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Author: Sherry Pollex
If you’re anything like me, you went from the doctor’s office to Dr. Google. Or maybe you even started to Google ovarian cancer on your phone while you were still in the office. If I could go back, that’s the one thing I wouldn’t have done right away. I immediately searched Stage 3 ovarian cancer on my phone and the Internet told me I’d be dead in 5 years. I texted my doctor and said, “You just gave me a death sentence, didn’t you.” He replied, “Get off the internet now.” Best advice I’ve ever been given. The Internet...Read More
by Kristen Schneider. Skirts and Skuffs.
Sherry Pollex wants to do more for those with cancer.
When my pilates instructor, Katie, heard me say I was developing neuropathy from my chemo cocktail, she immediately said, “You have to go see my acupuncturist, Tina! She will change your life!”Read More
BY JOSEPH PERSON. The Charlotte Observer
Sherry Pollex talks about her life with cancer and NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr
Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex raised more than $370,000 at their seventh annual Catwalk for a Cause to support childhood and ovarian cancers Wednesday, May 18. This was their first Catwalk since rebranding the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation to focus on ovarian cancer, after Sherry’s stage 3c ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2014. The sold-out crowd was immersed in a beach theme for the evening, weaving around a carefully crafted sand dune within the exposed-brick walls of Merino’s furniture warehouse in Mooresville, N.C. The scent of hydrangeas mixed with wafts of shrimp tacos and every possible beach-going fare and cocktail. Famous attendees included Martin’s NASCAR colleagues Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick. The Foundation’s signature fundraiser has continued to grow since Sherry first conceived the idea in 2009 when 50 people were in attendance. But this year, so much felt different. “I have never, in my four years of managing this event, seen everyone involved, so engaged and – even when inconvenienced by long bathroom lines or drink lines – just filling the room with joy,” said Sandy Plemmons, executive director of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. “Tonight, this crowd enabled us to really make a difference in this fight.” While funds raised will go to local efforts to research and treat childhood and ovarian cancers, every attendee came away...Read More
Our seventh Catwalk just wrapped up and I’m still on cloud nine. I am so overwhelmed by the amount of people and support that came out Wednesday night. It was honestly the most amazing night of my life. And we just happened to raise more than $370,000 for the kids in the midst of the best night of our lives! My heart is so full of joy!!! Our Catwalk heroes are so amazing, and I am in awe of their resilience and strength every day. When we invite children who are battling or have overcome cancer to join our...Read More
So, I’m glad you’re here, because we have lots to talk about! I’ve spent several years thinking about all the things I’d like to change about cancer — and all the information EVERY woman should have to help her FIGHT cancer. We’re going to talk about the hard stuff. The treatments. The emotional havoc. It’s going to be awesome!Read More
By BOB POCKRASS via ESPN. May 17, 2016.
Event founder Sherry Pollex, who recently finished a brutal 17 months of chemotherapy, will walk the runway with one of the girls. Without a wig.Read More
Let’s be honest, cancer doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care if you’re nice or rude or rich or poor. It doesn’t care how many people will watch you go through treatment and want public updates on your mindset or CA-125 levels. Martin and I were very careful in the days immediately after my diagnosis because we were still processing the news and figuring out next steps. We didn’t need our families to hear about anything via media, and Martin had to be at the next race or we knew the media would wonder why he wasn’t in his car. Once...Read More
Once you have an ovarian cancer diagnosis, you may feel overwhelmed, wondering what questions you should be asking next. A major resource for me after my diagnosis was Inspire.com. I could log in anytime and it allowed me to choose what I wanted to search and hear stories from other women that had been where I was heading. I had to be careful which threads I clicked on because honestly, sometimes I didn’t want to know what might be ahead for me. I wasn’t in denial – I just needed a break from worst-case scenarios. At Inspire.com, I was able to scroll through conversation topics and avoid tougher conversations that I wasn’t strong enough to face on certain days. Now, I look back and realize all the questions I didn’t know to ask when I first received my diagnosis. Part of the reason SherryStrong.org exists is because I don’t want you to go through the same confusion I had some days. If you have a pelvic mass and your OB recommends surgery, my best advice is to research a gynecologic oncologist in your area. This is important, because women who have their surgery performed by a gynecologic oncologist have a much higher chance of survival. The challenge is that there are not a lot of gynecologic oncologists in rural areas, so you must do the research yourself. Understand that...Read More