When I was 15 years old, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. As a cancer survivor, I know that getting past cancer does not mean you?re finished with the challenges it brings. I?ve struggled with late effects, getting recommended post-treatment screening tests and having access to the medical records I need for my ongoing care.That?s why I joined the LIVESTRONG Foundation, an organization that works to improve the lives of people who are affected by cancer right now.
In 2014, we?re keeping the patient front and center. Our plans include increasing access to our one-on-one cancer support services like fertility preservation, emotional support and help understanding a cancer diagnosis and treatment options. We?ll share more resources online, and we?ll develop more tools and programs to help survivors with the day-to-day solutions they?ve told us they need.
We?re partnering with others to understand how best to deliver cancer care that engages patients in meaningful ways throughout their experience. Our research has shown us that many cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones struggle with so many things, and we want to help them to get the services they need and deserve.
Your gift by December 31 can help ensure that LIVESTRONG continues to offer free, life-changing services to even more cancer survivors and their families.
Ruth Rechis, PhD
Vice President, Programs