NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative

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Supporting women and families impacted by the disease. And selling Bling4Cancer jewelry along the way. NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization which honors the memory of two sisters, Norma Yecies Shagrin and Leah Yecies Hantman whose lives were cut short by this deadly disease. Their memory is a strong impetus to work hard in the fight against ovarian cancer. Sales of our BLING4Cancer jewelry contributes to our operating expenses.

Supporting women and families impacted by the disease. And selling Bling4Cancer jewelry along the way. NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization which honors the memory of two sisters, Norma Yecies Shagrin and Leah Yecies Hantman whose lives were cut short by this deadly disease. Their memory is a strong impetus to work hard in the fight against ovarian cancer. Sales of our BLING4Cancer jewelry contributes to our operating expenses.

Operating as usual

Happy 10th Cancerversary, Robin Huffstutler! You are an inspiration to so many teal warriors. Be well and flourish for m...
05/27/2021

Happy 10th Cancerversary, Robin Huffstutler! You are an inspiration to so many teal warriors. Be well and flourish for many more years! #ovariancancer #ovariancancersurvivor

Happy 10th Cancerversary, Robin Huffstutler! You are an inspiration to so many teal warriors. Be well and flourish for many more years! #ovariancancer #ovariancancersurvivor

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: Research shows that Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a risk factor for ovarian cancer. Here's ...
05/25/2021
The women possibly at higher risk for Covid-19 that no one is talking about

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: Research shows that Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a risk factor for ovarian cancer. Here's an interesting story on Covid and ovarian health. #ovariancancer #ovariancancerawareness #PCOS #pcosawareness

Last July, when her immediate family tested positive for Covid-19, Breanna Aguilar did not fit into any groups considered at higher risk for severe disease.

5.21.2021 Happy Heavenly Birthday to our patron teal sister, Norma Shagrin. Norma would have been 86 years old today if ...
05/21/2021

5.21.2021 Happy Heavenly Birthday to our patron teal sister, Norma Shagrin. Norma would have been 86 years old today if it had not been for ovarian cancer. We think of you every day and because of you, many women's journeys through this disease have been much easier.

5.21.2021 Happy Heavenly Birthday to our patron teal sister, Norma Shagrin. Norma would have been 86 years old today if it had not been for ovarian cancer. We think of you every day and because of you, many women's journeys through this disease have been much easier.

GET SCREENED...BRCA mutations can also play a role in the development of colo-re**al cancer. The age to start colo-re**a...
05/19/2021
US task force lowers recommended age to start colore**al cancer screening to 45

GET SCREENED...BRCA mutations can also play a role in the development of colo-re**al cancer. The age to start colo-re**al screenings has been lowered to 45. #ovariancancer #brca1 #BRCAStrong #ovariancancerawareness
#normaleahinitiative

The US Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday lowered the recommended age to start screening for colon and re**al cancers from 50 to 45.

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: It's TRUE! A new study from  Yale School of Public Health  shows that exercise can lift the spirits...
05/18/2021
For ovarian cancer survivors, exercise can lift spirits

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: It's TRUE! A new study from Yale School of Public Health shows that exercise can lift the spirits . . . especially for ovarian cancer survivors. #ovariancancer

Anew study from researchers at the Yale School of Public Health suggests that regular exercise plays a significant role in reducing depression among ovarian cancer survivors.

An encouraging story hits the airwaves. Thought we’d share it with you. #ovariancancerawareness #ovariancancer #normalea...
05/15/2021
Healthy Living: Reducing Ovarian Cancer Recurrence - 9 & 10 News

An encouraging story hits the airwaves. Thought we’d share it with you. #ovariancancerawareness #ovariancancer #normaleahinitiative

More than 20,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year. For women who beat the cancer the first time, more than 70% will have a recurrence. Now, clinical trials have shown a new medication is revealing promising results for delaying recurrence. Courtney Doyle explains mor...

Happy Mother's Day to All. Where would we be without our moms? If you see one, hug her for us!
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's Day to All. Where would we be without our moms? If you see one, hug her for us!

Happy Mother's Day to All. Where would we be without our moms? If you see one, hug her for us!

