10 ways to celebrate life during and after cancer treatment

Did you know that a person is considered a cancer survivor from the day they’re diagnosed throughout his or her life? Here at MD Anderson, we consider family, caregivers and friends survivors, too. That’s why we host Survivorship Week, a week of entertainment and educational activities to celebrate those who are living with, through and beyond cancer. Survivorship Week kicks off on National Cancer Survivors Day, which is Sunday, June 3, and runs through Saturday, June 9. But you don’t have to be here at MD Anderson to enjoy yourself. And you certainly shouldn’t limit your celebrations to just a week. Each day is a day to celebrate you and your resilience. We recently asked our Facebook community how they celebrate life during and after cancer treatment. Here’s what they had to say. Make every day count and appreciate the little things. Enjoy life like you never did before. Take time to engage your senses – smell the flowers, enjoy the flavors of your food if you’re able and take deep breaths. Say a daily prayer and deepen your faith. Show gratitude toward your support system. Thank everyone – your doctors, nurses, PAs and everyone else involved in your care, as well as your family and friends. An attitude of gratitude will make you feel even better. Be grateful for time with friends and family and tell them you love them. Support other cancer patients and caregivers. After all, you understand what they’re going through, so offer help, listen and encourage other cancer patients and caregivers. Become a volunteer with myCancerConnection, MD Anderson’s one-on-one cancer support community of trained patients,...