Patients and caregivers need to reach out to fellow survivors to learn as much as they can, and I’m doing my part to try to make those connections happen.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) May 13, 2014
Multiple Myeloma survivor David Emerson is celebrating his twentieth anniversary of cancer survivorship in a big way. On Sunday, May 18th, he will be competing in the Rite Aid Marathon. Due to sustained nerve damage from his cancer therapy, David will be hand cycling the 26 mile race. Though he is finding it increasingly difficult to get around, he is dedicated to racing this year in order to raise awareness about his cancer-focused website, PeopleBeatingCancer.org.
Covering the spectrum of issues facing cancer survivors today, PeopleBeatingCancer.org provides a unique approach to cancer management by providing visitors with experience-based evaluations of both traditional and alternative cancer treatments. As a long term cancer survivor who found his cure only after oncologists told him there was nothing more they could do, David is passionate about empowering cancer survivors to take control of their disease and to evaluate a full spectrum of cancer therapies.
"Cancer is a difficult disease,” says David. “Patients and caregivers need to reach out to fellow survivors to learn as much as they can, and I’m doing my part to try to make those connections happen.”
Since January 2013, David has developed a cancer coaching program on the website that encourages cancer survivors and their caregivers to ask him questions about their current and potential treatment protocols. As a long-term survivor, David is in the unique position to offer insight on issues like treatment side effects, integrative therapies, and the potential for secondary cancers that are not often presented in the traditional patient-oncologist relationship. The response from cancer survivors so far has been rewarding.
Larry, a multiple myeloma survivor, says, “PeopleBeatingCancer.org has become my go-to website for cancer answers.”
Since its launch in March of last year, David has helped over 300 people with their cancer questions. It is hoped that David will be able to reach twice as many cancer survivors and caregivers in the coming year, and his fundraising efforts at the Cleveland Marathon are integral to this effort.