National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Liz’s story

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Ovarian cancer is considered an almost symptomless killer.

It's something Grand Junction resident Liz Norris knows all too well. She's currently living with the disease.

"I was very surprised to get these others because no one in my family got cancer unless they had lifestyle issues,” said Liz Norris, who was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2016.

It’s her message of living life to the fullest and taking time to appreciate the little things in life that help get her through the day. Something we can all learn from.

"It was nothing for years, oh it’s benign, it’s benign, it’s benign and then I found out I had stage four cancer and it had gone to some of my bones, and my lymph glands, and I have something in my right lung,” said Norris.

In the late 1970s, Liz says she was diagnosed with skin cancer. Fast forward to 2014, her doctors found more cancer.

"When I found out that I had a breast cancer, that one breast cancer, I thought whoa, but when I found out there was two of them, two different which is rare and then two years later to get this other thing with the ovarian it's like I hit the cancer jackpot,” said Norris.

According to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance, this disease affects one in every 72 Colorado women. Symptoms can be vague but include bloating, abdominal pressure, feeling full after a meal quickly, and urinary urgency.

"You have to be vigilant about it, you got something that doesn't go away you have to keep bugging your doctor until they do something,” said Norris.

Her ovarian cancer was removed, but it’s not completely gone. Liz doesn't let the other cancers slow her down.

"I knew that the breast cancer couldn't be cured and I thought screw it, I might not be here next year, if I can walk 19 miles in two days I can run 13 miles downhill. And I did it,” said Norris.

Liz ran a half marathon ten days after her ovarian cancer surgery. She believes her active lifestyle has helped.

"I want to be as independent as much as I can, because I’m here, I mean what am I supposed to do, the same things everybody else does except that I’ve got something that I know is going to take me out, and I can't dream about being the old lady doing something ridiculous, it's not impossible but because of my education I would say it's highly unlikely,” said Norris.

For more information about the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance click on the link to the right of this page.

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