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Surviving and Giving Back

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A routine Pap exam in 2004 was the beginning of a fifteen-year cancer journey for Linda Ryan, cervical cancer survivor. At age 36, Linda was initially diagnosed with stage 0 adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS), a condition where abnormal cells are found in the glandular tissue that line certain internal organs, such as—and most commonly—the cervix. The … Read More

2018 Triathlon Relay Raised $10,650

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Jeanne Lappin, Associate Program Manager at United States Pharmacopeia (USP), and her colleagues formed two teams for the 2018 Waterman’s Half Iron Triathlon Relay on Sept. 29 in Rock Hall, MD and raised $10,650 to benefit the FWC. “My sister suffers from a very rare women’s cancer and my sister-in-law died of ovarian cancer a … Read More

Listen to That Voice

Saturday, December 1, 2018

As a part of Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM) 2018, we encouraged survivors, patients, advocates, family members, partners and friends to share what they want the public to know about gynecologic cancers using #IWishIKnew. Dionne Shepperson wrote, “I wish I knew they weren’t just heavy periods—my menstrual bleeding was severe. I had fibroids and was … Read More

Superhero from Home

Saturday, December 1, 2018

2018 is Heather Mellion-Brophy’s fifth year participating in the National Race to End Women’s Cancer as captain of team Caring For Your Girly Bits. After being diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer on Oct. 23, 2013, at age 36, and having a radical hysterectomy in early 2014, Heather felt a strong obligation to spread awareness about … Read More

Heroine with Humor

Saturday, December 1, 2018

After being diagnosed with Stage IIIA Micropapillary Serous Carcinoma at age 29, Amy Murrah developed a passion for changing the image of ovarian cancer being an “older women’s disease” and impacting the lives of women with ovarian cancer. Amy was in and out of doctor’s offices for 13 years—starting at age 16. She was misdiagnosed … Read More