I’ve known about MD Anderson ever since I can remember. But I first came to know the institution intimately when a family member became a patient there a few years ago.
In February 2015, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. MD Anderson was phenomenal. I was treated by Dr. Douglas Nelson, medical director at MD Anderson in The Woodlands. There wasn’t a question that Dr. Nelson couldn’t answer. There’s something extremely reassuring about that when you’re a patient.
I was approached by FAITH – Fighting Cancer in Montgomery County, an amazing nonprofit that not only helps cancer patients emotionally and financially, but also helps with educational and preventive care programs throughout the county. I was asked to be FAITH’s 2015 Champion to support fundraising for MD Anderson in The Woodlands. This was a true honor because I experienced firsthand the benefits of the incredible work being done at MD Anderson. Thanks to the supporters in Montgomery County, we were able to raise nearly $30,000 to support Montgomery County residents.
I still have a few surgeries to go, but I’m doing well. It’s nice to be on this side of it — I didn’t care for the other side too much. I want to continue to be a voice for survivors and show support to others going through treatment, because cancer can be very lonely. I want people to know that MD Anderson has the resources you need, if you ever feel alone and if you ever feel hopeless, and I’m honored to be a part of that.
Promise invites cancer survivors to share their reflections. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.