I never thought that I would be diagnosed with cancer! However, I was wrong and one year ago at the age of 59, I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. The following week I underwent a 9 1/2 hour surgery. I spent 23 days in the hospital and went home with a feeding tube in my arm which I had for 3 weeks. I endured 8 months of chemo @ 3 times a month.
Fortunately, I am blessed to have a wonderful family that has rallied around me and have been there for me in every way imaginable. During my chemo treatments I met wonderful women who also had gynecological cancers. Their ages ranged from way too young, to women older than me.
I looked forward to seeing them each Thursday at chemo. Getting to know these women gave me additional support and made me feel like I wasn't the only one. These women knew what I was going through and we cheered each other on weekly. It has been a tough fight for all of us and we are still dealing with side affects from the chemo, fear of reoccurrence and bodies that are not as strong or the same as before our surgeries and chemo. We are however fighters and survivors and continue to cheer each other on. That's my story and that is why I am participating in Yoga for Hope and why I named my team Thursday Chemo Girls.
We need to find a cure for cancer now! There are too many people being diagnosed with cancer daily. It is a frightening, life threatening, horrible diagnosis. Since my diagnosis I have heard of more and more people being diagnosed. Those that are survivors after surgery and treatments, and those who have lost their battle with cancer.
City of Hope is researching complementary and alternative therapies, conducts innovative, results oriented, patient focused research that examines the entire course of cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS — from diagnosis and treatment, from remission and relapse to survivorship. And their global collaborations allow them to partner on research and share their findings with other treatment centers. As a result, City of Hope can develop more powerful treatments that benefit patients around the world.
I also want to bring awareness to the healing benefits of Yoga for patients battling life threatening illnesses. At City of Hope, patients are offered gentle restorative Yoga classes as a complementary therapy to traditional treatments. This program has had a profound impact on quality of life for many patients.
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