Nova launches Ovarshare podcast to share stories of life with ovarian cancer

Nova Entertainment has launched a podcast to share the ups and downs of living with ovarian cancer – Ovarshare.

The announcement:


Kristen Larsen believed that death was not a reflection of losing a battle or a fight, in fact she despised that terminology. Passing away from advanced Ovarian cancer on 9 December 2019, cancer did not beat Kristen, she beat cancer by living an incredible life.

Kristen’s final advocacy project was to create the Ovarshare podcast, a powerful and inspiring series to share her story, and featuring people whose stories or spirit will touch the hearts of those that listen, launching on 4 February. The honest and often heart-wrenching six-episode series shares the stories of survivors, of those who passed and their families and friends. Kristen also talks to some of the medical professionals and charity sectors to gain insight into all aspects of ovarian cancer from the symptoms to dealing with a diagnosis and raising awareness and funding for research.

Kristen’s greatest wish was to create a legacy that would live beyond her, by sharing her story, and those of her late friends, and campaigning to raise over a million dollars for Ovarian cancer research and awareness through the fundraising page Kristen’s Living Legacy, to make a lasting difference.

At 21 Kristen’s life changed forever when she was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Over six years, she showed incredible courage and determination, and continued to hold hope and dream big to make a difference for women like her.

Campaigning to raise awareness of the disease and funds for research, Kristen shared her story across Australia, UK, Canada and USA, was the face of many campaigns and fundraisers and successfully campaigned to secure millions of federal dollars. In 2018 Kristen was named a finalist in the Queensland Young Australian of the Year Awards for building awareness of the illness and the need for more research and clinical trial.

Kristen lived an incredible life, if she wanted something to happen, she made it happen. Cancer didn’t change that, it just sped things up, she said, “I’ve seen so many things, I won’t have any regrets, I won’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything. I feel so lucky that at 27 I’ve been able to do so much more that other people would do in 80 years. I’ve only had a small amount of time so instead of just wallowing in self-pity and the disease,

I’ve got up and decided that I don’t know how much time I have but I’ve got to make the most of it.”

Elsa Larsen said of her sister Kristen, “Her smile so genuine, her laugh so full of joy, Kristen continued to dream big for her Teal sisters, Wise beyond her years, Kristen’s story will live on, will continue to impact and inspire us.”

Teal Ribbon Day 2020 is a way to show support for ovarian cancer awareness, support and research and recognise those affected.

There is no screening test for ovarian cancer, the only way to be diagnosed early is to look out for the subtle symptoms. Kristen knew first hand that research is the only hope that women with Ovarian cancer have for a future. Not long before she passed, Kristen created a fundraising page with the aim of raising $1 million dollars towards research funding. Kristen’s Living Legacy will live on in her honour.

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Teal Ribbon Day 2020 will be held on Wednesday 26 February. All six episodes of Ovarshare will be available from 4 February on Acast and wherever you access your podcasts. Check out ovarshare.com for further details.

Source: Nova media release


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