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2015 Honorary Co-Chairs
|Joyce Ackman, of Mitchell, has had quite a
journey with Cancer. She is a two time Breast Cancer survivor, as well as
Ovarian Cancer Survivor. She was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer 26 years
ago, and then again 9 years later. |
In October of 2012, she was once again faced
with another cancer diagnosis. This time it was Ovarian Cancer. She had
surgery and then chemotherapy. Joyce was part of a clinical trial
with weekly infusions until the cancer returned 9 months later. She again went
thru weekly chemo until July of 2014. Joyce is currently in remission! She
remains on a targeted chemo drug at this time. She is thankful for the support
she received from family, friends, and her Doctors and Nurses.
|Darlene was diagnosed with Colon
Cancer in 1993. As you can imagine, hearing the "C" word was
devastating news to the whole family. At the time she was diagnosed, she was
the Mother of 11 children, with 2 of them still at home. Her children will
never forget hearing the news that day and the thought of losing their Mother
was just something they didn't want to think about. Moms are invincible, right?
Well, they think their Mom, Darlene is! |
Darlene has been a Cancer Survivor for 21
years and has received a clean bill of health. Darlene and her family are
forever grateful to her doctors for the care she received after her surgery and
during chemo treatments. Besides her children and her Husband, she had a
wonderful support system from neighbors and other family members, especially
her sister, Joyce, who is a breast cancer survivor.
"I'm grateful that the Lord gave me these
past years. I'm living proof that only God knows the number of "all the
days ordained for me" (Psalm 139:16). She thanks God for each day
He gives her. Darlene recently celebrated her 80th Birthday.
diagnosed with Prostate cancer in March of 2014. It was detected with a PSA blood test that
was elevated to an 8. In one year it had
risen from a 3 to an 8 which alerted Dr Margallo to have a biopsy done. And of course the biopsy detected 2 forms of
cancer fairly significant. After many
hours of research of the different options I agreed to do the robotic surgery
to remove the prostate. The surgery
confirmed that even though the cancer was unusually aggressive, it had not
spread beyond the organ - extremely good news.
No follow up treatment was necessary then or since then. My follow up PSA tests have not detected
anything - more great news.
believe that the early detection saved many months of treatment and maybe even
my life. Even 1 more year may have been
devastating considering the type I had. The success with early detection of
prostate cancer is outstanding. It is
very important that all men over age 50 have an annual PSA blood test. It is very easy and very low cost. If there is any history in your family it
should begin at 40.