Sunday, July 08, 2007

out damn spot............

Life takes so many twists and turns...

I recently read an article in my local paper that the AP had picked up. It said that doctors and scientists are agreeing now that the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer aren't really silent after all.. Something victims of this horrible disease have been saying forever. I am sure that not every doctor in the world read this little article, so women still need to be speak up- jump up and down and scream if you have to- when it comes to your own health. If your doctor doesn't listen, find one who will...

Since I last wrote here, a cousin was told she had kidney cancer, another was told she had thyroid cancer, an Aunt, her daughter, and her grandaughter are undergoing chemo together for breast cancer... My beloved Aunt was told she had ovarian cancer and resolved herself to being 'the next one' in our family.

And my dear sweet sister found a lump in her breast.

If you've read here you know that we were never tested for the gene mutation that causes ovarian and breast cancer.. Sis and I just decided that someday soon we would take care of the dangers ourselves. Many women are having prophylactic mastectomies and oophorectomies (removal of ovaries) because of strong family history of cancer.
She went to her doctor, ready to argue her point. Many doctors still think it's crazy to remove 'healthy' body parts for preventative purposes.
To her amazement her doctor suggested it before she asked.
So this Thursday she will undergo an 8 hour operation for a total hysterectomy, and to have her breasts removed, and reconstructed..
If you pray please say one for her..
They will biopsy the lump after the surgery. It is said that 80% of all lumps are benign.. we're praying of course that hers is.

After Thursday she will still have the normal worries that most people have, but when it comes to breast and ovarian cancer she will no longer have the fear of - as she says- WHEN- not if...


Blogger Michele said...

There is not one person I know who does not have a family member, friend, or loved one that has NOT been diagnosed with cancer.

Your sister is both wise and brave to take the steps she is taking. You are both kind and loving to share this important message with others.

My thoughts are and good wishes are with you and those you love.

5:33 PM, July 09, 2007  
Blogger mar said...

My thoughts will be with your sister...

6:55 AM, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Goofy Girl said...

I always think it's best to be your own advocate and find the doctor that will listen - because you know you best. Doctors are taught to just expect common things.

I hope your sister does well for her surgery, she is brave.

Thanks for visiting me!

7:22 AM, July 10, 2007  
Anonymous Stephanie Davies said...

I know what you mean...I have lost my 2 aunts, great-grandma, uncle, and my brother to cancer. I understand the frustration :( I'm praying for your sister...and for you!

Michele sent me today!

7:20 PM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger David said...

praying now

7:23 PM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger kenju said...

It is hard to believe that so many in your family have been diagnosed with some form of cancer. I will definitely pray for your sister. Michele sent me.

9:56 PM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Thank you for your visit and I will pray for your sister...She certainly is a brave woman....!May those worries be over with this operation, and that tumor be benign!

1:02 AM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger Foster Dogs said...

Best of luck to your sister and aunt. It's amazing what doctors miss because they don't listen to their patients.

Here via Michele's.

5:31 AM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger utenzi said...

Michele sent me.

Surgery like that is usually a tough decision but with a family history like yours--and in many years of cancer research, I've never heard of a worse one--it's a no-brainer. The risks are just too high to keep body parts that don't serve any necessary function once you've had kids.

I hope you and the rest of your family escape cancer from here on out...

5:47 PM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger shoeaddict said...

I'm so sorry. Sorry for the loss of your mother, the troubles you've had with doctors and I'm sorry for all the illness in your family. I will pray for your sister and your family.

Thank you for being so brave and passionate by writing about this.

Michele sent me to read about this today

7:05 PM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger kwrenb said...

I am here because Michele sent me.
I am here to pray that God blesses you and all your family.
I am here to tell you that you are a beautiful spirit and a beloved daughter and that your mother is very, very proud.

7:47 PM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger Awareness said...

Hi there.

I have a friend who lost her Mom this year from undiagnosed ovarian cancer. Despite her pleas, she was not diagnosed until it was too late. Your words here remind me (and all who read it) that we need to take full control of our own health...we know our bodies and the changes we feel better than anyone and need to act on them.

Will be thinking and sending warm thoughts to your sister and to you.....

Michele sent me....

take good care.

7:49 PM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger Carmi said...

I am praying for your sister, for you, and for your entire family. Leukemia has ripped through every generation of my family, and I have resigned myself to the sad fact that I've got as good a chance as any of being the next one. It's a conversation I have with my doc every time I go in for a checkup, and it's something we watch carefully for on every blood test.

Indeed, my weekly plasma donations also function, somewhat selfishly, as an early warning system for me.

Please know you're not alone. I hope the words of your readers are giving you strength.

(And in a related vein, I was thrilled to see you posting again. I love your blogger's voice.)

7:59 PM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger kenju said...

Michele sent me back, J's daughter. I hope you can find some measure of acceptance and peace.

8:29 PM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger aka_Monty said...

Yes, your sister is indeed brave! As are you. Thank you for sharing your stories and information, because you don't know who's life you might change.

My prayers are with you and your family.

Michele sent me! (and I'm so glad she did)

3:28 PM, July 14, 2007  
Blogger R. Sherman said...


Thanks for visiting my pages. I'm glad I visited yours.

We have some friends who lost a six-year old to kidney cancer (genetic it appears) after a multi-year battle.

The friends were good witnesses, much like your mother it would appear.

All the best and prayers for you and yours.


3:38 PM, July 14, 2007  
Anonymous surcie said...

I wish you and your family all the best.

8:52 PM, July 14, 2007  
Blogger Carmi said...

I'm back from Michele's, and I wanted you to know that your sister and your entire family have all been on my mind since I first read this entry.

I often wondered why only the best people seemed to fall under the shadow of cancer. Then I figured it was because only they had the strength to teach us all how to fight this insidious disease. Weak people just wouldn't be anywhere near as inspirational.

7:17 PM, July 15, 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.