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Creating Your Personal Cancer Survival Plan

This Personal Cancer Survival Plan is based upon practical observations gained from my experience [Norman Scherzer] of keeping my wife alive with a rare cancer called GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor) for 22 years after she was given six months to live, and hundreds of patient medical histories and stories that come across The Life Raft Group forums and medical databases.

By |2019-08-29T11:51:08-04:00July 10th, 2019|GIST Education, GIST Survival Plan, News, Patient Support, Video|

Global Representative Spotlight – Adriana María Garzón Pinzón, Colombia

Adriana’s journey with cancer began 15 years ago. After conquering Stage 3 breast cancer, she changed her professional path and poured her skills, talents, and experience into serving other cancer patients. In 2004, Adriana, [...]

By |2019-07-03T10:10:41-04:00June 20th, 2019|Global, Newsletter, Patient Support|

State Leader Spotlight – John Abrams, Colorado, USA

John Abrams, our new LRG State Leader for Colorado, has a vision of helping others cope with GIST. John’s story spans a journey with three types of cancer. First, misdiagnosed in 1997 with leiomyosarcoma, [...]

By |2019-07-03T09:26:03-04:00June 20th, 2019|Advocacy, Member Stories, Patient Support|

Global Representative Spotlight – Florence Thwagi, Kenya

My Journey with GIST My name is Florence Thwagi, and I am 53-years-old. I am an Executive Board Member of Henzo Kenya, an advocacy group that creates awareness and support GIST patients in Kenya. [...]

By |2019-02-21T09:29:11-04:00February 21st, 2019|Advocacy, Member Stories, Newsletter, Patient Support|

Sharing Health Conditions with Your Employer

Sharing health conditions with your employer can be a difficult yet important decision you may have to make. Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with a serious health condition recently or you may always have had [...]

By |2019-07-03T11:18:46-04:00October 11th, 2018|Coping with GIST, Newly Diagnosed, News, Patient Support|

SoCal Support Group Meeting for GISTers

Dina Wiley, SoCal Group Leader On August 11, 2018, a group of GISTers in Southern California gathered informally to share knowledge, resources, and personal stories about their journeys with this rare disease. [...]

By |2018-10-29T13:38:03-04:00August 28th, 2018|Caregiver Support, Coping with GIST, GDOL, Patient Support|