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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
To our readers,This is the fourth in aseries of five special pinkeditions published by thestaffs of The Record inTroy and The Saratogianin Saratoga Springs inhonor of National Breast Cancer AwarenessMonth.The goal of each of these special sections,published on the fiveTuesdays in October, isto provide you with infor-mation about breast can-cer -- information that wehope will both inform youand inspire you. According to the Ameri-can Cancer SocietyBreast Cancer Facts &Figures 2011-2012 report,breast cancer typicallyproduces no symptomswhen the tumor is smalland most treatable.Therefore, it is veryimportant for women toollow recommendedscreening guidelines for detecting breast cancer at an early stage, beforesymptoms develop.When breast cancer hasgrown to a size that canbe felt, the most commonphysical sign is a pain-less lump. Less commonsigns and symptomsinclude breast pain or heaviness; persistent changes to the breast,such as swelling, thicken-ing, or redness of thebreast’s skin; and nippleabnormalities, erosion,inversion, or tenderness.It is important to note that pain (or lack thereof) doesnot indicate the presenceor the absence of breast cancer. Meanwhile, let us offer our thanks to you, thereaders, who have sent instory ideas, photos of event held in conjunctionwith Breast Cancer Awareness Month anditems for our calendar of events. We truly appreci-ate your suggestions andhave -- or are -- followingup on your ideas. In fact,the idea for several of thestories in this week’s edi-tion came from our read-ers.While we only have onemore special edition topublish next week, pleaseknow that we still wel-come your story sugges-tions and we are happyto add any new activitiesto our calendar of events.Information may be sent to Editor Lisa Robert Lewis via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or eel free to call her at 518-270-1276.
Taking aim at breast cancer
Family honors mother’s memory with fund-raising effort
By Francine Grinnell
Celeste Stephanows-ki’s mother, MarieDurocher suffered withbreast cancer in virtualsilence for 20 years.Her story is one of faith,quiet devotion to God andto the family who respect-ed her right to determinethe path she would takewhen faced with whatmany consider a deathsentence.In Marie’s case, shechose not to tell anyone.Her family’s support ofa patient’s right to includealternative modalities in aprogram of treatment cul-minated in the Take AimAt Breast Cancerfundraiser held Oct. 7 atthe Pleasantdale Rod andGun Club in Troy.The event raised$7,000 to benefit theKaren L. Mosseau Foun-dation Cancer TreatmentCenter at Samaritan Hos-pital in Troy.Stephanowski, aWaterford resident, said,“She didn’t tell us untilright at the end. Ourfather was dying ofemphysema and heartissues. She always putthe needs of others first.At the same time, herbreast cancer was soadvanced, her flesh haderoded and parts of herbreasts were falling off.She said at first shethought it was a flesh eat-ing disease.”What makes theDurocher family accountof their mother’s illnessparticularly poignant isthat both Stephanowskiand her sister, Beth Wal-dron are recently retiredhealthcare professionals.Stephanowski is anurse and was programcoordinator at the CohoesMulti-Service Senior Citi-zen Center until 2009; hersister was Director ofHamilton County PublicHealth Nursing.Stephanowskidescribes her mother as adevout Catholic whobelieved that God wasmore than able to healher. She prayed andbelieved and refused totake even an aspirin.“My sister and I felt ter-rible, but everyone sup-ported her right to makeher own decisions. Wecould see that she obvi-ously was not well, andwe actually found a doc-tor who was willing tocome to her house. Wetried, but it was too late.”They were able toarrange for walker and ahospital bed as things gotworse. The family caredfor their mother in herhome and took turns sit-ting by her bedside.Durocher was onlyadministered liquid mor-phine to rest in comfortbefore she died.Stephanowski said, “Itwas just like her; shewaited until we fell asleepto pass away. We wokeup, and she was gone. ”Stephanowski said thefamily wanted to honortheir mother’s memory byorganizing an event toraise money for the sup-port of the IntegrativeWellness Program at theCancer Treatment Centerat Samaritan Hospital.Often desired bypatients but not coveredby many insurance com-panies, they understandthe relief patients receivefrom access to optionssuch as therapeutic mas-sage, and healing touch.“When I discovered thatI had colon cancer, myson John Murray said,“We’re doing this.”He worked on organiz-ing a fundraising event atthe Pleasantdale Rod andGun Club on HaughneyRoad that was an enor-mous success. “More than 100 mem-bers of the community,family, friends and neigh-bors turned out that Sun-day afternoon to competein precision trap shootingto raise funds and aware-ness about breast cancer.Stephanowski recentlyhad good news. Afterbeginning a traditionalapproach to cancer careand surviving two opera-tions, her surgeon toldher the chemotherapyshe had received hadturned her insides into“plastic goop,” but sup-ports other patient’s rightto determine their owntreatment options.A recent follow up scancame back negative andshe is cancer free.Sabrina Mosseau,director of the Cancer
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Members of the family of the late Marie Durocher, friends and neighbors demonstrate their shooting skills during the Take Aim At Breast Cancer fundraiser held Oct. 7 at the Pleas-antdale Rod and Gun Club in Troy. The event raised $7,000 to benefit the Karen L.Mosseau Foundation Center Treatment Center at Samaritan Hospital in Troy.
