My Nonprofit Reviews
Andrew J Brown J.
Review for ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network, Phoenix, AZ, USA
When I got my prostate cancer diagnosis in 2011, it was just another thing, another difficult addition in a time of marital dissolution, family illnesses, and financial chaos. I had no experience of my diagnosis as heartrending, as panic inducing; it came at a point where life seemed to pile on.
I knew to investigate. I knew to visit as many cancer specialists as possible and to question their recommendations, and to gather credible information about their particular forte.
I did so unto the point of being stuck. I was in paralysis-by-analysis: I had much information and had listened to each cancer specialist assure me that his/her approach was correct while telling me that other specialists couldn't offer me better. All of this information had me frozen in indecisiveness.
A dear friend had lost her husband to prostate cancer a few years before I received my diagnosis. It was only natural that I would share with her my travails. When I told her of all my due diligence and of my being stuck in place, she was dismayed at my immobility. She urged me to call ICAN. She was sure that ICAN could help me find a way forward, and if she was so certain, then that was then good enough for me.
Marcia picked up the phone and began my life saving advocacy. ICAN, which to me *IS* Marcia Horn, helped me out by giving context to all of the data I had gathered. ICAN helped me see that much of cancer care is siloed. Each specialist an expert in her/his universe, is to often isolated from other cancer care perspectives.
Marcia affirmed my research. She instructed me to see a medical oncologist, one who's concern would be the best treatment for my prostate cancer and not necessarily invested in a particular practice's treatment. I was stunned when she suggested me specific doctors here in the Hub of the medical world. She didn't leave me hanging!
Were it not for ICAN, well, I don't know and neither do I want to consider such for too long. Connecting with Marcia and ICAN was the tipping point at which surviving this disease became my reality.
ICAN's investment of its time and expertise in my life to extend, to save my life, has imbued my life with this goal: to help Black, LatinX, and other underserved cancer patient populations receive ICAN's loving, expert, invigorative cancer patient advocacy as have I.