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Julie
March 6th, 2014

I had just formed the Sharon Leigh Ovarian cancer foundation, I wasn't sure where I was going to go with it, I only knew I wanted to help women, in the same manner I was helped.

After sharing with a friend over lunch one day we decided a golf tournament sounded pretty simple and a good way of raising the necessary funds for research.

Now there was the beginning of a serious learning curve for me as it isn't simple to put on a golf tournament, its a lot of hard work.

I live in a relatively small county, because of my ignorance I didn't realize that small counties were very committed to supporting the county and no others, regardless of the fact that research was helping women from all over the world. The monies raised were in fact being directed to Los Angeles, Cedars-Sinai research center.

I was told (in a way that was meant to be helpful) that the tournament would most likely fail. Well, I have my faith in God not man so I continued on in blind faith.

Driving home from Arizona one day I received a phone call from a woman who said "My name is Julie, I am an ovarian cancer survivor, I heard about your foundation and would like to attend a meeting" of course, I said yes and "bring your husband".

She, without knowing it, was the answer to my prayers. Julie and her husband Gary are in the agriculture business, a very liked and respected couple.

They became a vital part of our foundation, with their contacts throughout the entire state of California, we had, from the very first golf tournament to the present, very successful tournaments. The change of tide was that all of the players were not from my county, it was not a concern to them where the money went only that it would hopefully help Julie and others like her.

I'm sharing this with you because Julie's cancer came back recently, after almost four years of being so close to the five year mark we so look forward to, she is back in the fight again.

Julie is a fighter, with a lot of prayer and family support she will win this battle again.

Never give up hope, many of us have had this recurring cancer.

On a side note I spoke with the family of a woman who recently finished her latest bout with OC, the third time for her. Her pet scan indicated no cancer cells!!

Again I say never give up hope! Keep praying.

In Jesus,
Sharon Leigh

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Her name is Emma

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Her name is Emma
March 4th, 2014

God works in mysterious ways, you've heard that before..well it's true!

I recently read about Emma who weighed about 308 lbs. All of her life she was obese, diets didn't work for her, she stated the weight just came back.

She then decided to have surgery, a gastric bypass, financial complications showed their faces as always.

Emma chose to fly to the Czech Republic for the surgery, there a tumor on her left ovary was discovered. Like all of us Emma was in shock, she didn't feel sick. Sounds familiar doesn't it?

The gastric bypass was postponed, Emma flew back to England for emergency surgery. A 17 cm tumor was found on her left ovary. The tumor was successfully removed, a hysterectomy was necessary. She is in great health today.

Emma's life was saved by her obesity, if you want to read more on Emma click on this link.

For some of us this is very mysterious, Our God does work in ways we least expect. In fact the one thing you can count on is this, His way is just about always what we've least expected. Just keep trusting, His love for us is endless.

In Jesus,
Sharon Leigh



Victim

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Have you ever been hit by a car?
February 20th, 2014

Have you ever been hit by a car that ran a red light, or while riding your bicycle, or how about slip sliding on an icy road then into a ditch?

That would make you a victim of some freak accident you weren't prepared for right?

That's exactly how you feel when told you have ovarian cancer, you're an innocent victim. You weren't driving a car or bicycle, but you do feel like you've been side-swiped or thrown off of life's daily routine and ended up in a ditch.

Now your fighting for your life, and you didn't even leave the house, so we wonder, did I create this monster? Was I eating the wrong foods, or maybe I should have joined the gym, or to much wine?

The answer is No you are a victim!

What's next is finding an oncologist, your gynecologist should be able to recommend one for you, he'll want to know all about your family history, make a list before you go in for your first visit with him or her.

Family history is vital in finding the chemotherapy that will best fight the type of cancer you have. Always remember that our parents genes are what made us who we are today, did your dad or anyone in his family have any cancer history? This applies to moms side of the family also.

Old school thinking was that ovarian cancer was only on the woman's side of the bar, today we know it's from the entire balance bar. Sort of a scale of justice, (without any justice for us) both equally involved in creating our genetic makeup.

Be prepared, you are in for the heavyweight champion fight of your life. This cannot be sugar-coated with some light comments, it's a battle, but you can do it.

You have strength that probably so far has not been tapped into. Our Lord has given you the strength you need, He has known all along this was going to happen to you, just start trusting in Him. That is exactly how I got through my cancer treatments and at that same time the loss of my husband.

Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., I'm interested in how you are coping with cancer. Send a picture with your story, I'll post it on my website.

In Jesus,
Sharon Leigh

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One Man's Story

One Man's Story
October 13th, 2012

We thought this was a good story about one of the effects of Ovarian Cancer. This man's story is one many men can relate to. Here is a quote from the story from Newstimes.com:

"Geoff Herald held his head in his hands and talked to the table. "She had so much cancer in her," said Danbury's decorated fire chief, the man with the suddenly trembling voice. "The doctors gave her an 8 percent chance of living out the year."

This wasn't the Lizzie who wrapped her arms around Herald for 3,400 miles on his Suzuki 850 for their honeymoon. This wasn't the Lizzie who twirled like a pinwheel in her Middle Eastern dance costume. This Lizzie was barely strong enough to breathe at Danbury Hospital. And yet, even as the fluid spilled into her lungs, she somehow managed to tell everyone she could how much she loved them.

And the whispers -- these drawn-out, deliberate gifts crossing her lips -- told you she meant it. Lizzie (Kunic) Tapester died Oct. 2 after a 16-month battle with ovarian cancer. She was just 50 years old."

You can read the rest of the story here.

Sincerely
Sharon Leigh



Will Chemo Effect Your Mental Capabilities?

Will Chemo Effect Your Mental Capabilities?
December 1st, 2012

When I was preparing for chemo I didn't know anything about "chemo brain" until mid to after chemo when I couldn't concentrate or remember anything and literally had to be led around and reminded what to do. This effect lasts for several months after chemo as the medications stay in your system, sometimes up to a year. If you have not heard of this before, and will be undergoing chemo treatments you will want to get prepared for this possibility.

I just found an excellent article on the effects of chemo on mental capabilities, this is called "chemo brain" and is well known by doctors. Click here to read a new study on this affect. Please read this study if you will be getting chemo treatments.
(December 11th update: Diem Brown just wrote about "chemo brain", you can read what she says here and here.)

Sincerely
Sharon Leigh



I have a friend named Connie

I have a friend named Connie
April 18th, 2013

I have a friend her name is Connie. Connie has been a very active member of a knitting group I started several years ago, we knit hats and scarves all year then in October we ship these around the world to underdeveloped countries.

In this group I always share the latest breakthroughs on ovarian cancer, along with emphasizing the need for getting your yearly exams.

Connie is 76 years old, she was recently diagnosed with 4th stage ovarian cancer. To make things even worse she was also diagnosed with 4th stage lung cancer. These two are not related diseases. Connie most likely will not survive.

When I learned of this I immediately called her, she was of course in shock, her first words were "why didn't I listen to you". Sadly it's a little late for that.

Here is what really angered me, her Doctor told her he was sorry for not finding this two years ago. Does I'm sorry really work? The need for a complete exam was vital here, pelvic exam, pelvic ultrasound and the CA 125 blood test.

It seems that so many doctors feel, or are told to feel, that when a woman reaches 70 maybe 72 they don't require these tests any longer. I think Connie is a perfect example of the need!

Please insist on your exams, don't let your doctor tell you at your age it's not necessary. If he does tell you that, find another doctor. Even though you might think the world of your doctor you have to be your own health advocate.

May our Lord richly bless you and protect the women in your family,
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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