MAY 8. It's OUR DAY. Spread the word. Know the symptoms. Assess your risk. Take action and survive. www.normaleah.org #o...
05/07/2021

MAY 8. It's OUR DAY. Spread the word. Know the symptoms. Assess your risk. Take action and survive. www.normaleah.org #ovariancancer #ovariancancerawareness #WorldOvarianCancerDay

MAY 8. It's OUR DAY. Spread the word. Know the symptoms. Assess your risk. Take action and survive. www.normaleah.org #ovariancancer #ovariancancerawareness #WorldOvarianCancerDay

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: A unique clinical trial focusing on how a coffee extract might stave off recurrences for ovarian ca...
04/27/2021
Preventing Cancer Recurrence with Coffee? Markey Launches Unique Clinical Trial

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: A unique clinical trial focusing on how a coffee extract might stave off recurrences for ovarian cancer patients is being launched.

From Kentucky farms to University of Kentucky labs and now to Kentucky patients, the UK Markey Cancer Center has officially launched a unique new clinical trial to test whether Artemisia annua extract can prevent ovarian cancer recurrence. Markey will be the first site worldwide to initiate a cancer...

It's our 2nd Annual Mother's Day Basket Auction. Bid now at https://app.donorview.com/qOZv6 🥰Bid on great gifts for mom ...
04/26/2021

It's our 2nd Annual Mother's Day Basket Auction. Bid now at https://app.donorview.com/qOZv6 🥰Bid on great gifts for mom through Thursday, May 6 at 11:30 pm. 🥰Every bidder will be entered into a drawing for a 60 minute session at Massage Envy - Davenport. Help women and families impacted by ovarian cancer. It's a gift that gives twice!

A “must read” study for those considering surgery to help protect themselves from ovarian cancer. #ovariancancer #ovaria...
04/24/2021
Women Who Undergo Surgery to Remove Fallopian Tubes and Ovaries Can Experience Declines in Cognitive Function - Endocrinology Advisor

A “must read” study for those considering surgery to help protect themselves from ovarian cancer. #ovariancancer #ovariancancerawareness #BRCAStrong

Women who undergo the surgical removal of both fallopian tubes and ovaries to prevent pelvic serous carcinoma experience declines in cognition within 6 months of the surgery due to the onset of early menopause.

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: If you're stressed out about your ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment, you're not alone. Ask for...
04/20/2021
AACR: Ovarian Cancer Patients at Higher Risk for Mental Illness

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: If you're stressed out about your ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment, you're not alone. Ask for help from your oncologist or palliative care team. #TealTuesday #OvarianCancer #ovariancancerawareness

Increased risks for anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder especially high during first two years after diagnosis

Today’s the day to join NormaLeah's TEAL TIARA Warriors team for the TEAL Revolution. It's easy to raise funds that supp...
04/19/2021
Teal Revolution 2021 Virtual 5K - NormaLeah's Teal Tiara Warriors

Today’s the day to join NormaLeah's TEAL TIARA Warriors team for the TEAL Revolution. It's easy to raise funds that support programs and services for women and families impacted by ovarian cancer. Learn. Give. Help a Woman Live. ##ovariancancerawareness #tealife #OvarianCancer #TealRevolution

Help us raise funds to support women and families impacted by ovarian cancer. Our mission is to enrich lives through early detection education, patient support services and research funding for ovarian cancer -- the silent killer of women. We are thrilled to team up with Clearity Foundation for the....

04/13/2021

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: We honor the life of Kim Pardue Swearengin who became a teal-winged angel and was laid to rest today. She was a teal warrior for ovarian cancer awareness and a teal sister to so many women fighting this disease. We are establishing a memorial fund so that her smile will continue to brighten the lives of those impacted by this disease. Make a donation at https://app.donorview.com/ljewm #ovariancancer #ovariancancerawareness #TealTuesday #tealife

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: Wondering if your cancer treatment is the best one out there for you? Maybe it’s time to seek a sec...
04/07/2021
The Importance of Getting a Second Opinion

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: Wondering if your cancer treatment is the best one out there for you? Maybe it’s time to seek a second opinion. https://news.cancerconnect.com/newly-diagnosed/the-importance-of-getting-a-second-opinion-N5cn_z3cGkipLJyIU6nfwQ?utm_source=CancerConnect&utm_campaign=a7de140ce5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_9_20_2018_13_9_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4403223c9e-a7de140ce5-6279827

Understand why most patients with cancer should get a second opinion.

