Friday, December 28, 2018

Year Eleven

Another year of blogging is in the books. I am blessed to be able to continue to advocate and share information about ovarian cancer via this blog. This year, we have witnessed the FDA approval of a PARP inhibitor as a maintenance drug for those with somatic and germline BRCA mutations. There were also a number of ideas for screening tests that may lead to an early diagnosis of ovarian cancer.  More work is needed but awareness of ovarian cancer has improved thanks to individuals, organizations and pharmaceutical companies.

In a quick review, I wrote thirty posts. I had hoped to do more but membership on the Scientific Review Board at Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ (RCINJ) and prepping for twice a month meetings took time away from more frequent posting.  I find being a Board member to be very rewarding and I appreciate having the opportunity to take part. 

My husband and I also had a chance to travel to the western US to celebrate our anniversary.  Although I hurt my knee halfway through the trip, ( I am on the mend with the help of physical therapy) I was able to see some spectacular scenery.

I will leave you with these scenes and look forward to seeing you in  2019.

Every Day is a Blessing!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Best Wishes!

To all my followers

Thank you for reading and staying in touch with me. Enjoy this time of year with friends and family.

Every Day is a Blessing!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Volunteers Needed for a Study on Self-reporting Symptoms During Cancer Treatment

Today I am sharing information about a study being done to determine the experience cancer patients have when reporting symptoms.  Sharyn Carrasco, RN, MSN, APRN is a student in the PhD program in Nursing Science at Texas Woman’s University and is conducting this study. The study has IRB approval. Please take a few minutes to read through the details about the study and reach out to Sharyn if you qualify and are interested in participating. 
 “Experiences of Self-Reporting Symptoms by Adults receiving Cancer Treatment”
Your voice is needed. Do you have cancer that is inoperable or metastatic and receiving cancer
treatment? Looking for volunteers to participate in a research study to talk about how you self-report
your symptoms.

This qualitative study is patient-focused, and the purpose is to understand your experience and
perspective of self-reporting your symptoms. There were many studies conducted over the past 10
years regarding patients self-reporting their symptoms, yet there were no studies that asked the
patients their perspective and experiences of self-reporting their symptoms. This is the reason for my
study; to talk you, the patient with cancer, about your perspective of self-reporting your symptoms. 
So, I am looking for volunteers to participate in this study to learn about how you report your symptoms. As a participant in this study, you would be asked to discuss your experience reporting your symptoms. This conversation will be with Sharyn Carrasco, the oncology nurse researcher, and can take place in person or via FaceTime/Skype. Your participation would involve 1 session, which will be approximately 60 minutes, including follow-up questions. If clarification is needed, one follow-up may occur to validate content, that may last up to 20 minutes.

If you are 18 years or older, have inoperable or metastatic cancer AND receiving cancer treatment,
please contact me for more information or to sign up to participate in this study at 713-503-4261 (text
or call) or email:

Every Day is a Blessing!