Thursday, February 03, 2005

a cruel coincidence.....

A couple of days ago, mom developed temp of about 102. We would have been really worried, but she had just had blood drawn the day before, and her white count was good. They told her to take tylenol for the fever and wait and see...
The next day she started feeling better. The fever was gone and so was the vomiting.
We then found out that two people she had been exposed to had a stomach virus that is going around.

The consensus now is that, in a cruel coincidence, mom contracted this stomach virus right after her first chemo treatment. I know how bad I feel when I'm sick with something like that. I can't even imagine how bad she felt.

Her outlook is much more positive now. She's starting to get some strength back, and is finally sleeping through the night.

She's ready for the next round.........


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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.