Years of Survivorship: 2
As a healthy, driven, newly separated, 41-year-old professor, the very last thing I expected was to have my doctor find a lump in my breast during a routine exam. It is not a path I would have chosen, yet I cannot regret the many positive ways in which living with cancer has changed my life for the better.
I learned to ask for help when I need it. I learned to accept help that I don’t know I need. I learned that allowing others to love you in thought and deed is a blessing for them, as well as for you. I learned to be open to the kindness of strangers, of which I was often the recipient. I learned to be patient and to receive. I learned that the true measures of strength are the willingness to be afraid and to give up my need for control of everything that happens to me. I learned that fear and optimism can coexist if we let them.
For more than a 100 years, The American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, we have helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating our research findings into action, we've seen a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s.
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