Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cancer Strikes Again

This is a hard post to write. It is a bit of a downer, so feel free to skip it.

My older sister (44-years old) was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I am trying to piece the story together, but neither my Mom nor my older sister will use any reproductive terminology [our family has hard core ISSUES], so I am guessing on some of this stuff.

My sister felt a bump "down there," and had a doctor check it out. They took an MRI and found masses (presumably in her uterus), so they scheduled an immediate hysterectomy. They found a non-malignant fibroid tumor, but they also found cancer cells on her ovaries, so they ended up doing a total hysterectomy. Some lab results are pending, so we don't know yet what kind of treatment she will be facing.

My older sister has never had a mammogram [despite the fact that our mother had breast cancer at age 42 -- fear is a powerful thing in life], but she will be getting one soon. SHE BETTER. Hopefully she gets the all clear on the mammogram, but I am worried since ovarian cancer and breast cancer seem to be closely linked. I think? I think.

It seems they found my sister's ovarian cancer at a very early stage, so I am hoping she will be ok. She and I don't really have a good relationship [at all], but that is neither here nor there -- she is still my sister.

My sisters and I didn't exactly hit the happy-go-lucky gene lottery. We face a family history of breast cancer AND ovarian cancer, and it is terrifying. I probably sound like a fatalist, but at this point what family DOESN'T have some history of one cancer or another? Whaddya gonna do but be vigilant with the mammograms and Pap smears and all of the other tests doctors recommend, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and organic foods*, exercise more, limit the intake of fatty foods and booze, quit smoking, yada yada...all that stuff that we hear day in and day out.

Needless to say, I am due for a couple of doctor appointments and now I know I REALLY NEED TO MAKE THEM. Sigh.

*Note: My sister's doctor told her that for some reason her body produced too much estrogen, and that led to mutations in cells, which in turn led to her cancer. The doctor mentioned that all of the hormones pumped into our cows are cause for GREAT CONCERN, and if she wanted to avoid exposure to dangerous hormones, she should be very careful about the milk she drinks [and presumably the meat she eats, too]. EEEEEEEK. Yet another reason to buy organic products.


For the record, I am not a medical doctor, but I am just passing info along to you folks in case it might be of assistance to any of you.

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89 comments:

Morgan said...

Thinking about you and your family. Your information was definitely helpful - we need more knowledge out there!

uglygirl said...

Is there any family history of prostate cancer in the men? Anyway, your family should probably see a genetic cancer counsellor (I don't know how these things work in the US) and possibly be tested for BRCA gene mutations, which can increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Pap smears won't help with detection of either of these but they are very important too.

My thoughts are with you. I'm working in Oncology at the moment so I actually do feel like everyone has cancer.

Georgina said...

I'm so sorry to hear that. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope it all comes back clear. And thanks for writing about this - I know was hard - but it's such an important reminder to have annual check-ups.- G

Susan Erickson said...

cancer scares all of us...we all know somebody...or 20 that have been affected. Stress is a big one...Having regular checkups helps...but lowering your stress is important too.... don't get angry in traffic etc....stay mellow and calm...When we let our emotions run crazy, our bodies respond. Hope your sis will be o.k. ...

Iva said...

I am so so so sorry. I feel absolutely horrible. You and your family are in my thoughts. Always...not just today. My heart is breaking right now. I can not even imagine how you feel or what is going through your head. I am here always for anything. Know that. I really am not exactly sure what to say. I can say everything will be ok. And it will. But I know that most likely isn't comforting very much right now. I wish I could give you a super huge hug. And yes, family is family and the past is in the past. I am sure the two of you love each other a huge amount even if you might not always see eye to eye. I am so sorry. Please stay strong right now. Thinking of you always. I am here for anything! Thank you so much for sharing...I know this must have been hard to write.

bananas. said...

oh shit...i am so sorry lady. i freaking hate cancer. with a passion. and every time i hear of someone being diagnosed, i tear up. my eyes are welling up as i types. i've lost way too many people in my life not to be affected by cancer.

i hope all turns out well for your sister. i'll keep you and your family in my thoughts. sending you lots of love and virtual hugs.

xoxo...mayra.

Down and Out Chic said...

oh no. needless to say i'm thinking about you. your advice is correct and good...milk and dairy without hormones + organic produce is really important but there's only so much you can do. i truly hope the doctors found the cancer early...