Wishing our friends and their families a healthy, happy Easter.
04/04/2021

Wishing our friends and their families a healthy, happy Easter.

Wishing our friends and their families a healthy, happy Easter.

Wishing all a happy Pesach.
03/27/2021

Wishing all a happy Pesach.

Wishing all a happy Pesach.

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: Great news is coming out of the SGO 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer that's happening ...
03/23/2021
Advanced Ovarian Cancer Shows Persistent Time Without Progression With Combination Niraparib/Bevacizumab

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: Great news is coming out of the SGO 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer that's happening right now! Here's one finding we'd like to share with you. https://www.cancernetwork.com/view/advanced-ovarian-cancer-shows-persistent-time-without-progression-with-combination-niraparib-bevacizumab

Data from the phase 2 OVARIO study showed extended progression-free survival benefit of niraparib plus bevacizumab in patients with heavily pretreated advanced ovarian cancer.

Enjoy some green beer, corned beef and cabbage today.
03/17/2021

Enjoy some green beer, corned beef and cabbage today.

Enjoy some green beer, corned beef and cabbage today.

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: In the month of March, the UK observes ovarian cancer awareness month; in the US, it is September. ...
03/16/2021

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: In the month of March, the UK observes ovarian cancer awareness month; in the US, it is September. NormaLeah raises awareness every day of every month. Visit www.normaleah.org to help us rise up against ovarian cancer. #ovariancancerawareness #normaleahinitiative #beatthebigo

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: In the month of March, the UK observes ovarian cancer awareness month; in the US, it is September. NormaLeah raises awareness every day of every month. Visit www.normaleah.org to help us rise up against ovarian cancer. #ovariancancerawareness #normaleahinitiative #beatthebigo

Today we salute all women. Especially teal warriors who fight everyday for a world without ovarian cancer.
03/08/2021

Today we salute all women. Especially teal warriors who fight everyday for a world without ovarian cancer.

Today we salute all women. Especially teal warriors who fight everyday for a world without ovarian cancer.

Our Cocoa & Cookies Social Virtual Open House starts soon. Stop into our Zoom Room at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82320737...
02/20/2021

Our Cocoa & Cookies Social Virtual Open House starts soon. Stop into our Zoom Room at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82320737089?pwd=TlVIK3owRjlYdDZuU3U2aGFab2ZIdz09 and say hi. Everyone who stops by will be entered to win an exclusive NormaLeah gift package. Here’s a throwback pic from last year.

Our Cocoa & Cookies Social Virtual Open House starts soon. Stop into our Zoom Room at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82320737089?pwd=TlVIK3owRjlYdDZuU3U2aGFab2ZIdz09 and say hi. Everyone who stops by will be entered to win an exclusive NormaLeah gift package. Here’s a throwback pic from last year.

Have you received your special-edition Cocoa & Cookies tumbler? Order one here (make a $50 donation and we'll send you o...
02/19/2021

Have you received your special-edition Cocoa & Cookies tumbler? Order one here (make a $50 donation and we'll send you one!): https://app.donorview.com/ljg8Z AND join us for our Zoom Cocoa & Cookies Social Open House TOMORROW from noon-2 CST (see our event or join through this link): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82320737089?pwd=TlVIK3owRjlYdDZuU3U2aGFab2ZIdz09 Meeting ID: 823 2073 7089
Passcode: 813824

Have you received your special-edition Cocoa & Cookies tumbler? Order one here (make a $50 donation and we'll send you one!): https://app.donorview.com/ljg8Z AND join us for our Zoom Cocoa & Cookies Social Open House TOMORROW from noon-2 CST (see our event or join through this link): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82320737089?pwd=TlVIK3owRjlYdDZuU3U2aGFab2ZIdz09 Meeting ID: 823 2073 7089
Passcode: 813824

Sending love and virtual (((tealhugs))) to our friends and families.
02/13/2021

Sending love and virtual (((tealhugs))) to our friends and families.

Sending love and virtual (((tealhugs))) to our friends and families.

