When Alicia Ramos first found out her husband had terminal cancer at age 32, she felt alone and overwhelmed. As a nurse, she became obsessed with his care, while at the same time raising two young children, which quickly took a heavy toll on her emotional well-being.
How to deal with terminal cancer is something that no family is truly ever prepared for. In her case, it was a burden complicated by having young children. Eddie Ramos, her husband, had been diagnosed with stage 4 bioduct cancer and there was no cure.
The couple had grown up in Torrance and met at the Pitcher House one evening in their 20s. Ramos was a magnetic character, who even after falling ill, was able to lift the spirits of those around him. It was during their first chemotherapy treatment when she saw a newsletter for the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach, and it changed her life.
“I was so overwhelmed with how are we going to do this,” she said at the group’s recent 30th anniversary Celebrate Wellness event at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes. “We started with this horrible diagnosis and didn’t know what we were going to do,” Ramos told a crowd of donors. “But throughout it all we had this amazing support group that kept us going and gave us the strength to know we aren’t alone.”
Ramos extolled the virtues of the many CSC-RB groups that she and her family joined both during her husband’s illness and after his unfortunate passing in December 2015. The annual event raised $170,000 for the nonprofit that has been supporting families and patients with cancer in…
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