Follow ups are important and so is not falling through the cracks.

Here’s a true story about the need to have follow ups if you’re dealing with a health concern and a way you can help someone who fell through the cracks of the US health system.

Marci Fandrich works in our FANS department and she ask that I share some information on the blog about a fundraiser for her mother and others who are dealing with the return of cancer.  Here’s the story Marci shared with me:

When Mom originally got sick she was still living and working in KC.  She eventually got to the point with the treatments that she was too weak to work and they removed so much muscle tissue from her right arm that she was unable to go back to her job of data entry for IRS.  She “retired” and went on disability and moved down here to help take care of her parents.  Between moving from the city to here she kind of got out of the loop with the initial doctors that treated her cancer.”

Marci’s Mom recently had a stroke as a result of the return of her cancer and here’s what Marci had to say about her Mom’s current condition and the upcoming fundraiser:

“By the time she had the stroke her brain tumor was 5cm and literally causing so much pressure it was bleeding in the brain spreading melanoma cells throughout.  All the while my mom had no symptoms other than some headaches which she attributed to sinus and allergies that she has had her entire life. 

It was an unfortunate turn of events for my Mom, but to raise awareness as to how quickly cancer can return and spread so people do take advantage of those follow ups would be a good thing.  I think some people even think melanoma and skin cancers aren’t all that serious, but melanoma is notorious for metastasizing and can be very deadly.  We almost lost our Mom two months ago and are glad she is still kicking, but she will never be the same.  She has severe paralysis, has lost some sight in her left eye, and numerous other problems all attributed to this stroke and ultimately cancer.  We would just like to raise some awareness for folks that may think they are cancer free.”

Thanks for sharing Marci, your family is in my prayers, and I’m glad to help anyway I can.  We can all help by supporting the fundraiser.  Here’s some info:


About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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