Did you know that you can generate donations while shopping for your valentine, at no extra cost? Simply start your shop...
02/10/2021

Did you know that you can generate donations while shopping for your valentine, at no extra cost? Simply start your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/26-2976159 to confirm "NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative" as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization. Our teal warriors thank you! #ovariancancerawareness #ovariancancer #tealwarrior

Did you know that you can generate donations while shopping for your valentine, at no extra cost? Simply start your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/26-2976159 to confirm "NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative" as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization. Our teal warriors thank you! #ovariancancerawareness #ovariancancer #tealwarrior

It's World Cancer Day. A time to celebrate the efforts of all those who join together in the fight against this disease....
02/04/2021

It's World Cancer Day. A time to celebrate the efforts of all those who join together in the fight against this disease. Visit www.normaleah.org to see the initiatives that are creating better, longer lives for women all over the world.

It's World Cancer Day. A time to celebrate the efforts of all those who join together in the fight against this disease. Visit www.normaleah.org to see the initiatives that are creating better, longer lives for women all over the world.

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: As the Covid-19 vaccine becomes more available, many women impacted by ovarian cancer may be wonder...
01/19/2021

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: As the Covid-19 vaccine becomes more available, many women impacted by ovarian cancer may be wondering if they should be vaccinated. The best advice? Each situation is different, so talk to your healthcare provider first - they may even help you get vaccinated sooner if they feel it is safe for you. https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/physical-side-effects/low-blood-counts/infections/covid-19-vaccines-in-people-with-cancer.html

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: As the Covid-19 vaccine becomes more available, many women impacted by ovarian cancer may be wondering if they should be vaccinated. The best advice? Each situation is different, so talk to your healthcare provider first - they may even help you get vaccinated sooner if they feel it is safe for you. https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/physical-side-effects/low-blood-counts/infections/covid-19-vaccines-in-people-with-cancer.html

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: If a newly-diagnosed patient asked you what they should take to a chemotherapy appointment, what wo...
01/12/2021

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: If a newly-diagnosed patient asked you what they should take to a chemotherapy appointment, what would you tell them?

Please comment below. We will compile your answers into a list to share on our website.

#sisterstrong #ovariancancerawareness #ovariancancersurvivor #tealwarrior

TEAL TUESDAY TIDBIT: If a newly-diagnosed patient asked you what they should take to a chemotherapy appointment, what would you tell them?

Please comment below. We will compile your answers into a list to share on our website.

#sisterstrong #ovariancancerawareness #ovariancancersurvivor #tealwarrior

As we gladly leave 2020 behind, we wish health, happiness and prosperity to all our friends and their loved ones.
12/31/2020

As we gladly leave 2020 behind, we wish health, happiness and prosperity to all our friends and their loved ones.

NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative's cover photo
12/31/2020

NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative's cover photo

Address

1614 Second Avenue
Rock Island, IL
61201

General information

IF ovarian cancer is detected in the early stages, there is an 85 to 90% chance for a cure. Sadly, more than 70% of women will not be diagnosed until the disease has reached an advanced stage and the survival rate is only 20 to 25%. Only through vigilant self-advocacy can a woman increase her chances of survival.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(309) 794-0009

