Maureen Visscher (1996)
Who am I?
My name is Maureen Visscher and I am a Patient Advocate of Inspire2Live. I am a regular master student at the University of Leiden and have my own business in online marketing. However, I know that this is not to be taken for granted: my father recently died of cancer after a battle of almost a decade (I was 13 when he got cancer). Even though it hasn’t been easy at all times, we also learned to really live, every day again. It was this way that he lived the remaining time of his life to the fullest and with an amazingly amount of love. Because my father was not the only one being uncertain about whether someone has done everything possible, I am now a proud member of Surgery Without Incision and Foundation JohnStrijd to help other people in their fight against cancer.
Because together we can beat cancer. That is why I made a promise to myself that I will do everything within my power to contribute to the urgent mission of Inspire2Live to get cancer under control while preserving the quality of live for patients.
My father always prioritized quality of live over durability. In his search for substitutes for chemo in an infinite/inexhaustible pool of information for new treatment options, Surgery Without Incision crossed our paths. We became part of this amazing foundation to try to be the bridge between the patients and their desires for treatments and search for alternatives on the one hand, and the doctors with their knowledge of possible treatments and opportunities on the other. With Foundation JohnStrijd we complement this battle by taking care of families who have to deal with cancer and have additional costs as a result of treatments and medicines and a reduced income. We aim for quality of life in every possible way.
My work as a Patient Advocate concentrates around being part of the above-mentioned foundations and to help as many people possible in their fight against cancer. I am working on the quality of life for patients and their families, additional costs and reduced incomes and try to be the bridge between the patients and doctors. Last but not least I try to spread the message of my father to live your life to the fullest because it is not to be taken for granted.