Saturday, January 29, 2005

a jolt of reality.....

It started happening today. Mom's hair is beginning to fall out.

Dad said she was in the shower and called for him. When he went to her she was standing there with clumps of hair in her hands. I think it really shook him up.

I know we were expecting this. I know this is what happens, but when it actually does, it is a jolt of reality.

It turns out that dad does have a sense of humor about his hair loss after all. They're going next week to order a wig for mom. He suggested they get it in his color so when her hair comes back, they can cut the wig for him to use.

Mom laughed. Go dad.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having a sense of humor over the inevitable is a good way to get through it! :^)

7:05 AM, January 30, 2005  
Blogger Kines said...

I dare say humour alleviates pain to the greatest degree... and I'm glad your mum can take it as such. Will be hoping continually for the best.

2:43 PM, January 31, 2005  
Blogger Cav said...

Keep that humor up. It makes everything a little easier. Wishing you well.

2:50 AM, February 08, 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.