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Thank you Jodie and the rest of the NormaLeah gang for a lovely event! Have the auction results been announced yet?
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Is tonite the meeting at Gildas?
Spreading awareness today
With my husband in our teal in honor of my Mama.
The research team at Duke University Medical Center division of gynecologic oncology invites survivors of Ovarian, Fallopian tube, and Primary Peritoneal cancers to participate in a survey study of patient preferences. https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_55RWlAJyx1IwiqN This is an anonymous survey that takes about 30 minutes to complete. It is voluntary. If you have any questions about the study or the online questionnaire please feel free to call or email our team at [email protected]
My inspiration comes from my Sandy, who God loaned to me for 41 years. My inspiration to do more to raise Teal Awareness - Unless someone like you Care a whole awful lot, Nothing will ever get better - It’s NOT! Excerpt from ‘The Lorax’ by Theodore Geisel aka Dr. Seuss
How current is your doctor’s education on OB-Gyn health issues? It is important that you ask While out and about today, I spoke with Dr. Jordan (not her real name), a Nurse Practitioner who I knew had begun her practice about three years ago. I took the opportunity to ask her, since as a mother under 40, the same issues affect her. I would like to have others ask this question, and see what response they receive from either male or female physicians. If the AMA made a big national press release/media rollout on a study that showed 25% of Breast cancers start in the Tonsils, how many of her patients would she expect to have ask about a Tonsillectomy in following months. Dr. Jordan wasn’t sure, but asked why I posed that question. I explained that more than one study has shown that at least 75% (and possibly as high at 90%) of the 60 types of Ovarian cancers start in Fallopian Tube cells before migrating to the Ovaries. Currently, when women are finished having children, the doctor will perform a Tubal Ligation or Tubal scarring procedure leaving the Fallopian Tubes in place, preventing pregnancy, but doing nothing to reduce the woman’s future risk or either Fallopian or Ovarian cancer. I was not surprised to learn that Dr. Jordan had never heard or read about the Fallopian Tubes being the source for 75% of Ovarian cancer types. Granted, she is not an OB-GYN, but as a woman and mother I would expect her to be more open to reading studies related to herself as well as her female patients. And many women will speak to their Primary Care or Family Physician about OB-Gyn health issues and choices at times, rather than getting a second appointment. Taking a cue from the military weapons left behind in the Middle East that terrorists convert to roadside bombs, labeled as IEDs, Improvised Explosive Devices, I have taken to calling the Fallopian Tubes ICDS - Internal Cancer Delivery Systems. Maybe not the best analogy, but as the Fallopian Tubes have only one function, delivery of the O**m to the Uterus, when longer needed, there can be no justification for blocking their job, and leaving them behind. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, in a joint study with four other hospitals across the U.S., has begun giving BRCA Positive women an alternative to the typical removal of the Ovaries once the family is complete, with removal of the Fallopian Tubes now, with the Ovaries to be removed at age 40 or 45 depending on whether BRCA 1 or 2 mutation is involved. The women who choose the standard removal of the Ovaries will be the control group, with all patients in the study followed for twenty years or more, to check any change in statistics for OvCa cancer compared to both the population at large as well as the control group. I believe that regardless of the study, if all adult women could be made aware of the greater risks involved with leaving the Fallopian Tubes in place, many would opt for removal immediately when they no longer need their function. The BRCA mutations are only connected to 15% of all cases, yet the Fallopian Tubes are the known source for 45 different forms of OvCa, as well as 100% of all cases of Fallopian cancers. Removal requires only 30 minutes via Laparoscopic surgery or during a Cesarean Section delivery. I can’t think of any reason why health insurance plans will only pay for the Tubal Ligation, which also requires approximately the same time and cost as he removal. With no additional costs for removal, I feel certain, informed women would opt for removal that could be the most effective means of reducing their risks. Both Angelina Jolie and Christina Applegate chose to have the Fallopian Tubes removed once they were confirmed to be BRCA Positive. Money is no restriction for them, but cannot be justification for denying all women the same option if they have health insurance. From 1977 to 2017 the U.S. stats show 22K+ new cases of OvCa annually and 14K to 15K women’s lives lost prematurely to it. Why not change the standard procedure that leaves the woman’s risk for Ovarian cancer almost unchanged. Doing the same thing for four more decades expecting a different outcome is sheer madness, knowing the greatly lower risk offered by removal. I would be shocked if this topic hasn’t been covered more than once in a doctoral thesis in recent years, so someone with a medical education may have worded it better than I have, yet doctors continue performing Tubal Ligations. My wife’s OB-Gyn knew nothing about these recent studies 35 years ago, yet if he had removed her tubes back then, I most likely wouldn’t be writing this tonight. As an added benefit, with removal, the Fallopian Tubes can be biopsied to check for cancer or pre-cancer cells, allowing appropriate treatment to begin immediately. Maybe some reader of this post could forward it to a board member or consulting doctor with the various foundations and OvCa awareness groups, including, OCRFA, NOCC, etc, to generate more discussions on changing the norm to reduce both the incidence and death rate from Ovarian cancer. Alison Maczka, Gayle Varasse Smith, Mindi Lyn, Judy Troutman, Nan Bevers, Devaney Rae Jones, Terri Nickens Gerace Dennis Bevers “Dispelling the Darkness Surrounding Ovarian Cancer
I have started a new blog ovariancancerjourneys.blogspot.com. It will provide information, support, and inspiration. I welcome guest bloggers and hope many will become followers.
Do you still have any of the teal butterflies?
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