Even Cancer Survivors Forget Life is Precious

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By Kay Kerbyson

We all know by now that cancer survivors don’t always show their true emotions, and I’m no better than any other.

But its Cancer-versary time again and to say I’ve been down of late would be an understatement. But something I heard the other day gave me the sudden jolt I needed to kick myself in the butt!

Any cancer survivor will tell you that Cancer-versaries are tough. Whether it’s that time of year when you were first diagnosed, or the time when your recurrence came back, or a time goal for being in remission, it has a huge impact on your well-being and self-esteem.

I can remember every second of the day I was first diagnosed and, around anniversary time, I can play it over and over again in my head in minute detail, even when I don’t want to. The fears, the sadness, all come back as though I’m right there again.

Sometimes you feel that there is absolutely nothing you can do to pull yourself out of the quagmire. For me, just having a day to myself, when I clear my calendar, don’t read my e-mail or do any of my volunteer stuff, can help. It’s my day and it’s rejuvenation.

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