Cancer survivors reminisce on past and embrace the present

  • Saturday, July 6, 2013

(Left to right) Charmaine Millican and Patsy Walker recall their experiences going through cancer at a luncheon at the Hammond House Assisted Living Facility.  photo by Heather Wright


It is easy to become bogged down with the everyday worries of life, but once life itself becomes a question, those things do not seem as important anymore.

A group of four cancer survivors gathered at Hammond House Assisted Living Facility to look back at their time when things were not so easy, but to also rejoice in the fact that they can continue their lives happy and healthy today.

Hammond House contacted women connected to the North Augusta area, and brought them together for a luncheon Thursdsay afternoon. The women had the connection of all going through the battle with cancer, but during their time together, they realized that many of them have met each other along the way.

The room was filled with laughter and smiles as they discussed how they all managed to triumph over their illness and come out stronger and wiser on the other side.

Julie Curl opened up about her experience with cancer, and told the group that she had a story that was unique to most. “I had a very rare cancer,” Curl said. “It was in the fallopian tube.

Less than 1 percent of women ever have this condition. It was discovered through an exploratory hysterectomy. She went through treatments and admits that her experience was not too bad to endure.

The women brought to light a relevant topic for most people. It is hard to find anyone that is not impacted by cancer in some way. Although they expressed it was not always easy to deal with, none complained about going through their unique paths.

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