Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day®
Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment have resulted in longer survival. among those who have been diagnosed with cancer. However, as I have written of here many times, surviving cancer can leave a legacy of physical and emotional problems in its wake. Survivors may face many challenges including access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, denial of health and life insurance coverage, financial hardships long after the initial diagnosis and treatment, employment problems, psychological struggles and the strain on personal relationships and the profound fear of recurrence. However, cancer survivors can live active, productive lives even though they still face many challenges.
National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, worldwide Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, Canada, and other participating countries. Participants unite in a symbolic event to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.
In most areas, National Cancer Survivors Day is traditionally observed on the first Sunday in June, and today NCSD is celebrating its 23rd year . The non-profit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation supports hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host National Cancer Survivors Day events in their communities by providing free guidance, education and networking. Anyone considering hosting an NCSD event can obtain a free NCSD Planning Guide on their website.
My friend Jody, an inspirational survivor herself, has written a lovely reflection on NCSD. You can read it here. Jody writes that we don’t really need a special day to celebrate survivorship, “because every single day already is” She is right of course, but we can always use this day to unite together in our appreciation of our collective survivorship.
May you continue to thrive and be well today and for all the days to come.