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November 20, 1987 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ]t I I IIII II II Author touches others with his story of hope ouis ]osof, former victim of Hodgkin's disease, autographs a . copy of his book, "It's Not Valentine's Day" for Evansville resi- dent, Barbara Cecil. ]osof was at St. Mary's Medical Center last week to talk about his personal victory in the struggle against CanCel'. HAUB STEAK HOUSE PRIME STEAKS - SEAFOOD - CHICKEN (1) 768-6462 LARGE PARTY ROOMS Haubstadt, Ind. i 3900,Wmhlnon Avenue 479-4226 i FAMIL Y I PHARMACY Medical Arts PAUL'S Pharmacy Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Paul Mayer, Owner Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler 2170 W. Franklin St. , City-Wide Delivery 425-7141 Duncan's Riverside Plaza Pharmacy Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Prescription Service Dmgs-Sunddet-Cotmetice Maeaztnea - "We Deliver" Corner Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9981 Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hey. 62 and N. Weinbach Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422 Newburgh Pharmacy BILL REINE, Pharmacist Complete Prescription Service and Health Supplies Phone 853-6166 4 ", ' "--'W"--";'" Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery J 413 Locwt Strict John and Judy Stmtman '7 need for people to know that there is life after cancer. "" By MARY 1 . ELLERT Message Staff Writer At one point in his life, Louis Josof thought it would be easier to die than to continue his bat- tle with cancer. Today, however, he has a different outlook on things. Josof is a former victim of Hodgkin's disease and certified pastoral counselor from Birm- ingham, Ala. He visited St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville last week to share his success story with cancer patients, their families, friends and caregivers. "I need for people to know that there is life after cancer. Folks like us, the survivors -- I don't know why we keep it all so quiet," he told the group. "The world needs to hear from us, because all they've heard in the past are the horror stories." Currently, Josof is Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Care Unit at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., and founder of "Today Our Understanding of Cancer Is Hope" (TOUCH), a support program for cancer pa- tients and their families. His talk was peppered with a variety of stories from his diagnosis 12 years ago when he was 21 to his counseling work today Whether they were humorous anecdotes or painful memories, ]osof openly shared them with the group. "I find that cancer patients are willing to take risks that He went on to explain a risk- taking adventure of his own. Once, when. his doctors gave him a break from his radiation treatments, Josof decided to go to Disney World with some of his buddies. "You know those signs they have above the rows and rows of waiting: 'Expectant mothers should not ride this ride?' Well, I wasn't expecting anything, so I decided to ride some of the rides," he grinned. "I have never been jerked and yanked so hard in all my life -- I had the best time." Even though Josof admits riding the rides at Disney World was "a little too risky," he still encourages patients to take risks -- within reason. For the last three years, he has coordinated the nation's "first and only" cancer camp for adults. Thirty-four cancer patients, ages 18-78, attended the most recent session this fall. A few of the campers brought along long lists from their parents and families explaining what foods they were allowed to eat and what activitas they shouldn't participate in. "All the folks whose family members wrote me all these long letters of do's and don'ts were the ones who rode horses, went out in the paddle boats and enjoyed themselves," he said. "All I could think of was 'I don't think we're covered for all this with our insurancet" he --l.ouis Josof like to be insured that I'm going to go on living. If I'm going to take some folks to camp, I'm not going to take them and have them just sit for three days -- they can do that at home or in the hospital." JOSOF TALKED about how the TOUCH "sharing and sup- port group" got its name. At one of the first meetings, a woman explained that she felt like an "untouchable" because she had cancer The group played around with that word and came up with the title, TOUCH "We all like to be touched emotionally, as well as physically or spiritually...all of those areas have touched our lives, whether we choose to recognize it or not," he said. "This group needed to recognize that they want to he touched in different ways. "This program is not for a specific cancer site -- this is a catch-all program," explained Josof. "Anyone -- family, friend or patient -- can come to this kind of program. I'm hop- ing that St. Mary's will develop a program like TOUCH." For information about TOUCH, call Sister Catherine Kelly, director of pastoral care at St Mary's Medical Center, 479-4150. Additional imCorma- tion can be obtained by writing or calling: TOUCH, The American Cancer Society, 402 for a while." Hey said the canned good drive is also going well. The Emergency Food Pantry System assists families and in- dividuals who are in need of food and who have exhausted all other resources of income or assistance. The food pantries disburse a three-day supply of food, com- posed of staple items. Persons or families using the pantries may receive assistance once a month for three months. The system was begun in 1969 by the churches in the Evansville area and the St. Vin- cent de Paul Society. Since 1980, the pantry system has ex- perienced a 243 percent in- crease in the ndmber of persons needing assistance. 0000NtES i INSURANCE -- REAL ESTATE 464-5993 AUTO HOME " FIRE " LIABILITY "SINCE 1913" 00Dubois County Bank I CLOSETOYOU WITH 8CONVENIENTLOCAT'ONS J _ Funeral Homes Convenient Locations CENTRAL CHAPEL 626 FIRST AVE. they may have not been willing laughed. "But then I asked to take in the past, he said. I myself another question, What Office Park Drive, State 300, think that attributes to their kind of insurance do cancer pa- Birmingham, Alabama 35223, survival." tients really need?' Well, I'd 1-800-292-4935. $30,000 raised for Food Pantry System By MARYANNHUGHES "very well and we are very mark," Hey said. He is hopeful Message Staff Writer grateful," according to Philip the fund drive will hit the Hey, coordinator of the $50,000 mark "so we won't Community response to the Emergency Food Pantry have to push the panic button fund drive for the Emergency System. Food Pantry System is going "We are past the $30,000