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Workout 10 times!

by Kim Callery

Supporting: Step Up America for Ovarian Cancer for STAAR Ovarian Cancer Foundation

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I am planning on working out 10 times this month! Join me!

Meet Kim - She loves ice cream and working out, enjoys her career leading a team of designers, highly recommends a roadtrip from Pittsburgh to the Grand Canyon, riding horses and loves spending time with her high school sweetheart turned husband, Jake, and their dogs, Nugget and Ellie.

• Kim’s story started in college when she was diagnosed with endometriosis (a risk factor for ovarian cancer), but encouraged not to have surgery because she was so young. In 2014, Kim started to have back pains, but her symptoms were brushed off. In 2019, the back pain returned and it didn’t go away. After months of no improvement, Kim decided it was time for the endo surgery. Though she had no other symptoms besides back pain, a couple months before surgery, Kim also started needing to pee more frequently (one of the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer). In November 2019, she had surgery. Last Thanksgiving, Kim was in immense pain all day and waiting for biopsy results. A month later, Kim went in for a second surgery - a total hysterectomy - that led to her ringing in 2020 with a stage 3C low-grade ovarian cancer diagnosis.

• One of the biggest debates with low-grade ovarian cancer is how to best treat it. Because it grows slower than more common types, low-grade is relatively chemo-resistant. There’s currently a clinical trial to better understand what the standard of care should be. Kim entered this trial after surgery. She could’ve been chosen for the chemotherapy + hormone treatment for maintenance arm or hormone treatment only. Kim is in the hormone only arm where she takes an estrogen blocker each day. Almost a year later, she’s doing well and still in the trial.

• Kim says, “Research is the hope. I am taking a breast cancer drug and have a cancer where there is no way to really know you are sick. Research can help us know sooner and live longer. I can’t thank the researchers enough!”

DID YOU KNOW?  

This year, over 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,000 women will die. There is no screening or early detection test available. Symptoms are subtle which results in only 20 percent of ovarian tumors being detected before they have progressed to an advanced stage.


STAAR Ovarian Cancer Foundation has created the Step Up America for Ovarian Cancer Campaign to raise awareness and funding for research, especially for the rare subtype, Low-Grade Serous Carcinoma.


Every year, women of all ages are affected by ovarian cancer, especially the rare form low-grade serous ovarian cancer (LGSC) which disproportionately affects younger women. The lack of screening tests and limited research for ovarian cancer adds to the importance of educating women about the symptoms of ovarian cancer and the need to raise funding for research, to help give these young women better treatment options and longer lives.  


Funds raised will support ovarian cancer research. STAAR is governed and run 100% by a volunteer board and committee members, half of whom are women previously diagnosed with LGSC. Since 2020, STAAR has contributed to funding two research project at MD Anderson Cancer Center with the most recent funding a LGSC research study for $150,000. 


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