It's all about getting the message to as many people as possible and today's post on the Well + Good NYC blog did just that. A special shout out to Lisa Held who contacted me about my campaign. She was in the audience for a speech I did recently at a L'Oreal employee breakfast. Although I really hate this spotlight and am actually feeling pretty uncomfortable by it, I am reminded constantly of why I do this.
I received an email recently from someone who had read my blog. She said she had been experiencing some of the symptoms I described and had never even considered ovarian cancer. Armed with more information about this disease, she asked her doctor to "prove that she didn't have ovarian cancer". A pelvic ultrasound confirmed her worst nightmare.... ovarian cancer..... BUT stage I.
Treatments exist for ovarian cancer and if caught in early stages, it is 92% curable. For all intents and purposes, my email friend will be fine. She caught it early because of something she read. This is why I race. This is why I campaign. This is why you need to donate $5 to help find a method of early detection. Enough said.