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What is Cancer Survivorship?

In preparation for the first official entry into the SHAREing & CAREing blogoshphere I did a quick Google search on the definition of cancer survivorship. There were many. You can be labeled a survivor at diagnosis, during treatment, after treatment, 5+ years after treatment…but Miriam-Webster puts it most eloquently: to remain alive; to continue to live. That seems to get to the heart and soul of the matter. We each have our own path to walk and cancer comes in many forms. Each testimonial is unique and with its own personal heartache, but the common thread is the willingness to remain alive and continue to live.

2015 is the year that our Founder and President, Anna Kril is commemorating 20 years since her breast cancer diagnosis. It is indeed a celebration because in the past 20 years she has fought cancer and won, worked with a dynamic group of women to start SHAREing & CAREing, but most importantly she has been there for her family. She will welcome her second grandchild in just a matter of days. Congratulations to Anna Kril and to all of the founding members and volunteers at SHAREing & CAREing who lend inspiration to the community. Here’s to twenty more!

Survivorship programs are at the core of SHAREing & CAREing’s work. Long after the last days of treatment are done survivors must live with side effects both physical and emotional. Monthly support group meetings where you can connect with survivors like you can be very beneficial to your longterm outlook. You may even prefer a friendly phone call from someone who understands. For more information on SHAREing & CAREing’s survivorship program call us at 718-777-5766 or visit our newly redesigned website at shareing-careing.org.

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