The on-going, first-hand tale of a journey through medical oncology... and what happens after.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

2008 LiveStrong Day

Hello Blog-land,

Last week was a very long week. Between the early morning bike rides and the long days, it felt like at least ten days over the course of the seven that actually passed. But the point of this blog is to talk about LiveStrong Day 2008 - which occurred on Tuesday last, and featured at least 50 people milling about our front yard and porch connecting with each other around the impact of cancer on our lives. We had doctors and nurses and representatives from cancer care facilities and a wonderful trainer (who specializes in helping cancer patients and survivors stay as physically active as possible) and friends and neighbors and people who are now friends and political campaign representatives and... well, a bunch of really neat and good folks.

My wife and her friend (breast cancer survivor) put it all together. Food and information were plentiful, but the main (and best) part was meeting other cancer patients and survivors that needed to know stuff. I don't claim to know everything, but in the process of dealing with my colon cancer I learned a lot and so had many other survivors. There's nothing like seeing and talking to others who have "been there" and who are still here to smile and laugh with you, and to suggest ideas, and to connect you with other info...

I am still recovering from the emotional and physical trauma of colon cancer - but that day was a long and wonderful day. The Lance Armstrong Foundation is working hard to make this topic a more central one, and we should be thankful for his work. I am.

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