Tuesday, September 05, 2006

wake me up when September ends....

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month in the US.

Although designating a month for awareness of ovca is a step in the right direction, it is my hope that someday women will be taught to be aware of the symptoms of this disease as they are taught about breast cancer. I hope that someday there will be adequate funding for research for a cure of the most deadly cancer a woman can get.
I hope that someday, ovca will not be the 5th leading cause of death in women..

Raising awareness is as simple as sharing information with each other...
Please tell someone....

You can learn more about this disease by reading here- http://cancer.about.com/od/ovariancancer/a/ovarianawarenes.htm or here...
or you can read our story in my archives........

September 26 will be one year since my mother passed away...
I'll never forget the words she said to me..

"If just one person is helped by what is learned from my illness, then everything will be alright.."


Blogger Christine said...

Hi DeeDee,
I'm here from Michelle's.
Amazing cocidence, that I'm here, reading your post.
The nurse at my son's school was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer before the Holidays last year. Thankyou for more information.
Hope you have a great weekend!

10:54 PM, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Tracie said...

Michele sent me......You really are doing your part in raising awareness. I know your mom would be proud of you.

10:55 PM, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Karen said...

My condolences on your mother's death. I'm sure she'd be really proud of you for posting this.

Michele sent me. Hope you have a great day!

4:22 AM, September 08, 2006  
Blogger kenju said...

Dee-Dee, I read this post and the one below. You are doing a wonderful service to women and I hope your message is getting out far and wide. Your mom would be proud of you - and you are making her wish come true.

Michele sent me.

5:17 AM, September 08, 2006  
Blogger KaraMia said...

What a great idea to promote it here. I'm a big supporter of anything that goes towards women and children..ah the men are on their own..lol, just kidding. here via michele today

5:49 PM, September 08, 2006  
Blogger Foster Dogs said...

Wonderful blog. One gets a sense of your love for your mother. My condolences. I applaud you for honoring her memory in such a constructive way.

6:18 PM, September 08, 2006  
Blogger Maggie said...

Sorry to hear about your mum, it's hard to get the docs to listen.

10:53 PM, September 08, 2006  
Blogger David said...

bless you - michele sent me

11:09 PM, September 08, 2006  
Blogger utenzi said...

Michele sent me your way, Dee-Dee.

I wasn't aware it was Ovarian Cancer Month. You'd think what with my being in cancer research that I'd know that. I guess I spend all my time with breast cancer and don't pay enough attention to the public efforts in other areas of cancer.

It's great that you're raising awareness of ovarian cancer, Dee-Dee. It doesn't get nearly the coverage that some other types of cancer do.

2:59 AM, September 09, 2006  
Blogger Midori said...

Hi Dee-Dee. I am here from Michele`s as well. I am truly sorry for your loss and I think you are very brave to be trying to raise awareness as much as you can. I am definitely going to take some time to read through your blog, I hope you don`t mind.

3:09 AM, September 09, 2006  
Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

We all hope that more progress is made in research really soon.

Michele sent me here.

3:15 AM, September 09, 2006  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I did not know that this is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. I think what you are doing is really wonderful and such a terrific way to honor the memory of your mother.

3:40 AM, September 09, 2006  
Blogger Shephard said...

I'm always encouraged when I see people making an effort to spread awareness. It's one of the best things about blogs.

Michele says hello!

11:12 AM, September 09, 2006  
Blogger Kross-Eyed Kitty said...

Thanks for the link, and I'm so sorry about your mom. You have spread the word about ovarian cancer through your blog, and your mom would be proud of you.
Here via Michele's, glad I stopped by.

11:15 AM, September 09, 2006  
Blogger Uisce said...

Hello, Michele sent me. I'm sorry about your mom, but you're doing such a wonderful thing raising awareness and helping others.

11:25 AM, September 09, 2006  
Blogger sage said...

hey DeeDee, here from Michele's. I am sorry about your mother and hope you find comfort from others as the anniversay approaches and I wish you well in taking the message to as many people as possible that ovarian cancer is deadly.

