This Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month I’m going to walk for ovarian cancer research.
Did you know that 38 Americans die of ovarian cancer every day? I’ve created this page because I want to help find better treatments so women can live longer.
Cure Our Ovarian Cancer is dedicated to finding a cure for low-grade serous ovarian cancer – a rarer subtype. I’m inspired by their work and want to support their research by raising money as part of my participation in Step Up for Ovarian Cancer.
Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘donate’ button. The more people that know about Step Up for Ovarian Cancer, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
In 2017 I was in the ER with a kidney stone. One of the tests was an ultrasound. In addition to locating the kidney stone so they could remove it, they found a cyst in my right ovary. My GYN started watching it and at my appt in March 2019 it had doubled in size so we decided to remove it and both of my tubes on April 10. She also did some biopsies. These came back as low malignant borderline serous. They referred me to gynecologic oncology at St. Joe’s in Ann Arbor. They were pretty certain that it wasn’t cancer but as a preventative felt we should remove the other ovary as well as the omentum, and do a hysterectomy then biopsy everywhere. This happened on May 24, 2019. Then on May 30 we got the call no one ever wants! We’re told that I have Stage 3B Ovarian Cancer!!! Wait!! What??!! Multiple biopsies indicated cancer! It’s invasive! We want to do chemo! We were shocked because they were all certain that it wasn’t cancer. But you know who wasn’t shocked? My God and Savior. He was not surprised by this. Sure, there were moments during my journey when I was scared, worried, mad, etc. But in the end I knew that God had this regardless of what happened. I also knew I had tons of family and friends that were prayer warriors. A year later with six chemo treatments over, lots of pain, nausea, tears, sleepless nights, and the loss of all my hair, I am NED “no evidence of disease”. God is good. I’m so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends that helped me through this journey.
Karen Baker$40.00Tonya is an inspiration! I admire her faith, strength, courage, and joyful spirit. May her experience and spirit be a help to other women. To God be the Glory!
Tonya Mitchell$100.00Supporting research that is near and dear to my heart 🙂
Jane Ludemann$100.00What a great cause! Thank you for helping women with our cancer Tonya!