Breast Cancer Survivors Celebrate Their ‘Cancerversary’ in Unique Ways

Getting a clean bill of health after developing breast cancer and undergoing treatment for the disease is life-changing. And living year after year without a recurrence is a great reason for a celebration. Bruce Feiler wrote in The New York Times that this is exactly what some patients are doing, deeming it their "Cancerversary."

Feiler has published a memoir on his cancer experience and spoke with a breast cancer survivor who had a "queen party" to celebrate another year of being healthy. The cake was extremely ornate and made in the shape of a crown and she wore a purple ball gown. Another survivor choose a simpler route for her five-year celebration. She told Feiler that her husband treated her to a lobster and crab dinner.

Other people choose to mark the occasion by showing appreciation to the supporters in their life. Feiler wrote about another woman who is now an eight-year survivor and sends out an annual thank-you email to everyone that helped during her journey.

According to the National Cancer Institute, 89.2 percent of people survive breast cancer for at least five years. That figure represents data from 2003 to 2009.

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