When I was Young

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I used to dream of what I would do when I reached that new frontier, the age when the world was mine, when I finally reached total fulfillment. You remember that time in your life, it was your 18th birthday.

Life was yours for the asking, apply for a credit card, join the service there was no limit, no more need for permission from mom and dad, except if you still lived at home, that was always a game changer. I still lived there, I was happy at home. My two older sisters had chosen to marry young, clearly not my choice, my brother had joined the Marines, my younger sister was still in school.

My dad had made a promise to his daughters in hopes they would rethink marrying young, his promise was he would buy them a car for their 18th. birthday if they would not get married. Neither one received the car. My thoughts were I would take a car any day over getting married that young. I'm not against marriage I just think one should wait awhile before making such a life-changing commitment. I got my car !

I had a dream of my future which didn't include marriage, I can look back now at the clear facts; I was way ahead of my time. My goal, which I didn't share with anyone, was to be an undercover narcotics agent. I was going to infiltrate the drug life by supposedly becoming one of them then one by one start the arrests, bring in the bad guys. Sounded exciting to me and very worthwhile. My future as a police officer never happened.

I was born and raised in Compton Ca. Compton at that time was a beautiful city and very safe. The local police agency was not open to female officers, it was a dream that didn't happen.

I moved on to follow in my sisters footsteps: Beauty College. It didn't thrill me. Doors did open which I didn't expect for example the film industry, now that was interesting. I worked with the best actors and made a lot of money. I have very fond memories and pictures. I loved it.

This was at a time in my life when I had been married and divorced. I met a man while attending a barbecue, who later became my husband, (I think I mentioned Ken in another blog). Ken was a Chief on the California Highway Patrol. I guess if I couldn't be a police officer the next best choice was to marry one. In my case I married up. A Chief is the highest level you can promote to. Our life together was new and wonderful.

The next phase of my life: Cancer. Now instead of my future plans, as a once young woman I find myself thinking of a trust fund, have I fairly divided my assets? which one of my grandkids should I leave my jewelry to? ( don't get me wrong I prayerfully plan on being here for awhile.) I'm a realist though, these issues should be addressed. Let's face it though, it was a lot more fun planning your future than planning your passing.

Have you been in the unpleasant position of listening to women talk incessantly about what their doctors have to say. I deplore these conversations, we are here we have a future, God has not chosen to take us home yet. Take that cruise, you've always wanted to. Visit places you've dreamed of. Don't shrug off telling your friends and family how much you love them.

Life is priceless enjoy every minute of it, as soon as these chemotherapy treatments are over I plan on resuming my position as president of our foundation. I have several thoughts on what I consider a fun way to raise money for ovarian cancer research.

At this moment I plan on a trip to the Colorado river with my daughter. I'm looking forward to that. I feel I need to get away and start enjoying life again.

See you soon in the next letter.

In Jesus,
Sharon Leigh

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Road Trip

Road Trip

I'm calling this second round of cancer along with the dreaded chemotherapy a road trip, no particular reason it's just the way I feel. Road trips take you on highways and dirt roads in areas your unfamiliar with, most of the time its exciting, other times you've been driving for so long you are thirsty and hungry. Suddenly you find a small country store with a gas station and a sign that reads eat here, you knock on the door and it's closed! And so it goes.

Chemotherapy for me is that road trip taking me to that closed county store, I need my energy that only food water and sleep can supply. I know this won't last but it sure seems that way when your in the midst of it.

I think it's very difficult accepting the fact I'm being revisited with ovarian cancer after 9 years. I'm not totally clear which part of this for me is the worse to accept, is it hearing I have cancer or this horrible 6 months of chemotherapy? I hate chemo! Cancer sneaks up on you, your not aware you have it, chemotherapy does not sneak up on you, we pretty much know what we're in for.

My personal nightmare is the side effects of this particular treatment. I didn't realize it was going to be so hard on me, my oncologist told me I was going to be very tired, what I didn't expect was that it was going to last for so long. The steroids in chemo have also caused many sleepless nights, shortness of breath, a battle with memory loss and the inability to find the right words when trying to express myself in conversation and a few other issues I don't care to go into. Have I mentioned I hate this?

My appetite is gone, don't know when that will come back, when I saw I was losing weight I thought I could use losing a few pounds but not at the expense of my over all health, I need to eat!

My daughter is making healthy smoothies for me then watching to make sure I drink them. I get a gentle scolding if I'm not drinking the entire glass. She will be leaving soon I will miss her (which is an understatement ).

Be strong in your faith, I've been struggling with mine, that's another issue I hate. I know my Father loves me, too many times I have been seemingly unresponsive to my prayer life. That's not a good place to be.

On an upscale our golf tournament was a huge success, I was unable to attend, I missed a great day. We grossed $ 67,000.00 net $50,000.00 all for ovarian cancer research.

Now that's the road trip I want to be on, where the road takes you to a beautiful meadow, snow capped mountains in the distant peaceful place of serenity, That's where I would love to be, this nightmare will come to a close, I will have my energy back again I will be continuing on with life and our foundation.

With many blessings,
Sharon Leigh

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What a Difference a Day Makes


What a difference a day makes, one day you feel great the next day your advised you have ovarian cancer again.

I'm a very active person with a lot of ideas on where we can help educate women on ovarian cancer. For example, a 5k run donating the monies for genetic testing, along with sharing the Turn the Town Teal foundation, then another Fashion/Seminar educational luncheon. These thoughts are where my mind continually goes but I find myself unable to act on them. I'm being given a chemotherapy treatment entirely different from the first time nine years ago. I'm so thankful for research that has become much more advanced.

