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Allison Ward Patient Expert

Columbia, Maryland
I am 37 and stage IV metestastic ovarian cancer. I was diagnosed two years ago and have had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. My cancer has spread to my liver, kidneys, lungs, lymphnodes and brain. I am currently out off treatment and in the end stage. This blog was created as a mechanism to... Full Bio
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A Beautiful Soul Leads to a Purpose of Advocacy by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Four years ago on an ordinary hot summer July day I sat in a doctor’s office when three words changed my life.   “You have cancer”    I actually don’t remember the exact ... Read on »
Words That Define Us by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Remember when you go to a job interview and they ask you to describe yourself in three words?   I even used that question with a twist when I was pursuing online dating. ... Read on »
First Descents: Life Challenges, Lessons Learned by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer As some of you know from one of my previous post that this summer I had the opportunity to attend a week-long adventure camp sponsored by First Descents. Ever since I h ... Read on »
The effects of being in nature by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer As many of you know I love the outdoors especially hiking, camping and anything that has to do with water and mountains.  Since my diagnosis, I have spent little time doi ... Read on »
I'm still here!!!! by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Hi everyone, I know that I have not blogged in months. I don’t have a lot of time to write much of an update just now, but I wanted to let all of you know that I am sti ... Read on »
Name That Fish by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Thought I would post something lighthearted for today. I'm getting new fish today and need name suggestions. In the past I have had Horton, Thing one & Thing two. The n ... Read on »
Loss of a home and losing a piece of myself by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Once again I find myself wide awake at 2am. I have done all the usually tricks to help me get to sleep, but tonight, I think there is only one thing that will work. I t ... Read on »
The passing of fellow survivor and friend - Bethany Richmond by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I woke up Friday morning with a cold and felt like shit. I bundled up in flannel and sat down at my computer with a cup of tea to "reconnect" with the world.   This is m ... Read on »
I'm Still Here by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Finally a good pic Dec 2010 Months have gone by since I last posted to this blog. I think there are so many reasons for this and I will sha ... Read on »
Monsters Under the Bed by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Remember back when we were kids and were afraid of the dark?   I think there is a time in all of our childhoods where we heard the house creak or wind blow and thought ... Read on »
Discovering Hope by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer In my last entry I wrote about my realization that I was living without hope. I have spent a lot of time since then thinking about hope. What is hope? Where does it ... Read on »
Lessons Learned from Colorado by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The last weekend in August, I was in a canoe paddling down the Colorado River. Well in truth I was not doing much paddling, but I will get to that later. I had the opp ... Read on »
What makes a person a cancer survivor? by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Recently the Texas Journal of Nursing reprinted one of my blog entries to educate nurses about the issues of young adult cancer patients. In the article the author descr ... Read on »
The Art of Music by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer If one picture paints a thousand words, then one song must represent hundreds of images. Music has always had a role in my life. It began with me pounding on the piano be ... Read on »
Eenie, Meenie, Miney, and Moe by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday I went to the pet store and picked out some new fish. It was depressing over the last week to look at an empty tank and it is wonderful to see some new vibran ... Read on »
A Lesson on Life and Death by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Many of you know that I used to have a golden retriever named Oscar that I loved a lot and that I miss often. What many of you don’t know is I have another pet, a ... Read on »
Life goes on….. by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer ….and sometimes it feels as though it is happening without me and I am left behind. I had dinner tonight with my ex-boyfriend and I found out that he and his wife a ... Read on »
Camp Mak-A-Dream Ovarian Cancer Retreat May 13-17, 2010 by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer  View from camp Last weekend I had the awesome opportunity to go to beautiful Gold Creek, Montana to Camp Mak-A-Dream’s Ovarian Cancer Survivors retreat. A ... Read on »
Moments of Transformation and Gratitude by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Last week I went to a lecture called “Healing from the Inside Out: The Regenerative Power of the Human Spirit”. The focus of the lecture was to address the concept of h ... Read on »
A bit of this, a bit of that.... by Allison Ward Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Over a week has passed since I last wrote a post. Since I usually write at night when I can’t sleep, we can infer that I have been sleeping better. Until tonight that it ... Read on »