Feeling Great, How Good is That?

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I finished radiation last Monday, what a relief! The treatments were very short and easy, at times I'm very tired, well let's say a lot of the time. After finishing, I was given a certificate of completion. Going through this was tedious but the personnel actually made it a piece of cake, they were great.

On that same day I canceled my membership to my gym and signed on with a another. I explained my health issues then asked for a personal trainer who would listen, and most of all, hear what my goals are. I'm planning on a ski trip in March, probably seems risky, well let's face it, it is risky, with compromised bone marrow and being very weak after 10 months of treatments. My family is a little against me going. Oh well I'm going anyway.

Getting back to my personal trainer, I couldn't be happier, he served in the Marines. That in itself works for me as we are a family of Marines going back to WW2. Ron is his name, Ron has his Masters in Physical education, a Bachelors in Social Science and he taught grammar school for 33 years. Very qualified for me plus he's my age. He listens then designs my workout, I already feel better and am somewhat surprised that my body responds as if I haven't missed all of this time. Yea!!

Of course the exhaustion kicks in and then it's time to lay on the couch. Recuperation takes time and I'm impatient, I'm also not in a hurry to find out what the next Pet Scan will show, I'm just wanting to enjoy the moment. That's my story for now.

Many blessings In Jesus,
Sharon Leigh

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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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