Sisterhood of Survivorship

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is here to support you through educational programs such as our free courses.  We also have developed a list of support groups and retreats that will help you connect with other women who live nearby. Soon we will be adding blogs to this page to create a dialog of support and information.

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For long-term survivors of ovarian cancer:


The Foundation has partnered with the Consortium for Long-Term Survival, led by the Mass General Cancer Center, funded by the Department of Defense. This research group is seeking long-term survivors of ovarian cancer. If you are an eight year or more stage III or stage IV ovarian cancer survivor, your participation can help to improve the treatment, survival and survivorship of all women.


Stories that Inspire - Stories about living with gynecologic cancer.

Kathleen Costa

Kathleen Costa

Kathleen’s Story. This is my first time writing a post like this, ever. I am 49 years old and “cancer free.” I felt the need to share my story because if I was not proactive, and did not listen to all the signs and symptoms my body was telling me, my story would have a very different ending. Read more.
Matthew Rodjom

Matthew Rodjom

Run With Me. There are certain days and timeframes that stand out in my memory, some happy and some not so happy. I remember the months when I was losing my vision, but before I knew why, as if it were yesterday. I remember the night I met my wife and when we got engaged. I remember when I lost loved ones. Each of these memories I learn and grow from. Read more.
megan and mom

Megan Neforos and Joanne Ibbotson

Megan’s Story. Three weeks before my mother died from Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma, I asked her to grant me the experience of picking out my wedding gown. I was single, 26, and on the verge of losing my best friend in the entire world. In the midst of such sadness, I knew I needed to experience the greatest girl’s day out with my mother. Read more.
Tranette Ledford

Tranette Ledford

The New Radium Girls. One of the successful treatment tools for some gynecologic cancers is radiation. But as cervical cancer survivor Tranette Ledford reports in this new Sisterhood of Survivorship post, the side effects can cause their own symptoms and suffering. Read more.
Camille Grammer

Camille Grammer

Camille the Crusader. I am the third generation of women in my family to be struck with a below the belt cancer. My grandmother had endometrial cancer; my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 47 and continues to fight her battle today; and I am a one-year survivor of endometrial cancer. Read more.
Jody Feipel

Jody Feipel

Jody Feipel Story. I am absolutely blessed with the most amazing friends and family a young woman could ask for. They have been there for me through the best and worst days of my life. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without their help, criticism (sometimes) and love. I am 23 years old and I AM CANCER FREE! Read more.

Dena Whatley

Dena’s Story.In the midst of this long cold winter, are you dreaming of summer? 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 six-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.

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.

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.

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.


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Couldn’t make it to the National Race to End Women’s Cancer? You can still support women with gynecologic cancers by making a contribution today.


September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. #GCAM


The FWC is proud to offer various Research Grants and Awards. Click here for more information.


FREE Gynecologic Cancer Education Courses throughout the country. For more information, click here.