Author: Sherry Pollex

Survivor stories: Find support, avoid stats

by Sherry Pollex I was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer at the young age of 35. After researching my disease online (something I don’t recommend now), I realized there are very few support groups for young women with my type of cancer — or really for young people with any type of cancer. But the lack of resources feels especially significant for ovarian cancer because it’s typically an older woman’s disease. I eventually found a few websites, books and online message boards that were helpful but it took a lot of time and effort to find them. When...

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Another favorite smoothie recipe

This recipe includes some of my favorite cancer-fighting ingredients: 1 cup spinach 1/2 avocado (or you can use a banana) 1/2 cucumber 1/2 cup blueberries 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds 1/2 cup almond milk 1/4 cup coconut water 1 teaspoon chia seeds 1 teaspoon hemp seeds 1 scoop vegan protein powder Blend to desired consistency, sprinkle cinnamon on top and enjoy! 🙂...

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We need your help! Advocacy matters!

Advocacy for ovarian cancer is a powerful tool that the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) has been committed to since 1997. Advocacy helps to ensure that ovarian cancer patients have access to the care and treatments they need. It also has helped to secure more than $2.2 billion in federal funding for ovarian cancer research and awareness. More: Sherry visits Capitol Hill to advocate for ovarian cancer research funding Right now, we are focusing our advocacy efforts on several important programs that have historically received federal funding but could be at risk because of the current cost-cutting environment...

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So your friend has cancer. What now?

Everyone deals with crisis differently, and hearing “cancer” is an immediate crisis. As a loved one, you want to rush to their side, hold their hand and tell them everything is going to be fine. But not everyone wants to hear that – and not everyone even wants company when they’re coping. So, what can you do? My best advice is to ask how your loved one would like support, and know they may not be completely truthful. You may have to be patient or even impulsive. You will have to be creative. In honor of how old I...

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Can we have a moment of silence for our hair, please?

Losing my hair was honestly the darkest day of my post-cancer life. I know that sounds crazy because you’re probably thinking the darkest day was when the doctor told me I had this horrible disease and that I could never bear my own children.   They both rank right up there, but for some reason, for me, the day my hair really started to fall out was horrifying. Calling my hairdresser CJ to come to my house to shave my head was so hard. I had long blonde hair my whole life. I’ve never had short hair since kindergarten...

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An open letter from Sherry to every doctor and oncologist

Dear Doctor/Oncologist: I need you to acknowledge my support system sitting here with me, but I need you to fully understand that you are not here for them.  Because I want to know how we’re going to beat this thing. Don’t tell me how quickly you think I’m going to die or about all the stats that say I shouldn’t be alive. I am a statistic of ONE. Say it with me: ONE. You don’t know when I’m going to die and neither do I. The only person that can possibly know that is the man above, so let’s...

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Wigs 101

So let’s talk about hair and the endless choices available if you begin to lose your hair during treatment. I called on my personal hair-stylist CJ to help you guys with hair loss!

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