Like many cancer survivors, I successfully navigated the emotions and struggles in the days, weeks and months following September 7, 2018 because of family, friends, and colleagues who were to dedicated to keeping my ‘new normal’ as normal as possible. Their support was continuous despite the new direction my life had taken. I never felt alone. I always felt at home.
What I didn’t expect was to feel the same about the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
From day one, my mission was to surround myself with the best team possible. A team that saw me not just as a disease to be cured, but as a part of the process; a part of the family. The doctors, nurses and technicians at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center became an extension of my family. They made me feel happy, relaxed and comfortable at times when no one thinks they could. They became my ‘home away from home.’ They continue to astound me and, like family, will forever play a key role in my life.
This June, I will participate in the Lurie Cancer Center’s 26th Annual Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K as part of team KmangoStrong. Our goal is to honor and celebrate cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, accelerate vital research to prevent, detect and treat cancer, and improve the lives of patients after treatment ends.