How is it possible that we have so much research and treatments available for breast cancer, but not other forms of cancer that affect women every day? When you think of woman and cancer what comes to mind? checking your breast or getting a pap smear?
Last summer, I picked up a flyer for the Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk & 5K Run at the running store. I thought I was just looking for a 5k to run. I thought I would pay my entry fee and go run it. I stacked it on my desk with a lot of other papers. And then a few days later I read mt good friend Diane's journal entry. I learned how her doctor told her she was in remission, but there was no standard drug treatment to keep her there. I had assumed there would be some kick-ass drug that would cure her and keep her in remission. I was dissapointed and angry. But her happiness and her enthusiasm over the diagronosis was contagious. And I realized that I had a piece of paper on my desk that could help. So I formed Team Diane. and we ran in the rain.
This year I thought I had too much on my plate to run this particular 5k. I did my part last year and thought it was good enough. But once again, Diane's journal told me otherwise. Diane's cancer had moved to her brain and formed a tumor. It was successfully removed and she is recovering well. But it told me that we still don't know enough about GYN cancers to prevent thsi or keep it in remission. And there still isn't that magic kick-ass drug. So I will run again this year, and every year until there is!
Join me in my efforts to support Ovarian Cancer Research as I participate in the Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk & 5K Run. But not just Ovarian cancer...all GYN Cancers. My personal goal is to raise $150 and to run the 5k in less than 35 minutes.
for Diane, and every woman who has ever had pap smear results that showed abnormal cells; for every woman who has had a cervical biopsy (I've had 3); for every woman who has has hysterectomy to rid her of precancerous cells; and every woman who has had an ovarian cyst and wondered if it were more.
Thank you, for your prayers, support, cheers and donations.