Friday, June 03, 2005

things are looking up...

Mom told her doc a while back that she didn't want chemo the week of the wedding. She wanted to be able to enjoy the day. I guess it's all working out because she wouldn't have been able to have the treatment with a low white count anyway.

They've not checked the count since last week. This is puzzling to me, but I guess that's why I'm not a doctor. Maybe they think since they're not doing a treatment they may as well wait.

On the good side, Mom's feeling great! I know that having your red count restored will make you feel better. Does the white count have the same effect? If so then things are looking up so to speak.

She's enjoying herself, shopping for the perfect dress for the wedding and all that goes with it. Dad says she's the one who's supposed to be tired, but he's worn out!


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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.