Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories

This is National Cancer Survivors Day

EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -

"It's like riding the rapids. It's dark and dangerous," says Patricia Milow of Scotrun.

In 2013, Patricia Milow's world flipped upside down.

"It was a year that went on and on and on, and nothing went right," she explains.

At age 64, she was diagnosed with Uteran Cancer. Patricia was confused, scared and depressed.

She recalls, "like, okay now what? Am I dying tomorrow? Is this the end?"

She underwent surgery, followed by a intense recovery.

Four years later, Patricia's sharing her story with eighty fighters like herself for Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono's "National Cancer Survivors Day".

"They are just pure heros. It's admirable to see them come in day in and day out and undergo this disease," says Francine Constable, Hughes Cancer Center.

Doctors say the event is a chance for survivors to come together and share their stories of hope.

David Tipka was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2009. Doctors told the 80 year old he had only a few months to live. But he fought through chemotherapy, enrolled in college, and now helps others on their cancer journeys.

"I'm the hope of some people and that's a good thing," says David Tipka of Bartonsville.

These survivors have a message for you: enjoy life's little moments because you never know when they'll be taken from you.

The Hughes Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono treats about 250 patients a day.


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