NOTE: HERA is honored to welcome Luci Berardi as our featured speaker at the Climb4Life Colorado on June 22, 2013. Come join us and meet her in person!
April 23, 2013
It is with sincere gratitude that I proclaim, I am an ovarian cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in October 2010 with Stage IV ovarian cancer. I was diagnosed with metastatic cancer because it had spread throughout my abdomen and to my rib cage, but I never lost faith. Yoga, meditation, prayer and journaling enabled me to remain hopeful. After going through a hysterectomy with debulking and the conventional regimen of chemotherapy, I received what we all long for—I was once again cancer free.
This journey was the inspiration for me to write a book about my trials, mental state, and triumph over this diagnosis. I share openly with you my initial discovery that something was wrong and how my doctors brushed off me and my symptoms. The use of conventional, alternative and spiritual therapies were paramount in my recovery. My book, Chasing Rainbows, My Triumph Over Ovarian Cancer, provides hope and a renewal of Faith for the patient, the spouse, and the family members and friends touched by this horrific disease.
As you embark on this journey, as a cancer fighter or caregiver, know:
- There will be times during this fight which may be more difficult than others; never lose hope.
- You will meet wonderful people on this path who will forever change the way you look at life.
- It’s okay to ask for help. One thing I discovered was that people really wanted to reach out and help, but didn’t know how. Asking them for help gave them a sense of purpose to participate and not feel so helpless.
- “Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence.”
I truly believe I have been given a second chance at life and must now reach out to others who walk a similar journey. I continue to share my experience, hoping to help other cancer patients with their fight. I am a strong believer in being involved in our own healthcare and to be one’s own advocate. Because of this, I speak regularly to third-year medical students at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. I am also involved with the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA), advocating awareness of this disease, and with Imerman Angels, a one-on-one cancer support group.
To learn more about Luci’s journey, her book is available on Amazon, her website, and locally at The Boulder Bookstore.
Find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/survivingovariancancer