Laura @ EdenRose said...

What shitty news honey, hope your sister is okay and makes a speedy recovery!!! I have always felt very strongly about intesive dairy farming, well in fact all intensive farming!! There is something so unatural about it all and well it scares me. I'm so glad things have been caught early and as you said be always on the look out for warning signs with your own body and health. Stay Strong XX

chicknamedhermia said...

Jesus, that's awful!! *hug*

My thoughts are with you and your sister, and I really do hope she's ok!

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope this forces you (and me) to get to the doctor to do check ups. I am totally stricken by fear when it comes to bad news from the doctor. I almost think not knowing is better but i am also an idiot.

I don't necessariily eat organically but I am noticing that I am more conscious of what I eat now. I'm going to have to look into more organic foods.

I hope your sis gets better. By the way, how does she feel about having to get a total hysterically so immediately? Was she okay with it?

Thank you for sharing something so personal. That is not easy to do...ever!

Big Hugs to you!

Adele said...

hang in there love (: Keeping you and your family in my prayers! xoxo

Rhianne said...

oh no, I'm so sorry about your sister, I hope everything works out ok and they did catch it early. My family isprone to all types of things and it is really scary.

You and your family will be in my thoughts x

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Am so sorry to hear about your sister, sweetie, I knew that about milk for quite some time - I don't drink milk - I eat walnuts, pumpkin seeds for healthier bones.
I agree on the BRCA gene mutations.
Over- consumption of Estrogens make fibroids and all such things grow at a faster pace. Your sister's body must be estrogen dominance. One should see an endocrinologist to test the levels of estrogen and progesterone levels in the body.

Am thinking of your sister, even you are not on good terms with her.
That matters not in times such as these - perhaps this is the time to sort out one's differences? Keep us informed and I hope everything works out well for your sister, and that she has an excellent doctor. XX

Caroline said...

Oh shit on a stick sweetie. Thank god your sis went in and it was found in the early stages. I will send gooood energy to you both. In regards to the milk...I only buy the one with the label that says no added growth hormones (I have 2 girls...don't need they getting boobies at age 6 thank you!!!).

Hang in there! xoxo

Nathalie said...

I am really sorry to hear that and hope your sister gets over it soon. I really think it is so important to get all the tests done regularly, as these cancer types can be healed.
*Nathalie

5thsister said...

Hang in there sweetie. There was a time, way back when in the throes of family dysfunction that my sisters and I were not close. As we've gotten older we have come to the realization as to how much we actually mean to and need each other. I hope that will be the case for you and yours. Regardless, I will be praying for a full recovery. Take care!

Mrsblogalot said...

Aw girl, I am so sorry to hear this. Stay strong and YES keep those appointments!!

This disease must go!

ticklishfromadistance said...

A nasty,horrible disease. My father is battling it now. My thoughts and prayers and hope are with you and your sister. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Hanako66 said...

I'm so sorry. I will be thinking of you and your family.

Ellenitza said...

I'm sorry to hear. Take care.

Heather said...

I eat locally grown fuits and veggies, locally raised and slaughtered beef and pork, and our milk comes from grass fed cattle at our supermarket. We live in the country and we like it that way.

SabinePsynopsis said...

Oh honey, I'm so sorry to hear this! As you say, not only is it neither here nor there if you are not on best terms with your sister (actually it's even more difficult because if you want to support her you have to work through strange emotions first), but it's also about you. I think all you said is correct - BUT on the other hand fear and worry and not enjoying life (i.e. only eating and living healthily isn't good either). Now I happen to work in the whole nutrition/supplement/hormone/menopause yada yada... field (yeap, there is a serious side to my life, even though I'm trying to hide it) and I can highly recommend all books by John R. Lee ('What Your Doctor May Not Tell You...' It's a whole series.) Also I would recommend not to eat dairy at all, if that's in any way acceptable to you. And go to your appointments!! XXX

Brooke said...

I'm so sorry :( I have kind of a sorry gene lottery too when it comes to certain medical issues. I always hate filling out those doctor's forms: Does "_____" run in your family?" Yes, yes, and yes.

I hope your sister caught it early enough to not cause too many complications besides the hysterectomy, of course. I think I'm going to go buy some organic dairy products right about now...

