National Cancer Survivor’s Day

National Cancer Survivor’s Day

Sunday, June 7, 2020, is National Cancer Survivor’s Day. Each year, millions of cancer survivors celebrate, and are celebrated, in many different ways. This year, however, celebrating this milestone may look different. As a cancer survivor of 22 years, I have found myself reflecting on my cancer journey in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic. I am reminded to:

  • appreciate life and each day
  • be thankful for the family and friends in my life
  • focus on what I can control
  • connect with my loved ones
  • stay hydrated
  • maintain a healthy diet
  • begin or maintain an exercise routine
  • get good sleep every night

According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a cancer survivor is defined as a person who is living with, through and beyond cancer. This means that cancer survivorship starts at diagnosis. So for those of you with a cancer diagnosis, wherever you are on your cancer journey, please know you are considered a cancer survivor. Here are some ways you can celebrate on June 7th and each and every day:

  • Take a break
  • Write a gratitude letter to yourself
  • Create a (COVID-19 friendly) bucket list, and do something on it
  • Schedule a (virtual) get together with family or friends to celebrate your relationships
  • Start a daily ritual of doing something you love
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Buy yourself a gift
  • Add some happiness into the lives of your family, friends or colleagues.

Finally, as part of celebrating you, please remember to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health. As your oncology nurse navigators, Rose and I are here to support you wherever you are on your cancer journey.

–Eden Stotsky-Himelfarb