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ROS March/April 2020 Newsletter



SPRING IS HERE

and So Is…The Corona Virus

    The Director's Corner



    Even though many of us had plans to get out and enjoy the spring weather, our daily events have been interrupted by the Corona Virus (Corvid-19). Prayer is the key to fighting this virus and being safe.

    I pray that you and your family are safe. All of our support group locations have suspended the sessions until further notice. Please read the story from one of the support group attendees. One never knows which road you will travel.

    Dr. Jennie Bennett
    Director and Founder


    Member Corner



    I am La Tosha Williams and I would like to share my interesting breast cancer journey with you. I was introduced to breast cancer at an early age. However, I did not quite understand the impact of cancer on a person and her family until it happened to my family.

    My family’s journey started as we all watched my little sister in her late 20’s run from this disease called “Cancer or the Big C”. Chauncia’s journey evolved as we were able to get her to come in off the streets. She was not at home with our family. Can you imagine how my mother felt with her two daughters having surgery on the same day? One daughter had surgery for breast cancer and the other did not know if ovarian cancer would be her diagnosis.

    I have great lasting memories of spending our last moments together before she passed. After Chauncia passed, my heart and my spirit would say that every birth year cancer free was a blessing. Each year, my mammogram results were the same, only fatty tissue in my left breast. Then in 2018, the fatty tissue turned out to be Ductal Carcinoma Insitu (DCIS) under the left nipple. I was shocked when I heard the words, “You have breast cancer.” I was shocked and without tears. I remember saying, “Darn, I made it until now without having cancer.”

    On the day I left the doctor’s office at MD Anderson in League City, this beautiful lady stopped me and my mother. She introduced herself as Dr. Bennett. Dr. Bennett invited me and mom to attend the Reconstruction of a Survivor support group meeting. She asked if we lived nearby. I told her I live and work in Texas City and mom lives in La Marque. Dr. Bennett’s response was “Great, we have a support group in Texas City She called Wendy, the facilitator of the group, on the spot and gave her my contact information. She told Wendy to expect us at the next meeting.

    Dr. Bennett’s departing words with a big smile were that she hoped we would attend the Texas City support group session. Mom and I attended the breast cancer support group session. Dr. Bennett called Wendy to be sure we attended the session. From that day on, each lady in the Texas City support group has become family.

    I share this story with my cancer family and those who may not know me. God is with each of us. Remember to remain positive, strong, and never let God go. God blesses each one of us in our own special way. Each woman diagnosed with breast cancer needs to be in a support group with other women who have traveled a similar journey. The important factor is to have someone to support you as you take the breast cancer journey.

    Remember most of all, “This battle is not ours it is the Lord’s. I want to thank Dr. Bennett for assisting me with the contacts to help me with the challenges I encountered with my job insurance.

    This is the story of my journey and I pray for my cancer family.


    Coronavirus: What People With Breast Cancer Need To Know
    From Breast Cancer.Org

    The new respiratory illness commonly referred to as “coronavirus” and officially called COVID-19 has changed life as we know it for the foreseeable future. While it can be alarming to hear news reports about the coronavirus spreading, schools and businesses closing, and events being canceled, it’s important to know that the current risk of becoming ill from this particular virus is still low for most people, as long as they are following “social distancing” practices.

    Social distancing means limiting close contact with other people — even if they appear to be healthy — to reduce the spread of this coronavirus. These steps are important for your own safety and for the greater good — we must practice social distancing for now to reduce our own risk of infection, and to reduce others’ risk of infection. Sensible social distancing practices include the following, when possible:

    • Avoiding public spaces
    • Avoiding public transportation
    • Avoiding social gatherings, especially with large numbers of people or crowds
    • Working from home
    • Staying at least 6 feet away from strangers when out in public
    • Avoiding physical contact like handshakes, hugs, and kisses in social situations

    For people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer it’s very important to know that some breast cancer treatments — such as chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy, and radiation — can weaken the immune system and possibly cause lung problems, and people who have weakened immune systems or lung problems have a much higher risk of complications if they do become infected with this virus. People with breast cancer that has metastasized (spread) to the lungs also can have lung problems that may get worse if you’re infected with this coronavirus.

    In addition, many hospitals and healthcare providers are delaying “elective” surgeries, screenings, and other procedures, which are considered not urgent or not immediately life-threatening. These tough decisions are being made on a case-by-case basis to protect people with cancer from infection, and to make sure healthcare providers have the resources they need to treat people who do become infected with this coronavirus.

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