ETX camping "Getaway Retreat" for cancer survivors | News
Wednesday marks day two of a three-day camping trip for East Texas cancer survivors.
ETMC is hosting the annual cancer getaway trip to offer a place of healing, bonding, and, of course, all sorts of fun camping activities for more than 70 cancer survivors.
Beads, ribbons and sea shells are just some of the items 70 cancer survivors got to choose from when creating their own camping souvenir.
"You don't have to tell people how you feel, you don't have to explain your hair, you don't have to tell people what they can do for you, they just have an opportunity to be themselves," ETMC camp counselor Brenda McBride said.
McBride said she was inspired to become involved after losing her mother to cancer.
"If my mom hadn't had been diagnosed with cancer, and if she hadn't lost her battle with cancer, I wouldn't have been a counselor," McBride said.
The survivors have opportunities to bond and offer support to each other.
"Some of the ladies have had chemotherapy for five or six years. Some ladies have had cancer five or six times, and it's come back and they fought it and they're still alive," cancer survivor Linda Williams said.
Williams fought breast cancer for two years. Those are years she would never want to experience again.
"It just scares you to death, you know. You hear the big ‘C' word and you're just scared," Williams said.
Williams also said her family gave her hope to fight the cancer, and now she hopes to offer help to those in the same struggle.
"It's like a long tunnel that you go through, and when you get on the other side, there's a bright light and everything is fine," Williams said.
Williams is now cancer free. She says hearing the stories of other survivors encourages her to stay positive and motivated in life.
The annual Great Getaway Retreat at Pine Cove Camp will continue through Thursday afternoon. ETMC plans to continue the getaway for next year, too.
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