Welcome to My Personal Page and #OvarianCancer Story
My ovarian cancer journey started days after my 42nd birthday. Like most ovarian cancer stories, it came out of nowhere. I was in shock at the time of diagnosis, and I still am now. Not shock from disbelief that it happened to me, but shocked by how unbelievably fortunate I am.
Of course, cancer isn't "fortunate" for anyone. Thousands of Canadian women are living with ovarian cancer, and another 2,800 will be diagnosed this year. It is the exact opposite of fortunate. I am, however, one of the very fortunate few as far as ovarian cancer goes. And there are too few women as lucky as me.
I went for what I thought was a routine physical, feeling completely fine. A dizzying spiral of tests, ultrasounds, CT scans, and finally, a complete hysterectomy, appendectomy, and the removal of an ovarian mass roughly the size of a football followed.
The diagnosis was Stage 1, Grade 1 ovarian cancer. It was, in fact, excellent news and quite rare, given ovarian cancer often goes undetected until later stages. But we can change that.
Supporting the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope supports Ovarian Cancer Canada. It also celebrates the hope I carry with me every day – the hope of a future without this deadly disease.
Every dollar I raise supports Ovarian Cancer Canada. It is the only national charity that champions the health and well-being of women with ovarian cancer.
Cancer doesn't make me unique or an expert. But it IS proof that early detection saves lives. Educating yourself is essential to the health of our families and the only way to stop this killer in its tracks.
Thank you for your time and support, and if you are up for it this September, join "Teal Good Inc." for the "virtual" walk — our second year of hopefully many!
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