Thursday, August 18, 2011

Avon- Kiss and Teal

When I ran across the Avon Books Kiss and Teal Campaign a few weeks ago, I didn't have any idea that its message would soon impact my family's life in very real ways.

One week ago, my mother-in-law's doctor sent her in for extra tests after a routine exam. Today, she's undergoing exploratory surgery. No one in our family will ever look at our health the same way again.

I don't have much time for a real post this month, because I'm off to the hospital waiting room, but I wanted to share with you the Kiss and Teal campaign. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, and considering that Ovarian Cancer is still one of the most deadly forms of cancer for women, I think it wouldn't hurt to be a little more aware of the early symptoms of this disease.

Please pass along the Kiss and Teal message to the women in your life. My mother-in-law had many of these symptoms for the past few months, but didn't think anything of them. None of us knew that they could signify anything but some minor gastrointestinal upset. I don't think most women even know what to watch for when it comes to Ovarian Cancer. But as these messages show, there are signs, and knowing those signs can increase a woman's chances of catching the disease early.


Callie James said...

Oh, Lisa. I’m so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. I pray the results of the exploratory surgery have a more positive outcome than this horrible diagnosis. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today.

Several years ago, as many of you know, my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She had felt a “stitch” in her side when she would rest specifically on that side at night. Mind you, the pain was in her side, not her abdomen. This was her only symptom, but it was enough of an ache to wake her up.

She saw her doctor. Different things were recommended, but the pain persisted. Ultimately, the doctors removed her gall bladder, as they thought that to be the cause. Still, the pain continued. She repeatedly saw her doctor and specialists, insisting there was something wrong, and after more thorough exams, they realized she had a mass. Her blood tests showed no indication of cancer. The most they thought they would find is a benign tumor. They went in for exploratory surgery and discovered she had ovarian cancer. The doctors were stunned. They told her given the early stages, there was no way she should have felt the pain she had experienced for months. Thankfully, it was in the first stage. Once removed and after six months of chemotherapy, she is cancer free.

My mother was very lucky, but I sincerely believe she is alive today due to her persistence with the doctors. She knew something wrong and wouldn’t let it go.

Lisa, if you don't mind, please do keep us posted. Hugs.

Cari Hislop said...

I hope your mother-in-law will be able to beat it! My grandmother developed ovarian cancer. She did the chemo (I don't know if she had the tumor out) I know the doctors were telling her she needed to do something, but she decided if she was going to die she'd spend her money seeing Europe so she ignored the doctors and had a fantastic time. Somehow she survived another ten years, but the doctors said she should have died shortly after diagnosis. I have my own theories.

Lisa Dunick said...

Thanks Callie- We're hoping that they caught it early. Luckily, she's really good about having regular physicals, and the CT scan they did didn't show it anywhere else. We should know more by this afternoon, though.

Carla Swafford said...

Thinking of you and your family. Scary times. Hugs.

Lexi said...

Scary bad stuff, Lisa. So sorry you are all going through with this. You are in my prayers!