Hunter Green Ribbons for Ovarian Cancer

We are all familiar with the pink ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness, and the multi-colored ribbon for Autism Awareness. But where is the ribbon for Ovarian Cancer Awareness?

My close friend, Sue, and I are both survivors of ovarian cancer and we have decided that the ribbon for Ovarian Cancer Awareness should be a hunter green color. Green for life, renewal and hope.

Hunter green because if our idea takes off, then maybe one day we will see our ribbon in emeralds.

Those of us that have survived Ovarian Cancer can honestly say that we are true fighters and survivors, just like any other cancer survivors. But you just don't hear about Ovarian Cancer that much. You hear about the other cancers more than you do Ovarian Cancer and now they have discovered that the Human Paplova Virus causes Cervical Cancer.

So commercialism has brought to light several types of cancers, but no mention of Ovarian Cancer.

Just what is Ovarian Cancer? Ovarian cancer is a malignant neoplasm (abnormal growth) located on the ovaries. Ovarian cancer is fairly uncommon, yet it is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in women. It is also the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers. The cause is unknown. The disease is more common in industrialized nations, with the exception of Japan. In the United States, the lifelong chance of developing ovarian cancer is 1 out of 40-60 women. Older women are at highest risk. More than half of the deaths from ovarian cancer occur in women between 55 and 74 years of age. About 25% of ovarian cancer deaths occur in women between 35 and 54 years of age.

The above information can be found in the Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia.

I was just 34 when I heard those dreaded words from my doctor, "You have Ovarian Cancer." And I underwent a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. I have three children and the smallest one was 2. He didn't understand that mom was sick and it killed me to know that I couldn't play with him as much as I did his older brother and sister, when they were his age.

Even today, it hurts to know that I couldn't do the things I wanted to do with him and that I missed out on that part of his life. But at least I beat cancer, and now I won't miss out on the rest of his life. Or on the rest of my other two children's lives as well. I have grandchildren to rock. I have to see what my children will become when they grow up. To watch them get married, to watch them become what they want to become when they are grown up.

Every day I will worship the color green and wear it proudly. If you are a survivor or know someone who is a survivor or if you lost someone to ovarian Cancer, wear a hunter green ribbon in their memory or in support of them or in honor of yourself!

Vive La Survivors of Ovarian Cancer!

Published on July 31, 2006 in