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From Paramedic to Patient

After being a paramedic for 26+ years, Misty Worrell wasn’t used to being the one on a stretcher. But a little over a year ago, Misty was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer after discovering a blood clot in her leg. Now in remission and still working in the emergency medical field in an administrative role, here are six questions with the Humble resident about her story. How did being a paramedic effect your experience as a cancer patient? You must have had more medical knowledge going through this experience than the average person. MW: Being in the medical field,...
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Interview with Dr. Pamela Soliman, Gynecologic Oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center

We tend to focus a lot on patients during OC awareness month, but we are thrilled introduce you to someone on the other side of the fence. Dr. Pamela Soliman is a Gynecologic Oncologist at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, on the Board of Directors at Judy’s Mission, and was Judith Liebenthal Robinson’s oncologist (the namesake of our organization). Without further ado, here are 5 questions with Dr. Soliman. Do you think that one day a screening for ovarian cancer will exist? (In other words, the equivalent to what the mammogram is to breast cancer.) If so, how far off...
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Introducing Canopy, The Woodlands’ First Cancer Support Center

From surviving to thriving, Canopy is dedicated to shifting the conversation from experiencing cancer to living and celebrating life at every stage of cancer treatment. Below is everything you need to know about Memorial Hermann’s newest passion project. WHO: Anyone who has been affected by cancer in some form or fashion (including friends and family members of cancer survivors) are welcome at Canopy’s warm, inviting space to receive support, learn something new, or simply relax.  WHAT: Canopy is a cancer survivorship center with a mission of bettering the health and well-being of cancer survivors. They offer a wide variety of programs and services like yoga classes, tai...
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Stephanie Parke’s Story, Part II: Cancer-Free and Embracing Life

When Stephanie Parke was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June 2013, she had no idea that such tragic news would turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Three years later–after a total hysterectomy, 18 weeks of chemo, and a 4-month clinical trial at MD Anderson–Parke is cancer-free and living life at its fullest as a loving mom, career woman, and ovarian cancer awareness activist. Aside from running her own dental practice and raising three kids, Parke spends her days helping women who have been diagnosed with the ugly disease and aiding in finding a cure. The most important thing...
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The Journey

Joanne & her husband Ken When I was first presented with the opportunity to write about my mother’s journey through Ovarian Cancer, I thought it would not pose near the challenge that it has indeed turned out to pose. Having taken many Creative Writing classes in college and writing countless short stories, poems and articles throughout the years, I thought this would be a breeze. Then it hit me. I would actually have to put into words something that changed that lives of my family and myself forever. On top of that, I would have to attempt to put into...
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Cobie Smulders is an Ovarian Cancer Survivor – Who knew!?!

                                                                                    image from Women’s Health Magazine Whether you’re an Avengers fan or a How I Met Your Mother junkie, you know (and surely love) Cobie Smulders. What you might not have known is that when Cobie was just 25 (and in the middle of season three of HIMYM she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. “I had tumors on both...
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I wear teal hair…

The dreaded “C” word invaded my life on Oct. 3, 2013 when I got the call no one wants to answer from Dr. S., 3 p.m. It was a Wednesday and three is not my lucky number. I was not shocked, but rather relieved instead. I knew something was terribly wrong with my body. I finally had answers to why I was feeling so bad. But, cancer? On Oct. 28, 2013 I began six weeks of chemotherapy and 25 rounds of radiation. We were treating Uterine cancer stage 3c. This treatment lasted until December. I rested for two weeks and...
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Tonight is the Night

Judy’s Mission’s biggest event of the month is TONIGHT! Now in it’s 3rd year, Talk It Ovar brings together ovarian cancer survivors, stakeholders, and community supporters for an evening of conversation in support of ovarian cancer awareness and research. This year’s theme is Talk It Ovar….an evening with local artists. Enjoy conversation with local artists plus great food and wine at Archway Gallery. Proceeds from the event will support the Survivors Teaching Students program, in which ovarian cancer survivors teach medical students about signs, symptoms and risk factors in order to inform and educate.     Art Exhibition & Sale, Upscale Mexican Fare, Signature...
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