Christmas time is my new Aunt Betty's favorite time of year. She was diagnosed this past Spring with ovarian cancer. She worked for a doctor who conducted an ultrasound and discovered the cancerous tumor.....it was large....and hidden.
Today she has several infections which have taken over her body, including having entered her bloodstream. Today the cancer is all over her body. Today she says, "It's almost over," as she witnesses to her lost brother-in-law. Today Charlie's eyes fill with tears as he realizes that the dying woman laying before him will soon wake up before Jesus. Today she would want women everywhere to know about this cancer.
Ovarian cancer....it's not nearly as advertised as breast cancer, but it's just as important that women know the signs.
Many symptoms for ovarian cancer are (according to MayoClinic.com):
- Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating (my mother-in-law heavily recalls my Aunt Betty, just a few months before being diagnosed, complaining of being bloated a lot).
- Urinary urgency
- Pelvic discomfort or pain
Additional signs and symptoms that women with ovarian cancer may experience include:
- Persistent indigestion, gas or nausea
- Unexplained 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
- Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
- A persistent lack of energy
- Low back pain
- Changes in menstruation
Ovarian cancer is becoming well-known as the "silent killer". It is often not detected by an annual pelvic examination.
Please, look into this deadly cancer before it could be too late for you, or someone you love.
And please, pray for Aunt Betty's comfort...that she won't be in much pain. Also, pray for her two adult sons, grandchildren, and her husband....and then her eight siblings as the watch one of the youngest of the children pass on.