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Cancer milestones are worthy of praise and celebration. They demonstrate your strength, resilience, courage, and self-love. Each milestone or “cancerversary” deserves commemoration. You have overcome so much, and your recovery is truly something to be proud of!
Before we dive into how you can celebrate, let’s identify what to celebrate.
What Is a Cancerversary?
A “cancerversary” is an event marking a major moment in your cancer journey. Here are some common milestones worth remembering and celebrating:
- Overcoming your first, second, etc. round of treatment
- A turning point indicating that your treatment is working
- Anniversary of removing a tumor successfully
- Your final treatment
- Achieving tumor regression, remission, or being cancer-free
- National Recovery Month
Don’t worry; these are only examples of the milestones you can celebrate. Yours could be one of them or something entirely different. Each person has a different cancer journey and story to tell. You can tailor your cancerversary based on your experiences.
Now, on to the celebrations!
How to Mark Your Cancerversary
Cancer patients and survivors have spoken! According to various sources, here are some of the best and most inspiring ways to honor your journey:
- Organize a “Survivor’s Party” or “I Made It Through My First Treatment Party”
Whether it’s your initial or final treatment, you did it and deserve to celebrate. Gather your loved ones and fellow survivors for a joyous celebration of life. Decorate the venue with vibrant colors, symbols of hope, and personalized touches that reflect your journey. Just remember your doctor’s advice on what party foods you can and can’t consume (e.g., too much sugar, alcohol, greasy foods, etc.) and stick to it.
- Plan a Wellness Retreat
Treat yourself to a rejuvenating getaway focused on self-care, self-love, and relaxation. Choose a destination that offers activities such as yoga, meditation, spa treatments, or walks along the beach to help you reconnect with yourself and embrace the miracle of life after cancer.
- Create a Memory Book
Not everyone wants to remember their cancer journey, but it can have benefits. Compile your photos, letters from loved ones and treatment providers, inspirational quotes, and mementos from your experience into a scrapbook or digital album. Years later, you can go down memory lane and say, “I can’t believe I did this!” and pat yourself on the back. The compilation can remind you of your capabilities, inspiring you to keep moving forward despite life’s ups and downs.
- Volunteer for Cancer Support Organizations
Pay it forward by giving back to the community that supported you during your treatments. Join support groups or volunteer at organizations dedicated to helping cancer patients and survivors. Your firsthand experience can provide reassurance and guidance to those facing similar battles.
- Host an Awareness Event
Share your story and raise awareness about cancer prevention, early detection, post-treatment tips and tricks, or support resources in your community. Organize fundraising events, including charity walks/runs or educational seminars, where survivors can share their stories of new hope and resilience. If hosting is out of your comfort zone, joining or donating to an awareness event is just as helpful to others and empowering to yourself.
Remember, celebrating your cancerversary is about acknowledging the challenges you’ve overcome and embracing the future with optimism and gratitude. Let these ideas inspire you to create moments filled with joy and determination as you continue your journey toward renewed health.