One of the survivors at the picnic tonight decided to take a positive approach after she was diagnosed with lymphoma.
Kansas First News reporter Vanessa Martinas tells us how she faced it with joy.
“No one is happy they have cancer but you can have cancer and still be happy,” Joy Huber said.
Joy Huber was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma in 2010 when she was 33 years old.
She’s now cancer free.
She says facing her diagnosis wasn’t easy *but she decided that she wasn’t going to let it get her down.
“You know you hear that laughter is the best medicine and you also hear mind over matter you know it’s really all about how we choose to respond to whatever obstacle life throws,” Huber said.
She says not all days were easy.
The hardest things she faced were the side effects of chemotherapy.
“Hair loss for me was the most emotionally painful part of this journey,” Huber said.
The northeast Kansas native started a whole campaign about facing cancer with a positive attitude.
She’s even published a book to help other cancer patients.
“Basically I guess what I wrote is what I wish somebody would have handed me at diagnoses,” Huber said.
Huber says a cancer diagnosis doesn’t just hit the patients… it hits their family members just as hard.
“I’m like you can go home, you know throw the covers over your head and draw the shades you know know but where does that get you,” Huber said.
Sunday, she was at the Expocentre for a survivor’s picnic to support others just like her.
“I’m facing cancer with Joy, you know yes I have this going on but you’re a real person and you know you’re kind of my guide, you’re helping me be happy,” Huber said.
Huber has in remission starting in September 2010 after six intense chemo treatments.