Trees of Hope: MOCA moves to virtual support

WDIO
Updated: November 27, 2020 06:24 PM
Created: November 22, 2020 05:31 PM

The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Allliance has been a lifeline for women and their caregivers who are navigating a world that includes ovarian cancer. 

Duluth's first MOCA Meet and Greet virtual style took place recently. "It's refreshing to be able to see someone's face. We miss being in person, and we miss seeing each other. Seeing someone virtually, you do feel lighter," shared Stefanie Gliniany, the Community Support Program Manager for MOCA.

Duluth native, Kris Greer, is now the MOCA Board Chair. She is happy to be there, in whatever way she can. "For me, being a long-term survivor, I like to provide hope and inspiration to newly diagnosed women, as well as women at any stage in their journey."

The educational meetings are online now, too. And so was their annual fundraiser, Shine Teal for Moca. "You can still click on our website, and watch," Greer said.

It's all so important now, as these women are in the high risk category. Which is something they discussed during the Meet and Greet. "Just how we're coping. Thinking about the winter ahead, and what we can do to make ourselves feel good. And provide support for people we love. Or how we've gotten support. There were some really heartfelt moments, supporting each other during this time," Gliniany remembered.

They don't want any women to risk a delay in diagnosis. So reach out to your doctor if you have symptoms. "Don't put anything off, contact your provider. You can do virtual sessions to share the symptoms. Don't let it go," Gliniany added. "There are ways you can go to the doctor and stay safe."

Symptoms include:

1) Bloating

2) Pelvic or abdominal pain

3) Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

4) Urinary changes (urgency or frequency)

MOCA says if you have these symptoms for more than two weeks, and they are new or unusual for you, you should call your doctor.

For more resources, head to MOCA's website: https://mnovarian.org/

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