Thursday, May 05, 2005

here we go again........

Mom went back for chemo this week. She was pretty nervous about it. The last time she was sooo sick. We know now that it wasn't the chemo, but she still knows she will have effects from it. She's just starting to feel better again...

I think the one thing that has affected her the most is the loss of her independence. She was so used to being able to do anything she wanted. She hasn't driven a car since December.

She does have a good outlook though. I'm so proud of her. I'm not sure if I were in her situation I'd be so easy to get along with, or have such a positive attitude.

So here we go again. We'll know sometime this week if the CA125 has gone up or not. It's been several weeks now since she's had chemo. Hopefully the cancer didn't take hold again.


Blogger Laurie said...

I've been wondering how you were all doing. I'll be back to check in on you. I hope your mom does okay with the chemo.

1:13 AM, May 07, 2005  
Blogger Jeannette said...

I'll be keeping you both in my prayers.

8:50 AM, May 07, 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.