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Steel Magnolias Breast Cancer Support Group Inc

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45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have know and have be honored to be a part of this wonderful group of Women and Men. They do so much to help cancer patients and survivors sending out care packages ,supplying information to evey woman they can reach .They send out nurses to Schools to talk about mammograms and how to do self exams and when to see a doctor.They supply dining vouchers for families at local Hospitals while their loved one is in surgery or getting Chemo treatments.I just can't say enough about this WONDERFUL group of dedicated Women. I might mention all of them have had or are still dealing with this dreadful disease..................... Dixie Reynolds

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

If you haven't meet this group of Women and Men you truly need to,to understand what Steel Magnolias are all about. Being that most of them are cancer surviors they know the physical and mental pain a family goes though. They are there to help diagnosed women and teach young women how to do self exams. I am honored to be a part of this non profit organization. They truly STEEL MAGNOLIAS.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a breast cancer survivor since 1998. This group was the only group in my area that helped me cope with my cancer. They provided me with a welcome basket as well as other helpful information. They deserve this recognition.

dixielbr

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate toiletries to put in care packages to go to new patients. It's an honor to be a part of this group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am excited to be involved with this GREAT organization.Lenora and the wonderful women and men that make Steel Magonlias what it is today. Breast Cancer and other cancers are the focus of this group to help ALL woman even those with no insurance get the medical attention the so badly need.Indeed I am Blessed to be a part of Steel Magnolias.

karfranw

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I haven't had any personal experience with Steel Magnolias, but have a friend and her mother that have. They received excellent support, and the caring they received was bar none. Everyone that becomes ill with a chronic illness, definitely needs some sort of support. Steel Magnolias does just that. They provide support and caring for the women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in Alabama.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend of mine helps this group, I think they do a fabulous job providing help to those in Alabama. They deserve this opportunity.

Becky T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful group, that deserves this reward. They have helped many people become aware of breast and cervical cancer, as well as given back to the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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!
Leigh Ellis
Oxford, Al

Heather B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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,

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Lenora Johnson, I have been a breast cancer survivor since 1999. In 2001, I founded Steel Magnolias. Our group has grown into an army of men (Men of Steel) and women who work shoulder to shoulder to offer comfort and hope to cancer patients, especially breast cancer. We work in Alabama, primarily in calhoun and surropunding counties, however through our website, our newsletter, through legislation we pushed through the 2009 Alabama general session and care packages we mail, our influence is felt in many places. Our desire is to offer patients caught like deer in the headlights, not knowing where to turn and facing unsure futures, courage and comfort for the challenges in their lives. Our supporters make our work possible. Thank you! Lenora

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In 1999, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Thanks to God, I was diagnosed before my cancer spread. However, because of the seriousness of my cancer cell and because I didn't get a clear margin, I had bilateral mastectomy and TRAM reconstruction. I have never regretted my decision. It took me two years to reclaim my life and in that time I felt certain that there should be something or some group, locally to help women going through what I had just come out of. After several personal encounters with people who encouraged me to become an advocate, and finally having Chaplain Jim Wilson's phone number laid in my hand, I called the RMC Chaplain and said, "I think I should become minvolved in a breast cancer support group." I was told, "It will be more than becoming involved, you'll have to establish one, there is not one here in Anniston." The first meeting was in August, 2001. Since then we have grown into a recognized 501 c 3 nonprofit organization with a website , and are now a service, support and educational organization. We are a group of survivors, volunteers, no one, including me, receives a salary. All contributions go either to our many ministries inside Anniston's Regional Medical Center or to minister to patients wherever they live, with care packages and the monthly steel Magnolias Newsletter. In 2009, we were successful in pushing legislation through the Alabama general session, by unanimous vote in both the House and Senate that closed the loophole in Alabama's breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act. Our needs are increasedfunding so that we can continue to expand services and new computer and office equipment so that we can do more draft work in our RMC office. Before we adopt any new program, we test it by the Prayer of Jabez- First Chronicles 4:10 "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain."

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I ask every year for Steel Magnolia's to come & speak with all the female students at WHS. Gladys has done an excellent job each year. The students really enjoy her presentations. She keeps them interested in her speech. Again thank you so much for all you do for the students. Bonnie Harris LPN

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My association with Steel Magnolias Breast Cancer support group, Inc. began in 2005 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My husband met a lady that was a member of Steel Magnolias. When she learned of my diagnosis, she asked my husband if Lenora knew about it. my husband asked Lenora who? In two days I received a packet from Lenora Johnson, Founder and Director of Stel Magnolias. Inside that packet were items that I needed following my mastectomy. I also received cards, phone clls and I knew they were praying for me, someone they did's know. Isn't that amazing? After my recovery and retirement from the Postal Service, I became a member of Steel Magnolias and have been with them ever since. It has been a privilege and joy to be a part of a group of women that have walked the same path as myself and care about reaching out to other women that are on this same journey. Steel Magnolias has been such an inspiration to me and I am so thankful for this fabulous organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer about 7 years ago. While we continually believed that God would heal her, He sent a group of people her way that helped her heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Actually they helped our whole family. That group was Steel Magnolias. I have seen God use my mother in ways that I never would have imagined with this group. I love Steel Magnolias and each person involved with the group. This group is a blessing to everyone it touches.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has heart and muscle. They care about people. Most of them have had or have breast cancer. Their significant others are working with them to help others in their journey with breast cancer. They give all the time and they never stop working to find a better way to cope with this illness and to experience a more meaningful life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Steel magnolias has been a positive inspiration to many women who have gone through the freightening experience of haveing breast cancer surgery. I have been with Steel Magnolias for several years and have watched this organization grow in leaps and bounds. Truely This organization is touched by God's hand! I have not had breast cancer but if I ever do I know where to go for encouragement, frienship, protection, answered questions, and love. Steel Magnolias is awesume!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been impressed with the work of Steel Magnolias since I first became associated with them. They truly have a heartfelt passion for their work. Only survivors, such as this dedicated group of women, can truly stand alongside someone with a diagnosis of breast cancer. This passion is taken to so many levels with their vision and desire to promote healthy lifestyles, education in girls, beginning in 8th grade and other efforts. Not only has this group tackled the "hands-on" care of the patient and their road to treatment and recovery, they have included their families as well. I applaud their efforts and am proud to be associated with such a dynamic group of caring individuals.