My Mission is to Give Hope

palmquistv2My 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.

Today they have many more chemotherapy drugs. They now have drugs that help cut off the blood supply to the tumor. They have much better drugs for side effects.  They have perfected the CA125 test and CT scans so that they can show much smaller tumors.  Women have a better quality of life while going through treatment.

You just have to take it a day at a time, counting down with each treatment.  You need to keep busy to help take your mind off of what you are going through.  I try to set a good example for others to follow.

- Helen Palmquist

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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.