September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
By Renee Everett
In September of 2020, when my husband and I spent a week at our house in Harvey Cedars, I was so happy to see teal ribbons for Ovarian Cancer Awareness displayed at many businesses in Ship Bottom, Surf City, Barnegat Light and other towns on the Island and mainland.
I first saw teal ribbons displayed around LBI and Manahawkin in September of 2019. It was particularly exciting for me because my journey with ovarian cancer had begun earlier that year when I received my diagnosis. That entire summer I had undergone chemotherapy. Because of the type of chemo I received I lost all my hair. When I saw the teal ribbons, it was as though they were there to give me encouragement and support. I asked my husband to take a photo of me with one of the ribbons.
When I saw teal ribbons pop up again all over LBI this September, I asked my husband to take another photo of me. Just like last September, it is a photo of me standing next to one of the teal ribbons. But in this one I am happy to have my hair back.