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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 Writers International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


A survivor is someone who goes on just living, but goes one step beyond by surviving. Someone who is thriving gives back to all those who helped her/him to survive. They give so much of themselves and I do not have the space or knowledge to be able to recognize each survivor and thriver. I do congratulate and thank you.

Here is a list of some Facebook Survivor sites that might be of interest to you or someone you know:

  • Ovarian Cancer Women
  • Sisterhood of Ovarian Cancer Survivors
  • Teals of Steel
  • Seana's Teal Fight Like A Girl
  • Women of Teal
  • Ovarian Cancer Survivors
  • K.O. Ovarian Cancer
  • Ovacome USA
  • Ovarian Cancer Together
  • Teals the Deal
  • Cure Ovarian Cancer
  • Inspire
These sites are for information, inspiration, and support.

I am recognizing only three women OUT OF MANY who have done and continue to do amazing things to bring awareness, support, and fund raising.

Let's start by celebrating the lives of some from around the country, who have been affected by ovarian cancer:

       My thanks to Sheila Yvette Cushman for putting this video together.
She works tirelessly to inform and educate women. She is always there for women looking for support. Her photo is in teal to celebrate Ovarian Cancer Month.

A long time survivor, friend and role model to many, and a leader in advocating for ovarian cancer did this interview in 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMXJRcy4BWc  Thank you, Bonnie Donihi for all that you do.

met Kim Swearengin through a site on Facebook dedicated to providing support and information to those of us with ovarian cancer. She works tirelessly raising awareness and money for research and she always has a big smile on her face. 


Each of these ladies volunteer their time to promote awareness, raise money for research, and be available for support and encouragement. They are just three out of thousands. 

Here are only some OF THE MANY ovarian cancer organizations.

  • Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
  • National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
  • Women & Girls' Gynecologic Cancer Alliance
  • Foundation for Women's Cancer
  • Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance
  • Ovarian Cancer Institute
  • St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness
  • Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation
  • Ovarian Cancer Alliance of San Diego
The list goes on...please Google for an organization in your area. Volunteer your time, your talent, and your energy. 

I wish I could give recognition to every woman, man, and organization who have been providing information, support, funding, and education. THANK YOU...you know who you are.


  1. Awesome information. Bravo to the fighters and advocates mentioned...I personally know two out of three and they are AMAZING TEAL WARRIORS!!!
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. I wish I could have named every one who does so much for our cause and are examples of thrivers and survivors.

  2. Congratulations to these fine women . I know two of them and they do work tirelessly just like you do too Karen. I'm so proud to see so much Teal this year just in the 4 years since my diagnosis I see how far we have come. Keep up the good work girls I too work as an advocate for OC. High five Girls, Much Love, Kathy Dukes~ Dxd 06-12-12

    1. Kathy, congratulations on how well you are doing, and "thank you" for all that you do. We each need to be heard and eventually the information and improved treatments will be forthcoming.