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Let’s get involved! We all need a hand at some point in our lives. Whether it’s minor or something as big as finding out the news you have cancer. Cancer Association of Mercer County (CAMC) makes it easy, whether it’s financially or just giving time, to help others facing cancer. Go to CAMC website ( www.camc-ohio.org/ ) to find out how you can get involved and help others in their time of need!

Below Teri Ross shares her cancer journey and how CAMC helped Teri  through this experience.

I retired the end of May in 2013 after 35 years of teaching.  I was looking forward to retirement.  I had a sore under my tongue that I had been seeing my doctor about.  I had taken medicine and had a biopsy done on it.  The biopsy came back negative for cancer.  My family doctor sent me to an ENT.  I did another round of medicine, but it did not take care of it.  So the ENT doctor did a more extensive biopsy.  That revealed that it was cancer -Carcinoma, (smokers cancer), I had never smoked or chewed tobacco in my life.  My doctors told me that cancer cells are in your body and the right conditions turn them into full blown cancer.  So less than 2 weeks after retiring I was dealing with cancer.  The 26th of June I had surgery where they removed 1/3 of my tongue and 11 lymph nodes.  Two of my lymph nodes were infected with cancer.  That meant I would have to go through radiation.  I had 30 treatments at 7:30 every morning in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  Radiation took a toll on my body.  I lost 50 pounds.  I have also lost my taste and the amount of saliva that I produce.
I had a fellow teacher who told me about the Cancer Association of Mercer County.  She had gone through cancer and really appreciated their help.  I contacted them.  They were able to help cover many of the unseen expenses that I acquired during my treatments.  Such as mileage, dietary supplements, doctor co-pays, radiation costs, and many more.  I am now cancer free, but continue to see my doctors and dentist every 3, 4, and 6 months.  The cancer Association is still helping me deal with these co-pays.  The greatest benefit I receive from them is a friendly smile and an ear to listen to me.  They have truly been a blessing to me and my family.  I am now on a fixed budget, and the added expenses are being covered by them.  I am truly thankful to the Cancer Association of Mercer County.

– Teri Ross