Uncategorized LETTER: Cancer survivor grateful for support

LETTER: Cancer survivor grateful for support


A year ago, I wrote in thanking my wonderful community for their love and support as I was undergoing treatments for breast cancer. I am happy to report that it has been a year since I have been done with those treatments and I am in remission.

I was very lucky that my cancer was caught early and I spoke about the importance of doing breast exams. Well, I am here again as an advocate for early detection again, but this time for prostate cancer.

My husband, Scott, was the greatest caregiver during my recovery time and now the roles have been reversed. Now it is my time to take care of him. Scott was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer in February 2014 following a routine physical exam at the age of 49.

His physician decided to check his prostate and after a lump was discovered, biopsies proved to be malignant. He has begun his two and a half year treatment plan, which consists of hormone injections and radiation.

Again, our community has stepped up to help us and we wanted to say thanks. Deb Smith began our financial help by making a beautiful prayer quilt for Scott. She asked for $5 donation and names were added to make a huge quilt, which proudly hugs our bed. With Deb Smith, Melissa Findlay and the wonderful ladies from Citizens State Bank, a fund was set up for donations.

If that was not enough, Melissa organized a benefit breakfast for Scott and I to help pay for doctor bills, gas and medical expenses. The turn out was more than we had dreamed of and with the donations from the quilt and breakfast, our community helped raise around $5,000.

We are overwhelmed with the support and love. We are still in shock that we are dealing with another round of cancer treatments, but we know by the grace of God and the love from you all, Scott will overcome this as well.

Radiation starts this month with 39 daily treatments and his injections will be every three months for the remaining two years. I cannot wait to write in with news he is cancer free.

Again, early detection saved my hubby’s life and with you all, we will prevail.

Scott and Beth Culley

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