Week 7 ENT 645: Professional Presentation Reflection

We think of September as back to school month. As many families know, September is also Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, as proclaimed by former President Barack Obama in 2014. I am a seven-year ovarian cancer survivor and, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, I had the opportunity to share my experience of ovarian cancer with a group of colleagues, students, and staff from the university where I work. Like teaching baking, it is one of the things I talk about the most.  The perspective I take when discussing my diagnosis is humor, from before and after diagnosis, to my time in treatment, and up until today.  It was a gift to share my experience and to laugh with the audience about going from diagnosis to healing.  Sharing my story through pictures (ouch, I forgot how bad I looked) proved that life moves on no matter the diagnosis. Having an opportunity to talk openly and honestly is a privilege for me. My hope is through the telling of my story, at least one person will pay closer attention to their body and act if needed.  Today is August 3 and September is just around the corner. Do you have a group of friends, colleagues or family who need a good laugh and a little women’s health education?  If so, contact me at ceceabby@earthlink.net and we can set up a time and place to bring some humor to their day.

Resources:

www.ocrfa.org

https://www.swivl.com/

http://www.whyteal.org/wp-content/uploads/PresidentialProclamationOC2014.pdf

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