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Center for Advancement in Cancer Education
June 27, 2013

My mother was diagnosed with an extremely agressive and rare form of brain cancer in 2006. Luckily she was well-versed in Susan's approach as she had been a volunteer at Beat Cancer for many years. My mom flipped roles from support person to client and began her work with Susan and her staff. I believe that without the Susan's knowledge, advice and insight my mom would not be here today. My mother's diagnosis was beyond grim. Chemo, double brain surgery, removal of part of her frontal lobe, a rebuilding of the brain's dura, etc.. This type of cancer had never been successfully treated without surgery.

My mother juiced, meditated, exercised, juiced some more, took supplements, the same ones that her oncologists said were anti-oxidants and therefore would lessen the effects of chemotherapy. Ha!

After the third chemotherapy treatment it was time to meet with the sino-nasal surgeon, the neurosurgeon, the anesthesiologists, etc. There was only a small window of time after chemo to perform the surgery because the cancer bounces back so quickly. This was the last meeting before my mom's 18 hour surgery which would take place within a few days time.

There were a dozen people in the room ready to plan the surgery. My mom's MRI was displayed on the screen. The nurse read the report. It was short. "There is no evidence of cancer." Silence. "I'm sorry. She has SNUC. Please double check that we have the correct image and report."

It was true. The cancer was gone. A mass in her sinus cavity, the size of a plum, was gone.

No surgeries needed. No frontal lobe removal. No rebuilding of the dura. No cutting through her skull and taking bone from her hip. None of it.

Susan's work should be awarded, applauded, funded and spread far and wide.

Life-changing? You bet.

Life-giving? Absolutely.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The organization itself doesn't need changing. Their work is brilliant.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Client Served