Diana Juarez., Community Manager for the American Cancer Society, tells us over 580 people in Webb County will be diagnosed with cancer this year. To bring attention on the importance of learning about it, she tells us about a program starting this month to educate on the disease."Cancer touches many people in different ways, whether it's emotionally, psychological. So, we will have physicians available as our guest speakers for the people that are in attendance. We encourage everyone to come out and learn what is cancer,"she says.
One volunteer for the "I Can Cope" program, Magda Pedraza talks to us about her experience with cancer. She says it wasn't in her family roots and never thought it would be part of her life."You don't know, you never know, I never expected to have cancer. I didn't know. I wasn't expecting this,"she says because, she was caught off guard.
She tells us she didn't know what to do. It's was a disease Magda says she knew little about. "It was very hard because you read and you don't understand and you don't know if they apply to you. You have a lot of questions."
Magda shows us information she received to help her with this battle, but tells us she wishes workbooks such as these from the "I Can Cope" courses she volunteers for would have been available. "If I would have gone through these classes when I was going through cancer it would be very helpful."
That's why she hopes everyone thinks twice before passing up the opportunity to attend the educational cancer classes
"There's no charge to take this program's courses. However, The American Cancer Society does request an RSVP by contacting their local center at this location," Antonia Mejia, Pro 8 News.
Classes for the "I Can Cope" cancer enlightenment program start this Wednesday. For more information you can call 956.723-9682.