sponsors national event
Cancer survivors celebrate life
Three years ago Dr. Mary Robertson
was diagnosed with breast cancer. Sunday, June 7 marked that date
as she stood before nearly 200 people at the National Cancer Survivor
Day celebration held at The Hansen Center, Batesville. I
understand what it means to hear the word cancer, she told
those gathered to celebrate being a survivor.
Using a hospital table as a podium, the doctor likened being diagnosed
with cancer to having your house broken into and how vulnerable
it leaves you. She said as a cancer survivor she knows the feeling
of always thinking, it can happen again.
She encouraged cancer survivors to find the thing that makes us
really human. Stress releases she suggested included music, humor,
relationships, exercise, activity, and playing. Find the
inner child, she suggested.
Another big help is medication. It helps to break the vicious
cycles of fear and worry, which Dr. Robertson says are never
An imperative question you should ask your doctor when getting
tests done is this, according to Dr. Robertson. Do I need
to lose sleep over this?
She said many tests cause concern for patients, but the doctor
can tell when its really something they should be concerned
with. Just ask, was her advice.
She concluded by saying the real heroes are you here today,
people who have survived cancer, their families who are greatly
involved, and those who have had the courage to die from cancer.
Dr. Robertson practices internal medicine at her Batesville office.
The festivities included games, plenty of free healthy snacks
and a few not so healthy such as funnel cakes and cotton candy!
The day was a chance for cancer survivors to come together and
According to Traci Dwenger, spokesperson for Margaret Mary Community
Hospital, sponsors of the event, this is the second year the hospital
has been involved with National Cancer Survivor Day. Last year
it was smaller, and only included those from MMCH who were survivors.
This year it was expanded to include any cancer survivor.
Joann Cole, Batesville, formerly of Versailles, and family members
were among those celebrating. Shes hoping the third time
is the charm that stops cancer from coming back. Shes had
breast cancer, first in the left side and then 14 years later
again in the right side. She recently completed treatments for
lung cancer at The Hansen Center.
What gave her the courage to fight again? Cole told the Osgood
Journal, It was my family. Theyve been right there.
Son, Dwayne Cole of Hanover and daughter Michelle Sellers of Versailles,
were by her side, along with sister Delores Benham of Milan. Also
at the celebration was her great grandson, Cale Kreegar.
Over 12 million cancer survivors nationwide gathered the first
Sunday of June to celebrate.
Dr. Robertson encouraged everyone to have annual tests to screen
for cancer, saying that is the key in many cases to saving lives.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
Above: Cancer survivors took part in a
balloon launch to celebrate life on Sunday, June 7 at The
Hansen Center in Batesville. The event was sponsored by
Margaret Mary Community Hospital. Below: Joann Cole, seated,
is celebrating beating cancer for the third time. The former
Versailles woman was surrounded by her family.