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Why do so many cancer survivors help others?

By HERWriter Guide August 25, 2010 - 6:10pm

I wrote a news story for the site about a Phoenix area nurse and cancer survivor who's doing some incredible work to help nurses get in better shape so they can therefore provide more help to their patients. She met with nurses from more than 30 hospitals while - are you ready - doing a cross- country run. Pretty incredible, isn't it?
I know several cancer survivors who have shifted their lives to help others. Do you do that? Do you know people who've done that? What are your thoughts about people who choose to devote their lives to making the lives of others better?
Story link: http://www.empowher.com/cancer/content/cancer-survivor-runs-across-usa-inspire-others

By HERWriter Guide November 4, 2010 - 2:38pm

Great question Pat.

My aunt has done this.

She was married to her husband for 51 years when he died and for about 32 of those years he had Parkinson's (he was diagnosed in his early 40s) and was bedbound or chair bound for years and years.

She survived colon cancer in her 50s but her own daughter died of it (when she was 17) and my aunt pretty much devoted her life to her family/husband and to feeding the poor and sick and visiting the sick in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices.

She's 82 now (and on a cruise at the moment!) and still out there, helping others and finally - doing something for herself.

I think people who see their loved ones die of cancer or came through it themselves become very selfless. They see and have experienced so much suffering that they feel bound to end it for others. (I'm not saying all are like that, there are morons everywhere, even those that have come through cancer!) but for many, it's life changing in a very positive way!

November 4, 2010 - 2:38pm
By September 29, 2010 - 7:01am

I think it is a gift that grows so deep within us from experiencing the pain and fear. I believe it is the gift that grows that can not stay within once experienced. We all have an inner diesire to help many. I believe once one lives through cancer they can not help but to give back to others the love and support they received and the education to ensure others do not walk this road alone.

September 29, 2010 - 7:01am