For me the downside is I'm very tired with a limited energy level, I can't remember a time in my life when I've taken so many very long naps.

I have a wonderful nurse who loves me very much and looks after me to the point of taking my cell phone and my iPad away from me along with disconnecting the phone in my bedroom. She knows me well enough that I would continue working instead of resting, she has researched the food groups which are healthy for my very restrictive diet then lovingly lectures me. I'm referring to my daughter Sheryll.

I know being here for me is very important to her, but at the same time Sheryll has had to leave her home and family in Hawaii. Divided love from a distance of 2500 miles.

I'll share a very quick comment her dad had said to me several years ago, (we have 2 daughters) he said he was very jealous because he had never seen a child with so much love for her mother. I find myself at times worrying about her when the time comes for the Lord to take me home. My prayer is that she will find comfort knowing we will see each other again in Heaven.

I'll be getting my next chemotherapy treatment next week, so the cycle starts again. Anyone who has been through this knows that just before the next treatment we start to feel normal again. Then "Zap" here we go again.

With continued blessings,
Sharon Leigh




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Amgen Tour 2015



Sharon Leigh at the booth


Kathy Fissori, Sharon Leigh and Cristina Martins Sinco at the Stage 4 Start


Sharon Leigh's daughter Sheryll participated in the mile walk for the event.

AMGEN Tour of California 2015 - Stage 4 Start

This year's Amgen Stage 4 Start was again in Pismo Beach and held on Wednesday, May 13th. Last year Sharon was the Ambassador of stage four of the tour, this year the Sharon Leigh Ovarian Cancer Foundation had a booth at the event where we shared knowledge and awareness on Ovarian Cancer. The booth was a huge success as we were able to talk to many people about Ovarian Cancer.

The AMGEN Tour of California is one of the nation's largest and most recognized annual sporting events. An eight-day event, this prestigious cycling road race features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world.

Sharon recently was diagnosed with a reoccurrence of Ovarian Cancer and desperately wanted to attend this important event, her sister thought she was crazy to attend because of how weak she was after her recent surgery. Sharon starts chemo treatments at the end of May.

Sharon's daughter Sheryll left her business in Hawaii (Hawaii Weddingmoons) to come take care of her mom. Sheryll took part in the mile walk for the event.

Sharon would appreciate your prayers as she begins her chemo treatments.

Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer® is a national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention to survivorship.




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YOU ARE ON THE PATH of My choosing


“You are on the path of My choosing. There is no randomness about your life.”

This is what I read on May 1st, 2015 from my favorite daily devotional.

We always feel we are strong, able to endure whatever gets thrown our way EXCEPT when we hear the words Cancer. Our Lord was telling me I'm with you, I won't leave you under any circumstances. God sometimes allows satan to throw diseases at us. It's then we look to God for help,

He's a loving God who loves us so deeply He wants us to depend on Him in every aspect of our lives daily. Prayer doesn't always mean getting down on your knees, just start talking with Him, that's called prayer.

When every thing is going well we tend to take God for granted. All of a sudden we're not as strong as we thought we were. When I heard after 9 years I had a tumor associated with ovarian cancer, I found it hard to believe, even after all of the studies and writings I do, I honestly thought it would never come back, I was only in the first stage 9 years ago. I myself was ignorant of the fact I was in remission. Once you have cancer you'll always be in remission. Now how did I miss that, Good question huh?

I'll be entering Cedars-Sinai hospital Tuesday May 6th for a needle biopsy now that a few more areas of cancer has shown its ugly face, then Thursday for the tumor which is next to the main Aorta artery.

Could be a very touchy surgery if the tumor has attached itself to the artery. I have a peace about this, my faith is getting me through this, the idea of being awake during a needle biopsy is right now my only fear. Who wants to be awake during that which might take up to 2 hours. Think I'll ask for a Twilight sleep, that sounds a lot better to me. I'll keep you all informed.

Thank you for your faithfulness. Without you we would not be able to keep the web site and Facebook pages going.

In Jesus,
Sharon Leigh


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March 30, 2015 - A day I didn't expect...


March 30, 2015 was a day I didn't expect. I didn't expect to receive news such as this. After nine years of being cancer free, I was told the ovarian cancer has probably come back. That news alone is shattering enough on its own.

There was more that really threw me back, the Lymph glands around my Aorta are cancerous also.

Of course, as we have all come to know so well, this means surgery and chemotherapy. Why? I keep asking God why did this come back after all of these years and then with another cancer unrelated to the ovarian cancer. I keep trying to rationalize this, it doesn't help to try to rationalize, it is what it is.

I have so much to do, the annual golf tournament, (should I cancel?). No I don't want to, that's what I continue to tell myself. Then there's the upcoming Fashion show/ovarian cancer seminar, which would be happening right after the last chemo treatment, I won't have the strength to orchestrate that.

I do have tremendous support, yet I am the president of this foundation. Literally, as the old saying goes, the buck stops here right on me.

I am waiting for the results from the tumor board then it's off to Cedars-Sinai for more tests and treatment. I'm a very positive person and a fighter, I have a strong belief in prayer and my Savior Jesus. As a created being knowing only our life here on earth, I keep reminding God I have a lot to do yet. My body, health and soul were made perfect by Jesus, of course my future is in His hands.

Blessings,
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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