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The V foundation

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    Watching ESPN,(ESPN 2 -SVP & Russillo & other ESPN channels earlier) they are spending very much time talking about the V foundation (for Jimmy V).... I think that it's great that people with much exposure to the public and famous athletes are bringing much attention to this foundation for cancer research. Hopefully they'll raise much money and hopefully take us one step closer to finding a cure or at least a break through that helps us to steer in the right direction. This horrible problem effects so many. It takes adults and children from every demographic. Obviously there are many other horrible diseases that badly effect so many. Hopefully progress can be made in each of them.

    "Don't give up. Don't ever give up"
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    Some very new unique methods have been discovered for the cure of cancers & other illnesses. Some were just in the preliminary research stages 40 years ago, and have been proven very promising in actually curing some cancers & many other types of disease.
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    EF, Thanks for the post. If exposure to the topic can grow, maybe more persons will realize the importance of stopping people from succumbing to this terrible fate. We'll never remove all of the bad things from our lives. However, if we can eliminate a few..... it would help so many. I think that easing the process for being tested as a potential bone marrow donor would be wonderful. Further research in Stem Cell research might (would probably) show some promising solutions.
    Stuart Scott won an Espy award last night for his long term battle with Cancer. He gave a very poignant speech. Further exposure should translate into further funding. All young "brilliant persons in the medical field" should realize that any/all significant advances can lead to huge financial gains. My hope is that more persons can get a new chance at life. Once the battle is under control, we can move to the next disease on the list and hopefully continue to help people (and families) who are suffering.

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    Both my Aunt and her husband died from "Cancer"...some decades ago...it was odd that they both succumbed to the same form of lung cancer when NEITHER smoked and neither had a family history of Cancer...

    Watching my Aunt struggle valiantly and with so much grace was the greatest tragedy of my youth...she had four sons and she would not "Go easy into that good night"...for the need to be with them as long as she could...This represents 1 degree of separation and yet I conceed I know relatively little about cancer....I know great struggles and the finest examples of courage that life exposes.......and frankly...its as close as I ever want to be...I support St. Jude's Hospital and have since the '70's when I was living just outside Memphis,Tn.

    Being a SPORT Junky. I can see Jimmy V in my mind's eye as clearly as if he were standing in front of me...and I wish I'd known the man...I wish I had a minute to be exposed to the man's SPIRIT....But he reminds us that we are surrounded by people who we should take an extra minute with...We have to give..not just this year..but every year..until this thing is over.
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    This may not be the right place to tell this, but then maybe it is. Women all know that we are told to have mammograms every other year, to catch any possibility of breast cancer. Yet a famous actress, Suzanne Sommers, did all the mammograms, & yet they did not catch hers, in time, so she had to have surgery & chemo & it burned her insides with radiation. I know another woman who was absolutely obsessed about cancer, so she went to have every kind of cancer screening there is, more than once a year. Guess what? She died of cancer anyway, & they could not prevent it or cure it.

    In college, one of my room-mates was studying to be a lab tech, to do "pap smears" to detect cancer in the uterus. It was strange to hear how they worked, but it was almost a "quota" basis, see how FAST they can get them done, (ie) "rush them through." So they just looked for a couple anomalies, & passed them on, like an assembly line. IF they saw something abnormal, they passed it, without giving any warning, so the woman would think she was OK. Maybe she would "skip" the next test, thinking she was fine. But the lab tech knew there was an abnormality, but not "flag" it on the first time. (They were told to do that). Which I thought was disgraceful.

    Then, my sister was in the hospital, & had to stay for a week. While there, in the bed beside her, there were 3 different patients who had been told by their mammogram, that they probably had breast cancer. So they went in for a surgical procedure to remove breast tissue to see if it was cancer or not. All of these women were scared to death, had to go thru a painful (& expensive) procedure, & then ALL found out that they did NOT have cancer. Yes, they were GLAD it was not cancer, but WHY have to go thru all that fear, pain, & expense --- due to a FALSE reading from a mammogram? And they FORCE women to have those mammograms, which often do NOT detect breast cancer, and often give a FALSE "positive" RESULT, saying they DO have cancer when they do NOT. You might be better off just tossing a coin.

    & THIS little fact is not often mentioned. Sometimes, the RADIATION from a mammogram can CAUSE CANCER itself.