It is hard to find a person on earth who is not afraid of hearing that dreaded diagnosis. Years ago, to be told one had cancer was almost like receiving a death sentence. Yet today, there is hope. According to the American Cancer Society, two out of three people diagnosed with cancer will become a survivor. Due to better education, earlier diagnosis and more treatment options, at this very moment there are nearly 14 million cancer survivors living in America. Now that is something to celebrate!
And speaking of celebrating, today is National Cancer Survivors Day. If you know someone who is living with a history of cancer, take a moment to honor him or her today. For all that cancer patients and survivors have to endure, they sure to deserve a celebration.
Find a way to let that person (or persons) know how grateful and happy you are that he or she can enjoy a life after cancer. If you are looking for ideas, here are 10 simple ways to honor a cancer survivor today:
Give a greeting card or write out words of appreciation.
Pick up the phone to wish that person a happy Cancer Survivors Day.
Send a bouquet of flowers.
Go to lunch or out for coffee.
Give a small appreciation gift.
Throw a little impromptu party.
Take a hike or climb a hill to symbolize reaching the top.
Sign up for a 5k in his or her honor.
Take a memorable photo together.
Make a donation to a cancer charity in his or her name.
As you take time today to honor a friend or loved one, let us hope that one day soon every diagnosis will lead to a life after cancer.
To learn more about National Cancer Survivors Day events, go to: http://www.ncsd.org/. You can also follow along on Facebook at facebook.com/CancerSurvivorsDay or on Twitter at #NCSD2013 or @SurvivorsDay.
Who will you be honoring today?