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  • Sunday was National Cancer Survivors Day

    Sunday was National Cancer Survivors Day
    04 June 2018

    In my role at Cancer Council SA as a nurse, I come into contact with some inspirational stories on a daily basis. One of those was Helen McCann. 

    You might remember Helen from this blog from April, 2017. Within it, she shared her experiences getting her health back on track after a year of cancer treatment. 

    Helen took part in the Healthy Living after Cancer program—a free, phone-based health coaching service which takes place over the course of six months, aiming to set and achieve physical activity, eating, and overall wellbeing goals. 

    I followed up with Helen and her son, Alex, a year since her participation in the Healthy Living after Cancer program to hear about the long term positive impact on her and her family. 

    I never cease to be amazed by the attitude and progress of people like Helen. Cancer is an ongoing experience, and things don’t necessarily settle back to ‘normal’ as you might expect as soon as you’re given the all clear. 

    Helen has showed that with her determination and help of the support services on offer, like Cancer Council’s Healthy Living after Cancer program—that she has found her ‘new normal’, to live a healthier lifestyle after cancer. 

    If you or someone you know is a cancer survivor, you can learn more about the Healthy Living after Cancer program. 

    Polly Baldwin 

    Cancer Council SA nurse 

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