Beginning today, May 1st, 2020, I plan to ROCK the day – every day in May. ROCK – Raise Ovarian Cancer Knowledge was coined by my friend Jean Maday, who passed away on January 11, 2020. Jean and I were born the same year, and we both were diagnosed with clear cell ovarian cancer. Her dragon however, was simply relentless.
To honor Jean’s after glow, as well as many others throughout the month, I choose to ROCK the day – every day in May. Several special events happen in May. WORLD Ovarian Cancer Day is May 8th and women living with ovarian cancer, their families and supporters, along with patient advocacy organizations from around the world, come together to raise their voices in solidarity and fight against this disease.
Mother’s Day is May 10th. I just happened to be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer when I was four months pregnant with a son that sets my life to song. There is no greater joy, so therefore I also ROCK for my boy. My birthday falls at the end of May, and while every day is gift, I celebrate each birthday with a grateful heart. I would give anything to celebrate Jean’s birthday again.
And finally, Giving Tuesday this year will fall on Tuesday, May 5th. The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is an organization close to my heart. They have been diligent these past few weeks in adjusting and preparing new services that will offer comfort and support to those fighting ovarian cancer, while simultaneously being impacted by COVID-19. I stand with NOCC, because NOCC stands with our communities, and soon, even MORE so than before.
Please consider ROCK’in the days in May with me. Feel free to share my posts or create your own, and together we can save lives by educating others on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. While I know it’s a difficult time for many, I cannot imagine the added impact of COVID-19 on my teal sisters battling this disease, requiring treatment, facing increased isolation, and needing our support. Any contribution to my ROCK the day campaign will be directed to the upcoming program for those in this very situation. Together we are strong, and together we must fight against this disease that whispers. So, let’s ROCK.