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Power is Teal Ovarian Cancer Walk
Updated: Thursday, September 19 2013, 10:57 AM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- Hundreds are expected this weekend at Lunken Playfield for the seventh annual Power is Teal Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk. One local woman says her team wants to raise awareness of the early warning signs.
Medical reporter Liz Bonis explains why in this Medical Edge report.
Once in awhile you meet someone who seems to impress you with a quiet strength, that is Nicole Young. Two years ago she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 32. "I had the bloating stomach, a lot of abdominal pain, actually they didn't catch it for about three years."
"Eventually Nicole had surgery to remove the organs with the cancer, followed by chemotherapy and more surgery. "I had the genetic testing done, so I had a double mastectomy as well."
Nicole has spent the last year recovering with her two dogs Bailey and Buster. A good day she says was simply when she could take them out for a walk.
Part of the reason that she chooses to share her story is that she has had a number of follow-up complications, and admits that the year has not been easy, but she is one of the lucky ones who has beat this disease.
Liz says she is one of the lucky ones to know her because Nicole is her neighbor. Since many have prayed for Nicole every day this past year, she knows she is not alone in this journey.
Women's health providers say she is proof that if we pay attention to symptoms referred to BEAT: bloating, eating less, abdominal pain and trouble with the bowel.
We can beat this disease. Dr. Jim Pavelka with TriHealth says "good science has shown us there are things we can do to help reduce risk of ovarian cancer, and help detect it earlier".
As for Nicole, Liz says it is an honor to share her story and her friendship. It's also an honor to share her message "never take a day for granted, appreciate every single day, and health is the most important thing".
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