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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

JCMC Regional Cancer Center honors cancer survivors with message of hope

Julia Davenport, NP, shows off a newsletter for and about survivors.JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain.”

That famous quote from Vivian Greene was part of the message shared recently during a National Cancer Survivors Day event hosted the Regional Cancer Center at Johnson City Medical Center and the Johnson City Senior Center. The theme was “The Good News About Cancer Survivorship.” National Cancer Survivors Day is held each June.

Linda Poland, the Jonesborough storyteller, was one of the speakers. We all face adversity in our lives, she said. How we choose to react makes all the difference. Linda brought laughter, cheers and tenderness with her stories on facing adversity, and included the passage about learning to dance in the rain.

Julia Davenport, NP, at the Regional Cancer Center, opened up the program by talking about the estimated 15.5 million cancers survivors in America today, and how cancer treatment has changed dramatically over the last few years. Cancer treatments are much more targeted toward cancer and there has been a decrease in side effects, she said, backing up the theme of “Good News About Cancer Survivorship.”

Breast cancer survivor of 25 years Karen Randall gave an inspirational talk. Patti Altman, RN at Johnson City Medical Center and parish nurse for the Memorial Park Community Center, where the Senior Center is located, published a newsletter about cancer survivorship. One of the audience of survivors sang her favorite hymn and invited the whole room to join in on the last verse.

This was the third Survivor Day Celebration hosted by the Memorial Park Community Center and the Regional Cancer Center.

“It was an amazing afternoon of sharing,” said Stacie Davis, RN, MSN, OCN, oncology educator for the Regional Cancer Center.

Storyteller Linda Poland shares a story of hope with the group.