Briana Patriarca

"Last year, I had a scare after what felt like a normal gynecologist visit in which a biopsy and additional testing were ordered. I feared a cancer diagnosis."


As a young woman, cancer is not something that is usually on the forefront of my mind. It runs on both sides of my family and I am resigned to the fact that it is a diagnoses I will most likely face at some point in my future.


As I have grown older and the risks grown greater, I have avidly worked on my own personal health to try to lessen the chance and delay what feels like an inevitable diagnosis. Last year, I had a scare after what felt like a normal gynecologist visit in which a biopsy and additional testing were ordered. I feared a cancer diagnosis. My gynecologist noted that, at worst, I could be diagnosed with cervical or ovarian. I confided in Joanne, President of CT Women of Hope, knowing that she had been through this. She was a wonderful source of support and education as I went through some initial tests. I was relieved to receive a negative result, but the experience definitely opened my eyes to the importance of knowing the symptoms and signs.

I joined the CT Women of Hope because I believe in their mission and feel it is important to raise awareness for Ovarian cancer which is not as “popular” or publicized. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause for cancer related deaths among women and only 15% of women are diagnosed in the early stages1. Early detection is crucial in treating the cancer and improving chance at survival, and yet it is often missed or misdiagnosed.

I am so grateful and proud to be part of an organization that is so devoted in helping raise awareness and provide support in the fight against Ovarian cancer.

1 “Statistics.” Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

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