Survivorship

Challenging the Notion of Survivorship

Challenging the Notion of Survivorship

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“If you looked at me, you would have no idea I have cancer,” acknowledges Maikki Nekton, a 37-year-old social worker and self-described workaholic with piercing blue eyes and a smile that lights up her whole face. If you didn’t know Maikki, you’d be even more shocked to find out that she’s been given a loose(...)

The True Value of Volunteering

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***This post was written by Deb Stewart, R.N., who leads a group of Survivor Volunteers in the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. In honor of National Volunteers Week, Deb pays tribute to her volunteer group and describes the value of volunteering. Like the volunteers we saw give their help during the Boston bombings, Deb's volunteers provide(...)

Beating the Odds of Cancer with Humor: 50/50 Movie

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On September 14, 2011, I was invited to a special premiere of the movie 50/50.  A group of cancer care providers packed into a movie theater in Georgetown anxiously awaiting the film to begin.  I’ve been hearing about this movie for months; there’s been quite a buzz in the young survivors’ community about its startlingly accurate(...)

Part 4: Why I Walk

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Everyone has their own reason.  For some, they feel grateful for how far they have come or to remember those they have lost.   For others, they want to inspire hope and galvanize progress toward ending this disease.  Others may want to participate in the event as a way to fight back at a disease that(...)

Part 3: Bonds that Bring Us Closer

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My fellow team member Julie Thomas raised $13,760 this year alone, in her eleventh Avon Walk.  Julie’s been raising money for breast cancer for almost 20 years now, ever since losing a close friend to the disease.  She approaches the task with gusto, maintaining a donor list of 200 names, including family, friends, colleagues, and(...)

Part 2: Walk the Talk

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It’s not every day that you commit to walking 40 miles in the heat and rain, but on April 30 of this year, I walked in my second D.C. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer as part of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center Team.  This quite a contrast from my humbling beginning 19 years ago with(...)

Why We Walk

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Have you ever considered joining a walk/run/swim or other athletic event to benefit a cause that has special meaning to you?  I never thought that participating in my first event would become even more personal, and I didn’t anticipate that the bonds I formed would help me deal with my own issues. This is the(...)

11 Million Strong

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When I think of the word cancer, “celebration” is not the next word that immediately comes to mind. But, last Sunday, that’s exactly what cancer survivors at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center did. Cancer Survivors’ Day is an annual event that falls on the first Sunday in June. It’s a date recognized around the(...)