Who are cancer caregivers?
- 82 percent are female
- 71 percent are married
- 61 percent have been providing care for less than six months
- 54 percent live with the patient for whom they are caring
- 47 percent are more than 50 years old
- 36 percent reported caregiving took more than 40 hours of time per week
If you have stood beside a friend, family, coworker, loved one, neighbor, or anyone that needed your support while fighting cancer, you are a Cancer Caregiver. IA connects not only cancer fighters and survivors in 1-on-1 support relationships, but we also connect the caregivers that help them through the fight to share stories, support and care to each other. Have a unique story to share? You can impact another caregivers cancer experience by sharing.
Register as a Caregiver Mentor Angel
Perhaps when you think of February you may think of candy hearts and rose deliveries to your office. At Imerman Angels, we think of Gall Bladder Cancer Awareness Month. You may be wondering “What/Where is my Gallbladder?”. Below is the skinny on this rarely discussed body organ and the cancer that can affect it:
What is a Gallbladder: Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver.
What does it do: The gallbladder stores bile, a digestive fluid produced by your liver.
Gallbladder cancer is relatively uncommon and effects about 9,810 new cases annually. It is more common in women than men, and is more common when there have been previous gallstones, obesity, are over 70 or have a family history.
Because of the rare nature of GBC, fighters may come up short when searching for others who have fought a similar fight. Throughout this month, we are hoping to fulfill our mission so that no one fights cancer alone by connecting with GBC fighters, survivors and caregivers. We would love to hear your story if you feel called to share it with a fellow member of the cancer community: 877-274-5529.
Imerman Angels is excited to announce our Professional’s Board for 2013! Our amazing team of 21 volunteers will be a tremendous resource in supporting our mission, raising awareness, fundraising, planning/executing events, and recruiting/supporting Team Imerman Active. Most importantly, they have a keen eye on having fun in all of their endeavors. Their commitment, drive, and talents will play a crucial role in Imerman Angels’ ability to support Cancer Survivors and fighters. We are very thankful to have such an awesome group to work with!
Quick list and thank you to our members:
Jemma Lotzer, Lizzy Sternberg, Brennan Hughes, Megan Hughes, Anita Kalhan, Kevin Kurasch, Spencer Larkin, Michael Leyva, Allison Mecher, Grant Niewinski, Jim Rafferty, Kate Shanahan, Julie Teitelbaum, Victoria Unger, Kevin Ware, Matthew Abeles, Ashley Beirne, Matthew Kornblatt, Brianna Martinez, Khatam Masoud, Janelle Myers, Sara Oliphant, Anjali Pandit
Whether you are going for distance or speed this running season, there is one way to add just a little more meaning towards your passion: running for a great cause.
What is Team IA? An athletic team that supports Imerman Angels. Every fundraising page created, jersey worn while training, and individual you tell about Imerman Angels helps raise awareness through your network and in the community.
Choose ANY RACE, ANY WHERE to represent Imerman Angels.
We have runners representing Imerman Angels at races across the country and beyond. In Chicago, you’ll be in the company of numerous Imerman Angels runners at these races: Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Soldier Field 10 Miler, 13.1 Chicago, Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, South Shore Triathlon, Chicago Triathlon, September Half Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and Hot Chocolate 15k/5k.
Check back into our blog over the next few weeks. We will be sharing inspirational stories and experiences from our team as we lead up to the 2013 Chicago Marathon Registration. Or take the plunge and join our team at www.firstgiving.com/imermanangels/2013 and put some wings into your race!
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Although it is the end of January, we wanted to pay homage to Cervical Cancer Awareness Month by sharing one of our favorite Cervical Cancer awareness and survivor stories:
Meaghan’s surgery scars don’t stand a chance against her tattoo!
She has told her story to millions of people all over the country, but it was almost as if she was sharing it for the first time when I spoke with Meaghan Edelstein, the youngest survivor of terminal cervical cancer.
It was 2007 and Meaghan was a 28 year old law student, like anyone else. She noticed some unusual bleeding that led her to several doctors who tested her, scanned her, and advised her that nothing was unusal. As the bleeding and discomfort increased, she knew that something was wrong but no one would listen to her concerns. She was perscribed anti-anxiety, sleeping pills and, finally, szitchoprenia medication to alleviate what others were claiming as feelings resulting from “over stress due to law school”. A desperate night where she nearly cut open her stomach sent Meaghan to the Emergency Room demanding answers. Something was inside of her and she wanted it out. She knew she was dying.
What the tiny cameras did not see, while looking for cysts and tiny tumors during doctor visits, was a giant tumor that was pushing up against her organs. She was diagnosed with 3B terminal cervical cancer and started on her journey though chemo and radiation. Told that she did not have a chance to live, she ignored the recommendation to give up and pushed herself through treatment, greatful to finally be heard: if nothing, she had a diagnosis.
Read the rest of Meaghan’s story here on the Imerman Angels Blog
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