Cancer is a monstrous disease that takes a toll on the health of individuals globally. And while some succumb to this disease, we still have those that manage to come out stronger. And while we believe that cancer survivors should be celebrated each day, some cancer survivors and patients like to celebrate special milestones. These include the day they were diagnosed, the day the cancer cells were removed entirely, or globally recognized days such as the National Cancer Survivor Day.
No matter what your loved one likes to commemorate, you need to do something exciting to help them enjoy the special day. If someone in your life who has survived, or is surviving cancer, here are four ways to show them your love and support.
Plan a Special Adventure
If you know of a destination that your loved one has always wanted to visit or some fun activity that has been in their bucket list, making it happen can be the best way to honor them. It can be anything that aligns with their health ranging from watersports, trips, or even adrenaline rushing activities such as zip-lining. And if you want to make the experience more engaging, you can buy tickets to various events in advance and surprise your cancer survivor with them on the due day. It would also mean a lot to them if you accompany them on their special day. Let your loved ones fill the thrills of being alive after battling with one of life’s harshest ailments.
Support Cancer Survivors Initiatives
Most cancer survivors are enthralled by the feeling of being actively involved in positive cancer initiatives. They enjoy spending their time, cash, and skills helping impact others going through the same positively. As such, you can help celebrate cancer survivors by assisting them in setting up charity events or joining them to participate in activities that are organized by others. You can together buy things like prosthetic devices, which you can donate to hospitals or national organizations. You can also encourage them to volunteer in activities that help inspire other people that are going through cancer treatments. These include public awareness forums and talk shows that emphasize the importance of early screening. There is nothing as fulfilling to a cancer survivor than impacting others positively.
Spare Some Time to Stay With Them
Although you can show support to your loved one in various ways, nothing is greater than sparing your precious time to stay with them on their special day. Whether they are survivors or still going through cancer treatment, spending time with them shows the extent of your care and love. And since people react differently to milestones, you must let your loved ones set the mood and the tone for the day.
If they don’t feel like talking or they are overwhelmed by emotions, just provide a shoulder to lean on and understand that sometimes they just want to reflect on what they have gone through. However, if you note that they are in a celebratory mood, jump in and ignite a fun activity. But, remember to let the cancer survivors take the lead. What you say is on this day is not essential; you being there is what matters the most.
Let Them Join Cancer Community Celebrations
While spending time with family or participating in a fun adventure can help cancer survivors feel loved, joining a cancer support community celebrations is another way to help them enjoy themselves. Therefore, you need to rally your loved ones, whether they are survivors or cancer patients, to join support communities. Apart from sharing inspiring stories and supporting each other through tough moments, they also hold functions during national days such as the survivors’ day where they let loose and enjoy the moment. Taking time to take your loved ones to such events will help them celebrate life together, support and inspire each other, as well as appreciate the little things in life.
They can also create awareness of the struggles they are going through when battling the disease. They can also share tips to cope with the health implications that occur after the cancer is out of their bodies. Community events will help survivors understand that there are not the only ones going through tough situations.
As more individuals continue to battle cancer successfully, it is crucial to remember that this should not mark the end of us, providing them with the necessary support. Although they might have come a long way to reach where they are, we must keep celebrating every milestone they have achieved through the entire cancer treatment journey.