Sunday, September 20, 2015

At the risk of sounding petulant, I have to get something off my chest.
Anyone who has been on my timeline or my blog knows that I have been dealing with ovarian cancer for a little over four years. I have been trying to increase awareness of this disease, which is the most lethal of all gynecologic cancers, but gets little public attention. (I don't even want to get into the disparity of funding for research.)
Imagine my frustration when I opened the Sunday News of Lancaster Newspapers and saw an ad on page A12 for "Pink Messages" for next month, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
I thought about what something like that would do for women struggling with this disease. Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the "Silent Killer" because its symptoms do not often become apparent until the disease is at an advanced stage. In my opinion, it's also a silent killer because it gets such little notice.
It's time for women with ovarian cancer to feel that same public support that those with breast cancer have had for so many years.




7 comments:

  1. I just wanted to say hello. I haven't commented in a while, but wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts. :)

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    1. Thank you sirI. I really appreciated your thread about ovarian cancer! That was very kind of you.

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  2. The "forgotten twins" in the words of one of my gyn onc colleagues.

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  3. Exactly. On "Good Morning America" today there was a fairly long segment on break cancer. (Some celebrity I've never heard of is recovering from it.) A few days earlier, they were outside, and there was a group of women holding up a banner about ovarian cancer. George Stephanopolous mentioned that it was Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. I think he spoke for about 5 seconds before Robin Roberts interrupted him and changed the subject. Shameful.

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  4. Just found your blog my dear! Thank you for this!

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    2. You're quite welcome. I'm glad you found the blog...please feel free to comment if you wish.

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