MDH – Cancer Crusaders Club
26th Annual Christmast Get-Together
December 1, 2013
Reynaldo O. Joson, MD
I extend my felicitations to the MDH-Cancer Crusaders Club on its 26th Anniversary as it holds its 26th Annual Christmas Get-Together on December 1, 2013 at the Manila Doctors Hospital Metrobank Foundation Hall. I also congratulate and thank the MDH Oncology and Tumor Board Committee under Dr. Karen Villanueva-Timbol; Dr Elsie Dancel, the Coordinator of the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club and her staff led by Ms. Lilibeth Tumambing; the MDH Administration, headed by Dr. Hian Ho Kua; and of course, all the members of the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club. Without them and without you, the members, the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club will not reach 26 years of existence.
If we use 10 years as a basis to say that a cancer patient is a cancer survivor, if we use the same 10 years as a criterion, then MDH Cancer Crusaders Club is also a cancer club survivor on its 26th years of existence, still going strong. To extend it further, I like also to consider all of you who are members of the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club also cancer survivors, or at least, have a tendency to be cancer survivors. If you participate regularly in the activities of the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club, chances are, you will also be cancer survivors. The main reason for me saying this is that the main objective of the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club is to help the members fight against cancer. The members are Cancer Crusaders.
Since 2012, I have been tracking cancer patients whom I have treated in one way or another and who have survived for at least 10 years. I include them in my registry of ROJoson’s Cancer Survivors. As of today, I have 71 cancer survivors in my registry and most of them have participated in the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club activities. I hope that before I leave this world, I will have at least 100 cancer survivors in my registry. I am setting this project as my legacy to my cancer patients.
Question: Who want to be a cancer survivor?
If you say you want to, then strive to be a member of the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club for at least 10 years. I say with confidence the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club can help you achieve what you want, to be a cancer survivor. The following are the beneficial effects of the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club (derived from a 1996 survey):
1. It made them feel stronger in living through life with a cancer.
2. It boosted their morale; it boosted their hope for living.
3. It changed their outlook in life for the better.
4. It made them feel like an ex-cancer patient already.
5. It helped them accept their cancer.
6. It made them realize that they are NOT the only persons on earth with a cancer.
7. It gave them an opportunity to share experience with and to listen to the experience of other cancer patients.
8. It made them learn more about cancer in general, the cancer that they have, and about patients with cancer.
9. They felt the get-together was a reunion for cancer patients.
10. They looked forward to attending the get-together each year.
11. They looked forward to getting the most durable award.
12. The gathering was a form of therapy for them; it provided psychosocial support to them and their relatives.
As Emily Hollenberg has said, “Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment – you just have to be willing to take it.” The MDH Cancer Crusaders Club is one place to stop along the way and get nourishment – take it.
My inspirational quote for 2013 for the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club is derived from Buddha: “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” If you follow the advice of Buddha, you will forget your past cancer. One day, on your 10th anniversary, you just realize and rejoice you are already a cancer survivor who has lived every moment wisely and earnestly during the past 10 years.