Share your cancerversary story
I wrote a post at the end of September, celebrating my milestone 5-year cancerversary. In it I wrote of how I celebrated by doing the ordinary things – a walk, a coffee with a friend, cooking dinner for my husband…for it was the ordinary things I longed to be able to do again when I was ill. While for many people an occasion like this is a private time for reflection, others wish to share their stories. Recently I came across a website, run by The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) specifically intended for people to share what their cancerversary – and their cancer survivorship – means to them by allowing them to create a personalized Web page that shares their story.
I think it’s a marvellous idea and from my reading on their website of what this organization is all about, right in keeping with their founding principle of establishing an organization that would change the parlance from cancer “victim” to cancer “survivor.” As regular readers will know, I very much share their vision of an organization that deals with the full spectrum of survivorship issues related to living with, through, and beyond a cancer diagnosis.
NCCS’s definition of a survivor, from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life is now the norm for the cancer community and beyond. NCCS has expanded its definition of survivor to include family, friends, and caregivers.
Find out more at: http://www.canceradvocacy.org/