Welcome to Team, Gaylestorm
Like so many others, Ovarian Cancer took me by surprise. I was a busy, health, energic grandmother, who enjoyed life!
My first symptoms of ovarian cancer, weight loss and change in bowel habits were not diagnosed. What woman goes to the Dr concerned about losing 25 pounds? Isn't that something to celebrate? Weight loss and a complete change in bowel habits were my only symptoms. I had complete bloodwork and parasites check done. All good.
The next year, my symptoms rapidly changed. pain, abdominal distention and fatigue followed. Getting diagnosed was a slow procedure. While I knew I was seriously ill, science unfortunately had not caught up with me. For those with Ovarian cancer there is not one conclusive test that indicates cancer. This make finding and treating woman in stage one very difficult. Like most others, mine was stage 3c when finally diagnosed.
While some ovarian cancer patients have lived with the disease for many years, others are not so lucky. For this reason I have decided to form a team and encourage others to join or donate. We need funds for research, to detect this disease early and continue researching and changing treatment for better success.
Let's give so that our daughters and granddaughters don't have to walk down this path.
Today, thousands of Canadian women are living with ovarian cancer and another 3,100 will be diagnosed this year.
Each of these women is central to a family. Every one of these women has people who love her. Just being there to support and honour her means everything. That’s why I’m joining the thousands of other participants at the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope.
The Walk celebrates the hope I carry with me every day – the hope for a future without this disease.
Every dollar I raise supports Ovarian Cancer Canada, the only national charity that champions the health and well-being of women with ovarian cancer and others at risk of this disease. Funds will be used to fund vital research, spur advocacy efforts, and provide support so that we can help women with, or at risk of, ovarian cancer live fuller, better, longer lives.
Please give generously. Better yet, this year’s Walk will happen in communities large and small, all across Canada. It is a virtual event and you can join me! Together we can make a difference.
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