I can't believe it's been almost a year since I've written here.....
So much has happened.
So much is the same.
I still miss my Mom every single day.
And there still is no cure, or early detection for ovarian cancer.
I do have hope.
I have noticed more people are talking about ovarian cancer.
I also read about an early detection test a team at Yale has developed. If it works, it will- and should- become as routine as pap smears and mammograms.
You can read about it here- Yale OVCA test
I've taken a new job as a Home-care Nurse. Coincidentally with the same hospital that sent nurses to take care of Mom when she was a Hospice patient. I'm not a Hospice Nurse, but there have been times I've been asked to fill in for one , or taken care of a Hospice patient when I've been on call. It was more difficult than I imagined. It's even been difficult for me to be in the team room when hospice nurses are discussing their patients.
Mom told me she thought I would be a good Oncology or Hospice Nurse. I don't know that I'd ever be able to do it.
Of course as a Nurse I deal with tragedy every day.
Just last week one of my patients, who is doing very well recovering from orthopedic surgery, told me she was worried about her granddaughter. It turns out she was having surgery that day- for ovarian cancer.
Her granddaughter is only sixteen years old...
On the brighter side- 2008 was very good to me. I have two new grandchildren. That makes two boys and a girl now. They're all adorable- and I'm not just saying that because I'm their proud grandma! :)
It makes me sad that the little ones never met their Great-Grandma.
But I know Mom is smiling.......