Wednesday, December 15, 2004

hurry and wait................

Today was mom's appointment with the specialist. It's about a two and a half hour drive from where we live. Sis rode with mom and dad and I drove my car. We fully expected her to be admitted.
After being questioned by a med student, examined by a resident, and re-examined by the specialist, they said, "Yep- we concurr with those other guys." Well, those weren't their exact words but it was something like that.
They then informed us that they would have to work her into the surgery schedule and call us and let us know when to come back. They said we could expect a call by Wednesday.The words, "The sooner the better," keep playing over and over in my mind.....


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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.