Cancer survivors gather in Chapel Hill to connect, learn how to live healthy lives

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – Cancer survivors gathered in Chapel Hill today to connect with one another and learn how to continue to live healthy lives.

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Support Program helped support today’s “Celebration of Life.”

Organizers said it’s a celebration of the people who are living with, and have dealt with, cancer.

They heard speakers and asked questions about everything from foods to eat to what times of the day are best to take walks. It’s a continuation of help from UNC even after treatment.

“There’s a saying that life after cancer does not look like life before cancer,” said Deborah Mayer, director of cancer survivorship at UNC. “There may be side effects or late effects of treatment or what have you, but it’s about how to make yourself as healthy as possible and how to have as good a quality of life as possible and try to learn how to do those things even if you weren’t doing them beforehand.”

“I called it, ‘finding the new normal,’ because some things aren’t normal – what you thought was normal – after you’ve gone through treatment. But it’s ok. New normal is fine too,” said Tomma Hargraves, a lung cancer survivor.

The program was held at the Friday Center and it was the second year UNC has hosted the event.

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