Monday, April 11, 2005

the specialist....

The doctors have known all along that, for some reason, mom's digestive system has shut down. They just couldn't agree on why and what to do about it.

The specialist who saw her tonight agreed with what the problem is. His opinion of why is, that not enough of the tumor was removed during her first surgery and it has grown again. It has compressed her internal organs, not allowing anything to move through.

I have suspected this all along because mom has been having the same symptoms she had when she was first diagnosed.

His recommendation is surgery to "re-route" things so to speak. He believes if he does a more radical surgery and tries to remove the tumor and repair the damage, mom won't survive. She is much too debilitated at this point.

I was afraid when he told mom this, she would say she'd had enough- but she said "Let's do it." She said she can't go on like she is. She believes if this doesn't help the problem, or if she doesn't make it through the surgery then it is her time to go.

The surgery will be tomorrow sometime.....


Blogger 3cinr3b said...

thanks for giving me your blog address again. i hope the surgery went well. please take care of yourself at all times too. rest assured u n your mom will be in my prayers =)

1:05 AM, April 12, 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.