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Unread 09-30-2001, 05:50 PM
Whisper Walk in Phila.

Hi all!!!! I did the Whisper Walk today in Phila. I was fortunate to be
surrounded by so many family members and friends. But I just wanted to
say that my ovca sisters from this site were certainly with me in spirit. At the
end of the walk they had a short program where three different people
spoke. It seemed they had kinda sad tales to tell. It made my husband quite
sad. Perhaps next year I'll volunteer to tell the story of an inspired
survivor!!!! And leave the walkers in a more uplifted frame of mind.
All in all it was a great day. The rain held off until the walk was over.
Hope you all had fun weekends. oxoxoxkarenann
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Unread 09-30-2001, 07:22 PM
Whisper Walk in Phila.

Congratulations on your participation in the Walk/Run for OVCA. I am also a survivor. I was told last year, after my surgery, that I had Stage Ib uterine and Stage Ic ovarian cancer. I did not need chemo because the gyn oncologist asked me to sign a consent form so he could review my pathology slides for the ovca part. He got the sides, had them reviewed, sent them off for another opinion and then told me I didn't need chemo.
I just returned last Saturday from the OVCA Advocacy Conference in Indianapolis. We sat in on lectures from medical professionals in the area. It was very enlightening.
God bless you.
Unread 09-30-2001, 08:04 PM
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Thats wonderful Karen!!
This was the weekend for the Run for the Cure in Canada for breast cancer. I didn't run myself but sponsored several people who did. These are such wonderful causes, and every year they seem to get more and more people coming out for them.

Yes!!! I hope you do tell your story next year! I am sorry to hear the stories told this year were sad ones.

I have been trying to find out if there is an international pin for ovarian cancer like the pink ribbon for breast cancer. I have emailed several people involved in the Cancer society and ovarian cancer society here but am not having very much luck getting replies. I emailed the people at Connections as well but haven't heard back from them yet either.

Bravo Karen!! You make us all proud girl!!!!
Maria xoxo
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Unread 09-30-2001, 08:24 PM
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That's wonderful you participated in the Whisper walk. I sincerely hope they do more of these types of walks in the future all across the country. I think its wonderful you're already planning on reporting your success story next year! You go girl!

I have watched and checked for a walk in my area all year, I remember it happening just right after my surgery last year and wasn't able to participate. There was just not one here this year.

I am, however, participating in the Race for the Cure next weekend here in Denver. It normally brings a very large turnout, and is very upbeat and positive.

Maria, I received a pin from my Gyn Oncologist in support of Gyn cancers. It was in the shape of the female gyn sign, colored in teal. I'll see if I can find out where they might be available.


Unread 10-01-2001, 09:32 AM
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Congrats on being able to participate in the walk!! It sounds like it was a nice day and I think that the idea of you speaking a happy ending story for next year would be wonderful!!!
Unread 10-02-2001, 09:38 PM
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Congrats - isn't it great participating. Yes - I too think survivor stories are important.
I myself this summer participated in "Relay for Life" which is for the Amercian Cancer Society. I like it because funds raised go to fight all cancers. This event is really something special. People participate in teams. It's a 24 hour walking event usually at a local track/field. At least one member from the team must be on the track walking the whole time. I really liked it because they included caretakers and family and really emphasis surviving. At the start of the walk the "survivors" walk around the track in one direction and their caretakers walk in the other, then they meet half way and the survivors give the caretakers a medal. Luminaries are sold for donations and bare the names of survivors or are in honor of those we want to remember. They were all lite at 9:00pm and then each person's name was read. they had over 1500 names - took 1 1/2 hrs. What a tear jerker. I had my name, sister in laws, my best friends brother and my Mothers (in honor). My family was with me and we remembered my Mother and all our struggles as a family. Again what a tear jerker but yet so very uplifting. These are done locally so if you see one try to participate. It's well worth it. P.S. I walked 5 hours ( 2 1/2 hrs, break and then 2 1/2 hours) which was pretty darn good at the time considering my lack of physical condition.

Everyone get out and participate. If you can't participate then give. It's all well worth it.

P.S. Karen - This was in Bensalem Pa so I know you are familiar with the location being from Philly.

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