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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. 14,000 women will die this year, and 22,000 women will be diagnosed. I lost my Mom, Regina Randolph, to ovarian cancer in 2010. After she passed, I made it my mission to learn more about this disease and why it is often diagnosed so late. The symptoms are so close to what a female may experience on a monthly basis, making it difficult to realize that those symptoms might mean something more. Things like bloating, pelvic, urinary, and abdominal pain and difficulty eating or feeling full quickly. These symptoms leave many to rely only on their own intuition to know that something is wrong. My mom began to notice her symptoms when she became full after eating only a few bites of a meal. By the time she was diagnosed the ovarian cancer had already developed to stage 3. After a hysterectomy and many rounds of chemo, she went into a short remission. Unfortunately, her cancer returned.  An earlier diagnosis might have extended her life. I thought of my mom's battle with ovarian cancer when I listened to Stuart Scott's recent speech at the ESPY's. He said, "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live." When I think of this, I take comfort in knowing that although she is gone, my mom did beat cancer. Teal is the internationally recognized color symbolizing ovarian cancer awareness.  Teal represents the hope that what happened to my mom can be prevented by informing women of the often overlooked symptoms of this terrible disease.  September 5th is national "wear teal" day for ovarian cancer awareness. I'll be wearing teal in memory of my mom, and with the hope of spreading awareness to as many people as possible.  Will you please join me? Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


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