Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cancer Does Not Make an Exception for People with Disabilties

Joni Tada, 63, became a quadriplegic at the age of 17 due to a diving accident. Besides her focus on her day to day life, she was always medically focus on issues related to her quadriplegia. Thus, she decided to forego a mammogram for 9 years.

Subsequently, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, and forced to undergo chemotherapy. She survived, but had she been screened earlier, her cancer would not have been so severe. Her story is a vital one to the disability community: One must not become so wrapped up in the medical issues related to his or her disability, that standard medical tests are overlooked. She is speaking about her experiences this weekend at the Reagan National Library.

To read more, check out this link...

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