Survivors Share Hope At Breast Cancer Retreat
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
May 01, 2014 3:36 PM
Breast cancer can be one of the toughest challenges a person can face. While the disease can be deadly, it can also make the ones who do survive feel alone. So, breast cancer survivors and doctors from Sanford are trying to make living with and after the disease a little better.
“Cancer is no fun, but you learn from it. You grow from it,” said Breast Cancer Survivor Debbie Reeves.
And that's an experience all of the survivors at Embracing Life: A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Retreat can share.
“It is a place where they can come and be completely open about their experiences and share those things with other people who really fully understand when the rest of the world doesn't,” said Sanford Physician Keely Hack.
Reeves, who beat breast cancer last October, told her story of recovery and how it's important to look at the positives that come from a terrible situation.
“There were so many great gifts that came out of breast cancer. My children's faith grew and my husband and I are just great. And although, I would never, ever want to do it again, I would do it again in a heartbeat to get gifts like that,” said Reeves.
“Hearing those stories from the patients I have taken care of is what makes my job so meaningful,” added Hack.
While the talks at the 1st annual Embracing Life Retreat can't cure cancer, the bonds made there can help survivors cope with their disease.
“Whenever you have everything in your life and you find other people that are going through the same thing, it's very helpful to find out what they do and how they cope and how they handle things,” said Reeves.