Dear Ovarian Cancer, ft. Dwana Bailey

January 27, 2020 @ 9:48a


Necessary information will find you if you’re open to receiving it. Being a woman, I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to learn about Ovarian Cancer. Dwana Bailey reached out to be a part of Sincerely Angie podcast to share her story and why she started her non-profit organization Fight Faith Strength Ovarian Cancer Awareness. Listen here!

I’d heard of ovarian cancer but never paid much attention to it. It wasn’t one of those things that hit close to home or happened on a big enough platform for me to research it. I am forever changed now. Dwana shared that her grandmother had ovarian cancer and once finding out, she lived for two weeks. Due to other ailments, there were no definitive signs that would have alerted them of the ovarian cancer. She was in her 70’s. Within a couple of months, Dwana fought through the hurt and pain to create Fight Faith Strength to bring awareness to the cancer that had taken her grandmother away. Dwana attends many medical and awareness events to learn as much as she can and spread awareness so that no other family has to go through what her family went through.

After recording the episode and hearing where it ranked on the list of the most common cancers in women, I got online to do some research. I wanted to find out the statistics and whatever information I could after hearing how the symptoms mimicked monthly menstrual symptoms.

From Google:

Ovarian cancer is a cancer that begins in the female organs that produce eggs (ovaries).

Symptoms: Requires a medical diagnosis-Ovarian cancer often has no symptoms in the early stages. Later stages are associated with symptoms, but they can be non-specific, such as loss of appetite and weight loss.

–       Can have no symptoms, but people may experience:

–       Pain areas:in the abdomen or pelvis

–       Gastrointestinal:bloating, change in bowel habits, indigestion, or nausea

–       Abdominal:abdominal fullness, fluid in the abdomen, or lump in the abdomen

–       Whole body:cancer-related fatigue or loss of appetite

–       Also common:weight loss

Treatment: Depends on stage – Surgery and chemotherapy are generally used to treat ovarian cancer.

Surgery: Omentectomy, Salpingoophorectomy, Laparotomy, Hysterectomy, Pelvic lymph node dissection, Lymph node dissection, and Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection

Medications: Chemotherapy – Kills cells that are growing or multiplying too quickly

Medical procedure: Radiation therapy – Treatment that uses x-rays and other high-energy rays to kill abnormal cells.

Specialists: OBGYN doctor, Oncologist, Palliative medicine, Radiation oncologist, and Surgeon

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Ladies please pay attention to your body. If you are feeling like something isn’t right, say something. Go see someone. If you don’t feel satisfied after seeing them, go see someone else. There is nothing wrong with a second, third or fourth opinion. Trust your gut, it could save your life. And if someone you know complains of these symptoms, say something. You may just save their life.

Follow the non-profit on IG:@ FightFaithStrength

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