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Welcome to Making Chemo Bearable

It is my prayer that you will benefit from my experiences with cancer as you, or a loved one, enter the unfamiliar territory of a new cancer diagnosis. A diagnosis of cancer can be an overwhelming experience which causes emotional feelings of hopelessness, fear, disbelief, anger, guilt, sadness, depression, and loneliness. The "C" (Cancer) word, has such a negative connotation attached to it. However, it's not only about the disease and its effects, it is about the people who love you most and enter into this period of time with you, they are your Caregivers.

Make Chemo Bearable (MCB) exists to provide awareness, education, support and hope to individuals during their cancer journey, specifically targeting those from under resourced, underrepresented and underserved communities.

We believe a knowledgeable, supportive and caring environment provides HOPE to individuals on the cancer journey. Helping Survivors Find Joy in the Journey!

Ragina Ireland - Making Chemo Bearable
Ragina Ireland

Upcoming Events

Line Dancing - September 28, 2024

Line Dancing Makes Chemo Bearable. This is a Breast Cancer event to bring awareness and assist survivors by “Empowering Survivors to Find Joy in the Journey”.

Summit in Grand Prairie from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.  Donations in the name of Survivors or other Sheroes/Heroes are welcome.

Stacey Dickson – Dance Instuctor

The Summit
2975 Esplanade, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Teams and Individuals are welcome!

$10 donation is requested but not required to assist with the mission of Making Chemo Bearable – a non profit organization.

Survivor Spotlight: Catherine Smith

MCB: What was your journey like emotionally?
Catherine:  First of all, I was not afraid. I just knew the most important thing was (to get it resolved medically), get it out.

MCB:  Where did you draw your strength for each “next” step?
Catherine:  My strength comes from the Lord. My grandmother was a survivor/warrior, and I drew strength from her.

MCB:  What made you smile in the midst of it all?
Catherine:  I told myself that I was Beautiful regardless of the physical things that I was going through. Beauty is defined by your attitude, I got this!

MCB:  Were you able to celebrate the small victories?
Catherine:  For me joy comes from no more treatment.  Victory came from the little things. Wearing shoes... putting on eyelashes.  No parade necessary.

MCB: What are who surprised you the most?
Catherine:  My family was a very strong support system; they were always there for me. My Mother is a Nurse and helped me tremendously. She also explained things medically. The surprise for me was the OCBF Support Group. They understand what you are going through, and you are free to share which creates a unique bond.

Catherine is cancer free!  She displays an extraordinarily positive attitude which is felt in the community by supporting multiple organizations including Making Chemo Bearable. She and her Mother are always the life of our events, spreading joy to so many that need it.


Survivor Spotlight - Catherine Smith


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Legislation – H.R. 549

H.R. 549, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act The Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act would waive the five-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the 24-month waiting period for Medicare benefits for eligible individuals with metastatic breast cancer. Specifically, the bill eliminates the 5-month waiting period for SSDI... Continue reading

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