BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — For the past decade, Woman's Hospital has hosted a 'Living with Cancer' series, and it's coming back to Baton Rouge on Saturday. This year, they are expanding the event to reflect changes in the way cancer is treated.
Woman’s Hospital clinical social worker Robin Maggio says more people are living with cancer longer and it's now considered a chronic disease.
"We find women living five years, 10 years, 20 years plus, who have had cancer and so we are beginning to learn new things about how chemo, radiation, surgery affects women long term," says Maggio.
This Saturday, 'Living with Cancer' will focus on getting well and staying that way.
"When you walk out you feel like, okay, I've got all these pieces,” says Maggio. “Now I can continue moving forward."
And that’s just what cancer survivor Sharon Fife wants to do.
“You know that saying that knowledge is power?,” Fife explains, “That's what this offers for us."
Sharon has a rare form of ovarian cancer, called primary peritoneal cancer. She is looking forward to meeting other women who can understand what she’s going through.
"Truly, everyday could be your last,” says Fife. “And so you take away the fact that you've actually looked at death and you become aware that that is something that is going to happen to you sooner than you expected; hopefully longer, but probably sooner than you had hoped to live your life. Having that awareness on a daily basis causes you to experience things and look at things in a completely different perspective that you can only have when you are kind of close to death.”
Saturday's 'Living with Cancer: Surviving and Thriving' event is from 8:00am to 12:00pm at Woman's Hospital on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.
To register, go to www.womans.org/wlwc  or call 225-924-8444