World Cancer Day: February 4th and a Survivor’s Story


ORLANDO, FL (Ivanhoe Newswire) — World Cancer Day is February 4th. It is a time to celebrate the medical advances and the more than 32 million people worldwide who have survived a cancer diagnosis. In the United States, more than 18 million people have been told they have it, were treated for it and are winning their battle. We talked with one breast cancer survivor about her journey and what she wants you to know when a family member, friend or co-worker is diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer Survivor, Michelle Brubaker says, “In 2017, at the age of 39, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.”

For the next two years Michelle Brubaker battled breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes.  After chemo, a double mastectomy, radiation, and a fight for her life …

Michelle says, “I just recently hit my six-year breast cancer free milestone.”

Michelle is now in the chapter of survivorship and is on a mission to educate others.

“I had people come up to me and say, ‘I am so sorry, my aunt, my sister, my fill in the blank, died of that disease.’ and as the person who’s newly diagnosed, that is literally the root of your anxiety. You are petrified that you are going to die.  So, my first piece of advice is, please do not say that. What I need to hear is, ‘You’ve got this, you’re strong, we’ve got you, and you’re going to overcome this.’” explains Michelle.

Michelle says people want to help, but don’t burden the patient.

“A lot of people will reach out and they will say, ‘What can I do for you? What do you need?’ and as the patient, especially in those beginning days, you don’t even know what you need. I always like to say, show up for people, but you don’t have to physically show up on their doorsteps to show that support. Send a card, send a meal, send a warm, cozy blanket and socks for if they are going through chemo treatment.” says Michelle.

And remember, words matter.

Michelle says, “What I need to hear from you are things like, ‘Let me give you a hug. Do you want to go out and get a coffee?’ It’s those type of things where you feel supported and loved.”

Most importantly, remember …

“Early detection saves lives. I am living proof of that.” Says Michelle.

Michelle says she thinks of cancer every day, but it no longer consumes her, but motivates her. She gives speeches, blogs, and creates videos on social media to help people understand a cancer patients journey. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Mammography is the most effective screening tool, but you should also examine your breast and your armpit areas, checking for lumps. If the disease is detected early, the survival rate is 98 percent. World Cancer Day

Contributors to this news report include: Marsha Lewis, Producer; Bob Walko, Editor.

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