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In the Loop patient Barb Fisher, her daughter Dani Johnson, and her granddaughter Aleia Johnson

Mother-daughter duo Dani and Aleia Johnson originally created their unique head scarves for their mom/grandma, Barb Fisher. The scarves now are part of a care kit for others battling ovarian cancer.

To friends and family, Barb Fisher is affectionately known as Full Blast Barb. "That’s just how she lives," Barb’s daughter, Dani Johnson, tells us. "Everything she does is full-on. As kids, we used to be in awe of her strength and athleticism."

In March 2019, Barb’s blast would come to a screeching halt when she was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. Johnson, a wellness physical therapist in Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program in Rochester, tells us the diagnosis came out of nowhere. "My mom had absolutely no warning signs and no symptoms, which is unfortunately common with ovarian cancer," she says. "She was out playing tennis twice a day up until the day she went in to see her primary care provider" after she'd experienced "some swelling in her abdomen."

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This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.

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