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.
[Please note that GIST Peer Support program has been renamed the GIST Mentor Program 11.5.19]. Last month, we posted information on our new program to support our members. The GIST Peer Program is an additional support system to help patients and their caregivers through a very difficult time in their lives. Why? They may just be finding out they or a loved one has GIST, or they are experiencing a recurrence and they want to be able to talk with someone.
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, [...]
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, [...]
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. [...]
Wendi Lax is our wonderful state leader for Maryland. She is currently residing in Maryland, where she is helping the Life Raft Group create unity among the local patients and caregivers. For many years, [...]
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 [...]
Although breakthroughs in cancer treatment have contributed to longer survival rates, the reality is that sometimes treatments stop working, and a cure or remission is no longer possible. Referred to as advanced, terminal. or [...]
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. [...]
The LRG is collaborating with the Biden Cancer Initiative to promote the Biden Cancer Community Summit which will be held on September 21st, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill [...]