June 1st is cancer survivors day! Are you a survivor?

@JoyfulOne (6242)
United States
May 30, 2008 12:40pm CST
June 1st is Cancer Survivors Day in America. If you, or a loved one, has survived cancer, please drop us a line or two here and let us know. By doing this you might help somebody else who is just starting to go through their own cancer ordeal, or that of someone dear to them. Give somebody some hope today and share. I am a 6 year cancer survivor myself, and I want to say 'never give up hope'...I had two different cancers in the same organ, at the same time. I was not given good odds, but I'm here today and still cancer free! Keep your faith and hope alive!
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• United States
2 Jun 08
I am a survivor of renal cell cancer. It's been 3 years now. Another 2 years and my doctor will pronounce me "cured". I was very, very fortunate that the cancer was discovered by accident and at a very early stage. How is was found was when I went to the Emergency Room with abdominal pain. I was in a lot of pain from a ruptured bowel (I suffered from diverticulosis - a disease where small 'pouches' form in the large intestinal wall). In the CT scan that was done to pin point the problem, a small tumor was found on my left kidney. The Monday after Thanksgiving Day, I was in surgery for a colon resection. I recovered from that surgery over the Holidays. The first Tuesday in January (six weeks later) I was back in surgery for the nephrectomy. The surgical report from the kidney says that it was a stage 1 renal cell cancer - the earliest stage in the progression of cancers. I did not need chemotherapy nor radiation therapy. Therefore I am a big fan of early detection. The one unforturnate fact of renal cell cancer is that it is a 'silent' cancer, causing no symptons until it has progressed to the point of causing pain and bleeding. Then, chemotherapy and radiation therapy along with surgical removal is a must. I work in a hospital laboratory. I see every day cancer survivors coming in for lab tests to monitor their health. In surviving cancer, keeping a positive attitude, keeping your faith and hope up is just as important as the chemo, radiaion, and meds. Best wishes to all the cancer survivors!
• United States
13 Aug 08
Thanks for awarding me best response! Sorry, I have been remiss in answering sooner. My manners are lacking here..... Again, Thank you, JoyfulOne. God Bless.
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@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
30 May 08
My wife's best friend is a cancer survivor and we have the pink ribbons on our cars to show support.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
30 May 08
That's really wonderful, I'm glad to hear she's a survivor! And it's very nice of you all to have the pink support ribbons. I'm sure that means a lot to her to have your visible show of support!
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
30 May 08
Congrats to you Joy, I am so happy that you survived your cancer. I know some people that have beat the big C and some that put up a good fight and lost. Your right we should never give up hope. I know a special lady that is losing her battle. She had thought she beat it before, it came back. Now its everywhere and there is nothing more that can be done. Just treating the pain, she has lived about 2 yrs. past what they has said that she had to live. She has been fighting hard. My heart breaks for her and her family. Take care, I am truly happy for you.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
30 May 08
Aw, Vicky, that's such a shame about your friend, my heart goes out to her and her family, and my prayers are with her.
@mehale (2200)
• United States
30 May 08
Our now 7 year old son was diagnosed with AML Leukemia two days after his 4th birthday. He has been in remission since his first chemo treatment and has now been cancer free long enough to be moved to the after care group in children's hospital. To look at him now, he might be a bit short for his age, but other than that he is a normal, rowdy little boy and you can't even tell he was ever that sick! Never give up hope!
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
30 May 08
Thank you so much for responding mehale. That is good that your little guy is free of the leukemia. It must have been such a shock to have something like this at such a little age. Hard on the parents and hard for the child that has to go through this. Thank heavens that he is doing well. I agree: never ever give up hope, miracles happen every day! Bless you and your son, and I wish for him continued success, health, and happiness!
2 Jun 08
Hi, I am a 11 year survivor of Rectal Cancer, I am 60 now. Be sure to start having your colonoscopies at least by the age of 50. Colo-rectal cancer is so easy to stop if treatment is sought early! Linda In Texas
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
31 May 08
My aunt was diagnosed with bre@st cancer on Easter of 2007. She went through having a mastectomy and is taking tamofixen she is now cancer free and we hope she will stay that way.
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