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I Had Cancer Guidelines

We're all here for similar reasons - we've been touched by cancer in some way. It’s up to all of us to show each other that no one is alone. Your IHadCancer profile is your own place to call home during this crazy thing called cancer, we just ask that you keep these simple guidelines in mind when participating.

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Thanks for being a part of our community. It’s up to all of us to ensure that IHadCancer remains a place for us all to call home when dealing with the ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis.

My name is Juliet Aguwa. As a 38year old Nigerian/American Citizen and a Breast Cancer Survivor living in the United States, I realized that there were many Africans not privileged with the information or access to the kind of treatments that I had. I founded Courage to Dare, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, with the goal of bringing breast cancer awareness to Africans, and subsequently reducing the mortality rates and stigma caused by breast cancer among African males and females. Courage to Dare Foundation, in the past few years has traveled to Nigeria to launch and promote a massive breast cancer awareness campaign in that part of the continent of Africa. Due to the lack of awareness, Courage To Dare and a small Team have decided to embark on two projects; Assisting a Stage 4 Breast Cancer lady & a Docudrama project. Firstly, Courage to Dare is now embarking on a project to bring a stage 4 breast cancer patient from Nigeria to the US in order to seek medical treatment. Veronica Nkiruka Okoroafor, 27, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer about two years ago, and she's been told that her cancer is fast spreading. Veronica has been told that all options have been exhausted at Lagos University Teaching Hospital. This under-privileged African lady is in a dire need of medical treatment, and Courage to Dare is looking to bring her dreams to reality. We believe with advanced treatment in the US, Veronica can once more believe in humanity, and her hopes can be restored. Secondly, we are trying to organize a award-potential docudrama to go to Africa and discuss breast cancer atrocities in Africa. To give you an idea of the seriousness, women are given mastectomy's without even knowing that their cyst is cancerous. There isn't much post-mastectomy follow up, so many die from infection. There is a stigma in Africa concerning breast cancer--it's considered a curse by God, and women are sometimes cast out of their home--along with any female daughters (who might have inherited the curse). A book of stories about these women is also been put together. We need someone who can not only do the docudrama justice (because of the serious nature of the topic), but can also help us to find investors/funding for this project. If you have suggestions or can help, please let me know as soon as possible. This docudrama will show: How thousands of women have been ostracized from their marital homes and society along with their children due to the cultural stigma that Breast Cancer is a taboo, How breast Cancer in Africa is considered a definite "death sentence" due to lack of awareness or poor diagnosis based on a lack of appropriate medical equipment. These stories will touch your heart. It will connect you with people from the other part of the world. We believe that when this docudrama is showcased worldwide, it would bring the much needed aid and focus on the continent with the issue of Breast Cancer. African women would once more believe in humanity, and their hopes and homes can be restored. Visit: www.couragetodare.org

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