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Facing Forward: Making a Difference in Cancer

  • Posted: 01/20/2011

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How you may benefit

"Now that I’m a cancer survivor, my life will go on, but it has changed. I want to make my cancer experience mean something."

Cancer survivors, their loved ones, and others who have lost someone to cancer know what the cancer journey is like. Taking part in cancer-related activities can be a two-way street. Many people find a sense of fulfillment when they help others.

Common benefits people share:

“I can’t say I’m glad I got cancer, but I do feel like it gave me a new way of looking at life and a desire to help others like I was helped.”

  • Accepting cancer as part of life.
    For many, getting involved gives new meaning to life.

  • Being less afraid of cancer.
    People often find that the more they know about cancer, the less they fear it.

  • “I don’t feel like a victim anymore. I’ve learned to speak up for myself.”
    Learning about cancer.
    Some have found that by keeping up with the latest trends and research, they can help others.

  • Feeling that your cancer experience can serve a purpose and help others.
    “It’s good to talk to people about what having cancer means to them, as well as help them through it. Only other survivors can really know what it’s like.”

    Research has shown that cancer survivors often find new meaning in their lives when they volunteer. This can be an important part of the healing process.

  • Having more control in life.
    People often feel better when they work with others toward a common goal.

  • Meeting others who share the same kind of experiences.
    People often have a bond with others who have dealt with cancer.