I am a C-A-N-C-E-R-V-I-V-O-R …‘what kind of survivor are you?

01 Sep

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The last time I checked for the definition of survivor in the dictionary, I was really amazed to know that it signifies left-over, remainder or residue. Did you just raise your eye brows in surprise like I did? That is rather crude, right? How can? After that rough journey, that’s it? ‘Someone is labeled a residue? Hmmm.

According to the term survivor means “one who outlives another,” from survive. Meaning “one who has a knack for pulling through adversity” Okay, now I like this better!

I remember the year after my cancer surgery, I was not very comfortable when Susan G Komen sent me the 3 day walk participation paperwork and addressed me as Survivor Yinka! I had to go back memory lane to reconnect the link to the date of the diagnosis and then, oooh! That’s true – I did survive the 12-hour-marathon-cancer surgery. Oh, yes, I am actually a survivor, and then a certain kind of boldness, calmness and grace empowered me to be an advocate for the cause! – I then eased into the program and was ready to carry on proudly with my survival-ship story. Yes! I did survive Medullary Thyroid Cancer!

So, for every one of us that knows someone who’s overcome or still battling one kind of challenge in life (not necessarily cancer) either a fatal accident, relationship breakdown, a certain illness, the loss of a loved one, an addiction, a broken heart, job loss, divorce, rejection or depression. The moment we are able to acknowledge that there is a problem, face the solution boldly, we are able to move on into another sphere of productive lifestyle – we have automatically also become Survivors! Even embracing someone close to you and helping them deal with the situation qualifies you as a survivor. Why? Because you connected one-on-one to help ease the much needed transition. Yes, you did!

As we approach National Cancer Awareness month,’hoping someone will look at the term “survivor” in a more approachable way as opposed to seeing it as “residue or remnants’. To embrace the term like a soldier at the war front with one thing in mind: Victory by all means! To connect with a cause that celebrates survivorship and be a blessing unto others. Only those deeply and personally touched can understand the impact of a tragedy, which I think can classify anyone with a close encounter to be nominated as a survivor. I see survivorship as a legacy to behold, a surplus in life, beauty for ashes and finally – a proof that there’s really a God that works miracles in us and changes our tests into testimonies! I am a living example!

 May God help us all.


Coming soon:

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk event on OCT 17th.



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38 responses to “I am a C-A-N-C-E-R-V-I-V-O-R …‘what kind of survivor are you?

  1. Kemi Williams

    September 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    This is a very deep and personal one Yinka. Five years ago I lost my beloved aunt Toyin to ovarian cancer and we still miss her terribly, I wish she had survived her surgeries and chemo therapies too but God knows best. I will love to be a part of the upcoming walk in October, it will be a great way to remember her.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anthonia

      September 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      ‘During the WALK last year, half way through – we all stopped by a field called “Garden of hope” – its a memoriam for all those who’s lost their lives to cancer – it was one of the deepest and touching moment of the day – we all gave a minute of silence, signed a love card with the name of someone we’ve lost to cancer, said a short prayer and continued with the WALK.

      Kemi, I am sorry about Aunt Toyin. Be rest assured that she’s resting well in the Lord. One of the reasons I give for walking is also to promote closure, especially when we’ve lost someone dear to us. Every stride, every step, every movement in support of a cause is a given benefit of closure to either get over the pain, remember that special someone, give awareness and walk into victory, knowing this too shall pass. ‘Looking forward to WALK Fairmont park with you, Girl! 🙂


  2. Oswald

    September 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I support the cause. I will walk with you.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Pedro

    September 2, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I lost my beloved wife to cancer too, I support the cause and will walk with you in October. Great job you are doing.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Kennedy

    September 2, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    We support you antonia. 18 of us from research department will walk with you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anthonia

      September 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Awesome! thanks Guys!! you are the best BFF ever!! lol.


