Sharrie Heibl: Cancer Survivor

Cancer survivor Sharrie Heibl pictured with one of her gardens.

"I am a cancer survivor! Some of you already know this wonderful news! My sister-in-law is also a cancer survivor and it is because of her that I am. In March of 2007 she was diagnosed with cancer of the lining of the uterus, endometrial cancer. Our family was devastated as most families are when we heard the " C-word. " She and I talked often and she kept us updated on her treatments and prognosis. Her symptoms hadn't been obvious and her cancer was advanced when it was finally discovered. As we talked I began to think of symptoms that I had, but had passed off as part of the aging process. Because of her I had my symptoms checked. A biopsy and ultrasound were done and I was diagnosed with the same cancer as my sister-in-law.

Had she and I not talked and shared, I would not have done anything in the near future and my cancer might have been advanced when I finally had it diagnosed. I thank her over and over. She has since gone through chemo sessions, radiation, more chemo sessions, loss of hair, and all the problems that arise with these treatments. She has taken these treatments without complaint and has truly been brave. I, on the other hand, had to have surgery but did not need additional follow-up treatments because of the early detection.

Early detection is the key. Once you know you have cancer, there are many resources that are available to you. Unlike breast cancer however, there is not much publicity about the gynecologic cancers. Women are talking and sharing about breast cancer, thank goodness, and it is my hope that Garden Walk will help to promote similar talking and sharing about gynecologic cancer through the little pamphlet I have made (pictured right) and the information presented on this website."

One side of the pamphlet displays photos of Sharrie Heibl's beautiful Wisconsin gardens and the other side has the signs and symptoms of five gynecologic cancers. The University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Cancer Center has approved the information on this pamphlet and all proceeds from its distribution go to further aiding in the research of gynecologic cancers. The intention of the pamphlet is to spark conversation with the lovely flower photos and then continue conversation with proactive information. If you are interested in a pamphlet, please contact Sharrie. If you would like to make a donation, please use the button on the right side of the page and you'll be guided to Paypal where you can make a secure donation with a credit or debit card. All funds will be sent to the Paul P. Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin to help continue researching better ways of treating cancers.