Our organization is a 501(c)(3) headquartered in the metropolitan area of Georgia, founded in 2010, and serving Locally first, then Nationally, then Internationally. We are tireless in our efforts to serve people of all race, color, gender, sex, creed, disability, and religion. We do not discriminate. We merely support our fellow citizens and serve as a guiding light. Wherever there is need or injustice, I Will Survive, Inc. will offer its resources regardless of economic status or affiliation.
Founder, Anisa Palmer, Combat Veteran, talks about I Will Survive, Inc.
Episode 2 of the 7 Docu-Series on The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest
Why We Started:
Anisa Palmer, Founder and Executive Director of I Will Survive, lost her mother to breast cancer and started this organization with the full intent to not only help spread the awareness of breast cancer through education but also be a support system for families impacted by breast cancer for those in need. Our 501(c)(3) status was approved by the IRS in 2011.
Founder Anisa Palmer says, “It was hard losing my mom at such a young age for us both, she was 38 and I was 5. I began my first breast cancer screening at 28 years old (recommended by my health care professionals), a few years later I fought my own health insurance to get the BRCA gene test done.” After getting the BRCA (breast cancer) gene test done, Anisa does not carry the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene that increases the risk for breast cancer.
It is important to get screened for breast cancer regularly, control your weight and exercise regularly, know your family history of breast cancer, quit smoking, limit the amount of alcohol you drink, and talk to your doctor about the risks of hormone replacement therapy. We believe, you will survive! There are many ways to lower your risks but you have to believe as well and start today. Focus on proactive prevention!
We need your support to help us fund programs that help pre-cancer survivors, breast cancer survivors, and post-breast cancer survivors.
Pre-breast cancer survivor: The everyday person who might be concerned about their health and decides to go and get screened. After getting screened, they get diagnosed with breast cancer and need financial assistance for medical costs, nutritional food, health care products, living costs, and travel costs. Or they do not have breast cancer but may carry the BRCA gene and we want to help keep their risks down. Or they do not carry the gene and do not have cancer, we still want to help ensure the recommended activity and proper nutrition are in place to reduce risks.
Breast cancer survivor: The thousands of breast cancer survivors in the state of Georgia have survived breast cancer according to completing treatments and no longer having a malignant tumor. They however, still need education on preventing the tumor from returning and emotion healing, sometimes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur or Depression. Financial assistance may still be needed to get nutritional food in the home, cover medical costs, health care products, travel costs to health care facilities and more. Several, nationally, are dealing with Affordable Housing issues, Employment issues, and more. Let’s work together to reduce Generational Poverty and Situational Poverty locally, nationally, and internationally. Global initiatives begin in 2020.
Post breast cancer survivor: According to health care professionals, once you pass a certain amount of years after the removal of malignant tumors – you are considered a breast cancer survivor. After three years you still need educational training to provide for your self and your family, ongoing support, and possible financial assistance to keep an emotional stability. After five years you still need those services. Too often, breast cancer survivors get affected by a tumor returning in the breast or end up getting a new cancer (ovarian cancer is the most common connection and they are both hormonal cancers).
Our programs are Economic Support, Prevention Education, and Health and Wellness Services. All three categories above can be accepted into one or all these three programs on a case by case basis through an application process.
Join our page on Facebook to input in our discussion groups, share healthy recipes, share work out plans, stories about breast cancer, the latest news on the “cure” for breast cancer and proactive prevention information. We also have prize give aways and make the educational experience fun.
Be sure to “like” our facebook page and continue to spread the awareness of breast cancer in our communities.