Cancer Survivor

Today is World Cancer Day and the slogan this year is “Not Beyond Us.” We are so so so close to a cure and the answer is not beyond us. With the increase in treatments, trials, and research in the last few decades, a cancer diagnosis in the United States is no longer a death sentence.

I’ve mentioned this a few times in the past on this blog but I’m a proud two-time childhood cancer survivor! Looking at me today, you’d have no clue that I survived two diagnoses, multiple major surgeries (I now proudly have a 10 inch scar on my abdomen), two rounds of chemo that lasted a year…all before the age of 3!

I realize that I’m one of the lucky ones. Even when my survival hovered between 20-30%, my parents and doctors never gave up. This past May, I celebrated 21 years cancer-free. I’ve been given so much in life and it is only fitting that I try to give back as much as possible.

To me, awareness and research are key to eventually finding a cure. We need to keep raising money for research (as the government continues to cut it!!! arghhh!!!) and promoting potential warning signs for early detection.

Cancer Survivor via Wayfaring With WagnerEvery year, I send a Christmas card to a doctor out in California who was instrumental in getting me the correct treatment. Without him and my oncologist in D.C., I don’t honestly know if I would have survived. He was a life-changer and got my parents to all the right doctors. In his letter to me this year, he wrote:

“You clearly learned and incorporated into your life an important lesson…that, once one gets well, it is important to never take health for granted, and to live each day of one’s life to the fullest!”

Carpe Diem everyone. Go encourage someone you know battling cancer or hug someone that has successfully beat the dreaded disease. Keep promoting awareness, research, and early detection. And never stop trying to find a cure!

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  • What an inspirational post Jordan! Love the fact that you still send a Christmas card to your doctors. Just goes to show what a great person and how appreciate you are!

    • Awwww, thank you so much Christine :) I feel like I’ve been given so much in life that it is my responsibility to do as much good as possible :) xo

  • Sweetie…so proud of you and your courageous fight at a very young age. There is something in you that is hard to define. Maybe it is the fight never to give up. Very few days go by where I do not think of your struggle. You have and you will make this world a better place for all of us. God bless….
    xoxoxo
    Dad

  • What an incredible story! I’ve been going through the past months as my Mom is battling breast cancer and it’s truly such an awful thing to go through. I hope and pray that someday soon we have a cure and that our lives are no longer affected by that horrible diagnosis!

    • Praying for you, your mom, and your family! I’m fully convinced we will have a cure in my lifetime. The amount of breakthroughs in the past few decades has been amazing! xoxoxo hugs to you and your mom

  • We found out last week that my mother-in-law has gotten the “all clear” after her third bout with cancer — once when Joel was a kid, a 2nd time 10 years ago when we got married, and then now, diagnosed in late fall. She’s got chemo through till March, but we’re optimistic. Each time she’s undergone treatment, it’s been more successful faster with fewer side affects. The progress of science is amazing.

    • wow! Your mother-in-law is an amazing woman! I’m so glad that everything is looking so positive for her! I’ll be thinking of her in the next few weeks and hoping that everything goes well xo

  • What an amazing, inspirational post. You rock!

    Unfortunately I know too many people who have died of cancer. I hope we can find a cure. My sister is doing Race for Life this year.

    • Thanks so much!!! :) I try to do Relay For Life every year when I’m home in the USA. I’m convinced in our lifetime that we will most definitely find a cure! xo

  • Ah Jordan I loved reading this! It’s so great that you have survived this horrible disease (twice!). I too believe that cancer funding needs to continue to be a big priority. The fact that it continues to be cut is horrible. There has been a lot of cancer in my family so I know the different ways in which it can come and pass (or stay)… My mother is a cancer survivor. My father survived cancer once, but the second time, we weren’t so lucky. I know how important it is not to take our lives for granted and I’m so glad you do too. I wish more people were aware of the fact that our lives are precious and valuable, and can so quickly be taken away from us. Thanks for posting this :)

    • Thanks so much Marianne for all the sweet words! I’m so sorry about your Dad :( I just hope that the government listens and decides to stop cutting funding! Carpe Diem is one of the main mottos in my life!

  • My dear Jordan,
    This is a great post and certainly brings me back to that difficult time. What was so special is that you didn’t know you were supposed to be sick. We treated you no differently and you were super fashionable even back then…coordinating purse, Barney headband, hot pink leather sneakers!!! You are and have always been a fighter. You were destined from a very early age to go on and do great things…and you are.
    Love you bunches…
    Love, mom xoxo

    • Awww Mom, I owe my chic fashion sense all to you : ) You and Dad consider to inspire me to be the best person possible and never take “No” for an answer. Love you soooo much xoxoxo

    • Thanks Jamie :) My parents always tell me that the doctors told them that when I was undergoing chemo, I wouldn’t be able to walk. My parents said that they were right: I never walked, I always ran! :)