Thursday, July 06, 2006

The roses....

I wanted to share with all of you a picture of the rose bush that my mother planted. It was planted in the backyard of the house I grew up in- and live in now.

It's been over thirty-eight years since she planted it, and it's still beautiful.

The blooms have started to fade now but the bush is thriving.

Another reminder of my mother's love.
Even though she is no longer physically with us, her love and spirit continues to touch our lives everyday....

(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.