Thursday, May 19, 2005


I really thought mom was getting close to being "well". I'm realistic enough to know what living with cancer is like. I also know you have to get through the treatments and the cancer declared "gone" before you can live with cancer or as I said- be "well".

After mom's last hospital stay and surgery, things were going so well. She started feeling better, her CA125 was going down, she was even driving again.

This week she started feeling bad again. She has an elevated temp and her CA125 is going up.

But mom is still amazing me. She made some goals when she was first diagnosed- To make it to a daughter's college graduation, and go to her grandaughter's wedding.

These milestones are coming up in the next few weeks. Mom is bound and determined to be there- and I believe she will be.


Blogger Laurie said...

I believe she'll be there, too!

8:39 PM, May 21, 2005  
Anonymous Spike said...

Sending good wishes to you and your mom.


8:48 AM, May 25, 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.