Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Nine Girls Ask

I love it when I run across ovarian cancer survivor stories (thanks to the OCNA for sharing those stories) and the great efforts they take to not only conquer the cancer but also create awareness about the disease, the symptoms and most importantly taking charge of your own health and empowering yourself to keep asking questions.

The survivors name is Joan Wyllie and the story behind her organization, Nine Girls Ask, is one that we have all heard in one way shape form, etc. After becoming very ill (with symptoms now widely known), Joan, over a period of SIX months, sought the advice of NINE physicians ranging in specialties from gynecology, urology, gastrointestinal and even a psychologist.

The last doctor handed her a prescription for a drug that would “tell my head to tell my stomach to stop hurting." After that she made the decision to become her own advocate and insisted on laparoscopic surgery. On February 29, 2008, she was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer Stage 4.

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