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November 11, 2015

About 15 years ago we visited Arlington national cemetery, seeing first hand the graves of our soldiers who died to give us our freedom, it was an emotional experience. We also discovered that not only current burials are there but Civil War burials too, with one tomb reading "Unknown Soldiers."

The home on which the cemetery grounds are located belonged to Robert E. Lee, he became known as a traitor, the house and property were taken away from him.

I see a kindred relationship in this history with our own ongoing battle with OC (ovarian cancer).

General Lee along with today's leaders fought for their lives every time they went into battle, as we do when going through chemotherapy and surgery.

There are days when we are confident we are winning and others when we can't see the victory ahead of us.

We are like the suffragette women "Strong ! Willing to keep up the fight, confident we will persevere."

In comparisons with other wars and battles some of us won't walk away as winners, we won't become president of the United States of America, we will though be rewarded with .... "The Bronze Metal" for meritorious service in a combat zone.

May God bless you and God bless America.

Sharon Leigh Rude

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Ovarian Cancer

This year in America Ovarian cancer will strike an estimated 25,500 women, and kill more than 14,000! Ovarian cancer remains the deadliest gynecologic malignancy and the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States.

What’s the problem? There is no early detector for Ovarian Cancer!

It’s been 25 years since a test for ovarian cancer was introduced to help diagnose this disease.
Should this get your attention, YES!
Should you do something about it? Yes!

I sailed along in life eating well, working out regularly, I didn’t smoke, didn’t have a drinking problem, only the occasional glass of wine. When one day I was told you have cancer. I have what! Wake up Sharon you have ovarian cancer.

It was found in the first stage, why? the early detection exams listed below found my cancer. I grant this there was a history in my family as my sister died from ovarian cancer. My question has always been this, I was examined for eight years before this was found.

Why can’t these tests be used as a regular, early detection tool for the discovery. All of the reports indicate that there is not substantial evidence to back this up. I am not an MD I am just a person who wants to do something about women suffering and dying unnecessarily. These women are not the only ones suffering, their family members are with them every step of the journey.

1a blood test of the serum CA 125 level (CA 125 is a high level of protein in the body)

2 transvaginal ultrasonography (TVU)

3 a pelvic exam

There is a new biomarker ...that has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for making a diagnosis of Ovarian cancer but only for monitoring the recurrence and progression of epithelial ovarian cancer. HE4 it will improve the ability to properly treat women in whom ovarian cancer has been diagnosed. The hope is it will be used in the future for an actual early detection in conjunction with the CA 125 serum.

Lets hope and pray that soon there will be the early detection break through we have been waiting for and end this nightmare.

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