Tuesday, December 28, 2004

They say it whispers.........

I've been reading up a lot on ovarian cancer. They say it whispers..... The symptoms are often so vague, that when the correct diagnosis is made, it is too late. I lost track of how many doctors mom went to. They would always send her on to another. No one could quite figure out what body system was causing her so much pain.

I went for my checkup today. I received a lecture because it had been two years since my last appointment. Thankfully my ovaries seem fine, thank you. Just some other odd things that need taken care of. I also got the name of a doctor who does genetic testing. Sis and I are going to contact her.

Mom seems to be getting stronger every day. It's really bothering her that she can't get around like she's used to. Remember- this is a woman who went to a gym and worked out three times a week just a few months ago... I have to keep reminding her what she's been through, and that it will take time.

Right now we're planning our Christmas party that we didn't get to have. It will be on New Year's Day. We'll finally get all of those wrapped presents out from under our tree! It will be wonderful to have everyone together......


Blogger angela marie said...

My family just went thru genetic testing because of colon cancer. We found out that my sister and I were both positive, which not only increases our risk for colon cancer, but also uterine and ovarian. My experience is that it was the best choice for us. I would rather know, and have the power of knowledge on my side.
Good luck with your decisions.

6:16 PM, December 28, 2004  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I found your blog thru BE, and I wish your mom speedy recovery. God bless!


8:53 PM, December 28, 2004  
Blogger Dot Bar said...

So glad your mom is now home. Prayer is a powerful thing and I will continue to pray for your mom as God brings her to mind. I wish you and your family all the best!

10:27 PM, December 28, 2004  
Blogger Cattiva said...

What a blessing to have your Mom home! It's a wonderful gift.

Genetic testing sounds smart for you and your sis as well.

10:28 AM, December 29, 2004  
Blogger Risa said...

I am so sorry to hear that your mom is sick. This will be one of the toughest things that you'll ever have to go through and while it's hard to believe, you and your family will survive it. I lost my mother five years ago to breast cancer. She was 51. She battled the disease for five years. When she was first diagnosed she was already stage 4 (considered terminal with a less than 5% chance of living more than 2 years). She live for five more years because of her sheer determination, will, guts and grace. She lived long enough to see my oldest brother get married and to see me graduate from college. She was my best friend and the weirdest thing has been living without her - not being able to talk to her on the phone or ask for her advice. The little things I always took for granted. Because of her cancer I did get to see my mother at her best - as a fighter, a survivor. She never gave up and just let the cancer win. She fought it until the very end and for that I'll be eternally proud of her.

I pray that your mother finds the inner strength to never give up, to fight as hard as she can. Hopefully in her case, she'll win.

I created a webpage to honor my mother, if you'd like to see it. You can view it through a link on my blog at: http://risajoy.blogspot.com/ under the heading "A Tribute to my Mother".

Good luck

10:32 AM, December 29, 2004  
Blogger Jilly said...

I'm pleased your mother is getting stronger each day, I can totally sympathise how illness takes over your life, every little improvement is a milestone. Love to you and your family.

12:54 PM, December 29, 2004  
Blogger Crystal said...

I am so sorry for your mother's and family's struggle right now. I really want to encourage you to please keep writing.... All of you please take care and I will also be praying

1:29 AM, December 30, 2004  

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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.