Sisterhood of Survivorship

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Stories that Inspire - Stories about living with gynecologic cancer.

Dena

Dena Whatley

Dena’s Story. Do you get that summertime itch? Can’t wait for sun, sand and swimming? Summer has always been one of my favorite times of the year, but sadly, not so much anymore. As a five year survivor of vulvar cancer, summer has a whole different meaning to me now. Summertime now means sweating, itching and one miserable outbreak after another. Read more.
Stephanie Parker

Stephanie Parker

Tips from a Caregiver. Award-winning journalist Stephanie Parker generously created and shared these videos with us as a way to help promote the Foundation’s National Race to End Women’s Cancer, which she also participated in to honor her mother. Her team was Bea’s Bumble Beez, and they raised $2,279 for the Race.Watch her videos for some inspiration and wonderful tips for caregivers. Follow her on Twitter @GBStephparker.Stephanie Parker’s tips for Cancer Caregivers: Episode IStephanie Parker’s tips for Cancer Caregivers: Episode 2
Nancye Jefferson

Nancye Jefferson

What Color is My Cancer. Most cancers have their unique names and a ribbon color assigned to them, but I understand that my cancer was rare and has not been given its own color.  Since teal is associated with ovarian and cervical cancers and I was diagnosed with vaginal cancer, I “adopted” the color of teal. Read more.
Tranette Ledford

Tranette Ledford

C-ing it Through. I make my living with words. As a journalist and writer, I believe words have a density we don’t yet know how to measure. Most of us get this at some level. Retail has it down to a science. I mean, would you rather buy a nightgown or an “irresistibly romantic sweep of sheer ivory tulle”? The point is words have weight. And among the heaviest is cancer. In February, 2012, that word was fired at me like a bullet when my gynecologist flatly said, “You have cancer.” Read more.
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Helen Palmquist

My mission is to give hope. My mission is to give hope.  I was diagnosed Stage IIIc epithelial serous ovarian cancer in May 1987 when I was 41 years old.  Our boys were 9 and 14.  They are now 35 and 41. I was 68 on July 4th.  I had two big surgeries and 2 1/2 years of chemotherapy, including a year of treatment for a recurrence in 1993. Everything I went through was worth it because I am well.  Read more.
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Paige Donnelly

Pay It Forward. I made a pact with God (and I’m not even religious).  If I were to somehow survive this cancer, I would pay it forward.  I would take time to help others, mentor, speak, fundraise and do whatever I could to give other women with cancer hope.  The same hope that I so desperately wanted, but didn’t seem to have.  So here I am, sharing my story with you. Read more.

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Andrea Annese Como

How I got my nickname, Lucky.  My name is Andrea Annese Como and this is my experience as an ovarian cancer survivor. Here’s a little background: I spent a long time taking infertility drugs and was never able to conceive a child. I would soon learn that this increases the risks of ovarian cancer. In July of 2006, I was turning 40 and decided to challenge myself. Exercise and healthy eating had always been an important part of my life and so I decided to begin sprint training. Soon after, I started to notice a few symptoms that were unusual for me. This is when the first whispers  began. Frequent urination when exercising… fatigue…spotting between periods… mild pain on my left side…. Read more.

 

 

 


 

 

Do you have a story to share? Email survivorship@foundationforwomenscancer.org.

Spotlight

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

Vaccine efficacy against vulvar infection with HPV 16/18 was comparable to the efficacy found against cervical infection 4 years after vaccination, according to researchers with the National Cancer Institute.

Research

The Foundation has published its 2014-2015 Research Grants and Awards Booklet with Applications. Please consider applying to become part of an elite group of physician-scientists committed to the well-being of women at risk for/affected by gyn malignancies.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Boston. For more information on courses, click here.