Saturday, November 21, 2009

...and life goes on...

On Thursday evening a beautiful little girl was born. She has lots of black hair and pretty green eyes. My sister is now a Grandma.

It is amazing how having a grandchild makes you feel. Now we know why Mom had so much fun spending time with (and shopping for!) her grandchildren!

I'm sad that Mom isn't here so the children can know her. But we will all tell them stories about their Great-Grandma, and she will never be forgotten.

I know Mom is smiling........

(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.