Thanks to National Cancer Institute @nci for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁 https://unsplash.com/photos/eRExodEMiOE

Thanks to National Cancer Institute @nci for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁
https://unsplash.com/photos/eRExodEMiOE

 

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

June 6, 2021, is National Cancer Survivors Day. Those who have either fought a battle with cancer or have supported friends and/or family have an understanding of what it truly means to have survived.  Regardless there is shock, disbelief, panic, and fear when a cancer diagnosis is revealed.
The experience of such a diagnosis is generally unexpected and unanticipated. It will often create tremendous emotional turmoil and stress as life is literally turned upside down.

Choosing to fight cancer is the choice to survive, and it demands focus and dedication to seek the appropriate treatments and support necessary to get through such an ordeal.

Though there may be family and friends who wish to help, the decision to want to live and fight back or die is completely an individual choice.

The National Cancer Institute, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, estimates that there are currently approximately 17 million cancer survivors in the US today. They anticipate there will be 22.1 million cancer survivors by 2030.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

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