Although my issue wasn't breast cancer, I was facing possible malignant bladder cancer. Thanks to Lenora Johnson and Steel Magnolias fearless attitude, I went into surgery determined to handle whatever the diagnosis might be. After all, look at the strong women and men who make Steel Magnolias what it is today. Strength, fortitude, determination, positive attitude, support and love are just a few words I use to describe Steel Magnolias.
Thank you for being there when life sometimes flips us on our back side.
The ladies of the Steel Magnolias are the most caring, strong women I have met. Each has been through the scariest moment in a woman's life. When she is told she has cancer.
The Newsletter is full of inforative articles and I love the joke section. You just have to laugh no matter how sad you feel.
These ladies and gentlemen have been to the schools, public groups and organizations to get the message out. Self Examaination at all ages and Mammagrams Help Save lives.
Their care packages bring so much love and caring with them when a woman needs all the support she can get.
This is a wonderful organization that does great work all over the country. They have sent care packages to friends of mine in Georga and Florida. You can see correspondence from all over the USA in their newsletter and on their website.
They definitely get my vote!
I was diagnosed mid 2010, and had no idea where to begin with anything. I'm not even sure how they found out about me, or if i contacted them its during the time frame of "everything is moving too fast". Every time I emailed them, called them about anything, i always got a fast response, and being that my schedule was not on a set routine, someone would just meet me there with just a phone call saying im on the way there now. They offered me just about everything you could imagine wigs, hats, scarves, you name it they offered it. The wigs were a big thing for me cause i didnt want to where the do rags too much, especially to church, and if i got tired of one they just let me trade it for a new one. Everything they do is awsome. cant say enough good things about them, friendly staff, clean enviroment,
Steel Magnolias was a huge amount of support after breast cancer surgery and chemotherapy. They are such strong women, I could not help wanting to be just like them. They are always thinking of ways to make things better for others dispite their own hardships. So many backgrounds make a very diverse group that can connect with anyone no matter what the circumstances.
Steel Magnolias is a wonderful organization!!! Upon a relative notifying them I was diagnosed with cancer, I received a sweet care package and letter of support. These awesome ladies have also sent care packages to others I've learned of who were diagnosed. Lenora, the organization's founder, has continued to check on me and be a source of support. Also, they offer a benevolence closet to those in need. I think this is truly a fabulous group!!!!
I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in April 2008. The very next day, a very sweet lady from Steel Magnolia's came by our business with a gift bag for me. It wasn't until I received that bag that the reality of the whole cancer thing set in. I was not happy one bit but God knew what I needed! The items in that bag were put to use the very next day after my mastectomy. To this day I still sleep with the little heart-shaped pillow when my arm is aching. I have not been able to thank Steel Magnolias properly for the work that they do, they became the tangible target for my despair. But God has been faithful and the ladies of Steel Magnolia's have been faithful to serve those of us who are going through a most horrible experience. I thank God for each member of Steel Magnolia's and love them dearly. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the service you provide!
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and we met Steel Magnolias at the hospital where my mother had her surgery. This group has been wonderful. They are extremely supportive and have had an immense impact on my mother as she is dealing with this disease. I am very grateful to Lenora and all of her wonderful volunteers for everything they are doing to help my mother.
Without Steel Magnolias, this fight would have been tougher and lonely. They knew what I was going thru...They all had experienced it. Moving from another area and not having family local, they were there. Provided me with the essentials that I needed before and after my mastectomy and chemo treatments. With them, my journey with the "BIG C", as challenging as it was, ended with a new group of friends and survivors. I AM ONE OF THEM, A STEEL MAGNOLIA AND SURVIVOR!!
Steel Magnolias and the related brotherhood Men of Steel, have been a positive support group and big influence on my life and my husband's. It's a great blessing to realize this group has raised funds to provide care baskets for other breast and cervical cancer patients. They provide two meal vouchers for the patient's family. They provide baskets of crackers and drinks in the radiology/chemotherapy doctors offices, for patients getting treatment. They discovered a loophole in the Medicaid law denying treatment for those who had worked, had insurance, but diagnosed with cancer and lost their job and insurance and then were denied coverage. By gathering thousands of signatures on petitions and with the help of Rep. Lea Fite, and Sen. Kim Benefield. They saw this loophole closed. They purchased a breast kit and volunteers go to the schools to teach young girls how to recognize signs of cancer. They hold bake and jewelry sales, and silent auctions to raise money. They their first Lea Fite Memorial Golf Tournament in memory of our state Rep. who helped get the law passed for Medicaid coverage (for breast and cervical cancer). They run a special needs closet for those who need wigs, breast prosthesis, clothes, make-up care kits, for free. Yes, this is an active group, and I'm proud to be a part of it. They see a need, and they work until they find a solution.
The Steel Magnolias Breast Cancer Support Group have given so many women hope and love. Words cannot express how much we appreciate this group and how they've helped our family. These people have been wonderful. Thank you!