October 1, 2012
I just attended the CCAN Conference in New Orleans and this was the first time I have personally met anyone from this dedicated group , although I had heard about their work from my oncologist. What a first impression they made and they kinda messed up because they must have thought they had already knew me. At least that is the way I felt after the first hour or so. They were terrific! And , I could not believe some of these individuals stories concerning Carcinoid. I found out some were patients like myself , at all stages of this life sapping disease, but they were mostly , I believe just concerned activists, family members and dedicated workers in the field trying to do their utmost to help support anyone that needed that support after getting a diagnosis. I learned that Carcinoid patients , more correctly called NET Patients or Neuro Endocrine Tumor Patients are self described ZEBRAS ( our distinguishing logo)- Another shade from all those who suffer in all too many cases -terminal cancer. Not many people especially doctors and researchers even know we are "out there" . Our zebra stripes camoflauge us in the shadows of the effort to find a cure for cancer. And often that more common cancer research does'nt help us directly. These dedicated workers in CCAN are out there spreading the word and educating individuals like me on how to simply use all the resorces out there and each other to stay alive . It can be easily seen how dedicated and selfless CCAN is in doing this VITAL work. Please support them in any way you can . If you are a foundation, a medical facility doing research or a Medical School I urge you to look for any way you can help. I feel truly grateful for what I learned last weeik and for all the materials and speakers that had to be gathered together for such an event. I don't feel so much alone now. Please help in any way you can -just ask CCAN they know.
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