July 30, 2014

Micol’s Miraculous Journey

 

Dear Editor,

In April 2010, I was diagnosed with a very aggressive Uterine Cancer. The diagnosis was further complicated by the fact that, unbeknownst to me, I had contracted Lyme Disease as a child. Immediately, I turned my focus toward healing my body. Little did I know what lay ahead. After a radical hysterectomy, I would have a slow and painful recovery. Then, eleven months after my initial diagnosis, the cancer would recur. I was diagnosed with Stage IIIB Metastatic Cancer and a 15 percent chance of survival. Many of you may remember that a plea went out to the Topanga community for donations toward my care. My mother, Karen Moran, held a fundraiser at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. Many musicians, as well as other community members, offered their talents and skills to an afternoon art auction, luncheon buffet and wonderful concert. I was unable to attend.

I was fighting for my life.

­Now that the battle is over and I am, once again, strong, I wish to show my gratitude by thanking all of you who contributed to my survival and let you know that I have created a non-profit organization called Cancer Warrior, Inc. Having first-hand experience navigating the difficult waters where finite decisions must be made, I wish to help others along the way. A workbook is on its way!

For details about Micol’s miraculous journey, visit Cancerwarriorinc.org, where her story is shared in a radio interview.

—Micol Sanko