Saturday, July 14, 2007

beating the odds...

In a little under eight hours, my sister's odds of getting ovarian and/or breast cancer in her lifetime went from 80% to 2%. I would guess the ovarian part has really dropped to 0% considering there are no longer ovaries just sitting around waiting to become cancerous..

She is home now and resting as comfortably as can be expected (which is not comfortable at all).

Everything went according to plan. One by one the surgeons came to us when their part of the dance was finished and told us there were no complications and this was a very intelligent decision for her to make.


Blogger Carmi said...

Thank goodness.

I hope this brings you a bit of peace amidst a time of tension. I continue to pray for you all.

You and the surgeons were right on the money: it was the best possible decision she could have made. She likely saved her own life by doing so.

10:56 PM, July 14, 2007  
Blogger Lisa said...

I'm glad to read that she is home and resting. I've never been here before, but plan to read and get caught up. Cancer seems to devastate my family at every turn, so I'm more than interested in your stories... Sending good thoughts to you and your family.

10:58 PM, July 14, 2007  
Blogger Bernie said...

Oh please tell her that she is in our prayers... It is a little ironic as I read about your sisters loss (ovaries) when we are having trouble with my wife's! They are (sort of) ok, just not working how they should, and IVF has been introduced, so a prayer for us as well??

I lost my father to cancer nearly 15 years ago, so I know what it is like to lose a loved one...

Here from Michele's this sunny (cold) Sydney Sunday afternoon...

11:53 PM, July 14, 2007  
Blogger BreadBox said...

Hi JsD, Michele sent me to say that that is absolutely stunningly fantastic news!


11:16 AM, July 15, 2007  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

So glads to read this, my dear. I hope that her recovery continues in this very positive manner....! A wise decision, though I'm sure not an easy one. Sometimes peace-of-mind is much more important than anything else because it allows you to go on and REALLY live your life!
Bless You All.

12:00 PM, July 15, 2007  
Blogger ~Cathy~ said...

I can't even imagine the relief... is that the right word?... that your sister feels. I'm sure she knows she has a lot of people praying for her in her recovery and the aftermath of everything, including me.

Michele sent me today...

12:02 PM, July 15, 2007  
Blogger Bob-kat said...

I think she made a very brave and intelligent decision. I do hope she recovers quickly and becomes more comfortable quickly!

Thank you for your visit to my blog and your nice comments about my photo's. I will be posting more soon :)

12:16 PM, July 15, 2007  
Anonymous archshrk said...

Hello,Michele sent me.

I hope you sister recovers quickly. My sister had one of hers removed when she was about ten. I don't think she could appreciate what it meant then but I imagine it would be very emotional later in life.

5:51 PM, July 15, 2007  
Blogger Sara said...

Hello, Michele sent me...

You and yours are in my thoughts!

6:46 PM, July 15, 2007  
Anonymous colleen said...

I'm so sorry she had to do that, but glad she will live now without that fear hanging over her head. All the best.... from me and michele.

8:19 PM, July 15, 2007  
Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

I am relieved she is well. Hope it staysthat way.

Michele sent me to extend my hugs!

10:08 PM, July 15, 2007  
Blogger Michele said...

There are times when a loss permits a significant gain, this is, of course, the case here.

It is wonderful to know that everything went according to plan. It was indeed a very intelligent decision.

Your angel picture is very appropriate.


p.s. you were the last person to comment on the meet n' greet, so this your visit. I am truly happy that following you pointed me in the direction of this post.

9:23 AM, July 16, 2007  
Blogger Janet said...

I just saw your comment on my blog...and decided to come over and visit in return. I'm glad I did! There's a woman at work who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and she had decided to have them removed...said she could sleep better at night knowing she'd never feel a lump again.

I wish your sister well.

11:56 AM, July 16, 2007  
Anonymous Hails said...

Hello, Michele sent me.
Want you to know I will be praying for your sister and you/your family now that I've read your blog.

5:34 PM, July 19, 2007  
Blogger BreadBox said...

Hope that the news from a few days ago is still operational -- -that your sister is still well...
Michele sent me this evening...

9:05 PM, July 19, 2007  
Anonymous Stephanie Davies said...

I think that's the most brilliant thing I've heard in a long know, I never once thought about taking fate into my own hands and preventing cancer in that way. But thinking about it, it sounds smart.

Like me for instance, I don't WANT my uterus. But my doctor, in our rural town, refuses to do anything that isn't a medical necessity. :(

I think women should be allowed to choose whether they want a body part or not (as long, of course, as it is THEIR OWN body part in Bobbitt thinking please lol)

I'm sending her my best wishes!! Michele sent me to reflect on that.

11:17 PM, July 19, 2007  

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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.