Neil Orchard

Neil Orchard"I was diagnosed in March 2008 with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I remember receiving the diagnosis by phone call, as I was driving. There was no anger. But I understand when others react with anger, "Why me?", "Why now?" or denial. My treatment plan was over a two-year period with chemotherapy and Rituxan immunotherapy. I have been privileged to live at a time when there are successful treatments for my cancer.

For me, the hardest question to answer is not about illness, but about health. I cannot explain why I have been granted the gift of sight or mobility, to be able to reach out and embrace my wife or children while others cannot do these things. Why do I deserve any measure of health? How do I explain being an 11-year survivor? Life is a privilege to share. Live as fully as you can for the benefit of others and amazingly, you will reap amazing personal benefits."

To learn more about how you can get involved and make a difference for cancer survivors in our community, please visit the Timken Family Cancer Center's page.