Two months ago, my mother died from ovarian cancer. We as a family were clueless. My mother was healthy to the natural eye. She loss some weight, but she was a diabetic and my sisters ensured she maintained a healthy lifestyle. Her cancer did not show up normal lab testing. She did not complain of pain.
My sisters and I taught our mom diabetic wellness and ensured she followed her daily routine. From a medical stand point, she was doing what she was supposed to do.
What is Ovarian Cancer?
From its name, we know that it’s a cancer that is developed in the female reproductive organ. But what you probably didn’t know, it’s causes the most deaths in the female reproductive system, according to the American Cancer Society. Ladies this is huge. It was surprising to discover the risk factors associated with ovarian cancer such as being over weight, using a forms of birth control, and having a family link of cancer.
We as women no longer have the luxury of hiding and pretending this disease has no direct effect towards us. We need to get our heads out of the clouds and increase our knowledgeable, not only for us, but for our daughters.
When was the last time you were tested. Testing is easy and it doesn’t add anything to your annual physical exam. Just say those words. I want to be tested. I can speak from the loss and having to state those words to my doctor. Arm yourself with the knowledge that can save your life.
–Zmelda Carr OTR/L, MOT, CST
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