A Heart to Heart Community for Ovarian Cancer Survivors

October 17, 2015 11:00 am

The following article is provided by The Clearity Foundation to support women with ovarian cancer and their families. Learn more about The Clearity Foundation and the services we provide directly to women as they make treatment decisions and navigate emotional impacts of their diagnosis.

Welcome to my Heart to Heart blog designed in the Clearity Portal to provide ovarian cancer survivors with a “cozy space” where we know we will be welcomed and supported.

I’ve been an ovarian cancer survivor for 7 years. I’ve attended many meetings, but this past summer, I attended my first National Ovarian Cancer Alliance Conference NOCA with approximately 400 other survivors!

Throughout the last seven years I’ve been to many gatherings, but often I felt like the “outsider” or “interloper.” But from the first time I walked into that NOCA convention room, I felt a sense of “coming home.” We were all survivors there, we were passionately interested in the disease(s), and we were dedicated to helping each other. For the first time in 7 years, despite the tremendous support I received from personal friends, (one even offered to shave her head to support me), I felt my stomach quit fluttering and a deep sense of respect surfaced in recognition of all the pain we, and our families, have suffered. For several seconds, I was overwhelmed, but proud as well: proud to be amongst so many other women who had faced this enemy cancer and kept their spirits alive!

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