This is my journey focusing on the latest “comma” added to my identity: daughter, granddaughter, niece, sister, friend, aunt, mom, and now cancer patient (soon to be cancer survivor).  In 2006, I learned that I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation which puts me at a higher risk for both breast and ovarian cancer. In September 2011, I had a prophylactic oophorectomy – a surgery to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes in an effort to prevent ovarian cancer as much as possible – but instead of being a preventative measure, I learned that I had ovarian cancer (coincidentally or not, September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month).

I have reviewed the known symptoms repeatedly and I did not have any of them unless I really “reach” to make one fit.  I keep searching for “the whispers” that ovarian cancer provides but I have not located any yet. I can honestly say that I truly understand why ovarian cancer is sometimes called “the silent killer.”   I have seen every woman on both sides of my family face breast cancer head-on and they all beat it.  I will do the same with ovarian cancer.  While it is true that I have cancer, cancer does NOT have me.

This blog will also include other “dramas of the commas” since my cancer diagnosis affects not only me but those who love and care about me.  My best friend since birth will contribute about her experience as she takes this journey with her life-long friend.  She will share her perspective as a long-distance caregiver by showing that even distance does not stop her ability to be an incredible source of support to me.

I welcome all thoughts and comments that you would like to share. No one gets through cancer alone and we can help each other.

Much like the five marathons that I have completed, my journey will be a winding road with hills and valleys (some are predictable and some are not) but I envision receiving my medal at the end in the form of a complete recovery and triumph over cancer.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. carmenmendes@me.com
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 11:37:08

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…I’ll be an avid follower for sure.
    Also a ovarian cancer survivor ( 4 years and a half!)!


  2. candid about cancer
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 18:49:17

    Thank you, Carmen. Congratulations on being a survivor. You are an inspiration to me.


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