Thursday, December 09, 2004

go lightly............

Mom is finally resting at the hospital. They gave her some pretty strong IV pain meds and she is pain free for the first time in months. They did an ultrasound today and have scheduled a colonoscopy for tomorrow morning. The surgeon who will be doing the colonoscopy came to see her and did a physical exam. He immediately said he didn't think it was a colon problem and said he would still do the scope to be sure, but was calling a gynecologist to see her. The gynecologist did an exam and ordered an internal ultrasound. When I left the hospital tonight she was drinking Go Lytely. The person who named that stuff should be shot because of their sick sense of humor. You sure GO after drinking it but there's nothing 'light' about it! The good news is she is feeling much better. The horrible pains have disappeared with the help of some good drugs, and she is confident they will finally fix whatever this problem is...


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(written September of 2005) I have learned much in the last nine months. I have read that ovarian cancer whispers. I say it screams. It just needs someone to listen. The American Cancer Society statistics for ovarian cancer estimate that there will be 22,220 new cases and 16,210 deaths in 2005. This is a death rate FOUR TIMES that of breast cancer.Almost 70 percent of women with the common epithelial ovarian cancer are not diagnosed until the disease is advanced in stage. The 5-year survival rate for these women is only 15 to 20 percent. This is unacceptable. Women need to be made more aware of the symptoms, and doctors need to listen to their patients. Especially when the patient tells them that they fear they have ovca, as my mother did for almost a year before she was finally diagnosed. It’s so sad and senseless when a woman knows the symptoms but can’t get anyone to listen to what she is saying.