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:
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:
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.