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
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