Mary Jo's Dragonflies
Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation provides funding for research, support for survivors, and remembrance for those we have lost. It is an organization with important goals that keeps striving for better. As someone that works in the cancer research industry, I can tell you that science is not cheap (actually anyone could tell you that). Funding is a crucial part of finding new treatments, more effective diagnostic tools, and generally a better understanding of the driving factors of cancer. Support for survivors not only includes logistical help with treatments and clinical trials, but also emotional support. Caregivers, family, and friends are an integral part of the survivor’s support system, but meeting with other survivors can be equally beneficial in the battle against cancer. While I don’t think my mother had any interaction with Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, I know that she found such services to be important. It wasn’t until after my mother passed away in 2010 that we first “met” the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
In looking for a way to remember my mother while also making a stand against ovarian cancer, I found myself attending the Sandy Sprint. In brief, it was emotional. The event epitomizes the love, empathy, and support of a community hug. On a grand scale, there are survivors and caregivers with stories that you can relate to. On a personal scale, my friends and family members stand beside me physically and emotionally every year I participate (this will be my 9th). I still have trouble expressing my feelings about my mother’s battle with ovarian cancer, but I can say thank you. Thanks for always being there for me in everything that I do, especially by donating and participating in the Sandy Sprint.
My mother, Mary Jo, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December of 2005. She had some of the classic symptoms now associated with the disease for weeks prior to finding the time to get medical attention. As we now know, the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer should not be ignored. These symptoms include: abdominal bloating, indigestion or nausea, changes in appetite, pressure in the pelvis or lower back, more frequent or urgent need to urinate and/or constipation, changes in bowel movements, increased abdominal girth, and tiredness or low energy. Knowing your body and the changes that occur can help to diagnosis diseases like ovarian cancer earlier. Diagnosing cancer in the first stages significantly improves the survival. Therefore, early detection is a hallmark in the plan to end cancer deaths. This is why I walk at the Sandy Sprint, to raise funds and ovarian cancer awareness.
Please consider joining the team, donating, or volunteering. Any support you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thank you!