Posted by February 3rd, 2012
We are glad to welcome advocate Pat Steer to the Fight Colorectal Cancer Research and Treatment News. She’s been living with stage IV rectal cancer since 2004. A writer, she’s blogs about her life with cancer, training her beloved dogs, and her passion for good food at Life Out Loud.
Since my cancer diagnosis in 2004, my life has been full of choice and decisions. Cancer forces you to prioritize. Some days, it has seemed like cancer and treatment were calling all the shots in my schedule, changing my plans, and forcing decisions I didn’t want to have to make.
But I’ve made a few choices in the last eight years where I didn’t let cancer force my hand. I train and show dogs, and that’s very important to me. Early on, I decided to make attending my favorite dog shows a priority. I kept up my now-25-year tradition of camping with friends at a local show circuit. I entered a special event dog show held on New Year’s weekend, 2005 – three shows in 48 hours that wore me out, but was so worth the effort. I covered Westminster in 2008 through 2010 for my column.
All of those decisions meant that sometimes I prioritized dog shows in spite of my treatment schedule. My oncologist, who once told me “I want you to live your life,” carefully moved my treatments around to accommodate the things I really wanted to do. After all, what good is surviving cancer if you can’t do the things you love? Read the rest of this entry »