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Tuesday April 12th was a day I looked forward to and feared at the same time, it was the day I would receive either good news or very dark news. The dreaded Pet scan. I had to drive three hours from my house in Arroyo Grande to Beverly Hills California for the appointment scheduled for 10:00 am, so, as usual, I couldn't sleep. I woke up at 2:00 am instead of the 5:00 am my alarm was set for.

Driving into Los Angeles is always a nightmare with bumper to bumper traffic, this alone wears on ones nerves, then once again I found myself lost in L.A. It always adds to the downward drop of my nervous system and the rise of my blood pressure if I hadn't been so fearful of the outcome I'm sure my day would have started out much better.

But it was my life I have been fighting for and the battle had taken a year. The outcome would determine for me if I would give up or continue on. I had already decided not to continue the battle, after the excruciating round of chemotherapy then hearing the cancer was still there I was devastated. It seemed this ugly invasion in my body was winning and I was losing. Cancer had attacked my body three times by now, for me it seemed the time to say I'm through.

Radiation was the next logical step so I was off on a new venture. This was a first for me, 28 days of treatments, five days a week, wasn't bad at all. I was very anxious to end all treatments and understandably so. My life had become doctors appointments, blood tests, pet scans, shots, exams along with blood transfusions. Ugh!

Preparation for a pet scan takes about one and a half hours, the scan itself is 30 minutes. Then you wait...

Fortunately Cedars -Sinai hospital is so sophisticated your results are almost immediate, I saw my Doctor that afternoon, my first reaction was to try and read her expression when she entered the exam room, Dr. Walsh is pretty crafty, I couldn't read her face, immediately though she said "Your cancer is gone". When you develop a relationship with your doctor they get just as excited as you are regarding the outcome. Dr. Walsh commented she could hardly wait to give me the news, she then hugged me twice. I'm very blessed to have her as my surgeon and oncologist.

My God brought me through yet another trying time in my life, He's there in the darkest of times when it seems you have been abandoned, King David felt that way in his battles, he cried out "Arise oh Lord " deliver me. Our God is faithful He will deliver you, trust in Him for your health and salvation.

I'm off to Cabo San Lucas for some much needed rest, my daughter, and granddaughter are meeting me there. I'm so blessed to have children and grandchildren who love me and pray for me.

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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