Dee is one of the ovarian cancer survivors we worked with in 2013.
My aunt was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2004. We didn’t know what it was. Unfortunately, she passed away. Six years later, I started having a lot of abdominal pain, I was always nauseated–I didn’t know what was going on. I kept going to the doctor but they didn’t find anything. After a few weeks, I went back to the doctor and told them about the family history and asked if they can run a test. That test showed that I had a fibroid tumor in my ovary.
I had surgery in September of 2010. I’ve been on medication to control the ovarian cancer for the past three years. This April I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I’ve had a lumpectomy and am scheduled for reconstructive surgery in January.
Since my diagnosis with ovarian cancer, I’ve been doing a lot of things in the community to raise awareness. I’m very active in the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives® program. I just love spreading the word about ovarian cancer and telling my story.
If we as survivors don’t tell the story, how will we get the story out? Each year the Alliance helps educate thousands of future health professionals to recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer through programs like Survivors Teaching Students®. Your donation to the Alliance is vital to keeping programs like Survivors Teaching Students® going. I hope you will support this work by clicking here to make a donation.
I am always wearing teal. To me, teal is getting out our story. It’s telling what’s real. Teal is personal to me because my aunt didn’t survive. Your donation will make a difference for families like mine.
P.S. Your donation to the Alliance will help survivors like me tell our stories–and those of the mothers, aunts, sisters and daughters who did not survive. Together we can change the course of this disease and make sure women are diagnosed before it is too late. Please consider a gift to support this organization today.