Presbyterian Cancer Center gives patients many reasons to be inspired with its third annual calendar that allows 12 cancer survivors to tell their stories. While the calendars are free to those impacted by cancer, donations are appreciated to aid Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center. Visit the center at 242 Colonial Ave. in Charlotte or call 704-384-5223 for more information. Meet Steve Methot, a Cornelius resident whose positive attitude has helped him conquer stage IV tonsil cancer:
What does being part of this calendar mean to you? It’s an honor. To me, it means that something positive is being said about cancer. Everything we see on the media, all the people we read about and hear about, is all about decline. We don’t publish enough for the people who are surviving. That shows hope rather than despair, and there should be more of that.
What are some of the things you enjoy today? I’m 63 years old, and I’m a person who never wants to say “Boy, I wish I had done this or done that.” I took flying lessons back in the 70s, and this summer I took a flight. I enjoy riding my motorcycle. I don’t want to have any regrets.
What have you learned from this journey? For the first time in a long time, I feel like I’m living instead of dying. Only God knows what will happen, but I’m cool with that. I’ve experienced a miracle. Until you’ve had one for yourself, you can’t even imagine. They gave me 90 days, told me that my cancer was incurable. I’m a spiritual person, and this experience, seeing how the Lord works, has removed all doubt and given me an unbelievable sense of peace.
What can we do to help people fighting their own battles? Be a friend. Show them that you care. Be positive with them. There are things you can do, like driving them to treatments. I couldn’t drive for a year. There are organizations that coordinate this, and there are fantastic people [like those at the Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center] who really care and make you feel special. I thank God for them.