Debbie Sacrob

Debbie Sacrob is one of the cancer survivors featured in the In Our Lifetime video, and she is a wonderful ambassador for The Princess Margaret. Here are her words expressing her hopes for ovarian cancer patients and for the community she would like to see supporting them.

I have been through the ordeal of ovarian cancer. My experience in the world related to cancer has proven to me that the doom and gloom concept surrounding life with a cancer diagnosis is in desperate need of an about face, in other words, an injection of life.
 
I am very sensitive to issues surrounding many cancers. As a former patient at The Princess Margaret and an active member of Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto, I have seen first-hand that there are many, in fact too many cancers that too many people are forced to deal with.
 
“I know all about heroes. They took care of me at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and I am grateful every day.”
 
My goal or objective is to devise a strategy that would create a momentum resulting in the focusing of a larger measure of positive awareness to other cancers, first and foremost, to my own cancer. It is hard to miss the energy and life force created to embrace breast cancer. It is spectacular and an excellent accomplishment and it is a positive comfort for those whose lives (patients as well as family members) are touched by that disease.
 
My wish would be to see the incredible force and positivity of breast cancer messaging carried over to the ovarian cancer community.
 
“After I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it was important for me to continue living my life. I knew I wasn’t going to go down without a fight.”
 
The issue is simple. It is LIFE. There is an awful lot of living to be done, even with cancer. Life can be lived with cancer and it can be lived well! We must make people aware that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t automatically stop life.
 
Quality of life is important and is out there for everyone! We have to get the word out that it is possible to deal positively with the hand you have been dealt. It may not be the best hand, or the hand you want. Every effort must be made to show that positive voice can be given to quality of life with a cancer diagnosis.
 
“I’d tell anyone diagnosed with ovarian cancer or any type of cancer that it’s important to think positive. We’re very lucky to have The Princess Margaret, which is a great hospital, in our city.”
 
There are many people living well with ovarian cancer. My personal feeling is, that having an ovarian cancer diagnosis and living with the disease should not be about dying, but rather about living and living well. The doom and gloom concept is in desperate need of an about face, in other words, an injection of life.
 
I am realistic. I know that not all cancers have a good outcome. However, I think we are on the threshold of a significant break through in creating positive cancer awareness and giving a positive voice to cancer messaging. Those of us who are living “in the trenches” have the obligation to make it happen. I would like to see communities coming together to celebrate and honour the lives of those living with ovarian cancer.
 
In our lifetime it can be done!
 
Reviewed: October 2013