11:48 AM, September 09, 2006  
Blogger indigo said...

I think there should be more people to drum the need of this cancer into the public's awareness. Thanks for sharing the link for the symptoms. I'm emailing that to my friends and family.

Here from Michele... *waves*

12:46 AM, September 10, 2006  
Blogger utenzi said...

Michele sent me, Dee-Dee.

You're right about the mortality and incidence differences between ovarian and breast cancer. Breast cancer for a variety of reasons has done extraordinarily well with funding and so there's a lot of research done in that area resulting in more advances in treatment. Raising awareness, as you are doing, can go a long ways towards correcting this.

1:24 AM, September 10, 2006  
Blogger amanda said...

Dee-dee, Michele sent me but I'll be back. I just lost my husband to leukemia. He was twenty-four.

I write about Health and Wellness for BlogHer, can I write a piece about you and September Ovarian Cancer month?

9:17 AM, September 10, 2006  
Anonymous Annabelle said...

Dee-Dee - what a brave and wonderful blog this is... as a new mother it now effects me profoundly to know that I can prevent leaving my daughter alone without her mother.

9:41 AM, September 10, 2006  
Blogger Shane said...

Your mom be proud of you and your blog.
Blessings from Michele's

10:29 AM, September 10, 2006  
Blogger Mike said...

I think its wonderful that you are raising awareness about this issue.

Here from Michele's

8:18 PM, September 10, 2006  
Blogger Brony said...

What a wonderful journey you are on. You are a very powerful women to undertake your mother's wish. Through that, you can keep her memory alive, but more importantly her spirit.

I will check out the links.
Michele says hi.

9:19 PM, September 10, 2006  
Blogger Carmi said...

You have already helped far more than one person. I know you were your mom's hero. Now you're a hero to everyone who visits here as well.

And to Michele, who sent me here tonight.

9:20 PM, September 10, 2006  
Blogger jennypenny said...

What a shock to come upon your site tonight.. I have been sitting here all day upset and sad as I lost a person very close to me yesterday to this horrible disease. I have been having trouble coming to terms with the loss as it is so fresh. Thank you for your words and for all you are doing. Your mom would be so proud.

Here from Michele's

9:44 PM, September 10, 2006  
Blogger barbie2be said...

hi dee-dee, here from michele's. thanks for this post. it's great to try and spread the word!

12:14 AM, September 11, 2006  
Blogger Barbara said...

Your mother's legacy continues with you. How wonderful.

5:06 PM, September 11, 2006  
Blogger barbie2be said...

hi again from michele's.

4:52 PM, September 14, 2006  
Anonymous Melody said...

Raising awareness? You are surely doing that. Hang in there.

Here from Michele's today...

6:23 PM, September 14, 2006  
Anonymous Boy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my dad a long time ago too, and one never really gets over something like that. Its very touching to hear that you are trying to fulfil your mother's last wish, so to speak. You've definitely generated awareness, alright.

Michele sent me.

9:15 PM, September 15, 2006  
Blogger srp said...

Here from Michele.

The loss of a mother is overwhelming; not something a person can "get over" nor should we try.

A lovely woman I worked with lost her battle with ovarian cancer meny years ago now. Diagnostic tests are better, treatment is better, and yet women still die. Back then she was one of the early ones who underwent bone marrow transplantation for ovca. While it wasn't successful for her, she was the type to meet the disease head on with the same hope of helping others.

My wish is that someday for breast and ovarian cancer, we will have a blood test as simple as testing blood sugar that will specifically screen all of us for these diseases.

10:08 PM, September 16, 2006  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Michele sent me today, Dee-Dee...I know that by writing about ovca you are contributing in an incredible way to making lots and lots of people aware of this disease who might not have been before.
And now, September is half over....so, soon, you will be able to awaken! (lol)

11:05 AM, September 17, 2006  
Blogger amanda said...

Hey Dee Dee,

me again. I am going to post the OvCa post to BlogHer tomorrow (Monday). Was going to post it on Friday, but I had a bit of a bad day on Wednesday that kind of knocked me for a loop.

