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The one hundred honoree: Jerry Remy

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The one hundred honoree: Jerry Remy

Mass General Giving

Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy courageously informed the public of his struggle with depression while recovering from lung cancer surgery. His candor has been extremely helpful in reducing the stigma that hinders some patients from seeking help with the emotional challenges of cancer.

Although plenty of evidence shows the need for psychological support is common among cancer patients, hearing a respected public figure talk about his personal experience has far more impact. Recognizing they are not alone, patients are more likely to acknowledge their problems and seek help.

A cancer survivor can be vulnerable to despair even after triumphing over a life-threatening disease. Once the single-minded task of defeating cancer is accomplished, isolation and exhaustion can set in, as well as fear of recurrence. The uncertainties can be overwhelming. So it was with Jerry Remy. “His public disclosure has given courage to others,” says Mass General psychiatrist Dr. William Pirl. “Jerry Remy is a hero.”