Trixie said...

Sorry to hear this. I hope everything turns out okay for her. I'm glad they caught it early

Dancing Branflake said...

You said that this was a downer post but, even though the news is so sad, I can't help but feel inspired and EMPOWERED to do something about taking care of my body. How you describe cancer is a very hopeful way of looking at it.

So sorry about your sister. Many good thoughts and prayers your way.

Alisa said...

Yikes! I hope that is was caught early and that all will be okay.

Go to the doctor and get your tests so you can rest easy!

I totally agree, GO ORGANIC!!

Thanks for the post!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh so sorry to hear about your sister. will be thinking about you and sending good thoughts your way! thanks for sharing. hugs xo

g e o r g i a said...

Oh, I am so sorry :(
My mom is very into herbs, so she would tell you to take them, they do help! Food, raw food is best!
You and your family will be in my prayers, love Georgia

tulpen said...

Cancer sucks balls. Sorry to be hearing this.

My kids ONLY ever get hormone free milk, dairy and chicken.

Kirsty said...

That's really bad news... sorry to hear it. I hope you and your family are ok. I'm not a medic at all, but from my knowledge of the reproductive system I can't think why there would be a link between ovarian and breast cancer. Once cancer gets into the lymphatic system then yes, there is a risk of spreading to the breasts, but the ovarian system is totally separate (for the benefit of the baby!) That said, hormonal imbalances can be a trigger for tumour growth, and the breasts and ovaries are often subject to the same hormonal activity.
I don't know if any of that is much use... but you shouldn't immediately start worrying about spread.
xx

Pretty Little World said...

You've got all of my very best and healthiest thoughts coming your way - I hope that everything turns out well for your sister. It's definitely good that they caught it early, and it sounds like her doctors are doing their very best for her.

The milk thing freaks me out a little, but in a good, "I should think more about where some food comes from," sort of way. We don't eat meat, and I knew that chickens and cows have all sorts of crazy hormones pumped into them. But I only ever thought about that in terms of their meat, and didn't even consider the milk. I will definitely be looking into our local organic options!

XOXO

kristine said...

That sucks so bad!I am so sorry to hear about your sister and the stress your family is going through. sucks too that you have to experience weirdness with having a strained relationship. I will be sending good vibes your way, hang in there! (and thanks for sharing)

Missy said...

So sorry! I will be praying for your sister and your family! Go to the doctor!

sexypoet said...

wow, i'm so sorry about your sister. cancer is such a fucked up disease. i'm happy to hear they caught it early although a hysterectomy seems so drastic but, i understand it needs to be done to make sure it's all removed. i went down the same road last summer with my dad as you know and, it's a shitty road to be on. just know that i'm here for you to talk to if you need me. =) i have done extensive research and might be able to point you or your sister in the direction of some helpful literature. and close or not, make sure your sister gets her mammo ASAP!! since she has already been dx'd with ovarian cancer, she is at high risk for other female cancers.. you'd better be getting mammo's too.. DO NOT let your doctor tell you your too young for one, if you havent already started. i started mine at 30 because of my grandmothers breast cancer as well as my mothers.. xoxo you guys are in my prayers

keri

L.A. Daze said...

I'm sorry to hear this :( Cancer is so f'ing scary, my mom has had several scares and biopsies done...it freaks me out so much! It's so prevalent these days...like EVERYBODY has some type of cancer or will get it. What the F is going on with the world?

Definitely get those check-ups. I prefer the ostrich-stick-your-head-in-the-sand approach, but that unfortunately doesn't fly when it comes to your health.

Katy Mary said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Sister. I know it must be really hard to process and accept. I'm high risk for cancer myself and everytime I go for tests it's the most scary and stressful thing in the world. I hope everything works out for the best!

Annie said...

very sorry to hear about your sister. i will be praying for her.
thanks for passing that information about hormones onto us.
now make your appts hun!

