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Welcome to Dr. Donnica's Women's Health Champions. Being a champion for women's health doesn't mean you have to be famous or have a medical background, or even that you have to be a woman, but it does mean that you care deeply about women's health, happiness and well-being. The women on this page have whole-heartedly contributed to improving women's health through their dedication to a variety of specific causes. Browse the list below and click on a name to read their story.

"Breast Cancer Can Be Beaten", by Cheryl Greene
On March 22, 1996 I was diagnosed with Stage III, High Risk, Inflammatory Breast Cancer. My doctor told us that I would probably live until Christmas. I decided that I would not give up. I had too much to live for!
"Living With It" - Judy Pickett Is Outrunning Breast Cancer and Setting the Pace for Other Women
Three-time breast cancer survivor Judy Pickett, currently undergoing chemotherapy, is more than halfway to her goal of running 100 cancer benefit races throughout the country to show that women with breast cancer can lead a full and active life.
"POPSMEAR: Overcoming Cervical Cancer", by Christine Baze
“I’m going to be a rock star!” That was my dream in January of 2000, when I quit my day job to pursue fulltime my one true passion, music. My band was doing great and I could not have been happier. One week later, I saw blood. Immediately, I called my gynecologist.
"Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder", with Ms. Kellie Greene
Ms. Kellie Greene is the National Spokesperson for the Pfizer/YWCA “Moving Past Trauma PTSD Community Outreach Program and founder of SOAR (Speaking OutAbout Rape).
"ShopWellWithYou.com: Personal Shopping Service for Women with Cancer", by Emily Spivack
Using clothing as a means towards individual empowerment and healing, Shop Well with You is a wellness program that gives each woman the tools to boost morale and self-confidence which may have been affected due to the changes to her body as a result of cancer and its treatments.
"Surviving Ovarian Cancer", by Ginger Ackerman Smith
The first and most important thought I would like to express to you is that every single day is important and worth living like it is your last. If there are any gifts from cancer (and there are several), it is the ability to focus on and prioritize what is most important to you.
"Virginia SLAM!", with singer/songwriter Leslie Nuchow
Leslie Nuchow began Virginia SLAM! as a counter movement against the Virginia Slims’ record label, Woman Thing Music. Virginia SLAM! produced two SLAM! concerts in 1997 and 1998, featuring the Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins that focused on keeping the tobacco industry out of music.
"Vulvodynia", by Lauren Kunis
Developing Vulvodynia has been life-altering. Being an outspoken voice in the community seems like second nature to me. This disease robs us of any normalcy that others have. My goal is to bring awareness about this disease to every woman.
The Mother-Daughter Connection
Under what circumstances do mothers and daughters decide to come together and communicate as friends?
When Compassion Can't Wait: One Mother's Story
Valerie Sobel, a refugee from Hungary’s Communist era, established the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation to honor the memory of her 19-year old son who died of a brain tumor in 1995. Within the year following the tragic loss of her son, she lost her mother, and, a year to the day after Andre’s death, her beloved husband Erwin took his own life. Through the subsequent years of crushing grief, Sobel sought to redirect her life.

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