Monday, March 07, 2005


Mom has had several chemo treatments now and was becoming discouraged again. She feels bad most of the time and none of the treatments have been working.
The doc has been monitoring her CA125 which is a blood test that measures ovarian cancer. Under 35 is considered normal. When mom had her surgery, hers was close to ten thousand.

After her surgery, and all during the chemo treatments the count has stayed well over 7000. Not good.

Friday, mom called, and was very excited. The nurse had just called and given her some good news for a change. Her count has gone down to around 2000. Still not a good number overall, but for someone who has consistently stayed in those high numbers, 2000 is a very good number.

The first thing mom said was, "The prayers, all of our prayers are working!"


Anonymous Busy Mom said...

I'm so glad she got some good news and that she's optimistic. My prayers are with you, too.

9:42 PM, March 07, 2005  
Anonymous Louise said...

Great news! I am glad to hear the chemo seems to have kicked into gear. 2000 is a MUCH better number than 7000. All my best to your mom. She has my prayers.

3:32 PM, March 08, 2005  
Blogger Laurie said...

The good news will make her stronger. I hope you all get lots more.

8:41 PM, March 09, 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.