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When I was diagnosed in 2016 I was shocked. I had always been conscientious about my health, doing regular Pap tests, annual mammograms, required colonoscopies….any and all pro active screenings religiously. HOW could I have ovarian cancer…high grade serous carcinoma stage 3C…a tumour had grown to a size larger than a grapefruit undetected, snug tight against my large bowel. I was off work for fourteen months as I underwent surgery for the removal of the tumour and the surgeon opted for a 6” bowel resection as they were concerned of perforating the tumour. I also endured 8 rounds of chemo.
Ovarian cancer is one of the most dangerous cancers for women. It is also known as “The Silent Killer,” because its presenting symptoms are often mistaken for other benign conditions and currently there is NO reliable early detection screening test.
The funding shortfalls in research have stalled scientific progress against this disease to the extent that outcomes have not improved in 50 years! Research is the only way to stop Ovarian Cancer.
This Walk brings people together to empower one another, support one another, and demand better for women living with ovarian cancer. Solidarity is power and I believe together we will change the course of this disease. We walk for mothers, partners, daughters, sisters and best friends everywhere -- because together we can make a difference.
You can be sure that every donation dollar will be carefully invested to provide support, increase awareness, further programming and the vital research focused on prevention and improved treatments, bringing us closer to stopping this disease for good.
The Walk celebrates the hope I carry with me every day - the hope for a future without this disease. Can we please count on your support?
To learn more, visit ovariancancerwalkofhope.ca.
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