Kitty Stampede said...

dammit drollski, very sorry to hear this. it seems to hit most families these days. you'd think with all this "technology etc" there would be cures. my husband's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a little while ago. i am ALL ABOUT going the natural route as much as possible. I recommend the book "Cancer, Step Outside the Box" by Ty Bollinger. He is amazing and had 8 people in his family die of cancer, due to the treatments such as chemo and radiation. it is usally those treatments that kill, not the cancer itself. We just ordered the book for his mom cause she is going through chemo and has been headed down hill ever since and her cancer was apparently gone with surgery but the doctor told her to go on chemo for precaution(ARGGH), most people's bodies are not healthy enough to handle something so poison and toxic. they not only kill the cancer but the whole immune system..that stuff is deadly if you ask me. Also check out the documentary "The Beautiful Truth". it goes into the Gershon Therapy with juicing organic carrot and apple juice etc. I like to think that our eating habits as you mentioned and natural herbs etc will naturally heal our bodies as opposed to Big Pharma's solutions which is a big money racket. His mother also had too much estrogen due to her hormone replacement therapy for menopause. I hate Cancer so much but I believe it can be fought and beat. Just don't worry and think negatively, that is so bad for our bodies, i know it can be tough though. I hope and pray your sister will get through this.

Kitty Stampede said...

sorry so long...gah...also those books sabinep mentioned are excellent!

Christy said...

So sorry to hear all this, sweet blog friend. I'll be sending thoughts and prayers and positivity your way!

Sam said...

Oh dear oh dear. I'm so sorry dear DG. So not good. I can't really think of anything to say but healing thoughts your way and your family's way.

WendyB said...

So sorry to hear this. I'm glad they caught it early.

hope505 said...

That's the suck...very sorry to hear about this. Stay solid, woman. Try not to flip out too hard.

Emelie - C'est LA vie said...

God, that does suck. Fingers crossed everything will turn out well, and thanks for the sound advice. Big cyber hug. x

spiltinky said...

So sorry to hear about your sister. Hang in there (and definitely go through with your intention to get checkups). My husband was diagnosed with lymphoma in his early 30s, right after we were married, and although it was an ordeal, he survived and has been kickin it for over a decade. The good thing was that it caused us both to re-evaluate our lives and make some changes that have served us well--moving to Northern California, eating better, more exercise, etc. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. It's a good reminder of how fragile we all are, and a it's a chance to offer you some small token of support and appreciation for all that you give to us through your blog. Many thanks.

Christiejolu said...

My best to your sister....

pixelhazard said...

warm hugs, good vibes and hugs

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oh dear my heart just sank. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister! Early stages tho are good, perhaps she won't have to do chemo. I'll say a prayer for sister & your family that everything works okay. I've had my own share of scary medical issues so I understand how the unknown is unbelievable. I've heard that about the milk. I switched to organic milk without the hormones. Who knows if it'll help but it's worth a shot. My best dear. I'll be hoping it's okay.

blueviolet said...

I am so sorry to hear this, and please, please make those appointments.

K.Line said...

I am SO sorry to hear this J. I am very optimistic that your sister has caught the disease early and that she will be ok. I'm happy to know that you are living your life consciously, not taking your health for granted in light of your family history. That's a wonderful way to stay healthy in your own right. (Of course, none of us can afford to take our health for granted, history notwithstanding.)

Jenny. said...

Sad. I hope everything works out for you and yours. That is completely gross about the hormones in milk.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I am so sorry. My heart sank as soon as I read the opening to your post and continued as I read the entire thing.

I know its frightening to know cancer is in your family, but you're absolutely right, cancer doesn't discriminate and we should ALL keep a watch on ourselves. Sometimes noticing the most smallest or simplest sign can detect something early and save a lot of grief (hopefully) later on.

It is strange (and sad) but I never took that much an interest in the hormones put in milk or paid much attention to eating organic food. It's just not something my parents promoted very well growing up. After reading your post, it really opened my eyes. I mean that. I'm kind of horrified and shocked. I finally get it now. I will definitely be checking out organic milk and other healthier options for sure.

Thanks for the information in this post and I'm keeping your sister in my prayers, sweetie. xoxo

Tia said...

Dude, this sucks. My family is a hodge podge of medical issues, ands it's made me a bit of a hypochondriac.
Get yo self checked out girl!
Sending lots of good thoughts out to you and your family.
xoxo

Kerri said...

first of all, so sorry to hear about your sister. i'm sure that is very scary.


secondly, i feel similar- my mom had ovarian, and my grandmother had breast...my dr asked me about getting genetic testing done- and i am considering it.

anyway, i think it's brave to make a post like this, but i think that's what's cool about the blogging community. thanks for being so open...

and i wish your sister the best of luck and a good recovery!

