Turn The District Teal
Recently, Newburgh Enlarged City School District Physical Education Teacher Elissa Dickinson, along with the help of her NECSD colleagues, family and friends, partnered with a nation-wide campaign, “Turn the Towns Teal”, to promote ovarian cancer awareness and its symptoms here in the Hudson Valley during the month of September.
In May 2009, Dickinson was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at Stage 1. According to Dickinson, she was fortunate to be diagnosed at such an early stage, as the symptoms for ovarian cancer mimic many other gastrointestinal disorders.
Since her diagnosis, she has worked diligently to promote the symptoms of the disease in her community. Recently, Dickinson and her supporters joined together on a sunny afternoon to garnish NECSD buildings with teal ribbons and bows which represent the cause. She is hopeful that by raising awareness about the often silent disease, ovarian cancer cases will be found earlier with better results for patients.
Symptoms include abdominal pain, lower back pain, need to urinate frequently, feeling full quickly after eating or constantly being very tired. Dickinson stressed the importance of requesting further testing aside from annual visits if you have any of these symptoms.
For more information about ovarian cancer and “Turn the Towns Teal”, please visit www.turnthetownsteal.org.