Cancer: A Word that Strikes Terror by Joanie Shawhan

Cancer: A Word that Strikes Terror by Joanie Shawhan Are there certain words that trigger pressure in your chest or tightness in your throat? For me, that word is cancer. I am an ovarian cancer survivor. My Story During the summer of 2006, Every time I had another bout of nausea, I brushed thoughts of ovarian cancer from my mind. Surely these spells were too infrequent to be cancer. But…

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Joanie Shawhan: The Whisperer

The Whisperer by Joanie Shawhan   Stop. Listen! Do you hear the whispers of ovarian cancer? This insidious disease assaults over 20,000 unsuspecting women per year and is the most lethal of all female cancers. Since there are no screening tests, it is often diagnosed in the latter stages.   Despite my background in oncology nursing, I missed the whispers of ovarian cancer. Over the course of several months, I…

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