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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Seattle Great Wheel Turns Teal

The Seattle Great Wheel is a hometown favorite, not just because it's lighting displays are so colorful, but also due to the company's contribution to the Seattle community. 

After my treatment last week I went down to the Wheel, it was  pure TEAL.  As you may be aware, September is ovarian and gynecological cancer awareness month.  Being able to benefit from this beautiful display of color makes us happy. 

The folks at The Seattle Great Wheel care.

I have been exhausted and extremely scatter-brained. For example, I have actually misplaced purchased groceries three times in the last 2 months.  I am overheated all the time. My hands have not really worked well for almost a year now.

I just stumble along doing my best to make a difference.

Thank you Seattle Great Wheel.

Please share this with 100 will make a difference.

I hope you enjoy the ride and the beautiful view.


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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Pierce Brosnan : Joining Our Forces To Disarm Ovarian Cancer

Pierce Brosnan shared with the nation a few hours ago the enormous pain and suffering he and his family endured due to ovarian cancer.  He lost both his loving wife and adoring daughter to this terrible disease.  

He stepped on stage during the Stand Up 2 Cancer Event on 09-05-14 with hopeful eyes and an urgent voice.  He brought with him a powerful message.  A message that the three most powerful non-profit organizations dedicated to ending ovarian cancer are teaming up to save lives.  

I feel confident and empowered.  I hope you feel the same.

Please watch this moving You Tube video clip and go to the OCRF website for their important press release and details about this unprecedented movement in ovarian cancer research.

I pray for his family and the souls of his dearly dearly departed wife and daughter.

Peace and Blessings,


"Our First Ovarian Cancer Dream Team" Pierce Brosnan 09-05-14 <link>

New Stand Up To Cancer Ovarian Cancer Dream Team Announced

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Ovarian Cancer Community Joins Forces to Fight Deadliest Gynecologic Cancer

A groundbreaking collaboration among three national ovarian cancer organizations was announced during the Stand Up to Cancer telecast on Friday evening, September 5th. Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF), Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA), and National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) have teamed up with Stand Up To Cancer to fund a new Translational Research Ovarian Cancer Dream Team dedicated to piloting leading-edge ovarian cancer research that will help patients and save lives. Read the full press release here.

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.© 2012 Copyright Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. All Rights Reserved


Thursday, September 04, 2014

N.E.D. The Movie And My Thoughts About This Special Time

Benefit Screening of Film Documentary:  N.E.D.   No Evidence of Disease

90,000 women will be diagnosed with a GYN cancer this year, and unfortunately one-third of them will die.  Often patients will say, “I didn’t know,” referring to the signs and symptoms, which often go unnoticed and undiagnosed until it is too late.  That is why it is so important for a film like No Evidence of Disease to be seen by a large audience.

Please join me for a special one-time screening of No Evidence ofDisease on Sunday, September 28 at the Edmonds Theatre. Proceeds from this screening will be donated to the nonprofit FORCE (Facing our Risk of Cancer Empowered Please help get the word out about this film.  Making vital information about this intimidating subject accessible is no easy task, but No Evidence of Diseasethrough a compelling combination of storytelling and music, accomplishes it.

You can purchase tickets for this event at:

In 2008, six cancer surgeons from around the country discovered their shared passion for medicine extended to music.  What began as a one-time gig playing cover songs for fellow surgeons turned into a rock band, named for the words every cancer patient dreams of hearing, No Evidence of Disease (N.E.D).

The award-winning documentary of the same name, No Evidence ofDisease, interweaves the harrowing experiences and remarkable courage of women, devoted families, and these dedicated musician-doctors. As music and medicine join forces in the fight for life, the surgeons are transformed into rising rock stars, and their patients and loved ones jump on the bandwagon, infusing the struggle for survival with heart, hope and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Check out the trailer for the film here  The film was also featured in U.S. News and World Report:

It would be wonderful to see you in the audience, and please help me spread the wordThis is an opportunity to spend time with friends whilecreating life-saving awareness of this disease.  Your presence will have an exponential effect – the best tool for us to save lives is knowledge, and this screening is a great way to get it.
Deborah Binder
DX OVCA June, 2009 and currently “dancing with NED”
Questions? Contact me at 425-361-3942 or

Hello From sunny Seattle!

I am typing this section of my post with the new Hanx Writer app on my ipad.  To be honest, this is really fun.  I love the clickity clack and zingy sounds.  It Brings me me back in time.  High school typing class, white-out, correction ribbon and lots of do-overs come to mind. I am not the best typist.  So I am really happy that our most adorable fan favorite, one of my favorite actors, Tom Hanks, created this for me and you.

Well, speaking of entertainers, I have an exciting event to tell you about.  One of our sisters, Deborah Binder, is hosting an benefit up in Edmonds called "N.E.D. The Movie".

N.E.D. stands for "no evidence of disease". A state of N.E.D. is every cancer patient's dream.  It represents a time before we are "cured".

For me, while in front line chemo, I relied on faith to get me there, along with family and friends, but truth being told, I was not prepared. I prayed as often as I could but in the back of my mind, I needed to see it to believe it. I was N.E.D. for about 2 years, which is a gift from God.  Now I remain in my first recurrence.

Our N.E.D. time is precious and often fleeting. Make a plan!

I did not feel well enough to travel, and like everyone else, responsibilities of real life become more pressing as we make a valiant effort to get back to normal.  Insurance, medical leave and expenses demand that we get back to work.

I am all for a law that provides for at least 90 days of recovery during N.E.D. Going through aggressive cancer treatment is a full time job so getting a true vacation from cancer and stress would improve the recovery process, in my mind.  Ok, enough politics.

Make a plan and get the support of your family and friends.  It is up to us to lead this and let people know that when we reach N.E.D. we want and need to reward ourselves, and honor those who have helped us along the way.  

It is so difficult to make a plan when we are in a chemo cloud of pain, nausea, brain fog and legitimate uncertainty.  Sometimes all we need is a weekend of fun, or a mini trip to a favorite getaway.  Maybe it is a quiet celebration with loved ones. The months of N.E.D. are a treasure, a time when we get to visualize our lives as living with a greater purpose, with more urgency.

So while we are figuring out work and other day to day priorities, set aside time every day for your spiritual, creative and empowered self.  Do what you love if at all possible.

Celebrate this special time and communicate to others that although the treatments have stopped, our bodies, your body, needs time to heal.  It may take a few months or even years.  Allow them to process that this time of healing can take extra time, so ask for their patience.

Please visit the quaint city of Edmonds on 09-28-14 for this special event!  I will see you there!

Peace and blessings,