I’m a GYN Nurse Practitioner. I had ovarian cancer. I missed the signs.

I’m a GYN Nurse Practitioner. I had ovarian cancer. I missed the signs.

The teal ribbon signifies your support for ovarian cancer research

The teal ribbon signifies your support for ovarian cancer research

I have worked in OB/GYN for many years. I had experience with patients who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and knew the symptoms well.

However, the signs and symptoms are very vague, easy to ignore, and likely to be mistaken for other less serious illnesses. I missed them. And I, like most women with ovarian cancer, was diagnosed at an advanced stage.

Were you aware that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month? Join me for a 5K Run/3K Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Location: Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis

Register at www.nocc.kintera.org/mdcentral

The Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer is the sponsored by the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC). Organized by local Chapter volunteers, this event celebrates our survivors, remembers those we’ve lost to ovarian cancer and increases awareness about ovarian cancer.

Registration fees include a t-shirt and access to all activities on the day of the event. Pledges and donations are welcome, but not required.

For more information on NOCC and ovarian cancer visit their website at www.ovarian.org or contact a very grateful survivor and AAMC colleague, Nancy Long.

-Nancy Long, RN, CRNP

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