Women of Teal is a play on the words "Man of Steel" used to describe Superman. I have found my fellow ovarian cancer survivors to be the strongest, most helpful women in the world. They are truly Women of Teal!
I received this e-mail yesterday and wanted to share it with my readers. Dear Support Group Leader, My name is Dr. Sandra Cesario and I am on the faculty in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas. Almost 40 years experience as a women’s health nurse and losing a 29-year old daughter to ovarian cancer have led me on a path of research about the risk factors for ovarian cancer. The purpose of the proposed project titled Risks, Triggers, and Protective Factors Related to the Expression of Ovarian Cancer, is to collect information from women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, as well as women who do not have the disease, to determine if there is clustering of risk or protective factors that increase or decrease a woman’s chances of developing ovarian cancer. The research question to be addressed is: What is the constellation of factors that predisposes a woman to be at increased risk for developing ovarian cancer? I am requesting your assistance in recruiting participants for this study. As a support group leader or ListServ monitor, you are likely to be in contact with ovarian cancer survivors and their families who may be interested in completing this anonymous online survey. Study participation is completely voluntary and women are free to discontinue their participation at any time. I am primarily seeking English-speaking women, over the age of 18, who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. However, ALL women, with or without cancer, are welcome to complete the survey. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Texas Woman’s University in Houston. Would you be willing to post the url for the internet survey on your website, include it in your newsletter, distribute to your email list, and/or offer the opportunity to women at your next in-person contact? If so, please advise the women to click on the following link (or copy and paste it into your web browser) <https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=156174>https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=156174 to complete the survey via the secure PsychData system. It is estimated that the survey can be completed in 20-25 minutes. An email address developed specifically for this study has been created if you have additional questions. Cesario-Research@hotmail.com<mailto:Cesario-Research@hotmail.com> I value your time and interest in this topic. If you make the decision to participate, thank you very much for your input that is crucial to the outcome of this study. Sincerely, Dr. Sandra K. Cesario PhD Program Coordinator and Professor College of Nursing, Texas Woman’s University 6700 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030-2367 Office Phone: 713-794-2110