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Medical Edge: Cancer Family Care
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- You're invited to sample some fine wine this weekend and help families living with cancer.
One of those families has a great love story and medical reporter Liz Bonis tells us about it in Wednesday's medical edge.
Carlee Escue Simon and her three sons had cancer touch their lives just a few years ago. When Carlee's husband Adam noticed, "he had a cough, and they found a tumor the size of a cantaloupe in his chest cavity."
Initially Adam responded to chemotherapy but when the cancer returned Carlee says "I lost my husband, he died at 38."
Since then what she found made such a big difference was an organization that helped her not just deal with the medical side of cancer care, but with her emotions and her grief. She said it's made all the difference in her life coming full circle after cancer. "We ended up coming here to tell the boys that he was dying and he had six weeks, and so that was nice to have people here to help us through that, because we weren't quite sure what to say," says Carlee.
Here is Cancer Family Care, one of just a handful of agencies in the country providing unique cancer support. "We deal with the emotional side, the feelings, the thoughts, the fears, the anxiety, the depression, anger, that all go with a cancer diagnosis", says executive director Jill Settlemyre.
That means they provide everything from one-on-one counseling,to kids camps, to grief retreats, "studies are showing that treating the whole patient is really the right way to go, and it's not just the patient it's the family members as well."
Carly attended one of those grief retreats and not only found the courage to rebuild her life and to share it again, "It's one thing when you are healing with the death of cancer, it's another thing to accept that it's okay to move on."
You see that is where she met Steve, who also had lost his spouse to cancer. The two were recently married and share their love story with us because, "this is kind of our passion now to support these groups that helped our family, and I feel good about the future." And that's something Carlee Escue Simon wasn't sure a few years ago, she'd ever feel good about again.
Cancer Family Care provides these services at little or no cost,
so they invite you to support them by attending its wine tasting and auction.
It is Saturday night beginning at 6 p.m. at the Manor House in Mason. Details are at local 12.com. Liz Bonis is the emcee, and Local 12 is a proud sponsor of this event.
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