Doreen was diagnosed with LMS in 2001. She was warm and honest, full of wacky fun, sometimes irascible, but always concerned for others. As a physician, her goal in life was to help and educate people. You couldn’t stop her! When she was in the hospital she would even try to train the nurses!
Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., she taught chemistry for five years, then got her MD and did pediatric residencies at Case Western and UCSF. She married a physicist from South Africa and moved there, where she was active in the management of rape crisis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and community health. Her first love remained pediatrics.
Lacking information when she was diagnosed, she created www.leiomyosarcoma.info which gives comprehensive information about the disease, hoping to share what she had learned.
While in South Africa Doreen had an LMS tumor doctors considered inoperable. She moved back to San Francisco, alone, for an operation that saved her life. Later her daughter was able to join her and enrolled in the university nearby.
Doreen particularly encouraged people to advocate for themselves. She constantly pushed for more effective treatments for leiomyosarcoma as well as research. Plagued by serious, multiple health problems, she never stopped researching for people, not only for the L-M Sarcoma list but for several other groups on ACOR. People wrote to her from all over the world. She became close to many of them.
Thank you so much for helping to carry on her fight against sarcoma!
Please visit http://memoriesofdoreen.blogspot.com to see more about Doreen.
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