Hi everyone and thanks for checking in. This will be my final blog post for 2014.
It’s been a great year and we are extremely excited about everything 2015 has in store for us. I can promise you that 2015 will be epic, and I hope all of you will continue to follow our journey. Once again, and I can’t say this enough, thank you to all our donors and followers who have been following along in this journey. We can’t do this alone and it is because of you that “we” are helping to change lives.
Please remember “WE” includes “YOU”. Thank you!
The holiday season is always a special time of the year for many reasons, but it has an additional celebratory meaning to both Deb and I. Deb completed her cancer treatment in December 2007, right before Christmas and 2 weeks before I retired from the Navy. As you can imagine this was both a celebratory period of time for us but also a drastic shift in our life styles.
By the time Deb finished her radiation treatment, she had already returned to work but now it was time for me to find a job following my retirement. Unfortunately the only job available at the time was located in Patuxent River MD. I ended up accepting that job while Deb remained in Virginia and I commuted each weekend back to VA only to return to MD the following Monday
While there was some discussion to having Deb move up to Maryland permanently, one of many reasons we opted out of this plan was that Deb and I both felt that we wanted to continue having her current medical team nearby before we took that leap of faith and turn that responsibility to over to someone new. The security of having her medical team nearby helped to provide us with our own security blanket. We were also concerned with her getting a job and Insurance with a pre-existing cancer diagnosis as many Insurance companies would refuse to pick her up so quickly following treatment.
So why am I telling you this?
Because, these are the issue we are trying to help cancer patients navigate through by placing a Patient Navigator at medical treatment centers such as the Walter Reed Medical Center. Imagine your life thrown upside down and sideways for a year or even longer and once you complete your treatment you are still confronted with obstacles as a result of your Cancer diagnosis. Cancer diagnosis follows you well after your treatment ends.
This is one, of the many, reasons I have chosen to ride in the 2015 Key to Keys ride benefiting the Ulman Cancer Fund. Your donations will go to assist and provide services and resources to families and cancer patients directly confronting those similar issues today.
Your donations will directly impact and provide the assistance and support needed not just during treatment but following treatment as well.
Please consider being part of “WE” by making any size donation to the fight.
Thank you and happy holidays.
Steve & Deb