Taking the right steps to healthy survivorship

I want to share a great web site for survivors of childhood cancer. The website is called Beyond the Cure.

One of the topics, Cancer’s Impact, talks about feelings and emotions after your treatments. It says that you should expect to have a wide range of emotions from anxiety, confusion, anger, depression to happiness and excitement for your future. These feelings are normal and show you’re only human. You don't need to feel as if you need to mask these emotions. Admit to yourself that it's okay not to be perfect 24/7. Don't think you need to advertise that "cancer is cool." [More on this topic in a future blog!]

The Your Future section talks about employment and college. Beyond the Cure also gives out college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors.

The one section of the web site I really like is Take Charge. Their tips on healthy eating, exercising, safety and living are easy to implement and just make sense.

Being a cancer survivor means that you can live life to the fullest. All those dreams you have can now come true, just as long as you do something about them. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”

Never underestimate your strength; you are a lot stronger than you give yourself credit for. 

And to close, I love this statement from the Advocacy section of the site:

Nationally recognized patient advocate and attorney Grace Monaco tells survivors: "Come out from the shadows, put the past in perspective, seize the future. Do not merely survive, but LIVE to the fullest." (Monaco, 2003)

Care. Commit. Change.
Carolyn Rubenstein

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