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In Our Lifetime It Can Be Done

By Debbie

I have been through the ordeal of ovarian cancer. My experience in the world related to cancer has proven to me that the ‘doom and gloom concept’ surrounding life with a cancer diagnosis is in desperate need of an about-face — in other words — an injection of life.

I am very sensitive to issues surrounding many cancers. As an active member of Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto, I have seen first hand that there are many, in fact too many cancers that too many people are forced to deal with.

It saddens me to see that almost all cancer awareness is focused on breast cancer. My goal or objective is to create a momentum that would focus a larger measure of positive awareness to other cancers — first and foremost, to my own cancer.

It is hard to miss the energy and life force created to embrace breast cancer awareness. It is spectacular and an excellent accomplishment, and it is a positive comfort for those whose lives (patients as well as family members) are touched by that disease.

My wish would be to see the incredible force and positive nature of the breast cancer messages carried over to the ovarian cancer community.

The issue is simple. It is LIFE. There is an awful lot of living to be done, even with cancer. Life can be lived with cancer — and it can be lived well! We must make people aware that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t automatically stop life.

Quality of life is out there for everyone. We have to get the word out that it is possible to deal positively with the hand you have been dealt.

It may not be the best hand, or the hand you want. Every effort must be made to show that positive voice can be given to quality of life with a cancer diagnosis.

There are many women living well with ovarian cancer. My personal feeling is that having an ovarian cancer diagnosis and living with the disease should not be just about dying. Rather, it should be about living — and living well.

I am realistic; I know that not all cancers have a good outcome. However, I think we are on the threshold of a significant breakthrough in creating positive cancer awareness and giving a positive voice to cancer messaging.

Those of us living ‘in the trenches’ have an obligation to make it happen. I would like to see communities coming together to celebrate and honour the lives of those living with ovarian cancer.

In our lifetime it can be done!

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