“My sister and I felt terrible,but everyone supported her right to makeher owndecisions. Wecould see that she obviouslywas not well,and we actually found a doctor who waswilling to cometo her house.We tried, but it was too late.”
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Showcasing Visions of Strength
By Francine Grinnell
— An extendedfamily created by the com-monly shared experienceof cancer treatment cametogether to support a winetasting and silent auctionthat will benefit the Integra-tive Wellness Program atthe Cancer TreatmentCenter at Samaritan Hos-pital.Although eight patientswere specifically honoredon Oct. 19, the theme“Visions of Strength” waschosen as representativeof the spirits of thousandsof cancer patients treatedevery year at the hospital.Large photographicposter portraits of the eightpatients recognized linedthe walls of the Ferris Ball-room at the Hilton GardenInn on Hoosick Street inTroy during the four-hourevent.Sabrina Mosseau, direc-tor of the Cancer Treat-ment Center and Women’sHealth Center, made thewelcoming remarks to thewell-attended event organ-ized to help meet morethan $50,000 in operatingcosts required for the Inte-grative Wellness Programat Samaritan Hospital.This was the sixth year thefundraiser has been held.A donation of $7,000was presented to the pro-gram by John Murray andTara Jacon of the Pleas-antdale Rod and Gun Clubof Troy.She said, “The reality isthey are eight out of thou-sands of people treated forcancer; we are the peoplethat learn from their per-sonal stories. They give usstrength and courage. TheStanding Committee feltthe theme should be visu-al. We wanted there to beno way you could misstheir faces.”Mosseau and Vice Pres-ident of St. Peter’s HealthPartners and Acute CareCMO Dr. Daniel Silvermanpersonally recognizedeach patient for theirexample of endurance andcourage while fighting can-cer.The eight were present-ed with wall-sized editionsof their portrait taken byphotographer Harvey Vla-hos of Altamont.The program’s volunteerStanding Committee spent14 hours assembling giftbaskets of donated itemsand services featured in asilent auction valued atmore than $24,000. Itemsraffled were an outdoorsports package and aweekend at Lake Placidvalued at more than$3,000.U.W. Marx ConstructionCompany of Troy spon-sored the event. Presi-dent/Owner Peter Marxsaid, “I sit on the Board forNortheast Health Founda-tion, and they came to mefor sponsorship of this veryworthy cause. Cancertouches everyone’s life atone time or another; weare here to support thepeople whose mission it isto help people.”The company has beenin business since 1949.Among patients recog-nized were Mary Manupel-la of Lansingburgh andCeleste Stephanowski ofWaterford.Manupella said whenshe was told she had can-cer a year ago, “I was justdevastated. I really didn’tthink I would make it. Thedepression was unreal. Ican’t say enough aboutthe people at the CancerCenter. No matter whatframe of mind I arrived in, Ialways left smiling. It wasa long voyage, and I madeit through. I’m very thank-ful.”Stephanowski said, “Itfeels pretty good to behere; there were so manyothers who were treated,and we are only eight ofthem.”For more information orto make a donation to theIntegrative Wellness Pro-gram at the Cancer Treat-ment Center at SamaritanHospital, call Mosseau at518-271-3500.
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Fundraiser puts faces on cancer treatment integrative program
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Celeste Stephanowski of Waterford is presented with aher portrait taken by photographer Harvey Vlahos of Alta-mont at the Oct. 19 “Visions of Strength” event held tobenefit the Integrative Wellness Program at the Cancer Treatment Center at Samaritan Hospital in Troy.