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Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in 1 of 72 women; 14,000 will die. Please know the symptoms and risk factors: read Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. Books at www.amazon.com. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writer's International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council for Tesaro, Inc. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Support Groups

Yesterday four of us who are ovarian cancer survivors gathered for support, laughter, food, and fellowship. The name of our group is Bodacious Ovarian Diva Survivors (B.O.D.S.) whose "membership" changes when we gather every two months. Since our last time together in September, four  women had passed on. We talked about their bravery, journey, and impact on each of us. We know that the rate of recurrence is 85%, which is a pretty staggering figure. The main reason for recurrence is because the diagnosis is usually so late, Stages III or IV.

Know the symptoms: bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, urinary frequency, fatigue, painful intercourse, appetite changes. They are vague, but PERSISTENCE of the symptoms is the key. Please see an gyncology-oncologist if you do have the persistence of any of these symptoms.


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