Survivor Stories

Early detection can greatly increase a woman’s survival rate, and there are many women out there that know first-hand what surviving ovarian cancer is like. KOH will feature a new survivor story each season to help those fighting cancer realize that there is hope.


Survivor Story: Michele Collins

“On Friday, February 13, 2015, I was an active 39 year old mom with an 8 year old son and 10 year old daughter at the time of my diagnosis of high grade serous ovarian cancer.  I had no risk factors or family history for this disease, and as such, my OB GYN describes me as […]


Survivor Story: Lynn M. K. Franklin

Life Changes: A Survivor’s Story It was the fall of 2004 and I detected a symptom that was unusual for me.  I would feel a pull in the pelvic area after urination.   It was not painful and I was not immediately alarmed.  My primary care physician thought it would disappear as fast as it […]


Survivor Story: Dee Sparacio

My Road to Advocacy: In 2005, one month after my 50th birthday, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Enlarged ovaries and pain led me to see a gynecologic oncologist at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. After surgery, I remember looking up at the clock in my recovery room. I knew the surgery had […]