Rockin' Rhonda's Cheerleaders
Our Momma, Rhonda, after 2 long months of test after test, exploratory surgery after exploratory surgery, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Those 2 months felt like 2 years. Finally, a diagnosis was given, and we can work on treating her cancer. Mom started Chemotherapy in January 2019. In March 2019, after 3 rounds of life changing treatment, we were told this regime was essentially ineffective. Multiple blood transfusions and 4 weeks of rest later, Mom had strength back. Enough that the doctors decided to try a new regime! We were given the hard facts. This one has a 10% chance of working. Mom started this new chemotherapy in April 2019. Now we had the hard job of waiting. We had to wait until June to find out how this regime was working. And wouldn't you know, the CT scan showed that this chemo was stopping all new growth, and to a very minor margin, reducing it!!! Quality of life was also still there!! With the doctors recommendation, and Mom's will to not just live - but beat this thing - they have recently added platinum into the current regime. Platinum will help fight to reduce the existing cancer, so that Mom can kick this whole cancer to the curb. Platinum was only added in July 2019.
If you ever met our Mom, you would know that not only is she the loudest cheerleader you will ever have, but you know she's also one of the strongest, fiestiest, willfull women you would ever meet. Because we grew up with her as our cheerleader, we are proud to be hers now.
It will be a long journey, but one we are grateful for that we even have the opportunity to walk down this path of HOPE. We will get through this, especially with help from our family and friends in the form of emotional support and support when we do the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope September 8, 2019.
Facts you wish you didn't need to know about Ovarian Cancer:
• Ovarian Cancer is the 5th most common cancer in women
• 1 of every 2 women diagnosed will not live past five years
• There are NO reliable screening tests. Symptoms are usually confused with those of other diseases. Tests are being developed but are not readily available. Yet.
• Only 2.1% of donations for cancer are directed toward ovarian cancer
• Ovarian Cancer kills 5 Canadian women every day.
Please provide your support by giving generously. Better yet, if you are up for a challenge this September, come out and join us. Together we can make a difference.