That is why we need to be ovarian cancer advocates to talk about this with other women and empower women to be their own self-advocate if those subtle symptoms start to creep up. Because it can happen to any woman. Cancer history or no cancer history.
Self-advocacy does not mean that you have to climb up on a soapbox or sign up to give presentations in your local service club circuit. In the personal context, it means that you arm yourself with information to feel comfortable about being proactive and communicating clearly about your health concerns. It ultimately means that you are taking responsibility and assuming some control of your life when you have that nagging question in your head about "is there something wrong with me?"
We are all ovarian cancer advocates – families, friends, nurses, doctors and caregivers. No one should be shy about being concerned about their health.
I have run across many great organizations that are great about spreading awareness of Ovarian Cancer:
- Teal Toes http://www.tealtoes.org/
- Ovations for the Cure http://www.ovationsforthecure.org/
- Teal Diva www.tealdiva.org
- Norma Leah Foundation www.normaleahfoundation.org
- Ovar'coming Together http://www.ovariancancerin.org/
Please add your voice to the mix!