Annual Report - 1996-1997
Breast cancer, 1993
Preoperative chemotherapy, surgery, four peripheral blood stem cell transplants with chemotherapy, radiation therapy
Graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, married to an attorney, former junior high school teacher, two grown daughters
Docent at the Holocaust Museum, board member for Seven Acres Jewish Geriatric Center, volunteer for American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery, rides horses, plays tennis
"I asked to go to M. D. Anderson right after learning I had breast cancer. I had chemotherapy before the surgery and then the operation, during which six positive lymph nodes were found, so I knew I was at increased risk for more problems. Later, I was fortunate to be the first patient to participate in a new clinical trial studying peripheral blood stem cell transplants with high doses of Taxol, and I had four of those combinations. In addition to getting the best treatments from so many caring s taff at M. D. Anderson, I was wrapped in a cocoon of love by my husband Clarence, my daughters Sylvia and Laura, all my family and numerous friends. There was always someone to drive me to the hospital for tests, to donate platelets and to demonstrate th e profound power of prayer. Now, I try to be available to encourage and comfort other patients just starting on their journeys with cancer."