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My journey in surviving ovarian cancer has been a difficult one, and also rewarding. I have met many wonderful people, learned a lot about myself, and have a deeper appreciation for life. Follow me on Twitter @KarenIngalls1, www.facebook.com/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir, and you can find my book at: http://www.outshineovariancancer.com. Proceeds will be donated to funding ovarian cancer research. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2013.

Friday, September 26, 2014

RESEARCH: COURAGE: HOPE


"WHEN ONE DOOR OF HAPPINESS CLOSES, ANOTHER OPENS; BUT OFTEN WE LOOK SO LONG AT THE CLOSED DOOR THAT WE DO NOT SEE THE ONE WHICH HAS BEEN OPENED FOR US." (Helen Keller)


RESEARCH:

     Dr. Robert Coleman states: "The coming revolution in ovarian cancer care is based on a new understanding of the 'heterogeneity' of ovarian cancer...There are more than 30 different subtypes....When we understand the molecular drivers of these cancers, we can select targeted therapies aimed at these cancers." (Cure Magazine, Sept. 2014)

    There are many treatments, tests, drugs being tested, but it is beyond the scope of this blog to present them. From the American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-new-research; the Cancer Research Institute link is http://www.cancerresearch.org/cancer-immunotherapy/impacting-all-cancers/ovarian-cancerhttp://www.ocrf.orghttp://ovariancancer.jhmi.eduhttp://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/care-at-mayo-clinic/research/con-20028096; and https://www.floridahospitalcancer.com/cancer-programs/gynecology-cancer/conditions/ovarian-cancer.

         I know that every penny we give towards research is a penny very well spent. 





     Regarding the recommendation from the American College of Physicians (internists) that healthy women of childbearing years do not need an annual pelvic exam: This recommendation is for healthy women of childbearing years. I don't agree with it at all, because our gynecologists are primary caregivers for most women, and most of us are diagnosed by our gyns. This recommendation also came from the American College of Physicians (internists), NOT the American Congress of Gynecologists. 



COURAGE:

Some women choose to get hysterectomies to prevent ovarian cancer even if it might mean giving up the possibility of having children. Their courage is remarkable.


 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2710121/Cruellest-dilemma-woman-face-  Would-YOU-chance-motherhood-cut-risk-cancer-Lorna-did-one-growing-number-opting-ovaries-removed.html

                  Lorna, age 40, has the BRCA1 gene. She lost her both her mother and sister to
                      ovarian cancer. She had both ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in 2012.




  • Matty Turner, 28, lost his wife, Natalie, six years after her diagnosis; Daniel McCarty's wife died 3 years after her diagnosis at the age of 38; and Paul Barton's wife, Jennifer, died at the age of 28. These three men started the White Shirt Campaign in Australia raising money for research and increased awareness.






    n July, 25-year-old Kristina Anderson was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer and began chemotherapy treatments just three days later.
    Anderson said preparing for the pageant has been an escape for her.
    “Miss Arizona USA pageant is a little different than the county fair pageants I’m used to,” Anderson said.
    Though Anderson still has a long way to go, she hopes her journey to Miss Arizona will help inspire others to keep fighting too.
    “Just be positive and be grateful for what you have,” Anderson said.
    HOPE:

         Don't lose hope. When the sun goes down, the stars come out.. (Unknown)

         Hope is living with courage and confidence, not fear. (Penny Boldrey)

         Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadows. (Helen Keller)




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