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Marilyn Williams’ Story

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
November 10, 2016

Marilyn with Sharla and granddaughters

After receiving the shocking news that I had ovarian cancer, the doctors encouraged me to go for genetic testing.  I learned that I had the BRCA1 gene mutation, which dramatically increases my lifetime risk of getting ovarian and breast cancer. Unfortunately, this also means my children each have a 50% chance of inheriting the gene mutation. My two daughters chose to be tested, as well. My eldest daughter tested negative - much to our relief.  

Our second daughter, Sharla, tested positive. On the encouragement of her doctor and because there is currently no screening test for ovarian cancer, she decided to proceed with a preventative total hysterectomy - once completing her family. She continues to be monitored closely for breast cancer.

The Walk is a wonderful annual event that helps raise awareness and funds for research concerning ovarian cancer treatment, as well as creating a sense of unity among this community.  Our hope is that, in the near future, medical breakthroughs will allow for more options to deal with and prevent this disease. I am so grateful for the countless people who are involved in the Walk and who want to make a positive impact where ovarian cancer is concerned.  To those of us affected by ovarian cancer, it means more than you’ll ever know!

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Marilyn Williams


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