Sep 25, 2003 - 4:44 pm
Welcome to the Military Cancer Survivors discussion.
I asked the Cancer Survivors' Network to start a discussion specifically for us for many reasons. I am an active duty cancer survivor (colon) and I saw first hand the many unique implications a cancer diagnosis has for us and our families. From an extreme spectrum of quality of care to administrative issues to performance evaluations to the professional stigma sometimes associated with being a "cancer patient". I wanted for us and our families to have a safe place we can go to talk about these types of issues - without fear of getting an "I don't know - I don't care attitude" or invoking some kind of perception/stigma (whether real or percieved).
I've brought along some friends with me - Mike is an oncology nurse and said he will be happy to help out with treatment-related issues - although, remember he's NOT a doctor. Kat is a military attorney with 14 years of experience. As I said, I am an active duty guy (23 years E-1 to O-4, for now anyway) who is also a cancer survivor and I'm always up for working "the systems"!
I am looking forward to seeing what you have to say and putting my crack team - and other survivors like you - on the case to answer questions, provide support, just let you vent, or kick you in the butt when necessary!
Now, quit reading and get writing!
- SpongeBob (see my webpage here at acs csn)