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Survival and Self-Care: Insights from an Ovarian Cancer Fighter

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, & throughout the month, The Elsa Kurt Show will be sharing a one on one interview with Lynn, an ovarian cancer survivor & awareness advocate. Here's what to expect...

Ovarian cancer, known as the silent killer, is a disease that many women are unaware of until it’s too late. In our latest podcast episode, we had an intimate conversation with Lynn from Infinity Med Spa who bravely shared her personal journey with ovarian cancer. She emphasized the importance of body awareness and proactive health advocacy.

In a busy world, it’s easy to overlook minor symptoms or attribute them to less severe conditions. However, Lynn's story emphasizes the potential danger of dismissing these signs. She recounts her own experience with minor symptoms such as bloating and increased frequency of urination, which she initially dismissed as unrelated issues. However, these were early signs of her ovarian cancer, underlining the critical importance of body awareness.

Lynn’s story is a wake-up call for us all to become advocates for our own health. The medical world can be overwhelming and complex, but having knowledge of our own bodies and being proactive in our health care can make a significant difference. One key point discussed in the episode is the C125 cancer antigen test, a test specifically used for detecting ovarian cancer. Although it has its limitations, this test can be a vital tool in early detection.

Ovarian cancer, like many diseases, is often accompanied by fear. The fear of diagnosis, the fear of treatment, and the fear of the unknown. Lynn's journey sheds light on how to navigate these fears. One key piece of advice she shares is to focus on your own journey and not to worry about how others are reacting to your diagnosis. This self-focus is crucial for both your mental and physical health during challenging times.

Self-care was a recurring theme in our discussion. As women, we often put others ahead of ourselves, but when faced with health struggles, it’s vital to prioritize our own well-being. As Lynn’s friend Ellen wisely said, "It’s your time." It’s time to take care of yourself, to heal, and to recover.

In the episode, Lynn shared her experience with chemotherapy, often regarded as one of the most terrifying aspects of cancer treatment. She described how her initial fear was replaced by a sense of empowerment and determination. This transformation was largely due to the incredible support she received from her oncology team and the power of positive thinking.

The podcast episode serves as a beacon of knowledge and awareness for anyone facing health struggles. Lynn’s story is a testament to the power of body awareness, health advocacy, and self-care. It’s an inspirational reminder for all of us to listen to our bodies, to advocate for our health, and to take care of ourselves.

To conclude, we must understand that early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer can save lives. As Lynn suggests, if you have symptoms lasting longer than two weeks, make that call to your doctor. You know your body better than anyone else, and it's your responsibility to be its best advocate. We hope that Lynn's story will inspire and encourage you to take proactive steps towards your health.

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