December 3, 2007

Her Life is Forever

My love lost her battle with ovarian cancer last March. She is still so very much much part of my life and that of the lives of our 5 girls.

Marie and I created so many memories these last few years that are more precious than those great times before her diagnosis, in spite of the endless rounds of every type of chemo invented.

Please, stay positive.

Posted by Marie Claire at 7:55 PM | Comments (2)

November 28, 2005

Diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer

My life changed on January 6, 2005 when at the age of 49, I was diagnosed with stage IIIc ovarian cancer. I awoke from surgery staring at my surgeon's masked face with his steel blue eyes peering at me. Prior to the operation, I was certain it was simply some benign growth and that I would be back "on top of my game" in a few short weeks. Imagine my shock when I heard that horrific word "cancer." The doctor said he was able to remove 90% of the cancer - shock number two! I knew it was bad. Ovarian cancer is deadly, that I knew. I considered myself an intelligent woman who stays informed about health issues. I was diligent about my own health care. I never missed my annual gynecologic exam and mammogram. But I didn’t know the symptoms for ovarian cancer. If I had, I would have seen a doctor earlier when it may have been the difference between stage I where the five year survival rate is 90% verses what I am facing now for stage III of somewhere around 20%. I live knowing these statistics but I am confident that I will beat it. I am strong and I will fight hard because I have so much to live for. I want to watch my five beautiful daughters (ages 26, 23, 21, 19 and 17) flourish in their careers, finish college, marry and have children. I want to watch my future grandchildren grow. I want to grow old with my loving and supportive husband. I want to continue to enjoy gardening with my mom, shop, bake and laugh with my sisters, enjoy time with my friends and laugh until my face hurts. I am very blessed to be surrounded with so much love. So fight I will, but while I am here I have been enjoying every single thing life has to offer. I spend my time making memories with my family and friends. It may sound cliché but every day I wake up is a bonus and for that I am thankful. It's amazing how cancer does that for us.

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