Sunday, March 23, 2014

Upcoming Awareness and Fundraising Events

I am busy doing grant reviews so I apologize for the lack of posts the past week or so. I hope to start up posting more regularly shortly.

In the mean time here are some great events you might want to participate in this spring to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer or to raise funds for research.

Teal Tea Foundation Events: 
Click on the image for more details or visit for ticket information. 

Saturday, March 29 – Guys & Dolls Bingo
Elks Club, Morrisville, PA

Sunday, April 13 – Zumba Party!
East Brunswick Jewish Center
East Brunswick, NJ

Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 8th Annual Teal Tea
John Henry’s Stone Terrace
Hamilton Township, NJ 

NOCC Northern NJ Events:
For more info contact Barbara Geiger at

April 7, 2014 
Cloverleaf Fundraiser

June 6, 2014 
NJ Jackals Baseball Game 

Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation Events:
For more information please visit 

April 26, 2014

10th Annual Sandy Sprint 5k/10k Superhero Run/Walk

Philadelphia Museum of Art

June 14, 2014

2nd Annual Teal Leisure Olympics

Mermaid Lake; 1002 Jolly Road, Blue Bell PA 19422

Hope you have fun at these events!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Putting It Away

When I was first diagnosis with ovarian cancer in 2005 my cancer center gave me a binder with sections set aside for reports, treatment information, test results and insurance. The initial binder was 1 inch wide. Before finishing treatment, I had to buy a larger 2 1/2" binder to hold all the papers I was collecting. I took it with me to every gyn-onc appointment, treatment appointments, port flushes, PCP visits, CT scans, PET scans and hospital stays. In between the times it was out and about with me, it would sit next to the dresser in our bedroom. When I finished treatment I took out a majority of the papers that related to treatment and put those in a manila folder in my file cabinet.

When I recurred in 2008 I added pocket pages to the binder to hold the CD's that I asked for every time I had at CT scan and to hold the graph print out of my CA-125 results . Did I ever tell you that I keep track of my CA-125 results on a Excel spreadsheet? Well I do and I even create line graphs so that I can see the slope of the line created by my results. Nerdy? I know but I find it comforting to watch the line level off. And once again the binder went everywhere with me.  Halfway through treatment I had to buy a new binder when the cover broke off. When I visited my son, I bought a maroon Virginia Tech binder. I also found a pretty way of transporting that binder back and forth to all my visits, inside a Vera Bradley Tote. After finishing chemo I once again  removed the treatment papers and put them in another manila folder in my file cabinet.

When we moved to our new home the tote came with me and took its place next to the dresser in our new bedroom. I continued to bring the binder and tote to each and every follow-up visit.

Today, almost 5 years since finishing treatment for my recurrence I took that trusty binder and tote and put it in the closet. I won't need it until August.

Every Day is a Blessing!