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 Updated: 27 April 2017


27 April 2017 this web site was 20 years old, the 1st by a Carcinoid patient!


There is HOPE for those diagnosed with Carcinoid/NETS. 

I've started my 23rd year of active, full life: May 10, 1995 -- May 10, 2017.

April 27, 2017 was the 20th anniversary of this page;
 the FIRST by a Carcinoid patient.


April 23, 2014 I began Dialysis every evening at home
due to being Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease.

My memoir book Becoming Sunny Susan is now available
softcover and ebook!  By Susan L. Anderson           

NEW -  
Click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBZnPOGHf-8

to view the 90 second book trailer video from YouTube!

My story is one many of you can identify with – an uplifting look at a life that I am determined to live well, despite all the obstacles I have been dealt. At the heart of the story is the idea of LIVING with cancer. It took eight years to correctly diagnose my rare disease, Carcinoid/ Neuroendocrine Tumors. Then, they said I would die in just a few more years. That was 18 years ago, and here I am! How have I faired? Very well. Read the book to find out how I have lived a happy life, even with cancer.

Would you help to spread the positive word by telling your friends, by gifting the book, and by posting a review for other readers on the www.amazon.com  page? We know how valuable a positive recommendation can be.

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Useful links -- click on any below:

American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Home page of the ADA, massive amount of solid information, the place to start and return to again and again.

Do check the FUN section of this web site for some relaxing wildlife cams! NEW

Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA)

Diabetes Australia

International Diabetes Center

Joslin Diabetes Center  An affiliate of
Harvard Medical School. 

Learning To Make A Difference: Diabetes Management & Training Centers, Inc.

Diabetes Self-Management

The Neuropathy Association

Lyrica (for neuropathy)



National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Diabetes Public Health Resource

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Diabetes Care

FDA Diabetes Information

Diabetes News

Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke

EatRight Home Page - American Dietetic Association

National Kidney Foundation

Diabetes Update Newsletter

Diabetes Control with Diet and Fitness Training

Fast Food Facts

Quack Watch (health fraud and quackery)

National Council Against Health Fraud

                  I "Sunny Susan" was invited to write a Blog
                        on the web site of the Arizona Republic
                    newspaper as they have liked letters I have
                        written to the editors over the years. 
                           March 26, 2008 was my first Blog.
                       I shall write additional articles, but not
                   on a set schedule.  You may go to my Blog at        http://www.AZcentral.com/members/Blog/sunnysusan

Due to lack of time and other activities I stopped writing my Blog.

Some helpful books:

The First Year Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnoses by Gretchen Becker w/Foreword by Allison B. Goldfine, M.D.

American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes, 3rd Edition Completely Revised, The Ultimate Home Reference

Diabetes Myths, Misconceptions, and Big Fat Lies! by Kris Swenson, RN, CDE and Betty Brackenridge, MS, RD, CDE (ISBN: 0-9719939-0-4)

The Diabetes Food & Nutrition Bible: A Complete Guide to Planning, Shopping, Cooking, and Eating by Hope S. Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, and Robyn Webb, MS

The Diabetes Travel Guide by Davida F. Fruger, MSN, RN, CS, CDE

The Diabetic's Brand Name Food Exhange Handbook, compiled by Clara G. Schneider, M.D., R.D., L.D.

Nutrition in the Fast Lane: A Guide to Nutrition and Dietary Exchange Values for Fast Foods by Fast Food Facts

Useful reference books that I keep in our home library:

Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary – Thumb-Indexed Version (19th edition 2001) by Donald Venes, Clayton L. Thomas, Clarence Wilbur Taber

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy: 17th Edition, (1999)

Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests: A Synopsis of Laboratory Medicine by Jacques Wallach, M.D.

Nursing 2004 Drug Handbook by Lippincott, Springhouse

The Cancer Dictionary: An A-to-Z guide to over 2,500 terms by Roberts Altman & Michael J. Sarg M.D.

Deadly Drug Interactions: The People's Pharmacy Guide (1997)  by Joe Graedon & Teresa Graedon, Ph.D.

Deadly Drug   33  Interactions: The People's Pharmacy Guide (1995) by Joe Graedon & Teresa Graedon, Ph.D.

The Pill Book, 7th Edition (June 1996) editor Harold M. Silverman Pharm.D.

Susan Anderson's Home Library of Cancer / Healing / Wellness / Medical Books  (Click  on line here)

May 10, 1995 diagnosed with Carcinoid Cancer.  I call my quest for a diagnosis “The Trials and Tribulations of Sunny Susan”.  In 1987 I was diagnosed as anemic, for the first and last time, no cause was ever found, but I was told it was “stomach bleeding”.  After years of searching for cause of abdominal and stomach pain, during surgery for an obstruction May 10, 1995, I finally had a diagnosis - Carcinoid Cancer, a slow growing neuro-endocrine cancer.

June 18, 1999 I had a surgical biopsy - lumpectomy of my right breast, the pathology report said I had malignant Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) breast cancer. 

December 6, 2004 I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, so now have an additional challenge regarding learning about a disease and managing it.  I know I shall be able to handle this very well --- after I learn how.

Click on any line below:

My Complete Carcinoid Story .... Susan L. Anderson

My SHORT Carcinoid Story .... Susan L. Anderson

"Carcinoid cancer Web site an inspiration" and "Woman turns pain to gain" -- 7 October 1999 Arizona Republic

Put your cursor inside the article and click for a larger, easier to read, image.

Click here to email me SunnySusan@Cox.Net (Please see below)

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Since 1996 --- when I first located others with Carcinoid --- I have answered every email sent to me, although some replies were delayed longer than I liked. I am NO longer able to reply to all e-mails due to the volume and other things going on in my life (all good).  I do love hearing from others, but an unable to reply to all individually.  I shall not forget my many Carcinoid friends and of course shall reply to you … as time permits. 
This web site was 20 years old on April 27, 2017.

Since my husband "retired" I am away from my computer for days, and sometimes, weeks at a time.  Yes, there is wireless internet and we have tried that a number of places.  But, if I deal with email when we are away from home then it is not a "restful vacation" for me.

PLEASE use the SEARCH capability at the top my pages.  You may search for a word, a phrase, a drug, a treatment, a book title or anything you can think of. You may search this site only, or search the complete World Wide Web.

To speak with a person please know you may call the “telephone information and support line” of the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CCF), Tuesday through Thursday  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time at  1-888-722-3132 (free) or 1-914-693-1001.   “The information and support line” is staffed by medical professionals.   Mondays and Fridays are research days, if you call then and do not reach a person do leave a clear message.  The Carcinoid Cancer Foundation’s (CCF) superb web site is at http://www.carcinoid.org

CCF -  Serving the carcinoid/NETs  patient and medical community for 
close to forty years (chartered in 1968)
   “Meets Extensive Standards of America’s Most Experienced Charity Evaluator”
Better Business Bureau

DISCLAIMER:  I am a patient and NOT a medical doctor or health care professional.  I share information and links to information that has been helpful to me and that I believe to be correct and good, but I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information, except for MY stories.  I urge you not to rely only on this information but I believe you should discuss your situation and information with your medical doctors and/or other medical professionals.  "Sunny" Susan Anderson

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