5.25.2011

5 early warning signs of ovarian cancer




The most common signs include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary symptoms, such as the need to go urgently or frequently.  my friend melinda had all these symptoms in one weeks time.  she also had shortness of breath, which is what led her to urgent care. 

read more about this silent killer...here.


melinda had a complete hysterectomy yesterday and is doing well.  she will begin chemo in about 2 weeks.

also, blogger is not allowing me to make comments on anyone's blogs which is frustrating.

39 comments:

  1. I lost my best friend Sharon to this a few years ago and just read about a British glamour model who died from it today - she was 43, my friend was 41. All I can do is sigh; best wishes to Melinda, we are all in this thing called life together.

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  2. Hello Janet:
    As we indicated in a recent post, we have lived with leukaemia for the past nine months or so and, whilst we have been told there is no cure, a present period of remission is the result of very successful treatment with chemotherapy. Of course it is not pleasant, and we feel so deeply for Melinda, but modern treatments are so much more advanced than even a few years ago.

    Our best advice for Melinda, and youself, is not to think too far ahead, to take each day as it comes and try, as far as is possible, to focus on all that is positive.

    You are both in our thoughts and prayers.

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  3. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.

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  4. I think the focus of women's cancers is often on breast cancer and ovarian takes a back seat. It is very important to get the word out about the symptoms. Thank you for doing this post....I already have an exam scheduled for later this week. I was thinking about postponing it because I have other stuff going on this week, but because of your friend and your post, I will keep it. It has to be a priority.

    I'll be thinking of Melinda and her family and you during this difficult time.
    xo, A

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  5. Thank you for this. I hope Melinda has a full recovery. So scary!

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  6. Thank you for posting the symptoms, I only knew of a couple of them. I am hoping they caught her cancer early.

    Linda

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  7. My prayers to Melinda - I hope the surgery and treatments bring full recovery. Lana www.lifeatwildberrycottage.com

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  8. I lost two friends from it, when both were in their 40's. I hope and pray that treatment has improved since then and that they caught Melinda's cancer early. And I send you lots of oooxxxx because it is so hard to stand by and watch our friends go through this. And I send more oooxxxx because you're the kind of good friend she needs.

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  9. I am praying for your friend Melinda. Ovarian is a nasty cancer. Bless you too.

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  10. Both of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    xo Jane

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  11. Janet,

    I am praying for your friend...I had no idea what the symptoms were or that they could appear so suddenly.

    xo annie

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  12. Sending love and prayers to your friend, Janet. Thank you for sharing this information every woman should know.
    XO

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  13. Your remains in my thoughts and prayers.

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  14. Sorry...it should read, Your friend remains in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you as well.

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  15. Dear Janet, Thank you for posting this. We so easily forget to care for ourselves and to listen to our bodies. I am thinking of Melinda and hope that she beats this terrible thing. love Lindaxxx

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  16. Thanks for passing on the warning signs. I will remain hopeful that a full recovery is in the cards for your friend Melinda.

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  17. I am here for you if you ever have any questions. Sending prayers to you and your friend.
    A couple good books are:
    Love, Medicine, and Miracles by Bernie S. Siegal, M.D.
    You Can Heal Yourself by Louise L. Hay
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  18. good energy and blessings to you and your friend melinda.

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  19. You're a wonderful friend....
    I'm still sending her my prayers ...

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  20. Thank you for posting this valuable information on the early warning signs. I think it's a very good tribute to your friend Melinda and wish her all the best.

    Kristia

    (blogger won't let me post comments as myself either!)

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  21. Sending positive thoughts and prayers to Melinda and for you too Janet...
    I know firsthand how difficult it is to to watch someone you love go through these procedures.

    Your roses would make a lovely welcome for Melinda when she gets home.
    Take care Janet.

    Hugs
    Hostess
    XO

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  22. Praying for your friend. It's not easy going into surgical menopause, your friend will need your shoulder for comfort.

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  23. Really hope your friend Melinda is completely well soon and since I red your previous post I have been praying for her and lighted a candle which I do most of the times together with the prayings.
    hugs dear

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  24. Positive thoughts to your friend Melinda. Thank you for posting these early warning signs on the blog. XX

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  25. You hear success stories every day. I just know your friend will be one too! I'm thinking of you both!

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  26. love and positive energy and thoughts for Melinda...

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  27. thinking of your dear friend and of my dear sister who is having surgery today. breast cancer. cancer seems to be all around...
    blogger has some sort of silent thing going on too, I cannot make comments too-
    pve

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  28. One more thing, Dr. Oz is discussing the topic of ovarian cancer & the warning signs on today's show.

    Linda

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  29. Dear Janet, You and Melinda are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. oooxxx, Joyce

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  30. Dear Janet, How thoughtful of you to post the early warning signs for ovarian cancer. I am glad to hear that Melinda is receiving very speedy treatment and wish her well.
    Beautiful iris! Mine are being decapitated by a fearsome wind.
    Having great trouble with my blogspot, cannot post pictures in Firefox and Safari will not let me sign in - oh, the frustration! My computer skills are limited and I'm not having much success at sorting things out. Hope things will get back to normal of their own accord very soon.
    Love, Rosemary.

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  31. i have a sister-in-law who is receiving treatment for stage 4 cancer. she is now being given a "pill" as well as chemo. the pill apparently has amazing affects at the 11th hour. also, have you read about the research that found that cancer cells CANNOT survive in an alkaline host, whether it's your body or in the laboratory. there is so much hopeful information out there now, and people go into remission even if not 'cured.' she will remain in my thoughts and prayers. a cheerful heart, laughter and no meat protein are her very best allies, especially now! tj

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  32. I'm saying a prayer for Melinda!!!
    I had the same issue with Blogger on Tuesday and it was frustrating.
    Yucky cancer, yucky blogspot. ;)
    xo~
    T

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  33. My mother died of ovarian cancer 21 years ago. The problem is, that by the time you have any symptoms the cancer is well advanced. When the cancer is well advanced, there's not much hope of a cure. Hopefully, the treatments have improved since my mom's death. You'd think they'd have some type of earlier detection method by now and more effective treatments but I am suspicious of big pharmaceutical companies who only want to make money, not find a cure. If people were cured of cancer, they wouldn't make a dime now would they?

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  34. Very best wishes to Melinda.
    Those symptoms are scary because as women we tend to put up with some of them regularly and believe oh well it's normal..must soldier on.
    xx

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  35. May Melinda be okay and recover quickly. Keeping her in my thoughts.

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  36. Good news that your friend is being treated so promptly. I wish her a speedy recovery from the hysterectomy and that the cancer treatment is not too rough on her.

    Holding her in my thoughts :-)

    Ali x

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  37. This sucks. I'll be following daily to support you in Spirit.

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  38. Wishing you the fragrance of roses, the aroma of baking bread, the feel of laughter, the touch of soft fur: whatever can take you and Melissa out of your heads and thoughts and deliver you right into a moment. All love - vigorous, muscular, empowered, fearless - sent up the Appalachias, over the flats and prairies of the midwest, the ridges and mountains, fast approaching the western coast and swirling around the gardener's cottage to lay along the folds of your friendship. The meaning of it all is the connection you two have...

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  39. Reading your lovely post is good for one's health! Love and prayers for you and your friend.

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