Jackie Falman

I’ve survived for 20 years through being positive, lots of prayers, and great medical faculty at Women and Infants.

I would like to thank your organization for including me in your gift giving this Christmas. I received my bag of delightfully thoughtful gifts at my last chemo appointment at Women and Infants infusion center in Rhode Island. I’ve been making good use of the lotions and the gloves. And I look forward to using the card making items while I enjoy the aroma from the scented candles. I’ve already begun one of the books as well.


I had never heard of your organization. I live in Norwich, CT and was surprised to find one of your directors is in Norwich too! I’ve never been on the receiving end of a gift bag. I always was helping to fill fill them.

I was first diagnosed with Ovarian cancer in 1995. I had a hysterectomy due to period issues and as a precaution my gynecologist had them slice through the ovaries. Thank goodness! So my cancer was found fortunately. I went through chemo and all seemed well. Three years later I had a recurrence, went through a debulking and then went through radiation. After that I lived life fully until 2011 when my cancer came back and began to travel. First to my lungs and then to my ​vagina. I went through another debulking and since then I’ve had several different types of chemo, one of which was a clinical trial.

So I’ve survived for 20 years through being positive, lots of prayers, and great medical faculty at Women and Infants. I’ve learned to “live in the moment”. It’s the way I get through all this. And I’ve also learned, unfortunately, that there is always someone worse off than me. So I’m thankful for the life I have.

Thank you again for lighting up my Christmas! You truly are doing wonderful work.

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