Meet the Huffaker Family
Work and Life
As Huffaker’s, we play hard, but we work even harder. We’ve learned that life is too short. We strive to build memories and make the most out of every day. Here are some pics from our personal lives, work lives, and just out having fun. We like to travel, explore new areas, go to music festivals, hike, and do road trips.
Ovarian Cancer and BRCA Awareness
We hope you’ll take a few minutes and learn about the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and factors that contribute to higher risks. You could save your life or the life of someone you love. The Huffakers have made it their mission to educate Men and Women about the risks and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. They also promote awareness of the BRCA Genetic Mutation, which dramatically increases the risk of Breast, Ovarian, and Cervical Cancer in Women. Amy carried the BRCA Gene.
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
Historically, ovarian cancer was called the “silent killer” because symptoms were not thought to develop until the chance of cure was poor. However, recent studies have shown this term is untrue and that the following symptoms are much more likely to occur in women with ovarian cancer than women in the general population. These symptoms include:
- Pelvic and Abdominal Pain
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)
- Family History of Breast or Ovarian Cancer
Women with ovarian cancer report that symptoms are persistent and represent a change from normal for their bodies. The frequency and/or number of such symptoms are key factors in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Several studies show that even early stage ovarian cancer can produce these symptoms.
Women who have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see their doctor, preferably a gynecologist. Prompt medical evaluation may lead to detection at the earliest possible stage of the disease. Early stage diagnosis is associated with an improved prognosis.
BRCA Awareness and Family History of Cancer
During Amy’s treatment, she was tested and confirmed BRCA1 Positive. Her sister had previously died of Breast Cancer in 2008, and it was later discovered that she did have extensive family history of the cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, this was not widely known or discussed. One of Amy’s aunts passed away from Ovarian Cancer, and her Grandmother passed away from Breast Cancer.
My point is this: Amy had extensive family history of Female Cancers, yet I was completely unaware of this fact until after her diagnosis. Even had I known, I’m not sure if I would have known that it increased her risk or that we needed to do anything differently. Looking back, we would likely have taken a completely different approach when Amy started experiencing symptoms.
Relay for Life
As part of their mission to support the cancer community and to educate people about the symptoms and risk factors of Ovarian Cancer, the Huffaker Family is actively involved with numerous Relay for Life events each year. They want to help find a cure for cancer, support the cancer community as a whole, and honor those who have been lost to this horrible disease. Read more about Marvin and the Huffaker Family’s involvement with Relay For Life here: https://marvinhuffaker.com/relay