Friday, March 29, 2019

Aren't We All "Women Rowing North" - a Book Review

A few weeks ago, I ran across a book online whose title peaked my interest. I added it to my Goodreads list and put a hold on the book at my local library. Last week I picked it up from the library and read it in 5 days. Women Rowing North - Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age by Mary Pipher focuses on women who are older but as I read it I found parts that also can apply to women who are facing any challenge - a cancer diagnosis, the loss of a child, divorce etc.

After reading a few chapters I started keeping track of advice and quotes that touched something in my heart and mind. Here are my favorites:

"with age we experience less anger and anxiety. I suspect that can not be because we have less tragedy but rather because we have better coping skills."

"We can feel helpless at times…However we can move toward acceptance and resilience.Our tragedies can teach us to trust and connect us to others."

"Friendship is really not a noun but a verb. Relationships of any kind require attention, energy and time"

"Activism is complicated. …All Activists need to set limits or we can become exhausted and burned out."

 "Women can find ways to be connected and useful"

"grandmothering is complicated. Grandmothering requires great diplomatic skills and self-discipline."

"The culture shapes us and we shape it. As our bodies grow old we must find new ways to stay engaged and empowered. … Let’s push out into the current and row."

In the past almost 14 years as an ovarian cancer survivor I have found that cancer changed me. I have grown , learned and engaged with others. This book has something to offer women in every walk of life and I highly recommend it. 

Every Day is a Blessing!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

SGO meeting Tuesday

Here are the top tweets from the SGO meeting on Tuesday!  

Treating the Whole Patient
Patient Perspective on Clinical Trials

 Maintenance Olaparib

GAS6 and chemoresistance



Next year's meeting is in Toronto. And the gavel has passed to Dr Huh!

Thank you to  @KMKoerten , @Stigetta, @DeannaTeoh , @drcarolbrownMSK , @SGO_org, @DDNewsOnline, @BPothuri for tweeting from the meeting!

Every Day is a Blessing!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

SGO Annual Meeting - Sunday/ Monday

Delayed but here are some important tweets from the SGO meeting on Sunday and Monday.

Risk Reducing Salpingectomy and QOL

 Phase 1 Levantinib and weekly taxol in recurrent OC

JAVELIN  - Avelumab+peg liposomal doxorubicin VS peg liposomal doxorubicin

Phase 2 Pembro and Bev

Minorities and clinical trials

OC Patient Preferences - maintenance therapy

CCNE1 and BRD4 Expression and platinum resistance

 Thank you @KMKoerten , @DKhabeleMD, @ShannonWestin, @Stigetta, @SW_MedReporter, @StephASullivan, @StephanieVBlank for posting from the meeting!

Every Day is a Blessing! 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

SGO Annual Meeting - Saturday 3/16

Saturday SGO Meeting:

I wish I had been able to hear the SGO Presidential speech by Dr. Agnes Binagwaho (@agnesbinagwaho) .

Financial Toxicity

Genetic Testing
PARP Inhibitors

Cancer Disparity

Leadership - Dr Parkham Zambia

Thank you Yvette WilliamsBrown (@MYvetteWB), Ali Saiz, MD (@AllisonSaizMD), Shannon Westin (@ShannonWestin), Ross Harrison (@RossFH), Erin Stevens (@erinstevensmd), BJ Rimel (@BJRimelMD) and Annie Ellis (@Stigetta) for taking the time to tweet from the meeting.

Every Day is a Blessing!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

SGO 2019 Annual Meeting Friday - OC Heros

The SGO is meeting this year in Honolulu, Hawaii to celebrate it's 50th Anniversary. I will be following along from NJ via Twitter and the #SGOmtg and #SGOHawaii50 hashtags.  I plan to blog each day of the meeting ( March 16-19) the tweets I find of interest to my followers.

On Friday the members started to arrive and there were a number of preliminary workshops as well a survivors course presented by the Foundation for Womens Cancer.

Friday night's activity included the OC Heros Awards presentation and dinner. The guest speaker was Shannon Miller and the award winners were  Ryan Mitstifier-Walton, Nurse Paula Anastasia and Dr. Shannon Weston. I am so pleased to see Dr Weston win this award. She has been an amazing health care moderator of the #gyncsm community.

Thanks Annie Ellis and Dr Erin Stevens for the great Tweets!

Every Day is a Blessing!