Presbyterian Cancer Center gives patients many reasons to be inspired with its third annual calendar that allows twelve 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. or call 704-384-5223 for more information.
Meet Carol Solomon, a SouthPark resident, former teacher, and colon cancer survivor who is featured in this year’s calendar: What are some of the things you enjoy doing every day? I’m involved in a lot of things: Bible study on Thursdays, playing bridge with a group of girlfriends, and I’m an avid Tar Heel basketball fan. I don’t miss a game! I also rescue Old English Sheepdogs—I’ve rescued five since January, fostered some, and have my own. I’m also very proactive in my healthcare. I tell my doctors that I “co-doctor” with them, and they appreciate that. What have you learned from this journey? Make the best out of every circumstance that you’ve been given. Right now people are out of work, some are facing bankruptcy, and I have medical problems. Everybody has a cross to bear; it’s about how we deal with those problems. What’s the best thing we can do to help those battling cancer? Stay positive! I’ve seen many cancer survivors who are negative and who give up. My faith and my family have gotten me here, and a lot of it is me. I’m a positive person, and I’m a fighter. Thank God for each and every day.