Kaz said...

Oh honey. The big C really is a big C isn't it?

When I had my scare, and then when everything was ok, but I was told that I'd have to have yearly smear tests I nearly said I was happy to jump up on that table every damn week if it meant I would know things were ok!

So who cares if your doctor has to see your bits? I'd say my healthy bits were a hell of a lot nicer to look at than a boil on some old guys ass (with apologies to old guys with boils on their asses)

Make sure you get all the tests you need. And as regularly as you need them. We lose too many people because of reluctance to get the proper tests

xx

The Zhush said...

This is terrible news..I am so sorry to hear this! Sending healing thoughts your way.
xx

shari @ little blue deer said...

I will pray for you and your family. I had a precursor to ovarian cancer and had to have some surgery, but it all turned out fine. Hopefully this will be the case. Thoughts are definitely with you tonight.

Asylum Dolly said...

Holy shit. I hope she will be ok! It's good that they have found it at the early stages at least. Jeez. What a stress. Here i am hating the world for lame reasons, and herre you are with an actual REAL concern.
man that is scary about the milk too :0 I myself only consume soy milk these days, but my kid prefers dairy, so i indulge her..but now i am thinking that might not be a great idea :S Fuck. It's true though, there is so much CRAP in our food. There is a lovely organic fruit and veg shop not far from me, and i do try to go there as often as i can, but it is so fucking EXPENSIVE!!! As soon as my kid is old enough to not destroy them for fun, i am going to grow some vegetables of my own. I did it pre-bub, and you REALLY notice the difference. Maybe that could be an idea for both your sis 9or her partner, if she has one, while she RESTS!) and yourself? many vegies can be grown in pots- infact most of them. Herbs are good too, and easy.
Anyhoo, i am sending all the positive vibes i can muster over to you and your family right now.
And yes, go see the doc!!!!
I have my fingers crossed for ya♥

Vee said...

So sorry to hear that. I can't imagine what you're going through, but I'm sending you lots of positive thoughts.

Lady Ren said...

I am so sorry to hear that-

You should make sure you get your appointments set up too.

Positive vibes for you and yours.

Cheryl said...

Oi, oi! My sister too, last year, but they caught it in time. All they needed to do was freeze some parts of her insides and she was a.o.k.

Yes, all organic, lots of goat milk --absolutely no soy!!! check all your food labels for any traces of soy. That stuff is poison.

Plus remember, genes are not a sentence! They are...potentialities. Read Deepok Chopra on this subject when you can. Really makes you look at illness in a new way.

But I know just what you're feeling. Have MD appt. tomorrow morning to discuss fibfoid surgery...wish us both luck...

十十f十 said...

take heart and take care.

Big Red said...

Girl I am so sorry to hear about that. Sounds like your sister is very lucky to have caught it early. My thoughts are with all of y'all.

And I totally agree on the dairy products!!! For the past couple of years I refuse to have non-organic dairy. Makes me a bit of a prima donna, but I don't give a fuck!

Sending you some luv!

Kellie said...

So scary. Please stay on top of your doctor visits. I had a scare w/ melanoma and that has shown me it never hurts to be cautious. I'll be sayind a prayer for you and your sis.

adrienzgirl said...

YOU MAKE THOSE APPTS NOW! Don't make me hurt ya!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Prayers and good vibes to your family dear. It's kinda true - I feel like in the last few years, cancer has been everywhere. Previously, it was never been tangible, but sadly there are so many people I know that have been effected by it. We still have to keep on living, loving, and laughing. Hugs to you.

Kristin said...

I started drinking organic milk for the same reason. Your sis and you will be in my prayers lady!

vint junky said...

Oh hon, i am so sorry to hear this.
I've had reservations about those hormones in milk since someone advised it can bring on early puberty in kids, and hearing this advice from your doctor, really makes you wonder what we are consuming daily.
You and your sister are in my thoughts

xxx

Kim Neill said...

Thinking of you and your family.I hope everything works out ok. I am truly sorry to hear this. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

asweetcakes said...

