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Jan 19

Matthew Abeles

Matthew Abeles spreads the word about 1-on-1 cancer support in Isreal with friends on his birthright trip!

Jan 14
IANow that we have three fulltime staff (Rynell, Laura and Lisa: “Jonny’s Angels”) focusing on pair-ups and registering new mentor angels, we’ve been getting a lot done around here! It’s been another busy week. Please take a few minutes to read about this amazing connection that we made today.
Thanks to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a sweet 77 year old woman, living in Texas reached out for 1on1 support. She’s currently battling stage II papillary thyroid cancer and mentioned that she’s still in disbelief from her cancer diagnosis. The thyroid cancer has also effected her vocal cords therefore she has a very scratchy and raspy voice. She plans to start the radioactive iodine in the upcoming weeks. We found the perfect mentor angel for her: a local Chicagoan who survived stage III papillary thyroid cancer. She’s 61 years young and incredibly full of life. Her vocal cords were also effected during her battle with the papillary. I know that these two women will not only share their cancer experience and stories but will hopefully become lifelong friends. Texas to Illinois!
Have a great weekend!

Jan 12
Category: Imerman Angels
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Written By: Imerman Angels @ 5:17 pm

VolunteerImerman Angels has the best volunteers and, tonight, we will be showing them how glad we are for all that they do!  Our squad will be celebrating our 2009 successes and 2010 plans at Bull & Bear in Chicago with light apps and drinks.  For everyone who cannot make it and has supported IA this year: THANK YOU.  We couldn’t do what we do without you!

To get involved, contact Rynell Cook at Imerman Angels.  Our next Volunteer Committee Meeting is January 19th.

Jan 7

IA

Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2010 with a great, busy week! Thus far, we’ve had 34 cancer fighters and 7 caregivers reach out for 1on1 support. We’ve completed 25 pair-up connections this week so far!

The pair-up that I would like to highlight is pretty unique. A 26 year old guy from Washington fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma reached out looking to connect not only with another Hodgkin’s survivor but someone who was an athlete, specifically, a cyclist. He wanted to chat with someone who got back on the bike while going through treatment. He had some questions about how long they waited, if they were able to ride while on treatment, etc… Well, we found him two great athlete survivors to chat with!

First, I connected him with “Wheels.” I met Wheels (her camp nickname) this past summer at First Descents. She was one of my closest buddies at camp and she lives in Colorado Springs, CO. She’s a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, had it while she was in her late 20’s and she’s 30 years old now – doing great, healthy again and finishing up her PhD in psychology. Wheels got her nickname because she’s a huge cyclist. On her time off, she’s also a training coach AND she won a national championship 11 months after her diagnosis.

Next, I connected him with another guy living in NY who had Hodgkin’s when he was 30 years old. He was also an athlete – he played hockey and lifted weights. I thought he could shed some light on his experience with balancing treatment and his sport guy-to-guy.

Needless to say, these were two great connections. We not only pair-up based on age, gender, cancer type and stage level but we also try to specialize the connection based on the needs of the cancer fighter. Perhaps someone is looking for another athlete, or someone who did alternative medicine, or maybe another single mom with kids. We always do our best to meet these needs.

Again, if you and/or someone you know has been touched by cancer – please don’t hesitate to reach out. The first step is to register online from our homepage please click on “GET CONNECTED.” We’d be happy to get you connected to another survivor and/or register you in our network so that you can help mentor-angel someone else who is newly diagnosed.

Wishing all of you a wonderful, healthy year in 2010!

Jan 2
Category: Everything Cancer
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Written By: Imerman Angels @ 7:39 pm

cervical cancerIn reverence to Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, we thought we’d shed some light on the disease that was diagnosed in 11,270 women in 2009.  According to the Mayo Clinic: 

“Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers that affect a woman’s reproductive organs. Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cases of cervical cancer.

When exposed to HPV, a woman’s immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small group of women, however, the virus survives for years before it eventually converts some cells on the surface of the cervix into cancer cells. Cervical cancer occurs most often in women over age 30. “(Mayo Clinic)

“Lack of screening is the most significant risk factor in developing this disease.  It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms, but can be found with regular Pap tests (a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope)”, according to The National Cancer Institute).

According to CervicalCancer.org:  HPV is sexually and non-sexually transmitted.  There are more than 70 different types of HPV. Some researchers estimate that this number could be even higher, with up to as many as 200 different types of the virus. Women are at a higher risk than men to get infected with genital HPV.  Follow the link above for more information on HPV.

Our friend Meaghan Edelstein, founder of Spirit Jump, beat 3B Cervical Cancer at 28 after a rollercoaster of an experience, read her story here at her blog.

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