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Hundreds Touched By Cancer Connect Through Cancer Survivors' Conference

Taylor Holt
March 18, 2017 07:17 PM

"Survivorship is really a significant journey for anyone," said Ruth Bachman, at Saturday's Cancer Survivors' Conference.

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14 years ago, Bachman was diagnosed with Soft Tissue Sarcoma, which ultimately took her left hand.

"I knew what I wanted to do was to be able to talk about what it means to go through cancer and to be able to focus on living life," said Bachman.

She was the keynote speaker at Essentia's Cancer Survivors' Conference. The focus was on dealing with cancer after a diagnosis.

"Maintaining that network of support and finding other survivors to be able to share stories with and gain that support (is important)," said Bachman.

The survivor was joined by medical professionals and many others touched by the disease.

"Cancer can be a very isolating and very lonely expereince and we just want people to know that there are lots of people who will walk beside them," said Colleen Baggs, Manager of the Caring Ways Cancer Research Center.

The conference was a chance to discuss coping strategies as well as advances being made in research towards finding a cure.

"Research is really playing a major role in the advances that we've seen in the last five years to really help improve thos survivorship issues," said Dr. Bret Friday, a Medical Oncologist at Essentia."As much as we want to prevent early cancer and cure cancer, we want people to live a normal, healthy life after cancer."

Essentia hosts this conference every three years. Upcoming events related to this can be found on the Essentia Health website.


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