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
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.
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.
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.
I donate toiletries to put in care packages to go to new patients. It's an honor to be a part of this group.
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.
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.
A friend of mine helps this group, I think they do a fabulous job providing help to those in Alabama. They deserve this opportunity.
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.
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.
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
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."
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
My sister was diagnosed in07 with breast cancer. She had moved to Oxford for her job and had no family there and so when she was diagnosed to have friends like steel Magnolias there to help support her was wonderful. She became involved with the group and she has enjoyed helping and has also been helped by them. I beieve they kept her spirits up and helped her get involved with others going thru the same thing and she has loved working with Lenora and the others. And I admire my sister sooo much for what she has gone thru and she will continue to stay STRONG!!!!!
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.
I was fortunate enough to be on the ground floor of this wonderful organization. Lenora Johnson is one of the most determined, brave women I have ever met in my life! She took a horrible situation and made something good come from it. The dedication of Steel Magnolias is amazing to me, they go above and beyond to help not only breast cancer patients but also their families and friends. Lenora has "been there, done that" and wants to make sure that EVERY woman is informed and will not stop until it is done. They have a program for the school age girls that teach them about early detection. I always look forward to seeing Lenora come in the shop to hear of the new and wonderful things that Steel Magnolias will be doing! I am honored to be able to say, Lenora Johnson is a friend and an inspiration to me. Steel Magnolias is the most wonderful organization I have ever had the privilege to work with. Strong, beautiful women fighting the good fight!!!!
Tell your story here and help others understand this charity I have been associated with Steel Magnolias for several years. I had to obtain information associated with filing documents for this organization. Therefore, I had to know in detail what this organization did for the public. I have been extremely impressed with the service these people offer. They have found a ministry that was not being served with cancer patients in this area of Alabama. I personally donate to Steel Magnolias and pray that they are can continue to serve those in need for many years to come. Jeff Owens
My sister is the president and founder of Steel Magnolias Breast Cancer Support Group, Inc. Talk about taking lemons and making lemonade. Lenora has fought many battles in her life and with God's help and her fortitude, Lenora has always landed on her feet. For anyone who is faced with this terrible prognosis and need someone in their corner, Lenora and Steel Magnolias members are the ones you want. I love you sis and I'm very, very proud of you. You and the strong women and men in Steel Magnolias reach out to so many people and work to change interrupted lives for the better.
Hello, I am so thankful for the Steel Magnolias Breast Cancer Support Group. My mother had yearly mammograms and thought she was OK. In December of 2008, she had colon surgery and discovered she had colon cancer. The surgeon also discovered breast cancer and removed her right breast. In one month, her whole life changed. She is a R.N. and is 79. Her R.N. license is still active and she plans to keep it. She has been supported by the Steel Magnolias since her surgeries. They have provided a wig, bra, hats; anything she needed. Our whole family is so grateful for the love, friendship, honesty, and kindness shown by the Steel Magnolias. I am her caregiver. I help her when she needs me. Most of the time she likes to be independent. I am her daughter, Melody. I love to attend the Steel Magnolias Group meeting each month. Everyone learns a lot and shares a nice meal. They are the Best!!!
This is one more amazing group of ladies!!! They are an inspiration to all that come in contact with them. Their individual journeys may differ in some aspects, but their fight for a cure binds their heart stings together. They work for the day when Breast Cancer will be wiped out and their children won't have to worry about it in their lifetime! My hat goes off to them as they touch the lives of so, so many across the nation.
As a Care Coordinator for Breast Cancer Patients and facilitator for a Breast Cancer Support group, I am always looking for ideas to better serve this population. When I contacted Steel Magnolias, it was clear that they are a group dedicated to the education, early detection and support of breast cancer prevention, detection and support during treatment. I enjoy their newsletters and their program for young women in breast self exams and early detection is a valuable part of their overall services.
