I went in for a hernia operation and that is when they discovered a massive ovarian cyst which turned out to be Stage 4 cancer. After completing my chemotherapy they don't see anymore cancer right now. I hope it stays that way. During my treatment, I received a care bag from the Wisconsin ovarian cancer alliance that brought me a lot of information I was missing. I realized that it is up to us that are dealing with ovarian cancer to spread the word. I gave a temple talk at my church about ovarian cancer and stressed to all the women that they need to be aware because there is no test. My CA125 cancer test was only 35 and yet I was in stage 4. So that isn't even very helpful. I was so happy to know that the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance existed to help me thru this time. I hope I am here for a long time to help others that come along with ovarian cancer.
This last past week I attended the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance conference in Washington DC. I met many survivors, family members and many just trying to learn more about ovarian cancer. My family was touched by this cancer when my younger sister, Joan Sagan was diagnosed with stage 3C back in 1999 and lost her battle in May of 2004. My sister was a oncology nurse who worked to bring the Race for the Cure to Milwaukee in 1998 when Oprah came and ran with us. There were some 3,000 people who came that day to show their support for the survivors and to help raise awareness.In 1999 when getting ready for the second run Joanie was having problems with hers legs. She was treated for blood clots and sent home about a week later. At home trying to make herself comfortable she felt something that was actually a tumor sitting on the main artery of her left leg where the blood clots where found. She knew where this was going. Later she was told she had ovarian cancer. Last year the Race for the Cure had some 9,000 to 10,000 people. My point is that we have a run here in the Milwaukee area to bring awareness to ovarian cancer and last year we had a little over 800 runners and walkers. Can you see where I'm going with this?? How can we grow this run/walk to bring awareness for ovarian cancer to what the Race for the Cure is like. This year our run/walk is on Sept 12th which is Ovarian Cancer Awarness Month. This run/walk is in memory of Nancy Niece but I believe it is for all these women who are battling or have battled this cancer. Why not come and join us to bring awareness to this cancer that has NO test. So until there a test, awareness and education is the best thing we can do for women and their families. To find out more about the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance and the run/walk visit our web site at www.wisconsinovariancancer.com.