  5. Ayomide Ay.

    September 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Waoh! Yinka this is some deep stuff right here! Lol. Girl, you sure make it sound like, yeah its just a boo boo, get a bandaid or something! Lol.
    Good to know am not alone in this. I am so grateful for this write up. I had my diagnosis just last month, after so much persuation from family members. .
    My surgery is sch for Oct and I know I will make it through like you with God on my side.
    Thanks, seems like I know you already. LOL.
    Keep the cause moving girl, u sure rock the message.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anthonia

      September 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Dear Ay, you sounded just like me 20 years ago! well, literally (not that old, LOL )
      You are in good hands, trust me!
      You have already confessed it with your mouth that ‘God is on your side” and He will surely see you through. I will keep you in my prayers. Got your contact infor in my mail box, and will be in touch before and after your surgery. And as we all walk – I will proudly add your names to the page of “survivors” – thanks for reaching out!


  6. ms. Connie

    September 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    On behalf of the Silver tapes ladies at Franklin reform therapy group, we support you antonia, , and will be walking with you. In memory of the 28 members lost to cancer over 10 years.
    Please send more information.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anthonia

      September 3, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Ms. connie, thank you. See inbox for sizes of t-shirts.


  7. Ray

    September 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I support the cause. I will walk with you.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Friday Etokimoh

    September 2, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Excellent write up.God will perfect everything that concerns you.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Coolite

    September 2, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I lost my mom to breast cancer. Today I am an advocate in support of early detection and awareness. I support the cause and will walk with you in October. Thanks For Sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Karen

    September 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I support the cause. I have 2 survivor in my life. My mom and my grandma survived .

    Liked by 1 person

  11. deelite

    September 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I am a survivor. God gave me ashes for beauty.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Doyin G.

    September 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Great write up sister; very inspiring piece. I support your passion for doing this, not many people are able to use their experiences or testimony to bless others.
    Especially when it’s something much avoided. You are unique. I support the cause.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. apolitical

    September 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I am with you!
    Sign me up!
    I support the cause.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Wish upon a star

    September 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    We support the cause!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. BJ.

    September 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I support cancer awareness. I am a survivor.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. toga

    September 2, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I am a survivor. I support the cause.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Ursula

    September 2, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I support survival ship all the way. I survived rehab. I survived abused. I survived homeless. All by the grace of God. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. garth

    September 2, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I like. I support. I am a survivor too.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Jennifer

    September 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I lost my mom to lung cancer, I support the cause, admire your strength and will walk with you. Please send me more information.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. abbi

    September 2, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I support the cause and will gladly walk with you.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Robert

    September 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I support the cause and looking forward to the walk next month.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Yvonne M.

    September 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Looking forward to walking with you again this year. Good job Antonia.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Ifeyinwa A.

    September 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

    My dear friend, you’re indeed a living testimony. God has position you for greatness in every area, that’s why your story is different. Nice write up, God bless.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Estelle

    September 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I like how you explained the terms of survival. It’s more about coming out of any difficulty with hopes to inspire. Good job.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Terence

    September 2, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I have 2 generation of survivors. I support the cause.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Danielle

    September 2, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Anthonia very well said. I iike. I also like the dashboard on acs website. Good campaign for cancer awareness. Good job.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Florence

    September 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I’m a survivor. I survived domestic violence.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Mandy

    September 2, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I support the cause, my sister is a survivor.

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Odessa

    September 2, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I am a survivor too. ..

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Betty

    September 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Such a beautiful piece!
    You’re right, even simple things as over coming a tragedy can make us not be appreciative of our survivability.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Lolade

    September 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Very nice Yinka. Looking forward to the walk in October. I am so glad you’re doing this writing, real glad.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. Dele Babatunde

    September 1, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Great thouhts, well written, may we all crosss our Jordan and Red sea in one piece and not be detroyed llike Pharaoh’s team

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anthonia

      September 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Amen. Thanks Dr. Babatunde.



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