‘Afraid at first, but then that spirit of survival gave me the positive energy I needed.
Once I put my trust in God, I continued to operate in a positive mode. It was like ‘do what you have to do’ and think of nothing else except being that beacon of hope to others faced with a similar challenge.”
Marcia Miranda has been named Global Hero of Hope by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society. Ms. Miranda is one of the 2023 Global Heroes of Hope in the Caribbean.
Global Heroes of Hope are cancer survivors or caregivers who have demonstrated a commitment to the mission of saving lives from the disease. As highly visible symbols of a personal victory over cancer, they share their personal stories in a variety of settings to motivate others to fight back against the disease.
My Cancer Journey
“I was diagnosed on August 13th, 2004, with Stage 3B Breast Cancer in the left breast. Seventeen lymph nodes were removed, and they all tested positive for cancer. There was also a positive supraclavicular node in the neck. So I am triple negative, which makes it pretty aggressive. However, it is not hormone-driven and more challenging to treat than other forms of the disease.”
“My conventional treatment consisted of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. I did alternative Oxygen therapy, opted for an alternative diet of raw foods for six months, and switched to a pescatarian diet. I joined the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Organization while undergoing chemotherapy.”
Thriving with Cancer
“I have survived for 18 years despite my initial fears of being Stage 3B with a suppressed immune system. I take excellent care of my body. I was thrilled to be with the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society organization because I sincerely believe that sharing and outpouring without judgment and negativity were vital to my survival. I have had no regrets or fears regarding my openness on my cancer journey and recovery. I am deeply spiritual and owe my successful experience to my creator.”
To anyone with a health challenge…
“As a survivor of Cancer, I have accepted that this life that was given to me, and it is not mine to waste or abuse. I try to do everything with love. Of course, I have my low tides like everyone, and I am honest with myself. I do whatever I must to get back on track.”
Let’s remember to take care of our health:
1. Exercise - at least 30 minutes a day or 1 hr/five times a week.
2. Veggies & Fruits - Choose to limit your intake of unhealthy fats, e.g, fried foods and processed meats.
3. Minimize stress, laugh and lime!
“Becoming a member of The Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society afforded me information, support, love, and comfort. As an entertainer and media presenter, I was given the encouragement and tools to advocate for empowerment and knowledge on cancer and prevention.”
For more information on the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society:
www.cancertt.com| 800-TTCS| firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s be Beacons of Hope
Yesterday, the world commemorated World Cancer Day. It should be acknowledged every day, as each day there are persons being diagnosed with Cancer. While it remains challenging for anyone to foresee the possibility of Cancer, as no one chooses to imagine this diagnosis, it is a reality we each can face. In sharing these conversations, WE each contribute to destigmatising the burden and gain a better understanding of the journey one endures.
WE, together can fight this disease.
WE each can contribute to a future without Cancer.
As WE improve our knowledge of Cancer….
….WE gift ourselves the possibility of choosing HOPE, instead of fear.
WE share these stories here today, to emphasize this reality but moreso, share a message of Resilience and Hope
~ WE Editor, Dr. Safeeya Mohammed.