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4/23/08-- Lake Palestine

Great Getaway For Cancer Survivors

It was arts and crafts and they shared in the fun.  they also shared in the experience.

"It's kind of a specialty club," Eileen Hays.  "You got to have cancer to be here," she said, laughing.

The Bluffs at Pine Cove played host to dozens of cancer survivors.  For three days, survivors get to escape the stresses of living with cancer, rest, relax, but most importantly relate.

"When you're at home by yourself, you have friends and family who empathize with you, but they don't know what you've been through," said Amy Hammons, a survivor of breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer, as well as Hodgkin lymphoma.  Evelyn Cummings, a breast cancer survivor for 4 years said being around other people who have gone through the same thing is part of the healing process.

Taulee Ogelsby was a first-time camper.  "People are delightful, fun and funny."

Though they were at different stages, they were all there for physical and emotional healing.

"It's such a rare opportunity for us as adults, much less, cancer survivors to go out and have fun and get away from all our routines, be it radiation, or chemotherapy," said Judy Hayes, a counselor for the camp and cancer survivor.

They jumped on the chance at renewed life and took nothing for granted.  "There is life after cancer, and sometimes, it's pretty darn good," said Hammons.

for information on the camp, go to Know More on 7, and look for the "Great Getaway" link.

Layron Livingston, Reporting

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