Hope Elevated - March 2012

March 2012

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President's Corner

Tom's Big Game
Pa ent at The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders Weatherford Campus      For Tom Klahm, ba ling cancer is one of the biggest games of his life. As a football coach at Trinity Chris an Academy for the past four years, Tom knows a lot about conquering opponents.      So when he was diagnosed with colon cancer in December 2011, his strategy was to keep driving and keep a posi ve a tude.      Tom, a pa ent of Tom Klahm and wife, Sharon  Dr. Ganesa, originally scheduled an appointment with his family physician a er experiencing pain in his chest and legs. Further inves ga on discovered a pulmonary embolism, as well as colon cancer that had metastasized to his liver and lymph nodes.      Tom underwent surgery and then began chemotherapy at The Center's Weatherford Campus earlier this year.      He and his wife, Sharon, who teaches drama and music at Trinity Chris an Academy, have found an abundance of support from their community. Friends and supporters from their school have helped them out with everything from housework to meals and transporta on to appointments. The church, where they are members and serve as Sunday school teachers, has helped raise money for Tom's medical bills.    Tom's impact on others is evident by a scrapbook of overflowing le ers and cards received from students, friends and supporters. He has already encouraged several of his friends to get screened for colon cancer.      Because of his strong faith, Tom believes he is in a win‐win situa on.        "We win if we beat it; we win if we don't," Tom says. "I have no fear because I know God is taking care of me."      Tom's message of hope Coach Tom Klahm   to fellow survivors is simple: "Seek God first, have faith and accept help from friends." As his co‐survivor, Sharon advises others to "take it one day at a  me."  

Spring is Here at The Center!

  Ray Page, D.O., Ph.D.
President/Medical Oncologist

Spring is in the air and we are happy to share some of our new programs and services with you. In addition to the ongoing free classes that we offer to patients and caregivers, we would like to invite you to spend a few minutes visiting with us and other patients during Coffee at The Center as we share a spoonful of hope. As part of our ongoing commitment to excellence, we also want to share a free online tool for patients called Navigating Cancer. This easy‐to‐use tool was designed to help you organize treatments and better manage your recovery. Be sure to sign up and start using Navigating Cancer today. Last, but not least, we want to acknowledge a special volunteer this month. Congratulations to Janel Hollister for being named a 2012 Healthcare Hero in our community. Our volunteers are our backbone and we couldn't achieve all that we do without them. From everyone at The Center, we wish you a Happy Spring! Share your story of Hope Elevated by emailing us for possible inclusion in this column.

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Hope Elevated - March 2012

Healthcare Hero: Janel Hollister
Recognized by the Fort Worth Business Press Congratulations to our dedicated volunteer, Janel Hollister, for being recognized as a 2012 Healthcare Hero by the Fort Worth Business Press. Janel was featured in the March 7th issue of the Fort Worth Business Press. Read the article.

   

Coffee @ The Center Join us for coffee with a spoonful of hope!
  Fort Worth Central Campus Magnolia Community Room March 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM Pa ents and caregivers are invited to join us for coffee and conversa on. Meet with staff and other pa ents. Refreshments will be provided. 

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