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CANSURVIVE GYN CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
June 29, 2011

There aren't many redeeming qualities about having cancer. No one can take away the frightening words of the diagnosis, the pain of surgery, the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, the fear, the waiting, the worry. But there is a way to reduce the feelings of aloneness. I was first diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer in 2004 and joined CanSurvive in 2006. I walked into a world of caring friends, women who shared my experiences, sorrows, joys, and hope. We laughed and cried together.

One consequence of my illness and treatment is that my contact with others changed. For weeks at a time, I could no longer do the things that made up my 'normal' life. Just as people in CanSurvive cared for me, I found that reaching out to other women in our group brought back a feeling of being valued, of supporting people during their hardest times.

CanSurvive provides many things: patient support (in lots of ways), information to patients, public awareness, a shoulder to lean on, a joyful heart to share the happy times with, a circle of women who become strong because they can hold on to each other. My life has been positively affected through my involvement with CanSurvive.

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CanSurvive needs more money to expand our patient support program. Work is underway to write grants and increase income.

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Facilitate some meetings, contact patients (emails, phone calls, cards, visits), give presentations on music and healing. .