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Ovarian Cancer Survivor Recalls The Impulse That May Have Saved Her Life
Date:6/12/2013

Brookside, NJ (PRWEB) June 12, 2013

Terry Veiga believes her parents were watching over her from above. Six years ago—out of the blue—Veiga, a life-long New Jersey resident, decided she should see a gynecologist for a routine checkup. “I hadn’t been to one in years, but for some reason I felt I should go,” she recalls.

That impulse changed Veiga’s life.

“During the exam, my doctor said my uterus felt thick and he decided to do an ultrasound in his office. He saw immediately I had a mass and he sent me to get an MRI the next day,” says the 48-year old mother of two sons, ages 11 and 16. Veiga, who lives in Allentown, NJ, was then sent to see a gynecologic oncologist, underwent surgery at Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune, NJ, and was diagnosed with early Stage 1 ovarian cancer.

“It was all so quirky,” Veiga says. “Why did I suddenly want to see the doctor? I feel my parents—who both had died years ago—were somehow watching over me. Plus I was lucky to have a very good doctor who went the extra mile and moved quickly to get me diagnosed, rather than adopting a wait-and-see attitude as many doctors do.”

A year or so later, Veiga heard about Turn The Towns Teal®, a New Jersey-based nonprofit promoting greater awareness of ovarian cancer. Every September, National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, Turn The Towns Teal volunteers throughout the state and across the nation tie teal-colored ribbons on prominent municipal sites and hand out cards listing ovarian cancer symptoms. Veiga thought tying ribbons to make people aware of the disease and its symptoms would be a “great thing to do.”

For the past four years, Veiga, along with family and friends, has tied ribbons in the town’s down
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