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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Radiate

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A new day, a new adventure. Radiation... and thought I was already radiant:))

As I go through my second adventure with Ovarian Cancer first I dealt with the chemotherapy... now radiation. I've had nine treatments with more to go. It has been really easy, 10 minutes on the table and then you're done; hard to believe anything can be so precise. In the first appointment they explain everything to you, that is, the size of the tumor, how many treatments you will receive, how this can affect your body, and then you're ready for the tattoos they use to know exactly where to direct the rays.

The first seven treatments were easy, then after the eight I became very sick with an extremely nauseous stomach accompanied by exhaustion, the only time I was able to get out of bed was when I ran to the bathroom.

Now I'm dependent on anti-nausea medication, hoping this will all end soon. We who suffer with this type of disease and treatments know what an ongoing nightmare we live in, sometimes optimism is hard to find.

I'm not really a negative person I just want my life back, there's so much to do yet. I'm already planning the next Fashion/Seminar luncheon our foundation has. There will be so much to share with our guests, Education is key to our health.

I'll have a lot to talk about.

Blessings,
Sharon Leigh

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I Love the Christmas Season

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Haven't bought a tree for awhile, I had lost the happiness that was once here in my home during the holidays, sadness had piggybacked in with no warning.

My front and back yard decorations used to compete with Disneyland at Christmas. I loved it! Inside was the same with homemade decorations Mom made, a beautiful flocked tree, the scent of cinnamon and apple spice permeating from the kitchen.

This year has now changed my entire thinking, I want to celebrate life, I want to celebrate my Savior's birthday. What changed? It started with the thought of dying from the ongoing fight with ovarian cancer, my heart was crying out why wasn't this nightmare over with yet? Eight months of this for me was enough I felt. After all the stage of OC was a one, well I recently was told the stage is three not one.

No more chemotherapy Yea! That alone almost killed me. it's on to radiation, I realized my conversation and deep feelings were very negative, I was not going to survive, " Prepare the Trust," get the will ready, make sure my kids knew my plans for the memorial service. It was getting very dark here in my world.

Much too dark for me, I'm normally a very up happy person, why would I let this destroy me? Satan loves to attack us in that manner, keep us down convince us there's no hope. "Wrong"

Our hope is in Jesus, He is the reason for the Season. Now my attitude has changed, I temporarily forgot, being so caught up with the latest reports.

The front yard is now lit up with trees, Angels, gifts and of course reindeer. The snow flocked tree is standing watch over my living room, decorations are being taken out of their dusting boxes.

I want to live again being thankful for what the Lord has given me, Christmas is such a special time. Family together again, lots of noise in the house, way too many dishes in the sink. How I love it!

Merry Christmas in Jesus
Sharon

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Veterans Day

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November 11, 2015

About 15 years ago we visited Arlington national cemetery, seeing first hand the graves of our soldiers who died to give us our freedom, it was an emotional experience. We also discovered that not only current burials are there but Civil War burials too, with one tomb reading "Unknown Soldiers."

The home on which the cemetery grounds are located belonged to Robert E. Lee, he became known as a traitor, the house and property were taken away from him.

I see a kindred relationship in this history with our own ongoing battle with OC (ovarian cancer).

General Lee along with today's leaders fought for their lives every time they went into battle, as we do when going through chemotherapy and surgery.

There are days when we are confident we are winning and others when we can't see the victory ahead of us.

We are like the suffragette women "Strong ! Willing to keep up the fight, confident we will persevere."

In comparisons with other wars and battles some of us won't walk away as winners, we won't become president of the United States of America, we will though be rewarded with .... "The Bronze Metal" for meritorious service in a combat zone.

May God bless you and God bless America.

Sharon Leigh Rude

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Dear Diary

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Dear Diary,
I don't really keep a diary just thought I would start writing as if I did, silly huh?

I've been trying to write about my latest walk (tired of the word journey) with ovarian cancer, I find it very difficult.

I had hoped this would have come to an end by now only it hasn't. The original plan was surgery then six treatments of chemotherapy. Well, that has now changed, I'm trying to keep my head up and have a "this to will pass" attitude. Not so easy at this moment.

More surgery, more chemotherapy!! I'm having problems with platelets, blood counts and sodium counts all being too low for the so called final treatment of the original six. I'm now hearing there is one tumor which has shrunk considerably and very weak, without getting this sixth treatment my fears are it's going to start gaining strength. I keep asking myself how can stage one OC have so many problems, I was in stage one nine years ago, I didn't have any problems like this.

I'm really sharing my heart on this blog, which is unusual for me. Everyone has plans and dreams, we all know life gets put on hold. My plan was selling my house and moving to the Colorado River, I have bought a house there looks like I'll have to back out of the sale.

I'm feeling brokenhearted and very sorry for myself. But how pathetic can I be? I'm still here and there is hope. My King is still on the Throne with Him all things are possible.

Sincerely,
Sharon

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Good News

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The good news: this is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! Ten years ago this month was set aside to finally bring attention to the most deadliest of all gynecological diseases. What took so long?

This month, strangely enough, is when I lost my sister Judy to ovarian cancer 15 years ago. She had been fighting for five years, that's a total of 20 years of non-recognition.

Awareness and information on early detection was not publicly available at that time. It was her Gynecologist who told her about the three tests that would have helped in an early detection, she passed this information on to me. Four years after she passed away, and based on her input, my ovarian cancer was found in the first stage.

Now after nine years I have a recurrence of the same disease, again in the first stage. It seems this disease just doesn't want to go away.

The really good news is that women are living longer because of research. As far as I'm concerned we are also living longer because of the persistence of women. We are a strong breed! Women are not ready to roll over with the attitude of 'oh well', we are fighters. I applaud all women who get out there and organize a walk, who bring in community awareness, 5-k runs, golf tournaments and any fund-raiser they can think of.

It's these women we should be supporting, believe me it takes a lot of determination, work and support from friends and committee members to put on a golf tournament the way our foundation has. We have raised over $200,000 in the last four years. That's pretty good considering we live in a small county.

If you have personally experienced the effects of Ovarian Cancer, either for yourself or through a family member, you can speak to local service clubs (they are always open to guest speakers). Let's just get the word out. You would be surprised at the lack of information women have.

You can be that woman who has the ability to help save a life! Speaking at support groups is great also.

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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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