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Survivor Stories

When you're diagnosed with any kind of cancer, it's easy to feel isolated and alone. Sharing your story with others in support group, as a mentor, as a presenter in the Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives program can be cathartic for you AND can inspire others.

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Sue Hester

"When you get diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you feel like you are in a foreign country and you don't speak the language. An there was nowhere to turn to for help. I didn't know there was help."

HIllary Gilfand

12+ year survivor

Diagnosis: Stage IV

Symptoms: Bloating and constipation

Post-surgical treatment: Debulking, 12 rounds of chemo, post-chemo surgery

Quote I live by: “Be grateful for every day. When you get a second chance at life it’s humbling, gratifying and completely amazing!”

I want other women to know: “Learn your family history and pay attention to symptoms – particularly those that are persistent.”