In 2019, the estimated number of cancer survivors was over 16.9 million. This has likely risen since then and is predicted to be at 22.2 million by 2030. Cancer not only effects the person diagnosed with it, but also all their friends and family members around them.
June is a Special Month.
It is the month that we raise up all people who have had a history of cancer whether they are going through treatment, were just diagnosed, or have been in remission for many years. This month I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate with all of you.
I also wanted to take the opportunity to tell you the reason why I do what I do for cancer survivors. The reason is my mother. In 2011, she was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma of the uterus. Through-out her journey she underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. She had many side effects that are common with these treatments, but through it all she continued working as a social worker helping other people in her community. Her faith in God and service to others kept her going.
This June will be 5 years since my mother died. I miss her dearly. While my mother was being treated for her cancer, I went back to school to get my nurse practitioner degree. Her goal was to make it to see my graduation. Sadly, she did not make this, but she was in my heart on the day I graduated. My mother was a wonderful role model and my greatest heroine. She taught me the importance of caring for others and faith in God. She is why I help others who have been affected by cancer. Every day I come to work in remembrance of her.
I Celebrate You
And so, especially in this special month of June, I want you all to know how important my work here at the Nassif Community Cancer Center is. The side effects from cancer can be very troublesome. It is my passion to help my patients with these side effects and to help promote overall wellness after treatment. I celebrate you all and your family and friends. Let’s surround ourselves with love this month and be thankful for every moment we have together.
Heather N. Dommer
MSN, ARNP, FNP-C
American Cancer Society. 2020. Cancer Facts and Figures 2020. Available at https://www.cancer.org/research/cancer-facts-statistics/all-cancer-facts-figures/cancer-facts-figures-2020.html. Last accessed May 18, 2021.