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It seems I'm not that great at keeping an updated diary, so much has happened since the last writing. I've been very active in this last year, so very happy that I'm feeling better. My friends and I went to Maui last summer, I paddle-boarded for the first time, very surprised that I actually stood up and stayed up. Yea !!

After that we Zip Lined in an old, more or less, Marine base, I should say it's in the process of being restored. It was great! We were set to stay in Cabo San Lucas for a couple of weeks then all of the Cartels showed their ugly faces, it wasn't safe to be there so Maui was the next choice.

At Christmas 🎄 time my friends and I decided to ski in Lake Tahoe, didn't turn out so well, hardly any snow and the man made snow was in short supply. Biggest problem was my right leg has become weak, I couldn't manipulate down the slope very well. Looks like the end of a love affair I've had with skiing.

I wrote awhile back regarding Immunotherapy treatments, I am entering into the second year of treatments, I receive them every three weeks the same as chemotherapy just nowhere even close to the harshness and hours of sitting with the needle in your arms or port. There are no side effects either. I recently had a pet scan, the doctor and I watched the screen together, he walked me through it. Before I started the treatments last year there were 5 tumors left to deal with. As we looked on he pointed out 2 pea-size tumors in my neck and one small tumor in the lower stomach. Then it hit me where are the other two?? GONE! Tumors were shrinking and others were no longer there. Have you ever had to contain yourself from yelling and crying for joy? I forced myself, suppressed is a better word to keep quiet.

Once I got into the car I let it go, crying, calling family and friends to share my good news, this treatment is working! My CA 125 is down to a 20, before this latest bout hit me the count was 17, so I'll take 20 anytime. The oncologist says this treatment once it starts working just keeps keeping better.

I'm getting ready for another trip this time to Israel for two weeks, I'll need some rest after that. The only other trip I have planned now is with my daughter, we are planning a trip to Scotland and Ireland.

Great to feel alive again, when we are hit with this type of news (you have cancer) at 3rd stage, it's always in the back of your mind that you are on a limited life support. At least that's how I felt. Do what I'm doing if you can, take a trip, the proverbial bucket list is for someone else, enjoy life. Sing Praises to our Lord, He created these men and women with their knowledge and expertise for research and develop cures for cancers.

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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