Two dozen cancer survivors who collectively have lived with the disease for 281 years attended Illinois Valley Community Hospital’s Cancer Survivors Day breakfast June 1 at First Congregational Church in Peru.
Megan Cullinan, breast cancer survivor, gave a talk and read selections from a blog she started when she was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.
Like many people, Cullinan said she thought cancer was something that couldn’t happen to her. She added that she made it through the treatment process “only with a lot of help from my family, friends and co-workers.”
The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a survivor as anyone living with a history of cancer from the moment of diagnosis to the remainder of life. Following Cullinan’s remarks, individual cancer survivors were invited to share how long they had lived with the disease. Responses ranged from a few months to 34 years surviving all types of cancer including breast, skin, prostate, colon and thyroid.
Darrell Data provided the music. Joan Fernandez, IVCH community outreach coordinator, was master of ceremonies.
National Cancer Survivors Day was observed nationally June 3.