Annual Breast Cancer Celebration Of Survivorship

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Award winning journalist Geralyn Lucas, author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, will speak at the annual Celebration of Survivorship evening of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program. Joining her are three other breast cancer survivors: Jeff Flynn of East Meadow, who is a former support group member and currently a hotline volunteer responding to calls from men concerned about breast cancer; Jamaican-born Sonia Avery-Williams of Rockville Center, who is a nurse; and Susan Leach, also of Rockville Center, a former support group member and manager at a health care agency.

The event, which is free, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Adelphi University’s University Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and speakers begin at 7 p.m. Light supper will be served and there will be raffles.

In addition, the breast cancer organization Kat’s Ribbon of Hope will be honored. Kat’s Ribbon of Hope’s partnership with the Adelphi program supports their mutual goal to provide assistance to women who would otherwise not have access to quality breast cancer treatment. Katerina Dinas Raptis, a breast cancer survivor who is the co-founder of KROH, was diagnosed when she was 32. She says that while having breast cancer was “a nightmare,” she was blessed with the support of her family and excellent medical care. She and her husband George and sister Despina Yarian established Kat’s Ribbon of Hope in 2013.

Geralyn Lucas, a 23-year breast cancer survivor from Manhattan, is an award-winning journalist, author and women’s health advocate. Her memoirs, Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy and Then Came Life, were translated around the world and received starred reviews in Library Journal. The television film production of Lipstick garnered an Emmy-nomination and was an Entertainment Weekly “Must Watch of the Week.” Lucas’ story was featured in Nora and Delia Ephron’s smash off-Broadway show, Love, Loss and What I Wore. Her YouTube short “Ouch,” imploring women to get mammograms, was a Webby Honoree, and the inspiration for ABC News Goes Pink, for which Lucas served as coordinating producer. The campaign resulted in the diagnosis of correspondent Amy Robach after an on-air mammogram, and made headlines around the world.

Lucas is the mother of a daughter, who is a sophomore in college, and a 12 year-old-son. She recently became an athlete, completing her 500th SoulCycle class.

Sonia Avery-Williams, originally from the island of Jamaica, came to New York in 1990. She has been a registered nurse for more than 22 years. As a teenager, she saw her father experience multiple visits to the emergency room for uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension and was inspired by the role that nurses played in getting him back to optimal health.

After a routine mammogram/sonogram in February of 2015, she received a call from her doctor that changed her world. She went from being a wife, mother and nurse to being a patient. She had to fit visits to the oncologist between PTA meetings, trips to dances and tennis lessons for the kids, all the while working as an ICU nurse. Avery-Williams joined an Adelphi breast cancer support group that she credits for playing a pivotal role in her recovery and easing into her new roles.

Jeff Flynn, a five-year breast cancer survivor, is an Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline volunteer. Since his diagnosis with late stage breast cancer, he has been committed to getting the word out to other men to check themselves periodically and have their physicians check their breasts for lumps or cysts during physicals, knowing that men are not immune to breast cancer. Three male breast cancer survivors and Flynn joined with the Adelphi breast cancer support team to create a brochure for doctors’ offices and mass mailings where men could read about their experiences. Flynn found that helping others and providing support has helped in his journey to recovery, saying it is truly fulfilling to reach out and support someone during their worst of times, as it has helped him during his journey to recovery. Flynn is a husband, a dad and a grandfather.

Susan Leach, a three-time breast cancer survivor, is a financial account manager for Better Home Health Care in Rockville Centre. She volunteers as a care counselor for the Rockville Centre Breast Cancer Coalition, helping others going through similar diagnoses. Leach has been cancer free for 1½ years and is a member of the Adelphi support group for women with metastatic breast cancer. She is a wife and the mother of two boys, age 24 and 18, who likes to spend time with her family, sitting on the beach and enjoying every moment of her life.

To make a reservation for the Celebration of Survivorship evening, visit breast-cancer.adelphi.edu, call 516-877-4325 or email breast
cancerhotline@adelphi.edu.

—Submitted by Lyn Dobrin

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  1. Few women question, or have questioned, what’s really behind the war on cancer and the endless calls for breast cancer awareness. Most people would be much smarter and better informed if they had awareness of what this movement or the war on cancer do NOT raise awareness about.

    Knowing that the most prominent cancer charities (Komen, American Cancer Society, etc) are large self-serving businesses instead of “charities” or that these groups suppress critical information on cancer, such as the known causes of cancer (instead they talk about “risk factors” of cancer) or that many “breast cancer survivors” are victims of harm instead of receivers of benefit, or that they’ve been intentionally misleading the ignorant public with deceptive cancer survival statistics, or that government health bodies such as the NIH are merely a pawns for corporate medicine, etc is a good start to get to the real truth (read this well referenced scholarly article’s afterword on the war on cancer: do a search engine query for “A Mammogram Letter The British Medical Journal Censored” by a published author of the Orthomolecular Medicine News organization, and scroll down to the afterword that addresses the phony ‘war on cancer’).

    The recognition that breast cancer awareness was started by these business interests is another piece of the real awareness about the pink ribbon cult and the traditional war on cancer. Or that the orthodox cancer business has been denouncing, suppressing and squashing a number of very effective and beneficial alternative cancer approaches (instead they sold you the lie that only their highly profitable/expensive, toxic conventional cancer treatments are relevant). You probably guessed why: effective, safe, inexpensive cancer therapies are cutting into the astronomical profits of the medical mafia’s lucrative treatments. That longstanding decadent activity is part of the fraud of the war on cancer.

    So, raising “awareness” about breast cancer or raising funds for the war on cancer have hardly any other function than to drive more unsuspecting people into getting more expensive and unnecessary tests (think mammography) and then, often, cancer treatments (chemo and radiation therapy).

    The reality is that the war on cancer has been and still is, by and large, a complete failure (read Dr. Guy Faguet’s ‘War on cancer,” Dr. Sam Epstein’s work, or Clifton Leaf’s book on this bogus ‘war’).

    Since the war on cancer began orthodox medicine hasn’t progressed in their basic highly profitable therapies: it still uses only highly toxic, deadly things like radiation, chemo, surgery, and drugs that have killed millions of people instead of the disease.

    As long as the official “war on cancer” is a HUGE BUSINESS based on expensive TREATMENTS/INTERVENTIONS of a disease instead of its PREVENTION, logically, they will never find a cure for cancer. The upcoming moonshot-war on cancer inventions, too, will include industry-profitable gene therapies of cancer treatment that are right in line with the erroneous working model of mechanistic reductionism of allopathic medicine. The lucrative game of the medical business is to endlessly “look for” a cure but not “find” a cure. Practically all resources in the phony ‘war on cancer’ are poured into treating cancer but almost none in the prevention of the disease. It’s proof positive that big money and a total lack of ethics rule the official medical establishment.

    The history of the pink ribbon movement and the alleged war on cancer is fraught by corruption, propaganda, and the hoodwinking of the unsuspecting public. The entire war on cancer is a disinformation campaign. The real war is on the unsuspecting public. Does anyone really think it’s a coincidence that double Nobel laureate Linus Pauling called the ‘war on cancer’ a fraud? If you look closer you’ll come to the same conclusion. But…politics and self-serving interests of the conventional medical cartel, and their allied corporate media (the mainstream fake news media), keep the real truth far away from the public at large. Or people’s own denial of the real truth.

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