Opinion: May 8 is World Ovarian Cancer Day

May 2, 2022

To the Editor:

I'm an ovarian cancer survivor of 10-plus years as I continue my quest to raise awareness against this deadly disease and to help other women and their loved ones by knowing some of the symptoms to look out for like bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly. 

I urge all women to listen to their bodies and advocate for yourselves when you think something just doesn't feel right or isn't normal for you and is not going away. 

Sunday, May 8th is World Ovarian Cancer Day, which is a time to remember those living with ovarian cancer, and for survivors and their families to open up about their experiences and to educate the public about this horrible disease. 

This is why I continue my fight against ovarian cancer and hope someday there will be a screening and a cure so no other women will have to endure what I went through but thankfully, I beat it, and I'm still here years later to continue sharing my story. 

Please remember that anyone with ovaries is at risk and it's the 5th leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. I ask that all of us unite on World Ovarian Cancer Day, May 8, 2022.

Susan Grebber