Saturday, April 24, 2010

'Young' MCL survivor recounts the power of social networking for recovery

“I remember how precious it was to meet people who were dealing even with another form of cancer. I feel blessed to talk to people, maybe give them hope where they were thinking there was none.” ~ Sherri Van Dorn

From this month's eNews by City of Hope, comes this NCL survivor story for the benefit of all those patients, families, and friends who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Who says attitude doesn't make a difference.

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 When life hands you lemons 

Sometimes bad news and hard times ultimately serve up more inspiration than grief. Just ask Sherri Van Dorn.
The longtime La Quinta, Calif., resident has been involved in her community through her church and her children’s schools for many years. But after overcoming cancer thanks to the care of City of Hope’s medical team, Van Dorn is more determined than ever to help others.
“I try to keep my eyes and ears open, not to miss an opportunity to give back,” said Van Dorn, who works as executive assistant to the chief of police in Indio, Calif.
Before she could turn to helping others, Van Dorn herself needed help. In January 2007, doctors diagnosed her with mantle cell lymphoma, a rare and aggressive cancer of the blood and immune system.
Photo of Sherri Van Dorn
Sherri Van Dorn battled cancer and now inspires others. (Photo by Debbie Long)
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