Hello, As most of you know that on April fool’s day 2014 I was told I may have a cancerous tumor, April 2 it was confirmed thru a biopsy taken and sent for testing. I was introduced to a thoracic surgeon from Rush medical center as I now call my miracle surgeon, we added a very exceptionally knowledgable Oncoligist and radiology Oncoligist but didn’t believe I would need the later 2. During my Esophagectomy the surgeon sent lympnodes from my stomach down to pathology and found the cancer had spread to stomach which meant I would need both Oncoligist to get as aggressive as the cancer had aggressively attacked me. After being released from my 10 day stay at Rush I lost my Dad 3 days later to complications from his second lung cancer surgery. I had been what I thought was a good cheerleader as my grandmother, both of my in-laws and a aunt along with a few friends went thru cancer. To my surprise I didn’t know how I was going to keep that same upbeat, high positive energy when dealing with my own cancer treatments. My sister and I asked many questions from doctors and nurses, I had a nurse practitioner that suggested I contact American Cancer Association and Imerman Angels for answers to many questions. I fell in love with the main statement from Imerman Angels “that no one faces cancer alone”no this organization Teamed me with a mentor that could answer those questions since he had fought the same fight, different order but the same cancer. Taking nothing away from my family, close friends and many others who offer their support, that a mentor knows it first hand what fighting cancer does to you mentally, physically and finanianclly. My mentor and I spent many nights on the phone for hours, as I have done the same to help others get thru the grueling disease of Esophageal cancer. So I ask you to support this cause and continue to offer at no charge the support of a mentor going through or have been through the same type of cancer.
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