To say most of us know someone whose life has been touched by cancer is probably an understatement. We'd venture to posit that -- whether it's their own, or that of someone to whom they are close – nearly every adult in America has experienced that crushing moment when they've heard the diagnosis -- and then all the moments afterwards when they've learned, firsthand, what it means to their lives.
For most people, once cancer comes into the picture, the word is never far from our minds. Those who are fortunate to have years, even decades, in remission, may be living with lasting effects of the disease or the treatment, and the enduring fear that it could rear up again at any time. Those who have been recently diagnosed may be struggling to come to grips with being new members of this club – one to which they never wished to belong.
We observe National Cancer Survivors Day for all of the reasons above. It's so important that people understand that the physical, emotional and financial impact of cancer can linger for years after a survivor gets "the good news" of remission.
This day also gives us an opportunity to provide hope and support to those who are currently locked in a battle with cancer, and their families.
And finally, it gives us a chance to rejoice with people who have triumphed over cancer. While the road forward may not be perfectly smooth, they have achieved an extraordinary victory and they deserve to celebrate it.
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