In late 2014, Amber Alexander got news that no parent ever wants to hear - a CT scan of her son, Elijah, revealed a 3.6 x 4.4 cm mass in the fourth ventricle of his brain, near his cerebellum and brain stem.
For cancer survivors, going through a combination of surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation or other treatment can take an incredible toll on their physical and mental well-being. The journey to remission can be a daunting, uphill climb that leaves a person drained of any strength or stamina they once might’ve had. Battling that and helping cancer survivors get healthy together is the La Porte County YMCA and their LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.
In September of 2013, Betsy Chinn went in for her routine, yearly mammogram which is something that she never missed. This time was different, however. The next day she got a call from the doctor asking her to come back into the office.
Amidst the turmoil and distress surrounding a cancer diagnosis, Shelly Recktenwall was also dealing with the passing of a close friend and the loss of her parents from the very sickness that she herself was battling. While it has been a tumultuous journey, her faith, combined with the outpouring of love, support and encouragement she’s received, has helped Shelly overcome every obstacle that has stood in her way.
Cynthia Reed’s experience with cancer goes far beyond her own battle with cervical cancer. It’s something that has touched many people in her life. Amidst all of the upheaval and emotions that come with the diagnosis and loss around her, she’s stayed positive and given back where she could.
The story of Rob Henderson’s battle with cancer could fill the pages of a book. The ups and downs he experienced in his fight were not bumps in the road, but mountains to be climbed. As with every obstacle that Henderson encounters, though, he met the immense challenge head on and just started climbing.
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is is one of the hardest things anyone can face. The mindset that a person has can be as valuable as any treatment out there and the mindset that Becky Neulieb has is that of a warrior who is ready for the fight.
Getting the news that you have cancer changes everything. Your life gets put on hold, your plans derailed and those close to you are devastated. For Sue Jones, that’s exactly what happened. Life came to a screeching halt. Now, three years later, she’s cancer free and taking what she learned from her experience to mentor and guide others who are going through the very same thing that she went through.
In the spirit of Good News that Ideas in Motion Media is built upon, and with the collaboration of Sam Lubeznik from McDonald’s of La Porte County, the LIFE Sites proudly introduces the new monthly feature "Survivor Series: Cancer Survivors of the Region."