Survivorship

Redefining survivorship

May 31, 2024 Word for Word Media 0Comment

There is testament in how support transforms hopeful journeys into acts of resilience. Nestlé Health Science takes a closer look at redefining survivorship.


Sarah’s Story: A Testament of Survival

“You have cancer” is a statement forever etched in my memory. I was 27, a mother to two young children, and happily married. Who is ever prepared for such unexpected news? My first thoughts were, what about my kids? Their childlike innocence almost made it worse as I grappled with my terrifying reality. The ground shifted under my shaky feet.

Sarah’s Story: A Testament of Survival
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In the days leading up to my first chemotherapy session, I was an emotional mess. I worried tirelessly about how my body would respond, how my children would cope, and whether I would ever feel like myself again. The treatment was a relentless assault on my body and spirit. As pangs of nausea and exhaustion surged through me, I learnt the true value of nutrition and the power of a positive mindset.

But it’s always darkest before sunrise is an actual truth! During the difficult times I often experienced moments of unexpected strength. My husband not only stood by my side but flooded me with constant love and emotional support. For a short time, he gently relieved me of my duties as caregiver and offered himself as an anchor to us all with grace and love.

My children kept me going with their joyful laughter, cups of spilled tea, flowers from our garden and more hugs than I can count. Fighting for them was an easy decision. I began feeling a sense of determination, a desire from deep within to beat this disease and take back control of my life.

As weeks turned into months, I started to show signs of healing; hope changed into determination, and a new sense of being began to arise from the ashes so to speak. The news of remission indeed came as a bittersweet victory, tempered with a deep understanding of just how fragile life can be. I started giving myself permission to acknowledge that I had won this battle.

Today, I am cancer-free. The scars—both physical and emotional—still linger, but they are a testament to my resilience. I cherish every moment with my family, knowing that life is a gift not to be taken for granted.

My journey has changed me in ways I’m still coming to understand. It taught me about the power of purpose, the importance of love, and the fragility of life. And though the fear might at times still linger, I choose to hold onto hope, knowing that I am stronger than I ever thought possible.

International Cancer Survivors Day

Celebrating Resilience

In the fight against cancer, every day is a testament to the incredible strength and resilience of those facing this formidable foe. As we celebrate International Cancer Survivors Day today, it’s not just a time for commemoration; it’s a moment to celebrate the tenacious spirit of survivors, to honour those currently fighting, and to express our continuous support to the families affected by this disease.

At Nestlé Health Science, we stand firm in our commitment to redefine the management of health through nutrition. As part of this cause, we are proud to join hands with our esteemed partners, Cancer Dojo, Oncology Buddies, My Cancer My Treatment and our own public informational platforms, in our efforts to empower cancer fighters with the tools, resources, and support they need to navigate their journey with strength and positivity.

International Cancer Survivors Day serves as a special beacon of hope for those currently fighting the disease. With our collaboration efforts, we aim to equip you with unique approaches to not just survive, but to thrive while fostering a positive mindset, building resilience, and improving your overall well-being by means of tried and researched nutritional products.

Empowering Your Mindset

Finding the Strength Within

The overcoming and recovering from cancer are not sprints, but rather like marathons. Nestlé Health Science recognises the value of an all-encompassing support system. Together, we offer a holistic approach that addresses the physical, emotional, and mental aspects of your journey.

This collaboration ensures access to essential resources, empowers you to take control of your health, and provides a space for emotional support and community. Remember, a positive mindset, coupled with proper nutrition and the support of a caring community, can significantly impact your overall well-being and treatment outcomes.

A cancer diagnosis is almost always overwhelming, but you are not alone. Facing the fight head-on requires mental strength and a practical plan. One such partner together with you in your fight is Cancer Dojo. They provide a platform packed with effective strategies, mindfulness practices and an arsenal of useful information.

Cancer Dojo also offers engaging video content, inspiring testimonials, and interactive activities. Their main goal is to empower individuals facing cancer and to teach them how to embrace a positive mindset, cultivate inner strength, and enhance their overall sense of well-being. Their Global Cancer Empowerment videos provide patients with powerful instruments and tools to help overcome their challenges head-on.

By incorporating Cancer Dojo’s techniques and resources into your daily routine, you can develop the emotional strength and tenacity needed to navigate your journey with confidence and to empower yourself as an individual navigating your cancer journey.

Embracing the Journey

The Fine Art of Fuelling for the Fight

Nutrition plays a crucial role in every stage of a cancer patient’s treatment journey. Proper nutrition strengthens your body’s ability to fight the disease, promotes healing, and assists in the effective management of potential side effects from the different treatment methods.

My Cancer My Treatment, another compassionate partner, has made it their mission to empower patients with practical help and information that assists in navigating the complexities of recovery during treatment. This includes understanding how to manage nutrition for specific cancer types, safe food handling practices while having a weakened immune system, and information on post-treatment survivorship to name but a few.

My Cancer My Treatment also offers a useful product catalogue with nutritional supplements tailored to your different needs. By arming yourself with the right nutritional knowledge and information, you are actively participating in your healing process and you build a stronger foundation for optimal well-being.

Finding the Balance

Resources at Your Fingertips

Nestlé Health Science, Cancer Dojo, and My Cancer My Treatment are committed entities and would like to partner alongside you on your cancer journey. We encourage you to actively engage with the resources and support offered and we have added links to the resources below for your ease of reference:

Cancer Dojo

Cancer Dojo is a beacon of empowerment for individuals facing the challenges of cancer. Visit their website to gain access to their inspirational testimonials, Global Cancer Empowerment videos, and interactive tools designed to build resilience and cultivate a positive mindset.

My Cancer My Treatment

Explore their website for useful information on navigating different treatment methods, managing nutrition for specific cancers, safe food handling practices, and survivorship resources. A helpful product catalogue can also help you to find nutritional supplements that support your dietary and other physical needs.

Nestlé Health Science

Explore their website and discover how Nestlé Health Science’s ongoing efforts can improve your health through nutrition in a variety of areas including medical nutrition. Learn more about their philosophy aimed at creating expertise that are rooted in science, and learn more about their other health brands and divisions such as oncology.

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Redefining Survivorship

A Journey of Hope and Support

For cancer warriors, every step of their journey is unique, but it’s always characterised by a sense of determination and resilience. Their journey demands courage in the face of adversity and a steadfast belief in the possibility of healing. A challenge not only waged for one’s own survival but in many cases for the sake of children, spouses, siblings, family members and friends.

Survivorship is not merely about overcoming the physical challenges of cancer; it’s about embracing life with renewed vigour and purpose. It means to actively engage with every resource at your disposal and to actively take back control of your well-being, to bolster your emotional health, and to enhance your overall quality of life.

As we reflect on the significance of International Cancer Survivors Day, let us celebrate the triumphs of survivors and acknowledge the magnificent strength inherent in every individual touched by cancer. It’s a day to honour the hope that propels us forward, the love that sustains us through adversity, and the critical support that uplifts us in our darkest moments.

Through our collaborative efforts, we reaffirm our commitment to redefining survivorship, not merely as the absence of disease but as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human heart. Together, let us inspire hope, foster strength, and journey towards a future where cancer is but a distant memory, and every individual thrives in health with vitality.

We wish to thank every cancer warrior and survivor for including us as part of their inner support community. May the power of our partnerships continue to bring hope and champion a future free from the shackles of this relentless disease.


Together, we are stronger. Together, we are unstoppable. Together, we redefine survivorship!


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This article is sponsored by Nestlé Health Science in the interest of education, awareness and support. The content and opinions expressed are entirely the patient’s own work and not influenced by Nestlé in any way.