Sunday, November 18, 2007

Remember the TV Adds 10 pounds!

Last week I was able to be part of an interview with the local news station regarding the new Snake River Cancer Alliance. The alliance is a non-profit group designed to assist cancer patients with needs not tradionally met by their health care providers.

Here is the online blurb about it:

Eye on Idaho
YouNewsTV™
Story Published: Oct 22, 2007 at 9:48 AM MST
Story Updated: Nov 13, 2007 at 8:08 AM MST
By Steve Cannon
Eye on Idaho, A half-hour program featuring subjects and people involved in the issues and activities of importance to Channel 3 viewers. Produced and Hosted by television veteran Steve Cannon. If you have a story idea for an Eye On Idaho segment, email
Steve Cannon

Sunday, November 18th - Cancer...a word that brings fear and anxiety to everyone. When you're diagnosed with this deadly disease, where can you turn for support? Join Steve as he welcomes members of the Snake River Cancer Alliance to Eye on Idaho. Learn more about this newly formed cancer support group and find out how you can help!ONLY on Channel 3 Eyewitness News-Watching Out for You!!

I think we were able to get the word out to people here in Easter Idaho about the importance of support for cancer patients and their loved ones. It feels good to be apart of something I feel so passionate about. I think a lot of good can be done and I am excited to have a small part in it.

Just remember...the TV adds 10 pounds :)

17 comments:

Anna Jarzab said...

Dear Dana,
I am working with VOICE (an imprint of Hyperion publishers) on marketing a memoir by Kelly Corrigan, a thirty-six-year-old woman whose life was changed forever when she discovered a lump in her breast. Kelly’s breast cancer diagnosis was quickly followed by her father’s own late-stage cancer. After reading your blog, I thought this book might be of interest to you, and I would love to send you a copy for review or discussion on your website. Please feel free to contact me at anna@authorsontheweb.com for more information.
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I thought you might want to check it out and maybe join this new social support network.
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Dana, I hope this finds you well. It's a long story to how I stumbled on your blog. I heard on Who wants to be a Millionaire something about buying wedding dresses and the money benefits breast cancer patients. My fiance and I have recently lost two very important people. His father passed away Feb. 27, 2007 from liver and colin cancer, and his aunt had breast cancer but passed away from brain cancer Dec. 30, 2007. His father, who I call Dad anyway,was diagnosed Aug. 2005. Ann, his aunt was diagnosed January 2006. Dad would have been 42 March 8 2007, Ann had just turned 44 and she is survived by her eleven year old son. Anyway, the reason I was hoping to get in touch with you and so many others, (I too have become passionate about this since Dad's insurance was dropped and therefore his treatments stopped and when they both started back the cancer had mutated and his decline began) is because Ann had been told her battle with cancer was over. Not that she was terminal, but that she was cured. This was around Dec. of 06. She had been going for her regular checkups, unfortunately, her scans covered from her eyebrows down. When she began complaining of headaches, started vomiting and couldn't even recognize her own son, we called an ambulance, who gave her a tylenol and told her they couldn't do anything for four hours BECAUSE she took TYLENOL! We brought her to another hospital where a scan revealed she had 5 brain tumors. While her mother and sister began to cry, she simply looked at her sister and said "Take care of my son". My point... Do not ever think the battle is over, continue FULL body scans. I'm not trying to scare you, but in a way I am. My fiance REALLY needs to be checked, but his doctor said it's considered elective until he's 25 (he's 20... five years could be too late), Unless someone in his family carried the gene. Dad never got gene tested, but Ann did, she was negative. However, Dusty's (that's my fiance) grandfather passed away from lung cancer in 97 his father passed away, like I said had liver and colin cancer, and his aunt passed away of breast and brain cancer and his grandmother (wife to his grandfather mother of his father and aunt)had colin cancer (surgery got rid of it Thank God)... to me... HE SHOULD QUALIFY FOR TESTS!!! Anyway, now I'm rambling. Just be aware before you or anyone reading this says "I've won". Cancer is torture not only for those diagnosed, but also for those left mourning. Almost a year later and I can still hear Dad say "This won't take me". -Jesi

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Dear Dana, I hope you are still doing well. Why haven't you written any more. You are such a brave person. Sincerely, Mary

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Tamara said...

Dear Dana,
I love your upbeat and positive attitude! Myself and 5 other young women I met in a breast cancer support group wrote an uplifting and empowering book for women battling breast cancer. JUST A LUMP IN THE ROAD... Reflections of young breast cancer survivors. Our website is: www.alumpintheroad.com. I hope you'll check it out and spread the word...
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Dear Dana,

Greetings. My name is Tara Holahan from Trusera (www.trusera.com), a free invitation-only network that connects individuals to first hand health experiences of others. We’re beginning an exciting new venture with a simple starting point: To provide a safe and comfortable environment where people looking for credible, relevant health information can connect to the knowledge and experience of others who've "been there."

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I've been reading your blog and wanted to reach out to you because you seem to share our belief in the power of sharing experiences. Especially, we believe our community of younger women would benefit greatly from relating to someone like you. Your words would empower, inspire and inform many in our community. At Trusera, we believe creating the world's largest network and repository of Breast Cancer stories/information will be extremely beneficial to those looking for knowledge, support and guidance in taking the next step.

We are reaching out to a select group of people within the Breast Cancer community—leaders and advocates—as part of an effort to build valuable, credible content on Trusera and connect existing networks of people in new, powerful ways online. Our goal is to build a strong base of people and experiences with whom others can connect for information, support and insight.
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kami said...

Hi Dana,
i am a 14 year old student and my mother is fights a rare type of breast cancer. we found out december 28 2007 and shes has already had two operations since then. she has now started chemo and is not taking it very well and we reecently found out about that she has stones in her gule(not sure how to spell it) well ur gule blatter. but i am sure my mom will get through it, we've been through a lot. and i am sure a lot of women have. but i am not writing to you to tell you my sob story but i am writing to , i decided to write a project/ essay about breasast cancer.. but more wbout the reactions of how u felt through finding out and how u felt seeing the expretions and pity from ur family and friends and how chemo and everything made you feel and i was wonderin if youg could help me. this is my homework eamil : kamilaw@roger.com and i would appriciate an answer back it would really help me out thank you.
sincerly Kamila

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Jamie now works with her mom as vice president of double u products, inc.

October is breast cancer awareness month, and the pink DaysAgo is available for retail purchase as well as distribution at fundraising events for this important cause. For information on purchasing the special edition at wholesale cost, please visit http://www.howmanydaysago.com, call 1.800.401.4906, or email orders@howmanydaysago.com.


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The DaysAgo™ was invented by two friends, Kathleen Whitehurst and Debbie Stephens Stauffer, who were inspired by a desire to keep the food in their own refrigerators safe for their families. Their company, double u products, inc., is based in the city of Saint Helena in California’s Napa Valley. An online press kit of the DaysAgo is available at www.howmanydaysago.com/press.php

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