"Some changes to your normal during any treatment can be a GOOD thing, and it tells them they’re on the right track. Some changes lead to seriously bad things, and that one little change is the only way they can catch it. I was just a LITTLE dizzy-I wasn’t going to say anything. I have no idea if I’d be dead by now if I hadn’t complained and gotten an MRI, and rushed treatment. "
Listen to the first episode of the “Lady Ballers” Podcast - hosted by me (Nora McMahon) and Samantha Ainuddin. We kick off ovarian cancer awareness month by discussing our ovarian cancer diagnoses, Sam’s genetic mutation, and a fantastic discussion with Sandy Rollman CEO, Robin Cohen. We hope you enjoy it!
“Supporting someone you love through cancer treatment really doesn’t take a lot of effort. By simply being a shoulder to cry on, a heart to listen, and hands willing to help, you are making a real difference in the life of your loved one. Even something as simple as letting them know you’re there can help them stay strong. So show your support in whatever capacity works for you. Just be there."
"In the afterglow of my celebration, I suddenly felt guilty again. Whether it was for wanting to cut my hair while so many are just happy to have ANY; for being cancer-free while so many of my survivor sisters still struggle; or for my own mother and boyfriend who had to put their lives on hold to take care of me during cancer, the guilt lingers long after treatment ends."
"November is commonly known as No Shave November, a month for men to grow their beards freely. What's less well-known, but infinitely more important, is the why. It was originally designed as a month to spread awareness about men's cancers and health. The creators? A family who lost a father and a husband to colon cancer.
Unfortunately, on social media, it's become an excuse for men to skip shaving their beards and to instead post vain pictures for a month. We must do better, and in fact I have a few ideas on how to get the ball rolling. But this letter isn't about me. It's about you.
You are part of the problem."