The story behind Running for Life....
In January of 2005 I lost my mother, Nancy, to ovarian cancer after a 14 month battle. During those 14 months I learned a lot about this silent killer. Like so many others, including my mom, I was unaware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. I am very passionate about sharing the symptoms with ladies (and men) young and old.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
-Pelvic or abdominal pain
-Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
-Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
Other symptoms can include:
-Upset stomach or heartburn
-Pain during sex
-Constipation or menstrual changes
I feel it is very important for women and men to be aware of these symptoms. If you have these symptoms and they persist for over two weeks you should see your medical care professional.
There are many startling facts about ovarian cancer, but these are some that have moved me to take action:
- Over 21,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, and more than 15,000 will die of the disease.
- There is NO early detection test for ovarian cancer!
- Ovarian cancer is 90% treatable if caught in its earliest stages; however, less than 20% of women are diagnosed during these stages. Unfortunately, survival rates drop significantly for later-stage diagnosis. Early diagnosis is imperative!
I invite you to come out for a morning run / walk on the outskirts of Morris, IL. If you decide to participate I want you to know the funds we raise will be used to increase awareness of ovarian cancer, especially the symptoms, and support families battling this silent killer. I need your help to save the lives of mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, nieces and friends. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, August 27th at Ritchie Brothers in Morris, IL for the sixth Running for Life Ovarian Caner Awareness event.