• Barbara Giannotti: Advocacy for Those Facing Cancer

    A recent visit with Barbara Giannotti, her husband Ed, and her sister Audrey quickly revealed that their fight against stage III ovarian cancer involves more than just their family’s personal devastation in coping with the disease.  Key to their experience is the despair they felt when looking for answers to their questions as well as their concern for others who lack the resources to help them through their cancer journey. For Barbara and her family, finding PearlPoint Cancer Support has provided the comfort of a support relationship that they say has sustained them.

  • Jody McGough: Special Thanks This Holiday Season

    We started our journey into this unknown terrain called “head and neck” cancer in March 2011.  My oldest son, Jody, had a persistent sore throat.  He saw his doctor who did not like what he saw and immediately sent him to a specialist, who diagnosed Jody with tonsil cancer.  While there is a strong link to smoking and alcohol use, my son never smoked a cigarette and is not fond of alcohol. 

  • June Cumby: The Power of Humor

    Of the many characteristics our namesake Minnie Pearl left as legacy for our organization, humor surely surfaces as enduring one. Laughter is great medicine and can be life-giving and re-energizing.  Our Cancer Supportive Services team recognizes humor as an important means for relieving stress and lightening the spirit.

  • Carole Cartwright: Family Ties

    Growing up as one of twelve children in a sprawling family, Carole Cartwright, the third youngest in the sibling line-up, never imagined that one of her own life experiences would bring her close family even closer and dramatically change their lifestyles. Traditions of year-round family gatherings, sharing meals, and beach trips had always kept the brothers and sisters in close touch and became even more vital when Carole was diagnosed with cancer. 

  • Norm Potoksky: Keeping a Promise

    Originally calling the east coast “home”, then the west coast, and ultimately landing south in Nashville, TN, Norm Potoksky and his wife Gwen also traversed the unexpected, unknown, and far-reaching terrain of cancer. A self-proclaimed “wanderer” in spirit, Norm became a steadfast companion and caregiver to Gwen as they traveled together along a difficult, aggressive breast cancer treatment path that spanned over three years.

  • Sandy Wilson: Sewing Seeds of Comfort

    Sandy Wilson will tell you that the eight years she spent caring for her husband Chuck while he was living with brain cancer were the most numbing and, at the same time, the richest years of her life...an irony that those familiar with cancer often express.  While Sandy quickly learned the necessary tasks to cope and maintain some level of normalcy during Chuck's periods of treatment, over time, she now realizes what really guided her and her family through those years and through the loss of Chuck in the summer of 2009 and wants to share that with others.

  • Al McCluney: On a Path to Healing

    In 2005, Al McCluney never suspected the abrupt turn in the road that his life took.  Active with his family (wife Laura, two daughters, and a son), church community, and a successful career in promotional sales, Al had routinely worked out, practiced yoga, had a healthy diet and been the family chef.  In his mid 40s, he wasn’t at the age for most recommended cancer screenings.  Yet, when his company provided stool test kits to all employees, Al, symptom-free, wisely picked up a couple of the tests and, even more wisely, followed through with the testing.  When the test reported back three

  • Barbara Coleman: Both Sides Now

    As I began to think about sharing my story for this feature, we were in the middle of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. I thought of the snowboarders that glide skillfully from one interior side of a half-cylinder tube to another and of the acrobat that flew over the map of Canada to the song “Both Sides Now.” Both sides now … that is where I am now in dealing with a lung cancer diagnosis after a long career in social work, with the past 15 years working almost exclusively as an oncology social worker helping people cope with cancer.

  • Christopher D. Perrera: One Young Adult Cancer Survivor's Transformation

    After 3 1/2 years of treatment for acute lymphocyctic leukemia (ALL), I found my soul worn thin.  Being 29 at diagnosis and 33 currently, single, with one parent, self-employed, and, over alone, I had no one to turn to.  Immediately following my diagnosis in Boca Raton, Florida, it became all too clear that supportive care in South Florida is geared towards geriatric and minor patients, not co-ed young adults.  Although there were a few breast cancer survivor parties I thought of crashing, I was traumatized by the isolation of my circumstances to say the least.

  • Gerry Cook

    At her chemotherapy treatment recently, Gerry Cook made it clear she wasn’t sure why she’d been chosen as a featured testimonial. “Surely, there must be other, more heroic stories than mine to tell!” she genuinely wondered, yet smiled her warm, ever-present smile. She then had a friendly exchange with the nurse at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center who was taking down Gerry’s chemotherapy IV for the day. They comfortably and lightheartedly joked back and forth like old, familiar friends.

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