Darla Thompson has an incurable form of cancer. However, she is not letting it get her down. In fact, she is fighting her cancer with humor. She is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and helps patients navigate through the healthcare system. She also volunteers for hospice.
Darla has a talent for connecting for people who have cancer. She is able to connect with people because she has a lot of experience with it herself. She was diagnosed with cancer back in 1986. She was told that she would not live past the age of 40 because of the toxic effects of the treatment.
However, Darla has defied the odds. She has two children and six grandchildren. Cancer is still a battle for her. She had to get her spleen removed, which leaves her vulnerable to infections.
Lesa Foster is an executive director for the American Cancer Society Oklahoma. She is impressed with Darla’s zest for life and the fact that she has never let her cancer define her. Darla is known for telling funny stories.
Marie Alexander is the regional director of several health departments in six counties. She stated that she tells stories with humor, and you cannot help but laugh. Paula Warlick is the grassroots manager of the Cancer Action Network for the American Cancer Society. She stated that when Darla tells her jokes, there is not a dry eye in the room.
Darla stated that she never wanted to be a cancer advocate before she was diagnosed with the disease herself. However, she now feels like it is her duty to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.