Life Redefined: Feeling Treasured
Today I want to dish with y’all about survivorship (shocker, right?) and Relay for Life. Relay for Life is an event put on by the American Cancer Society. It takes place in communities throughout the country and I think it’s nothing less than awesomeness. Last year was the first time I ever participated in a Relay event and I LOVED it.
Going into the event, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I got there, I was blown away. Relay was one huge celebration of life. To officially get the party started, all the survivors and their caregivers joined together and walked a lap around the track. As we were walking, all the other participants lined the track and clapped, cheered, screamed, and CELEBRATED our lives. They made me feel treasured, like my experience with cancer was really valuable.
This was just the beginning. The party continued all night long. Live music. Good food. And thousands of people standing together, standing against cancer. I left Relay with the feeling of hope. Hope for my own life, hope for the millions who are living with cancer, and hope for the 1.4 million who will be diagnosed with cancer this year (and that’s just in the U.S.!). And that’s why I’m participating in Relay for Life again this year, to remember that there is still hope and that I’m not alone in this new life I have been given.
Last year, this experience helped me to embrace who I am as a survivor, and that’s why I am SO excited to go back again this year. I want you to experience these same feelings, too. I want you to know that you are treasured. Your experience is valuable. YOU are valuable. No matter where you are in your cancer journey, your story is important. So I want to take you with me. Well, as best as I can, anyway. Are you a cancer survivor? I want to walk for you. Do you have a friend or family member who has/had cancer? I want to walk in honor or in memory of them, too. Leave a comment with names (first names only are fine) that you want me to take to Relay and I’ll walk for you and your loved ones.
Here’s to feeling treasured!
Tags: cancer survivor, celebrating life, feeling treasured, feeling valuable, Life Redefined: Feeling Treasured, Relay for Life, survivorship, thyroid cancer, Thyroid Cancer Survivor, value in experience with cancer, Written by Joanna Isbill