Your sister will be alright! God bless kay

creative kerfuffle said...

i am so sorry to hear about your sister's diagnoses. she's so young! omg. the c words scares me to death. while we don't have the ovarian/breast kind in my family we have the stomach, lung, skin and prostate kind. nice.

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

My sister is a cancer survivor,
So sorry to hear this J...hope & prayers!!

Jill said...

White light to your sister.

Char said...

((hugs)) sorry that I'm late here.

xoxox

The Cottage Cheese said...

Oh girl, I am so sorry to hear this! I do hope your sister kicks cancer's ass. Yes, we should all pay more attention to our family medical histories, and be diligent about regular dr. visits. Since I haven't had health insurance in a while, I'm behind on the gyno visits, which I really shouldn't miss. My husband and I can't afford to go all-organic, but for the past 5 years, we've only been drinking hormone-free milk from a local dairy.

Diana said...

Thanks for the info.

i'm so sorry about your sister's diagnosis. How are you holding up?
You are right, it does hit most families now. My mom had it twice and got it removed, and my real dad died of it. I'm scared too of being next on the list!!
Keep us updated

Ana said...

My prayers are with you and your family. Fear is a horrible thing, and you're being smart about being vigilant and cautious. Make those appts.

Hang in there girl. Hugs...

...love Maegan said...

omg that's horrendous news. I'm glad she's okay. I'm glad I don't drink milk. But still I eat the meat off those cows that are fed hormones. omg you must be a stress ball. Don't let it affect you ...I know that's ridiculous to say but you go to the doc every year like a good girl. I know your mamo must be stressing you too ...and now I need to call my gyno. blech. I'm sorry :/
See you tomorrow!

sherri said...

thinking of you and your family. I, too, know way too many lives that have been affected by the c word.

Heather Taylor said...

Oh darling, hang in there. All of my best thoughts are with you right now and your family.

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

I've been MIA thanks to 18 houseguests and then being sick for three days, so I missed this. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister - and I hope that the measures they've taken mean that she'll be able to get back to normal with minimal treatment. It's so very scary though ... and I can totally identify. Every single generation on my mother's side has had cancer. My great-grandmother, uterine. My grandmother, lymphatic. My mother, breast. And I had the first of many pre-cancerous cervical cells scraped off when I was still a teenager, so though I try to be optimistic ... well ... you know.

Stay strong, and take care of yourself! (And thanks for the info on the milk! *shudder*)

Bromeliad said...

Oooo. So sorry. Ovarian cancer is very treatable. (Is that a word?) Scary nonetheless. Ugh, I'm drinking a non-organic latte at the moment.

Phoenix said...

This is a bit belated but I'm sending love and hugs and good thoughts your way. I know... love and hugs don't fix a lot of things.

But they make the really hard stuff more endurable.

Lemme know if you ever need to talk or just vent about how sometimes life just sucks.

C.B. said...

I'm sorry to hear that. At least they caught it early. Keep a close eye on things and take care of yourself.

pearls said...

I know I'm a few days late :( .... but my whole heart is sending you and your family love.

Anonymous said...

My mom, diagnosed a year ago with breast cancer, was told the same thing from her doctor about hormones in milk and soymilk, and to generally avoid meats and limit soy because it is high in estrogen. Also, my mom has cells that like cancer so they reproduce quickly. We haven't been tested for the "breast cancer" gene yet but we will when her doctor says. It sounds like you might want to do that too since your mom had it so young.
Scary world we live in....I'm learning it doesn't help to hide from it...Good luck..

Kathryn said...

Sorry to hear about your sister, but from people I have known where they have caught it early, most have a good shot at recovery.

It might give you piece of mind to have annual pap smears and mammograms just to know you are ok.

In New York Paris Tomorrow said...

Ah this is really dreadful - there's nothing pretty here.

For you, could I suggest that you find a serious gynecologist and discuss semi annual (annual is normal and your genes seems to have a predilection here)ultrasound of your ovaries and breasts, and whether using the bone density pill could help stave issues. There's pure scientific fact that it holds cancer off and is underutilized, per the medical journals, not me.

Write write write, you have a gift and friends.

chloe said...

oh love, im sorry that you have to deal with stuff like this, must be scary as hell. i guess all you can do in the end is take care of yourself
i hate that im a week late seeing this! sending you a big hug over the net xxx