Welcome to Parker's Page!!
Last November I became one of approximately 3100 Canadian women who are diagnosed each year with the big C - specifically ovarian cancer.
I had zero idea that the symptoms I had were signs of this cancer - I thought the bloating was eating too much, I thought feeling full was from eating too fast, I thought the changes in bathroom habits was constipation and too much coffee…never for one second did I suspect anything serious.
I had surgery in December to remove a football sized cyst that contained a fist sized cancerous tumour. 30 staples later and weeks of recovery meant I was ready for the next step - chemotherapy.
The treatment (Chemotherapy) is not fun; they pump you full of toxins designed to kill the cancerous cells, but the side effects are hard - I had nausea and joint pain that lasted 5-6 days no matter what medication I tried…and I considered myself lucky!
I was lucky - lucky to have caught this disease at stage 1A which has a five year prognosis of over 90%… but friends, only 15% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer catch the disease at this stage. Most are at stages 3 or 4 and my heart breaks for these women.
I have joined support groups in both Saskatchewan and nationally; I talk and share with these women who are In the middle of a battle FOR THEIR LIVES. They talk of what the disease and the treatments have done to their lives and it makes me sad…and determined.
Let’s raise the teal flag and show our support for the women and families affected by ovarian cancer. Together, our fundraising and participation in the Walk will spur advocacy efforts to provide the best possible care, further scientific progress, and ensure that all those diagnosed know that they are not alone.
That’s why I’m joining the thousands of other participants at the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope. Precious lives depend on it, and the community deserves it.
Every dollar I raise supports Ovarian Cancer Canada, the only national charity dedicated to overcoming this disease.
Every step and every dollar create a brighter future for those affected by ovarian cancer. Please consider donating to my Walk or register to join me!
Thank you for your support. It means the world to me, and everyone affected by this disease.
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