Monday, January 03, 2005


After about 48 hours in the good hospital, mom got to come home today!

She's still on antibiotics for the pneumonia but she is no longer gasping for air. She can get around on her own (slowly), although Dad still insists on doing everything he can for her.

Her legs and feet are still extremely swollen. Dr. L said it's the cancer that is causing it and that instead of waiting until the end of this month she wants chemo started right away. We're working on getting that set up now.

Mom is so worried about the chemo. She remembers when her cousin had ovarian cancer and how sick the chemo made her. She said she doesn't care if she loses all of her hair. She is just worried about throwing up constantly. Hopefully she'll be lucky and it won't affect her that way.

We're trying to decide now about the Christmas that never was....
She kept telling me today to take our presents home with me, and we'll just plan for next year's Christmas. While I think looking forward to next Christmas is a good thing for her to do, I don't want to give up on this one. The older kids will be going back to college in two weeks. I'm going to talk to Sis tonight and see if we can make plans.

For now all is good..........


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really felt for you when I read your post. I have been where you are and I know how hard it is to watch someone you love go through something so painful not knowing the outcome. Keep the faith and don't give up. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

6:36 PM, January 03, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry it's me again. I meant to leave my name.

6:37 PM, January 03, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I can say is "All the best for the new year!"

Kevin Dougans

7:54 PM, January 06, 2005  

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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.