Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer


E-eating less but feeling full fast

A-abdominal/pelvic pain

T-trouble with urination(frequency or urgency)

A PAP test does not detect ovarian cancer.

If these symptoms persist more that 2 weeks and are getting worse not better see your gynocologist and request additional tests such as a CA-125 and/or Transvaginal Ultrasound

Saturday, September 25, 2010

As September Comes to a Close...

September is quickly coming to a close and although I have not been able to do all of the awareness activities I wanted to do I feel I remember that everyday brings another opportunity to educate friends and family about the importance of knowing the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. Please remember that your yearly PAP test does NOT detect ovarian cancer. This test is only good for detecting cervical and uterine cancer. If you are having any strange and persistent symptoms that last more than 2 weeks and get worse over those 3 weeks please tell your doctor and request more tests like a CA-125 or an ultrasound.
As I am learning to deal with life after cancer I try to remind myself to live in every moment. Even when times are stressful and I find myself about to throw a pity party, I can always say "Karen, you are still alive to experience all this life has to give you." I remember how faithful God has been throughout my journey and that He has a plan for my life. He has a plan for YOUR life too. When life feels stressful always remember God's promises and that the most important thing you can do is to take care of the life God has given you.
Take care my friends!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wow...what a Wednesday

Thanks for all of the positive feedback I have gotten about my idea to start a blog. This week has flown by and I have meant to write another post but I just got so busy doing life. Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has just launched a publication online called the Teal Journal. If you click on the link you can go and read about new research, stories about advocacy opportunities, articles from doctors in the field, and other exciting things.I may even have an article in the journal every now and then. As ovarian cancer awarness month comes to a close those of us who have been affected by this disease will continue to spread awareness every month until we find a cure. Hope you all are having a good week. Blog again soon :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Welcome to my Life After Cancer Blog

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and I am working on setting up a local non-profit to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. I am hoping to be able to speak to women's groups on the Central Coast and educate women about how to listen to their body. Let me know if you are interested in having me present a small awareness talk for your group. I will be posting here about my advocacy and awareness presentations and how you can help empower your friends and family in their own healthcare. Come back and check for updates on my health, advocacy opportunities, what I am learning about having a non-profit, and all things pertaining to life in remission! God is good and in the business of surprise endings. He will sustain me through whatever life throws at me.
Take care,