Posts tagged Surviving
How did trekking to the South Pole and surviving change his life or outlook on life? That’s a very similar situation to the cancer. I approach challenges now slightly differently – or without as much angst or worry. Because I feel I can put it in perspective. It’s focused me more on enjoying life in the shorter term and not thinking about ‘I can do this or that a few years from now.’ I’ll probably be around – but it increases the present value of things.”Why risk your life for an adventure? “I don’t think so much about the risk as the challenge. I never feel like I’m risking my life. Even when I was in the throes of the cancer treatment, I never thought of the probability numbers. It was more, ‘I’ve got to get the best team, the best treatment.’ ”
As a team player, I know the importance of working hard together to succeed. We as Canadians collectively need to pull together in an effort to beat this disease and save thousands of lives. -Pat Burns
Former NHL coach Patrick “Pat” Burns turned 58 last week- and a nation of hockey fans is hoping to have him live to see an induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame before he passes away. He beat colon cancer in 2004 and liver cancer in 2005. Now, he is battling lung cancer.
In just a few short weeks, the Facebook group dedicated to rallying for his Hockey Hall of Fame induction has reached nearly 56,000 members- an incredible outpouring of support for a incredibly strong man.
He kicked cancer’s butt twice after kicking enough butt to win the Stanley Cup with his team in 2003- let’s celebrate his achievements in and out of the rink!
Click here to read Pat Burns’ address on behalf of the CCAC- and make sure that hockey fans everywhere get the message about colorectal cancer screening.
“Survivor: An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also impacted by the survivorship experience and are therefore included in this definition.”
Your colorectal cancer survivorship journey doesn’t necessarily end once you have received a clean bill of health. Dr. Lidia Schapira (of the American Society of Clinical Oncology) explains some of the things you may feel or experience once you’ve beat the disease. Know what to expect post treatment, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Remember that the CCAC will continue to be here for you, whether you have beaten cancer yourself or helped a loved one conquer it. Many survivors find their journey enriched by helping others. Becoming a CCAC Cancer Coach is a way you can bring support into your own community; many of our dedicated program volunteers have beaten the disease themselves and have gone on to inspire hope in others.