No, I have never really felt as if I was alone, being a cancer survivor for over 7 years now. A big reason for this is the ACS Relay For Life program. It is a celebration of life, and everyone's birthday. If you attend a Relay For Life event, you will see literally hundreds of other survivors. You realize just how widespread cancer is, and how it has SOME impact on most everyone.
The day that I was diagnosed, I definitely felt like I was the only one in the world, facing this cancer "challenge." After all, when you hear the "C" word, as your diagnosis, its like getting hit over the head with a 2X4! The more you learn about cancer, the more you realize that you are NOT alone.
Seeing people who have survived, for a number of years, gives newly diagnosed people---- HOPE.