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Mary Cleveland
Name Mary Cleveland
Joined 419 days ago
Mary Cleveland
Tyler Perry, Ludacris
419 days ago

Dear Ellen, Thank you so much for your work on cancer awareness. There are so many kinds of cancer that affect so many families. It doesn't matter anymore if you have a family history of one cancer or the other. My oldest son had testicular cancer at 17, my middle son had Neuroblastoma stage IV as a child (and survived!), my youngest son is being followed for pre-melanoma type skin cancer, and I am a 4 yr survivor of breast cancer. Recently I went to a new doctor and after giving my family history, the nurse practitioner said, "My goodness you have such bad luck in your family!" I guess it's all in the perspective. I feel like I've been so blessed to be here AND have all three of my sons still here. Life happens, but they are living proof that miracles happen too! Making everyone aware of early detection is key and through venues like your show, I believe we can find a way to get make all cancers curable, if not eliminate them all together. To me, most importantly we need to focus on childhood cancers. The treatments used for Neuroblastoma were desperate measures to cure the cancer, without much thought for long term side effects. Unfortunately, the miracle of surviving a childhood cancer gets diminished when these patients grow up and develop other devastating health issues as a result of the earlier treatments. We've come far in treating cancers, but we've still got a long way to go. Thank you again for using your show and celebrity status as a platform to make a difference! Ellen, YOU ROCK!!!!