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 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.
The Walk celebrates the hope we carry with us every day – the hope for a future without this disease.
Every dollar our team raises 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.