June 5, 2011 marks the 24th annual National Cancer Survivors Day.  I feel so grateful to be one of the estimated 12 million cancer survivors in America.  Today is a day that I reflect on my journey.  According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation site, ” Hundreds of communities worldwide will host events on this day to celebrate life and demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.  National Cancer Survivors Day is a treasured annual celebration of life. Joy and hope, camaraderie and faith, and triumph over adversity will be on full display. It is a day for everyone, whether you’re a cancer survivor, a family member, a friend, or a medical professional. This day provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors, and recognize the healthcare providers, families, and friends who have supported them along the way.”

So many people, organizations and groups come together on this day to unite.  LIVESTRONG created a page with Stand Up to Cancer that allows survivors to express themselves.  There is a space on the page that links to your facebook status showing the answer to the question, “What Do You Want to Say to Cancer?”

“How are you going to honor this day?”  That is my question to you.


Did you know this Sunday, June 6 is the 23rd annual National Cancer Survivors Day? Well I didn’t. I never even heard about it until this week.  Then again, its only been a little over a year since I became a cancer survivor.  But I’ve done some research and found out that on National Cancer Survivors Day, communities all over the United States and other countries hold events for cancer survivors and their caregivers.  So if you’re reading this before June 6, check out and see if there are any local events in your area.  If it’s after June 6, then plan ahead for next year!

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation (www.ncsdf.org) site has lots of good information about it.  I really liked their definition for a survivor, which is “anyone living with cancer—from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.” I’m so grateful to be a cancer survivor!