• To those cancer survivors out there do you ever feel alone like your the only survivor??

    Asked by tnhhill94 on Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    To those cancer survivors out there do you ever feel alone like your the only survivor??

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    • MAGNUM1's Avatar
      MAGNUM1

      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.

      about 6 years ago
    • MAGNUM1's Avatar
      MAGNUM1

      Also, to any one who might feel that they are, all alone with their cancer "challenge", there are many support groups in most communities. I think that attending these meetings would be beneficial, to anyone in that situation.

      Plus, use WHAT NEXT to communicate with others, with similiar challenges.

      Those newly diagnosed, can greatly benefit from survivors experiences, and knowledge.

      Unless a person has ACTUALLY been through this cancer diagnosis/treatment, I don't believe they can fully relate to one who is currently dealing with it.

      about 6 years ago
    • tnhhill94's Avatar
      tnhhill94

      I'm a cancer survivor..and I feeel alone I've been in remisson for almost 12 years..and everyone around me seems lik there dien from this disease.

      about 6 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar
      PhillieG

      Yes and no. I'm still dealing with my original dx from 7 1/2 years ago (stage IV colon cancer) but there are many that I know from the ACS/CSN site that have been at the same stage and not fared as well. Some have done different treatments or went alternative routes, others exhausted all of their options and none of them "worked". So there have been times where I've felt that we both had a very similar situation but why have I done so well while they haven't. Then there are times when I've felt they were either steered or made "bad choices" - whatever that means - and I'm not surprised they didn't make it. Others have made it with flying colors!

      As someone once said to me "you haven't survived cancer until you die from something else". I took it as it was delivered, tongue in cheek.
      -p

      about 6 years ago
    • tnhhill94's Avatar
      tnhhill94

      But when your my age (17) and have had cancer its hard, my best friends mom just died from breast cancer and my best friend james sirlick died of lukemia this past year...

      about 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I am a 22 year survivor, but my most recent diagnosis was 2 years ago. I do not feel alone, If you look around there a lots and lots of people who are survivors. Many people do not talk about it too much. Go to your local relay for life where you live, there is a survivor group and you will see several people in your area who are survivors and proud to talk about it. You are not alone!!
      Stay positive.

      about 6 years ago
    • tnhhill94's Avatar
      tnhhill94

      I got a teen relay team together I'm so siked

      about 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      That's great that you are getting involved with Relay for Life. You will meet lot's of people in your same position and others who just want to help and support you. You will meet a person from the ACS that is your local relay's staff partner, they will be able to provide you with information and help in whatever you need. Have fun while doing it, we work hard, but have a lot of fun too.

      about 6 years ago

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