Susan Leighton and Regina Parker gave a Teal Talk to the Rocket City Coders group at their meeting on February 21 at the Dowdle Center. We appreciate the opportunity to educate women in our area about ovarian cancer signs and symptoms. In this photo, we are holding the Winter issue of Cancer Today magazine, which includes a feature article on Susan and her advocacy work! We’re so proud to have her as part of the Lilies and grateful for her efforts of our behalf.
On Saturday, January 28, Eva Green and Regina Parker worked the Lilies table at the Weatherly YMCA Health Fair. Great crowd!
No regular support group in December; instead, join us as we enjoy the holiday season at the Olive Garden on Monday, Dec. 12. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
Regina Parker spoke to the CARA cancer research student group at Oakwood University on December 1. Thank you Oakwood for providing the Lilies the opportunity to educate students on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Thank you to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Ana Franklin for coming to
the November meeting and presenting us with a donation from the Trails for Teal ride in memory of our dear Lily Michelle Lawler Burks. This is the third year Morgan County has had the ride in Michelle’s memory.
Our next regular support group meeting will be Tuesday, October 25, 5:30 p.m., 2nd floor Community Room at Clearview Cancer Institute. Our speaker will be Nadine Wormsbacher of Bodywork for Healing. She’ll be showing us some techniques that relieve stress, help with fatigue, relaxation and more. Family and friends (caretakers) are welcome!
On Wednesday, October 19, Regina Parker and Eva Green set up our Lilies exhibit at the City of Huntsville Employee Health and Wellness Fair. This is a well-attended event, and we always enjoy the opportunity to spread awareness to so many people.
WOW! It’s been an awesome Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.
We wrapped it up with a gathering at the Garden of Life and Remembrance on Meridian Street on Tuesday, September 27. Those we’ve lost were remembered and the Lilies members in attendance rang the bell for each year of survival. It was a memorable and fun evening for all members, friends and family in attendance. Thank you Dr. Engle for cooking our BBQ and a huge thank you to Beth Engle for coordinating this event!
On Thursday, September 22, 2016, several Lilies attended the annual HudsonAlpha Tie the Ribbons luncheon. The video shown at the luncheon can be seen here. One of the survivors interviewed is our current executive director, Regina Parker.
September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Once again, the Lilies of the Valley joined with other groups across the state in the A State of Teal awareness campaign (www.astateofteal.org). Special thanks to all the participants! For more information and photos, be sure to check out our Facebook page as well as the A State of Teal Facebook page to see participants throughout the state.
Special Guest Mayor Troy Trulock from Madison joined the Lilies at our August meeting on 8/30, to present a proclamation about September Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. We appreciate the Mayor coming to our meeting and giving us his and the City of Madison’s support!
Cities who participated in the A State of Teal awareness campaign and provided proclamations that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month in their city were Madison, Huntsville, Gadsden, Attalla, Gadsden and Arab. Thank you all for your support and for recognizing this crucial health issue that affects families in your area.
On July 30, the Lilies were invited to exhibit at Huntsville Hospital’s Women’s Conference held at the Dowdle Center. Awesome program and speakers. Thanks for including us!
Our support group meeting on Tuesday, July 26 featured speaker Roy Williams, a counselor who leads the “Coping with Cancer” group at CCI. These meetings are for both patients and caregivers, so if you’re looking for a group that includes caregivers, check it out. They meet on Fridays at 10 a.m. You can call CCI for details on dates, times and location of meetings.
Our June Support Group meeting on June 28 was fabulous. Dr. Tyler Kirby from TVGO gave a presentation on Clinical Trials and how to interpret results. He gave us a lot of useful tips for what to look for in study design and reporting. Thank you Dr. Kirby for taking the time to come share your expertise with us!
Redstone Federal Credit Union invited the Lilies to their employee wellness day on Tuesday, June 28. There was a big turnout and it was a great time to spread knowledge and awareness.
On Friday, June 10, the Lilies had a table at Clearview Cancer Institute’s Survivor’s Day celebration. It was great to see all the survivors and caregivers, and we were able to give out information to lots of people about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
The Lilies of the Valley held the bi-annual Spring Symposium at Calhoun Community College on Saturday, April 30. It was a great event. Thank you to our speakers, Dr. David Engle from Tennessee Valley Gynecologic Oncology, and Dr. Kimberly Strong from HudsonAlpha for giving up their Saturday morning to spend spreading awareness about women’s health issues. Thank you also to our awesome Survivors Teaching Student Lilies panel: Susan Leighton, Sheila Amos, Lisa Broussard and Jesse Robinson for sharing your stories, and to all the Lilies who came out to work that day in order to make the Symposium a success.
See our Facebook page for more photos!
On March 17 , ovarian cancer advocates from around the state, including members of the Lilies of the Valley, traveled to the state capitol in Montgomery to encourage our legislators to support ovarian cancer awareness and to vote for the oral-chemotherapy parity act. Alabama is one of the few states in the U.S. that does not provide the same insurance coverage for oral chemo drugs as for drugs administered in a clinical setting.
Our February Support Group meeting was a “Lilies only” meeting as we made plans for the Spring Symposium coming up in April. We also shared our experiences with treatment with a couple of the newer members. These small, Lilies only meetings are a great place to ask questions that you might not feel comfortable asking in a larger group, so please make plans to attend support group meetings even if there isn’t a speaker/program.
We started off 2016 with an awesome support meeting. Our speaker was Jamie Collins, RD who gave a very informative talk about general nutrition and the special nutritional needs for those in chemotherapy and/or dealing with side effects. Below are links to some of the websites that Jamie recommends as good sources of nutrition information:
USDA Food Safety Fact Sheets: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets
The ELLICSR Kitchen: https://www.ellicsr.ca/en/clinics_programs/ellicsr_kitchen/Pages/recipe_archive.aspx
The Lilies were at the Weatherly YMCA Health Fair on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Thanks Susan for giving up your Saturday to help with the health fair!