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Review for Cancer Schmancer Foundation, Reston, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is indeed blessed in so many ways. I have learned that I'm not alone and to listen to my body more. In addition to taking a larger and more pro-active role in my health and well being. Initially, I bought "Cancer Schmancer" for my mom because she was having severe pains before, during and after her period. After years of suffering and going to numerous doctors that just told her it was fibroids and/or early menopause. Finally we moved and she saw this wonderful gynecologist and it turned out that she had a radiply growing tumor on her ovary in addition to adhesions from a proir surgery years ago. The tumor went from 4cm to 7cm in less than one month. Thank God it was benign, but she had to have a total hysterectomy. With my mom's experience, I vowed not to keep silent and suffer. She hid it from us, so that we won't be worried. On August 4th, 2009, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, but I was completely asymptomatic, the nodules were found while having an MRI of my neck for something else. Withn 2 days of diagnosis, I had a total thryoidectomy. The shock didn't wear off until a week after the surgery and I cried for 4 plus hours straight. I reread Cancer Schmancer and it was then I took more serious note of I began to read other women's stories and fully understood that I was not alone. I never even knew thyroid cancer existed. Ms Drescher's "openness" about her life and the unconditional support of my family and friends helped me to understand that I should not walk alone, open up and let the people around me, help me. I've always been the helper and the one to stay strong. I had to learn to let go and be helped. Now, I've been having my own gynecological issues and I've learned to not just take my doctors' words, do my own research and take control; they really don't always have the answers. It is true, the best gifts do come in the ugliest of packages. I didn't know I had the courage to fight to be well and make my recovery faster than most. Thank you Cancer Schmancer! I know I went off tangent, but to conclude, this site makes it easy to understand what I'm going through, it's easy to navigate and I feel comfortable reading the information. Ms Drescher, thank you for thinking about all those women who can't afford the simple screening tests and saving so many lives. Most important too, teaching them to "open a mouth!" If my dad didn't push my mom to get checked, I shudder to think of what might have been. i am truly blessed with the graces that I have been given and I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason! I bought "Cancer Schmancer" in 2003 for my mom and it has helped me more than you know. Your organization continues to help many, believe me, I have referred many to your website.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I became more aware of what is happening around me. In as much as I am empathetic, I guess I took my gift of life for granted. through cancer schmancer, I stopped to "smell the roses" truly take in a beautiful sunset. Most important, being thankful!

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

It's great how it is!!

Role:  General Member of the Public & I refer as many as I can to About 1 month after my radiation, I walked in the 5k "Walk for Hope" then a year later, I participated in a 3k walk for the kidney foundation while off of my thyroid medication for my first annual "cancer c.