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Alone, isolated and a victim with the diagnosis

Posted: Thursday, Jul 11th, 2013


Pastor Joe Galvin. PIONEEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis


By VIRGINIA GIORGIS

Pioneer Editor



LYMAN ¬– When the diagnosis is made – cancer – the person hearing the word is alone and isolated, according to Pastor Joe Galvin, Assembly of God Church, at the Survivors Dinner for Relay Monday evening.

Galvin, a survivor himself, received good news several weeks ago when the doctor told him he couldn’t find any trace of cancer in his one year evaluation. Galvin related his story at the Heritage Barn when he stood in as the “pinch hitter” for 2013 Relay Grand Marshal Linda Douthett.

Douthett was unable to attend the event as she is in North Carolina undergoing treatment for her third bout of cancer. She was named the Grand Marshal for this year’s Relay for Life event in February.

Drawing on his own experience, Galvin talked of the isolation a cancer victim feels. He said, a cancer victim “is all alone. No one knows how you feel. You can involve others, but you are still isolated as you are the one.”

The Relay event kicks off this evening at the Mountain View Town Park and will conclude tomorrow.

For the complete article see the 07-12-2013 issue.

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