Yesterday was National Cancer Survivor Day. I am one of 12 million American survivors of the Big C and not among its 600,000 U.S. victims last year. Three years ago this month I was diagnosed with non Hodgkin lymphoma and in June 2009 I underwent a bone marrow transplant. I am among the 50% of recipients of my kind of transplant who make it past the two-year mark.
The NCSD Foundations defines a survivor as “anyone living with a history of cancer—from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.” That definition applies to all sorts of stressful situations: deadly disease, debilitating accident, dysfunctional family, broken marriage, death of a child, widowhood, financial ruin—and for some, the cancellation of the 2011 football season.
Everyone reading this is a survivor.
Survivor status is temporary.
Make the most of it.