Preaching the Gospel…

First of all, prayers go out to the family of Marti Hughes, who passed away this week, in Ohio.  Marti was a wonderful survivor who always had a smile on her face.  She could also tell a heck of a story.

This past weekend we held the 2nd Annual Teal Tea Party here in Charlotte.  It was sponsored by a remarkable , young organization called Lydia’s Legacy. (  It was quite the gala event and such fun!  Each year a doctor and a survivor share their message and this year I was honored to be asked to do the survivor talk.  I always take any opportunity I have to spread the message about ovarian cancer, but am never sure I am doing the job justice.  I remind myself that I am representing so many survivors, both living and those that have passed on.  So, I want to be clear and encourage the audience to take action.  At this event, there were some truly awesome survivors in attendance, so it was especially important to me.  I was fortunate to have my husband,,daughter, and some friends there, also. (Unfortunately, my son had to work).  It was an encouraging group to speak to and the afternoon was  wonderful.Thursday I am off to Miraval Spa in Arizona to the Escape Cancer Retreat.  I am so looking forward to going and spending 5 glorious days learning how to be a better advocate for others and relaxing at the spa.  It doesn’t get any better than this!  I hope to have time to report to you some key things I am learning, so stay tuned in.



  1. You were the best choice to speak at this event. Who was the doctor? Enjoy the spa week and I need to find out about these places for cancer patients. I will be headed to Houston in early Oct. for a second opinion consultation. You once told me that MDA there was a top choice.

    Phyllis Zellmer


  2. Becky alrubaiie

    I’m so proud of you and want you to know that you make me a better survivor. You make
    Me stronger and give me confidence and hope for our future. You are a great friend to me..I love you. Looking forward to seeing you soon.


  3. Phyllis, Dr. McDonald was the doctor and did a great job. Becky, thank you so much. Your post made my day. You are very special to me, too. See you at the beach!


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