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We encourage patients, survivors, health care professionals, supporters and caregivers to share your stories to connect and inspire others in the gynecologic cancer community.

Learning what it means to be a survivor

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Becky Joosten was 35-years old when she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2009. The physical, mental, and emotional hurdles that followed granted her a unique perspective of what it means to be a survivor, and eventual self-affirmation helped her feel deserving of the label. She made a visit to her doctor after she noticed … Read More

Meet the Race Team Colleen’s Army and the Survivor Who Started it All

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

As she approaches her first year participating in the National Race to End Women’s Cancer with “Colleen’s Army,” Colleen Schenk reflects on the diagnosis she received in 2018. After roughly eight weeks of treatment on what she thought was a torn muscle in her abdomen, in addition to experiencing a host of other symptoms, Colleen … Read More

Trina Shpur

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Stay Funny

Monday, October 14, 2019

In July 2017, after suffering constant pain in her spleen and bloating, Trina Shpur made a visit to her general practitioner (GP). He scheduled Trina for an ultrasound, during which the ultrasound technician expressed sudden concern. This prompted Trina to press her GP for clarity as to why she was enduring these symptoms. The doctor … Read More

Joyce Lamson

Listening to one’s body: There are no ‘stupid’ questions

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Joyce Lamson was diagnosed with stage 1 endometrial cancer in September 2017. At the time she was almost 36 years old and had been struggling with infertility since 2004, so when she started passing large blood clots, she knew that she needed additional medical attention. “I’m in a double battle here,” she explained. “Do not … Read More

Giving Hope: Wendy’s Warriors aiming to raise $100K for FWC

Monday, September 16, 2019

When Wendy Ericsson, Host Committee Chair of the National Race to End Women’s Cancer, was diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer in December 2012, her doctor suggested that she look up the Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) for information and support. “I learned about their free survivors courses, and decided to attend the one in … Read More

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