By: Jennifer Heider
I am an entrepreneur and promoter of wellness-driven food, outdoor, companies, and causes. My career began in Chicago, at a large national agency, Leo Burnett. I moved to Boulder with my fiancé back in 1998 and fell in love with the mountains and Colorado lifestyle. My husband, Rob, and I have raised 6 golden retrievers and traveled the world over, seeking insights, stories and spiritual teachings to grow, share and evolve our lives. I am also on the Board of Slowfood Boulder, and we champion good, clean, fair and local food for all.
I recently got the opportunity to create the awareness campaign “NailOvarianCancer” in February of 2020. My personal knowledge of this cancer was limited-to none… my maternal grandmother did pass away from this disease in her late 30s. Crazily, upon learning more, I discovered I had all the symptoms myself and had asked my Dr. a year prior about exploring what could be wrong with me. She told me not to worry and that those symptoms were common to many conditions. We tried anti-acids and a few other things, which did not work.
I finally demanded a vaginal ultrasound and BRCA test. Although I was thrilled to hear I did not have signs of cancer, I do currently have a large inter-uterine fibroid which requires a total hysterectomy, and I am exploring removing my tubes and or ovaries to reduce my risk of Ovarian Cancer. I am astounded how many women are completely unaware of their “lady parts” and have incorrect information, such as a clear Pap smear means “everything down there” is fine. Our Nailovariancancer project has reached over 1MM qualified women so far and our “teal talks” and facts are opening up new conversations about women’s health and empowerment to a younger group of women. I am honored to be a part of awareness and pushing for early detection, and so very grateful for the compassionate, motivated, community of women’s health seekers and healers our team has connected with. On we go, togehter!