12 Women You Didn’t Know Overcame Ovarian Cancer
September marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more about the women who beat the odds and overcame this disease referred to by many in the medical community as a “silent killer.”
Olympian Raelene Boyle was a fierce competitor on the track, winning her first silver medal at the 1968 games in Mexico City. The Australian athlete put her fighting spirit to use when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer not once but twice, undergoing treatment to battle the disease both times. Prior to these diagnoses, in 1996, she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, winning her fight against that as well.
British songstress Marcia Barrett noticed something didn’t feel quite right when she felt sharp pains in her abdomen. While tests displayed abnormal cells, doctors weren’t initially able to diagnose the singer with ovarian cancer. According to an interview with Express, it took a whole year before the disease was finally detected. To treat the condition Barrett had her ovaries removed and received both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. If you’ve ever been curious, this is what chemotherapy is really like.
Author and New York-based reporter Joyce Wadler has overcome both ovarian cancer and breast cancer, sharing these experiences in her writing with books like Cured, My Ovarian Cancer Story. Not only has Wadler generously put her own stories in print, but she also uses her platform to encourage other women to schedule routine health exams and educate themselves on warning signs that something may be amiss.
- National Ovarian Cancer Coaliton: “What Is Ovarian Cancer?”
- Mayo Clinic: “Ovarian Cancer”
- Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance: “Statistics”
- Parade: “Cobie Smulders Opens Up About Ovarian Cancer and Mental Health”
- People: “Kathy Bates on Battling Cancer Twice and Surviving Lymphedema”
- American Cancer Society: “Lessons From the Olympics Help Shannon Miller Through Ovarian Cancer Treatment”
- LookGoodFeelBetter.org: “Valisia LeKae: Strength in Spirit”
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Angela Winbush tells of career struggles, cancer battle in ‘Unsung’”
- TLA Worldwide: Raelene Boyle biography
- Express: “How I battled for my life”