Thursday, September 8, 2011

I'm "teal toed"!

I'm "Teal-Toed"....
for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

When my young friend, Heather, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the ripe "old" age of 27, life just flipped over so to speak... nothing seemed normal (whatever that is) and we all knew that life was going to be quite a ride for the next several years.
In a few weeks Heather will make her final trip as a cancer patient to MD Anderson. It will mark the end of five years of testing. She will then be turned over to another department as one who has recovered from cancer...
a "cancer survivor"!
Thank God for medical advancements... and just plain
thank GOD!
Heather's faith, her husband's, her parents', her brother's, her relative's and us plain ol' friend's faith has carried us through this journey.
Heather was still a young bride when her diagnosis came through. All hope of having her own baby was dashed.
God blessed her and her husband, Jared, with a sweet baby boy they adopted and named "Beau".
Life has come together for this family.
So many blessings...

--Symptoms of ovarian cancer are not specific to the disease, and they often mimic those of many other more-common conditions, including digestive and bladder problems.

--When ovarian cancer symptoms are present, they tend to be persistent and worsen with time. Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating
Pelvic discomfort or pain
Persistent indigestion, gas or nausea
Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
Changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate
Loss of appetite or quickly feeling full
Increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist
A persistent lack of energy
Low back pain
Heather, Jared and Little Beau


Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

I LOVE this post!! My sweet friend has a sister-in-law who is in the fight of her life against OC. Her name is Laura if you're inclined to pray for her. Singing praises with Heather :)


P.S. lovin the toes :)

Mary Kay said...

Thanks for being such a good friend and for all your support! You were always there to boost our spirits! Our path was much easier with the support of our friends! Glad you joined us teal toed gals!
We are blessed!
Love ya, Mary Kay (Heather's Mom, Beau's Grandma)

Theresa said...

Praise God for the blessing this family has received! What a positive message to pass on! Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Wonderful post and yay for your friend! As a cancer survivor myself, I thank God and the supporters like you for bringing positive messages and awareness to this!

Kuki... said...

Thank you for sharing this uplifting post. September is a tough month for me...I lost my mom to ovarian cancer (3 years ago this month). Your friend is truly blessed! Wishing her continued good health and happiness.

Cheryl said...

Hi Karen,
Thank you so much for spreading the word about the symptoms of ovarian cancer on your blog. I lost my sister, Nancy, to this horrible disease in November. Until her death she worked as hard as she could to let other women know the importance of awareness and speaking up to their doctors. She and I both painted our nails teal, and I still her honor. I am so happy to hear that your friend Heather may have beaten the odds with this disease; I will keep her in my prayers.
I love your blog and am so happy to have found it.
Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage

Apron Senorita said...

Praise God for her recovery. Cancer is vicious but the human spirit is victorious!

Yoli at Apron Senorita

Laura said...

This is wonderful Karen.
Just wonderful,


beaumommy said...

awww!! thank you so much for your lovely words, your beautiful teal toes and for being my fabulous "other mother!" :)
love you bunches!!
<3 heather

Rettabug said...

Oh Karen...I have goosebumps, just thinking about all that Heather has gone through. Thank GOD she was diagnosed early!!!

I will ask for a teal pedicure later this week...thanks for the tip about doing this!


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I hope that Heather continues to do well. It has been 5 years for me also, but always in treatment. Thanks for the encouraging words...