My name is Madeline and I blog over at Food, Fitness, and Family about my three favorite things: good food, sweaty workouts, and life as a family of three. I am so excited to be sharing Miz’s space today because today is about bringing awareness to a very real issue. As you probably know, September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and bringing awareness to this deadly, and often silent, disease is incredibly important to me because ovarian cancer has impacted my family.
I am blessed in that I grew up in an obscenely large family. Just between my mom and dad I had 19 aunts and uncles and too many cousins to count. My cousin Dani is 6 months younger than me and I have many fond memories of us getting into trouble when I would spend my youthful summers in Minnesota. In 2004, Dani was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. Talk about a punch in the stomach for our entire family.
Just a few days after being diagnosed, Dani was whisked into surgery where a 5lb tumor was removed along with her right ovary. The tumor was found to be malignant and she underwent intense chemotherapy sessions. She was told that she had less than a 10% chance of ever having children. Luckily Dani’s story has a happy ending. She is now the proud mama of 2 sweet little boys and just celebrated her 8 years of remission.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 15,500 women will die this year from ovarian cancer. I am thankful everyday that my cousin wasn’t one of these statistics, however, these stats are frightening. Dani is proof that cancer doesn’t discriminate. Dani was in the less than 2% of women diagnosed with the disease who were under the age of 20.
Help spread the word about ovarian cancer and make these statistics a thing of the past. Be proactive in your own health and get your regular check-ups and screenings. We as women must band together to help fight the C-word and take it down.
Madeline writes about yummy eats, sweaty workouts, and life as a family of three on her blog Food, Fitness, and Family. She is a new(ish) mom and an Army wife on a quest to live life to the fullest, all while enjoying her Starbucks. Stop by Twitter or Facebook and say hi!