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A survivor...


Sheri

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Here in Beerfield MI (population 540), we are having our annual town garage sale. Coming back from the store I felt compelled to stop at a house when I saw an elderly lady wearing a purple relay for life tshirt labeled as a survivor.

I tapped her on the back and congratulated her on her survivorship and explained I lost my Dad almost three years ago to cancer. She has been battling NSCLC for five years and lost her husband and son to cancer. My eyes teared up. I asked "how can someone live through the tremendous loss?" She shrugged her shoulders and said, "you have to do it one day at a time."

As simple as this message was, she demonstrated courage. It would be great if we could designate a day each year for all cancer survivors. You guys deserve it!

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Thank you for sharing such a great story! There is a day every year. It's called National Cancer Survivors Day and a celebration is held every year on June 6th (for the past 23 yrs). (might be a different day in June in different states) but cancercareservices.org holds a huge celebration that is free to survivors of all cancers. I was lucky enough to have a booth there representing LUNGevity (as well as participate since I am a cancer survivor too) this year at the event in Ft. Worth at the Victory Arts Center.

I think one day at a time is how any of us makes it thru. What a courageous woman indeed. Thank you for honoring her by telling this story.

(((hugs)))

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