This is not my usual blog post, but I will be talking about a topic that is very important to me and should be for every woman. The month of September is an important one for me as an Ovarian Cancer Survivor. It’s an opportunity for me to bring awareness to a cancer that is known as the cancer that whispers because the symptoms are often misdiagnosed as other illnesses. Therefore, so many women are diagnosed in late stage III or IV. I was diagnosed stage IIIB and the day I went to the emergency room with pelvic pain, I thought and so did the doctors initially that I had appendicitis. Not until they did a ct scan did they discover the large mass in my right pelvic area and the cancer had spread throughout my abdominal cavity. After 15 months of chemotherapy, I will celebrate 2 years of remission this December. So grateful to God for this miracle!
Had I listened to my body in the previous months to the symptoms I was having and had I known what Ovarian Cancer symptoms are, I would of gone to my doctor much earlier and asked for a transvaginal ultrasound and a ca-125 blood test. Those 2 things could of found my cancer much earlier. This graphic is an easy way to view the symptoms and myths of Ovarian Cancer.
One myth that I hear often from women is that they get an annual PAP test and it’s always negative. Well, that’s great, if you’re testing for Cervical Cancer, but a PAP test does NOT detect Ovarian Cancer.
The symptoms may sound typical for other illnesses, but it’s important that you know your body and the changes that happen. If these symptoms continue for more than 2 weeks with no relief, you should see your doctor, preferably a gynecologist, and request a transvaginal ultrasound.
So how can you show support for Ovarian Cancer? Well, teal is the color representing this cancer and wearing teal, especially on Tuesdays, can show support and awareness. Know the symptoms and talk to the women in your life about them, make sure they know. You can also go to the National Ovarian Cancer Organization for donations and more information. www.ovarian.org
Another way I display teal is on my front door. This wreath has a teal scarf I wore during treatment. This year I will do a similar version of this wreath. You will also notice the teal butterfly on my banner and logo. Small things, but all ways to start a conversation.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and learn about Ovarian Cancer.