“Dee, you have stage 3 ovarian cancer. We will do everything we can to make you well”.
Those are the words I heard ten years ago on July 29, 2005 when I woke up from surgery. A lot has happened since that day. I took part in a clinical trial and had 9 cycles of chemotherapy. I went into remission and I saw my son graduate college and my daughter earn her masters degree. Then I saw her marry. I recurred in 2008 and had another surgery and six more cycles of chemotherapy. I went back into remission. I held a new grandson in my arms in 2011 and again in 2013. And we were all together this spring as my son married. I was able to see all those things because of my “life-savers”, my gynecologic oncologists, Darlene Gibbon and Lorna Rodriguez.
As my way to celebrate ten years of survivorship and to support further research into finding a cure for ovarian cancer , I have started a Personal Campaign to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Support Fund at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. My fundraising Goal is $3,000 to help in the fight against ovarian cancer! The Campaign will run until September 30,2015 ( September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.)
The New Jersey cancer incidence rate ranks among the worst in the nation. In 2015 alone, it is estimated that 51,410 New Jerseyans will receive a diagnosis of cancer. Almost 700 of them will be women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in NJ. As New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Cancer Institute is the state’s authority on cancer – delivering the most advanced cancer care and pioneering cancer research to improve cancer detection, treatment and prevention options. Thank you so much in advance for your support. You donation will help women diagnosed with the disease.