3.14.14 As MOCA celebrates our 15th anniversary in 2014, we’re asking MOCA board members, volunteers and others to provide their thoughts on their favorite MOCA Memory. This month, we’ve asked Mary Pat Oslund (above middle), a 9-year ovarian cancer survivor and a HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer co-chair, to give us her favorite moment.
Each survivor has their own diagnosis story to tell. I was diagnosed with Stage IC ovarian cancer in May 2005. I’ve always been an active runner and was determined to get back to it after my treatment was completed. That goal, along with focusing on my family, was one of the things that helped get me through my therapies. That’s why one year after I was finished with my treatment, I decided to celebrate my one-year anniversary of being cancer-free by participating in MOCA’s Silent No More Walk/Run in 2006.
I remember what an amazing feeling that event gave me. It was my first interaction with MOCA and the hope and inspiration that I got from all the other amazing women in their teal “survivor” t-shirts lifted me up in a huge way. Running the course on that September day, I was determined to do more to change this disease and work to get involved with MOCA even more. I had to be a part of this organization!
That inspiration has carried me through to today, as I’m currently a MOCA Board Member and a co-chair of Walk/Run – which has been newly renamed to HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer. Because I was fortunate to be diagnosed at an early stage, I care deeply about awareness and early diagnosis of the disease. I love that we are “ending our silence” and spreading the symptoms of ovarian cancer by updating the event’s name to HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer. Because, the truth is, thanks to MOCA’s devoted supporters and volunteers, we have made strides against this disease and will continue to do so!
I hope you plan to join me and the thousands of others at HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer at Rosland Park this Saturday, Sept. 6. Registration is open and you can save with early bird pricing!
I’ll be lacing up my running shoes (in teal, of course!) and will running the course. Each lap around Lake Cornelia giving me a new memory, and a new reason to run to defeat this disease.