have been connected to other families similar to ours to share our own personal stories with.

Groups like Wishing Star and Make-A-Wish are set up to give children ages 3 to 21 who have a terminal illness or long-term illness a chance to take a break and have some fun while getting their wishes granted. If you can't donate to such groups financially, there are many other great ways to help out if you just contact them.

Every cancer treatment is different, even if two patients have the same type of cancer. Just as medications work differently for every patient, so do cancer treatments. No two treatment protocols are the same.

How To Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day

  • Use #CancerSurvivorsDay or #NCSD2021 to share your story on social media.
  • Donate to one of the organizations mentioned above (links are also available below in sources).
  • Attend an event for National Cancer Survivors Day.
  • Help connect a friend who has cancer with one of the organizations mentioned.

If you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, we encourage you to reach out to these different support networks. Many things can help you navigate your journey through cancer. Please share your story with us in the comments section. There's not a person that hasn't known someone with cancer or had cancer themselves in this day and age, and we'd love to hear your survival story. If you've lost someone you love to cancer, we are sorry for your loss as well. We know well the pain of losing a loved one to cancer.


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Lefty has been writing online since 2000 on various topics, including youth mentoring, addiction, parenting, gardening, advocating for seniors, sustainability, farming & more. She resides on a farm with her family in Northeastern Washington state.

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