8:45 PM, September 17, 2006  
Blogger utenzi said...

Michele sent me, Dee-Dee.

You're over half way through the vigil you're standing for your Mother, Dee-Dee. I hoppe it's helped raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer. I did a post a few days ago about cancer but it was oriented towards Breast Cancer, not Ovarian.

Cancer's too complicated and multivariate for a quick cure but just having better awareness and detection tests would go a long ways toward saving lives. Better treatments are on the horizon...

8:47 PM, September 17, 2006  
Anonymous colleen said...

You are certainly carrying on your mother's wishes! She would be proud. michele says hi.

9:08 PM, September 17, 2006  
Blogger srp said...

Here from Michele.

Keep on getting the word out there. You do a great job informing women everywhere.

9:09 PM, September 17, 2006  
Blogger Mike Hitchen said...

This is a beautiful blog.

5:03 AM, September 19, 2006  
Blogger kenju said...

Michele sent me back, Dee-Dee. I am spreading your word.

9:49 PM, September 19, 2006  
Blogger Leah said...

hi dee-dee,
you are a living testament to your mother's legacy...and yes, one person can make a difference.

hello from michele

10:04 PM, September 19, 2006  
Anonymous Melody said...

I'm back here Dee-Dee from Michele's... Not long until September is over. Not long now...

8:54 PM, September 20, 2006  
Blogger Catherine said...

Here from Michele's today. Coincidentally, I will be posting a poem about my mother for Poetry Thursday. She didn't have ovarian cancer, she had an abdominal tumour of a fairly rare sort and died at 52. You will always remember your mother, but you will remember the good times as well as the bad times.

9:09 PM, September 20, 2006  
Blogger kenju said...

Michele sent me back, Dee-Dee. I will help spread the word for you. Yesterday I received in email a video from a news program about inflammatory breast cancer, which I had not heard of before. All women need to be aware of this, as well as ovarian cancer symptoms. Keep up the good work.

5:43 AM, September 21, 2006  
Blogger kenju said...

Well, look at this! Would you believe that Michele sent me back yet again? She did - and I am here.

10:15 PM, September 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. Michele /sent me. My father passed away from lung cancer, three years ago on 9/27. I am sorry for the pain of this anniversary...

I will check out the links. Thank you for remembering your mom this way.

11:07 PM, September 22, 2006  
Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Dee-Dee, you do so much by highlighting this illness to those who are unaware.

Michele sent me here.

3:24 AM, September 24, 2006  
Blogger Dak-Ind said...

"If just one person is helped by what is learned from my illness, then everything will be alright.."

i love your mother for this. not only selfless in her desire to help others, but giving you positive life lessons to the end. I can assure you that although the cancer hasnt been beaten yet, just you sharing your mothers words, and putting the information out there for women like me, everything will be alright.

thank you.

michele sent me.

3:56 AM, September 24, 2006  
Blogger craziequeen said...

Ten years ago this year I had surgery and path tests for uterine and ovarian cancer.

I thank Him Upstairs every day that the results were clear.

Here via Michele, DeeDee

6:08 AM, September 24, 2006  
Blogger David said...

wow,now I need to read your archives, i will come back after church. Glad I found you at michele's
God bless you.

10:13 AM, September 24, 2006  
Blogger panthergirl said...

At our house, it's October that's hard. My son's dad passed away three years ago October 30th, when my son was only 8 years old.

He is a MILITANT activist against smoking, having had his life torn apart by lung cancer.

Hugs to you.

Here via michele.

10:55 AM, September 24, 2006  
Anonymous desarae said...

I admire your courage to speak out about your situation. My mom was diagnosed 8 months ago with stage 4b cervical cancer. I know one day probly not too far in the future I will be where you are, but how did you deal with things when you were where I am?

3:49 PM, September 27, 2006  
Anonymous Jennysue said...

your mom would be so proud of you continuing to speak to those who have this aweful disease and spreading awareness to those who don't. an amazing daughter you are!

8:41 PM, October 16, 2006  

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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.