by Tianna G. Hansen
In October 2013, Amy Reed, a physician and mother of six, underwent surgery for what her doctors believed were uterine fibroids.
Eight days later, she received a call no one ever wants to get.
“The pathology came back – you have cancer.”
Amy was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma just a year after giving birth to her youngest child.
This type of cancer, which can masquerade as a fibroid, is aggressive and often resistant to common cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
Because her surgeon thought Amy had a simple fibroid, she cut up the cancer inside of Amy using a tool called a morcellator.
This spreads the cancer and for many women significantly worsens their outcomes.
During the process of her fight against the cancer, Amy and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, fought to end the practice of morcellation – OBGYNs have been doing this for over 20 years.
Although Amy did not win her battle with cancer, there is still hope for many women by spreading awareness of this disease as well as the dangerous procedure.
In Amy’s memory, there is an annual Slay Sarcoma 5K held every October, and this year it takes place on October 12th, beginning promptly at 8:30am, in Core Creek Park (Pavillion 11), 250 Tollgate Road, Langhorne.
Amy’s family created this 5K to honor Amy and her four-year battle.
The race is also intended to spread further awareness and raise funds to continue the battle for women in Amy’s name.
“We are going to continue in her name, fighting for women’s rights in medicine,” Amber said in an interview regarding her novel, “The Snow White Effect,” which takes a fictional take on the effects that this disease has on many women and their families.
For more info, visit slaysarcoma.com, and consider registering and participating in this event for a worthy cause.
This race is part of the Slay Sarcoma Research Initiative, whose mission is in hopes that no other woman experiences the same sentence as Amy did.
If you can’t attend the race in person, please participate as a virtual runner or donate to the cause.
All proceeds raised by the annual 5K Walk/Run go entirely to funding research and trials focused on sarcoma, which is sorely needed in order to find a cure.
For more information or to sign up, visit runsignup.com/Race/PA/Langhorne/slaysarcoma.