[Guest Blog by Alex Echols]
National Cancer Survivors Day®, to me, is a day of celebration and reflection. It’s a day to celebrate the strength and resilience of all cancer survivors, and to reflect on the journey that each of us has been on.
As a late-stage lymphoma survivor, I understand the physical, emotional, and mental toll that cancer can take on someone. The countless doctor appointments, treatments, and surgeries can be overwhelming.
But it’s important to remember that cancer doesn’t define who we are. We are so much more than the disease.
National Cancer Survivors Day is a reminder that we are not alone in our journey. It’s a day to come together with others who have gone through similar experiences, to share our stories, and to offer support and encouragement to one another. It’s a day to show the world that cancer survivors are not only still here, but that we are also thriving.
It’s also important to remember that survivorship doesn’t end after treatment. The effects of cancer can linger long after the physical battle has been won. It’s important to continue to advocate for better care and support for cancer survivors and patients. That’s why I’m dedicated to advocating for cancer prevention and survivorship, advising healthtech companies and lobbying on Capitol Hill for greater support, care and funding for those impacted by cancer.
National Cancer Survivors Day is a reminder of the progress we’ve made in cancer treatment and research. It’s a day to celebrate the advancements that have been made and to remember the loved ones we’ve lost. It’s also a call to action to continue to fight for a world without cancer.
To all the cancer survivors out there, National Cancer Survivors Day is for us. It’s a day to be proud of the battles we’ve fought and the victories we’ve won. It’s a day to come together and be reminded that we are not alone. And, most importantly, it’s a day to celebrate our one life.
Alex Echols a true inspiration and thought leader. As a late-stage lymphoma survivor, he’s not only overcome great odds but also has achieved success as an author and captivating corporate facilitator. His desire to make a difference doesn’t stop there. He is a passionate advocate for cancer prevention and survivorship, advising healthtech companies and lobbying on Capitol Hill for greater support, care, and funding for those impacted by cancer. He was part of the legislative ambassador team that helped pass the Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act of 2019. Alex’s story is one of determination, hope, and the power of the human spirit.
Alex is part of the Official NCSD Speakers Bureau Roster.