Cancer survivors share stories of hope at Forrest Health’s ‘Cancer Survivors Picnic’

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – Cancer survivors and those still in the battle supported each other this afternoon during Forrest Health’s annual “Cancer Survivors Picnic.”

Dozens of survivors enjoyed food, music and art as they shared stories of perseverance and uplifted current patients and those who have lost loved ones.

“It’s a combination of those who have survived and fought the battle,” Forrest Health Vice President Millie Swann said. “They can now share their stories with others and make a difference for those who are going to walk behind them and also the family members who’ve been there as part of their journey.”

The picnic came just in time for the 25th anniversary of Forrest Health’s Cancer Center.

Dorothy Williams is more than familiar with the center, having beat cancer twice.

“You got a chance to see the doctor. “You did chemo,” Williams said. “You got a lot of support. “They taught you things that you didn’t know.”

LaSandra Hudson is also a survivor and told everyone could use a helping hand while fighting cancer.

“My doctors at the Cancer Center and my nurses were great,” said Hudson, “The support of the survivors who had been through it, it was awesome.”

The Cancer Center is now working on clinical trials that, they say, could give patients a new lease on life.

“Not only do we have patients who are given another ray of hope and to help them along their journey and fight their battle, but also since we now have so many, we’ll have more,” Swann said.

Hudson has a message for those who are fighting cancer:

“Do not walk in fear, because God’s got you.”

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