Wednesday, May 25, 2005

one accomplished......

Mom made it to the graduation.

Our graduate is in her forties and because of children and life along the way, it has taken her a long time to get her degree. But she did it and mom was there.

Her doctor was relunctant to let her go because her white count was so low. Even a cold germ could have landed her in the hospital. But mom was insistent. Doc relented with instructions for mom to stay as far away from the crowds as possible. We found a corner by the door so she could leave as soon as it was finished.
She was very happy to be there.

After antibiotics, and two units of blood, mom is feeling somewhat better. No word on the latest CA125 count. It's such a disappointment that it is going up after all of this progress.

By the way- mom didn't pick up any germs at the graduation. But guess who did?? I've been staying away from her and am off to the doc myself today. Have to get well for that wedding coming up!!


Anonymous dawn said...

My father has a Glioblastoma, and I can understand the ups and downs of dealing with cancer. I hope all the best for your mom, my prayers are with you

10:40 PM, May 25, 2005  
Blogger ellen said...

I'm so glad that your mom made it to the grad, and I pray that she'll be able to enjoy the upcoming nuptuals, as well. Hope you get over your bug soon, too. God bless.

5:45 AM, May 26, 2005  
Blogger Laurie said...

I guess your guardian angels were so busy helping your mom's guardian angels keep the bugs away, one got through to you. Get well soon. I'm sure your mom will make the wedding.

6:48 PM, May 26, 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.