Ovarian Cancer Canada

My name is Cailey and my story with ovarian cancer starts in 2010. While we were celebrating the birth of my healthy twins, in the very same hospital my Mum, Heather, was diagnosed with advanced stage ovarian cancer.

It was a stressful time with more doctors’ appointments than we would like to remember. As a mother of three young children, I did my best to go with Mum to all of her appointments. It was difficult watching her go through such aggressive chemotherapy and an extensive surgery. Despite three recurrences, research has continued to renew our hope.

Last year, my Mum was having a very hard time. The doctor told us to start thinking of months instead of years. My three brothers and I decided to drop everything to come together for the holidays. It was a very special time, but the underlying feeling was fear and concern about losing our mother.

As we make our holiday plans this year, we’re thrilled to celebrate with Mum again, but I often think back to last year. More than that, I hope that no one else has to spend this holiday season thinking that it’s their last.

You can give a gift of hope to help more women survive and thrive, like my Mum.

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Diagnostic testing revealed that my Mum carries the BRCA gene mutation that significantly increases the risk of ovarian cancer. Although it’s been devastating to see my mom going through this journey, the silver lining, if there is one, is that it allowed me to have preventative surgery so that I no longer worry every day about a diagnosis of either ovarian or breast cancers.

This holiday season, I hope you will consider making a donation to Ovarian Cancer Canada, which is affecting changes that protect the health and wellbeing of women with ovarian cancer and others at risk of this disease, while advancing research so that women live fuller, better, longer lives.

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