Sunday, September 16, 2007

Whisper Walk for Ovarian Cancer

It turns out there is a walk for Ovarian Cancer in the Kansas City area. It is called the Whisper Walk for Ovarian Cancer and it will be held September 23, 2007 at Zona Rosa shopping center. To sign up, visit

For those who don't know, Ovarian Cancer is known as the disease that whispers because the symptoms can be misconstrued and the disease itself is hard to diagnose. Most people hear "Ovarian Cancer" and think death because it is typical that it is not diagnosed until the latter stages when there is a smaller survival rate.

However, there are some pretty consistent symptoms that, when experienced, should be investigated.

These include:
* Bloating
* Pelvic or abdominal pain
* Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
* Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

I've found that the most important advocate for your health is yourself, so if you are concerned about Ovarian Cancer, press for more testing until you are satisfied. In my case I had a bulging abdomen, (what I interpreted as) back pain, and extreme fatigue but I dismissed them as symptoms of pregnancy so I wasn't questioning anything. Bottom line: report any symptoms (whether they whisper or yell) to your doctor. If you think something is wrong, keep checking. You are your number one advocate!


Anonymous said...

Don't ignore this and think it's going to happen to someone else "YOU COULD BE NEXT" and I wish my wife wasn't!!!

Anonymous said...

Hang in there, anonymous, and don't be afraid to ask for help. Your wife can't beat it without you. Good luck, Hillary and I will help you in any way that we can.

dan (Hillary's fiancée)

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