I am not in the immediate service area of the Steel Magnolias, but I receive their monthly newsletter (via email - keep it green!) I 1st encountered them when they had a team in the Birmingham, AL Komen Race For The Cure. Then,as square dancers, my husband & I attended a square dance/silect auction in Anniston as a fund-raiser for them. They do a great job giving much needed support to breast cancer patients in north-east Alabama. As a 10-year survivor myself, I know how much their support means to newly diagnosed patients & their families. Great job & keep it up.
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!!
A dear friend of mine, Lenora Johnson is a survivor and had such a passion for the ladies in the group. At the time, I was host to a TV show called "In the Company of Women", and "The Edge". I had this wonderful lady on my show several times. Her love for the ladies who are diagnosed with breast cancer was such a delightful and beautiful experience for me to share with my audience. Thank you Lenora, the world is a better place because of "Steel Magnolias". Donna Feazell
When I found out that I had stage IIIC breast cancer 6/08 a friend of mine turned my name in to the Steel Magnolias. We are not in the same town, but that didn't matter. They responded with many cheerful cards and drain bags that I have found useful, not only then but in a couple of surgeries since. They kept me on their email newsletter list. Maybe one day I will get to meet these gracious ladies. Betty Bridges, Birmingham
I became involved with this group after my Mother became involved. She became involved as a survivor and I wanted to honor her. This is a group of wonderful women who are survivors or may be surviving with an active cancer. This group makes sure family members are taken of care of at the hospital if a loved one is there, they started a program in the local high schools to teach young girls how to do self breast checks, they petitioned until our state legislature closed a loop hole in Medicaid which assures any uninsured woman can get medical help for breast or cervical cancer. These wonderful women also are raising money yearly to send to Susan G. Komen. They are a group of go getters who make me tired just knowing all they do for our community. I at least know, if I am ever diagonosed with cancer, I have a family waiting to envelope me with lots of love and much support.
I do not live in Alabama, but I have been very well informed of this group. They are 100% dedicated, and motivated to help year round. In my own opinion they deserve this award, and should be an example to those worldwide!
Steel Magnolias has helped my relatives affected by cancer, as well as many others in this county and several surrounding counties. They educate, support, and are active with projects to raise money to further their services. The members are personally motivated to be active. I admire them.
I"m a Breast Cancer suurvivor of 2years and 10 months. I got involved with this group at when I was going through the treatments. they were very supportive. they call and check on people when they are having treatments and mail out a monthly news letter to survivors. I like that its a non-profit. yhey really do alot for the community. you just have to let them know you need help and they do whatever they can to help.
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.
My mother Elizabeth McCabe, is a breast cancer survivor. When she had her surgery, she needed a support group to be informed about what was ahead of her. Steel Magnolias in Anniston, Alabama, welcomed her with open arms. Words cannot describe how very informative, caring, and sympathetic these people were to her. They took her in as if she was another sister to them. Anyone that joins this group, is treated like a member of their own family. Anyone who does not live near Steel Magnolias, they will still get the same treatment. It makes me feel really good inside, to be able to do my part for a good cause. We should spread the word to this wonderful group. I give this group 5 out of 5 stars for fabulous work!
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!
Steel Magnolias is made of an ALL volunteer corp of dedicated women who help those fighting or recovering from breast cancer, or are a member of a family who has a member facing that challenge. The volunteers are inspirational, kind, generous, and caring. It is one of the most amazing organizations I have ever had the privilege of being witnessing.
Steel Magnolias is a wonderful group that has given support and valuable information to women going thru a very difficult time. My Mother had bladder cancer and it very much affected the whole family. Without proper information, that bad time in our lives would've been so much worse. We need this group and more like it to keep us informed. Keep up the Good Work Steel Magnolias!!
What a wonderful group to have for women experiencing a difficult time in their lives. This group has helped my mother and grandmother both. We are very fortunate that we have ladies who would be so supportive. Thank you for all you do!
I'm here to give a review of this group. Steel Magnolias deserves the recognition it so deserves. They are doing a wonderful job with educating women of all ages. People from around the world are becoming educated from various sources: websites, emails, blogs, etc.. I've known many wonderful women in my life, who've experienced breast cancer, this group would have been very helpful to them.