KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Do you know the symptoms of ovarian cancer? Health experts say they're easy to ignore. Symptoms are subtle; they only 'whisper' something is wrong.
That’s the origin of the name for the, ‘Whisper Walk for Ovarian Cancer.’ Sunday thousands met for the 10th annual event to raise money for awareness and a cure for ovarian cancer.
Terranay Teague was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just days after her 20th birthday. Like so many other women, Teague didn't know the symptoms and didn't go to the doctor despite a growing lump on her abdomen.
"That's what I did for months; ‘oh no, it's cool, I'm alright.’ And, then all the sudden, ‘whoa stage 1A cancer,” she said.
After four months of noticing some uncomfortable changes she finally saw a physician. The lump on her abdomen ended up being a large tumor.
"I saw the signs in retrospect,” she said.
The 10th annual Whisper Walk is in honor of Vicki Welsh. Like Teague, she too ignored small signs something might be wrong. Vicki died in 2006 at the age of 52.
"They call it the whisper walk because symptoms are so silent they tend to whisper," said David Welsh, Vicki’s husband.
"One is bloating, pelvic and abdominal pain, frequent to urinate and feeling full quickly, those are your major symptoms,” he said.
David now organizes the annual walk to fulfill Vicki's final wish; to educate and empower all women to listen to their gut.
“A lot of women don't have a clue it could happen to them," said Welsh. "You ladies know your bodies better than anybody and if something doesn't feel right push for further testing."
Teague said she's not giving up.
"I have Jesus on my side," she said.
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