|Four ovarian cancer survivors|
NOT ON MY WATCH, THE CALL-TO-ACTION
In continuing to give information about maintenance drugs and those of us facing recurrent ovarian cancer, I am introducing a special new movement called Not On My Watch.Visit NotonMyWatch.com to view the PSA. Every share of the PSA will trigger a donation of $5 towards patient education and support programs. Follow the movement on Facebook, Twitter (@TwitterHandle), and Instagram (@InstaHandle and share the PSA from those channels as well.
This is a new movement developed to inspire and inform women who have ovarian cancer at any stage. The four women presented are of various ages, stages of ovarian cancer, history of various treatments and/or surgeries, and diagnosed at different ages.
I was honored to be asked to be a part of the creation of this remarkable movement.
"Disclosure: TESARO paid for my travel expenses to participate in the Not on My Watch PSA. All comments made by me about the campaign or PSA, TESARO, and/or the Not on My Watch program are at my own discretion and based on my own opinion."
As a note, PSA stands for Public Service Announcement.
To give you a little background about me and my journey with ovarian cancer. I am a retired RN who had received no education about any gynecologic cancer in my training. In my 35 years of nursing, I had one patient who was in hospice for ovarian cancer. As her hospice nurse, my intention was to help her make a painless and peaceful transition during the few days she was my patient. Therefore, I did not do any research on her cancer.
In 2008, at the age of 67 years, I started having bloating in my abdomen, which I quickly attributed to my age and being post-menopausal. Unfortunately, I had a malignant tumor that was the size of a honeydew melon on my left ovary. I had a hysterectomy and six rounds of chemotherapy.
Six years later in 2014, the cancer returned which required more chemotherapy shrinking the tumor to the point that the PET scan showed "No Evidence of Disease." But cancer was not done with me. In 2016, a malignant tumor was found and I was treated with chemotherapy again until the tumor shrunk enough to surgically remove it.
In June of 2017, I started maintenance therapy with a PARP inhibitor which I have tolerated quite well. As of this writing I am glad to say I am NED (No Evidence of Disease).
By reading my biography, I am sure you will understand why I am so supportive of the endeavors of TESARO by presenting the Not on My Watch movement.
It is my hope that the information provided through the various links will be helpful. Please help spread the word about ovarian cancer and promote Not on My Watch by sharing this blog with other survivors.