Welcome to my Personal Page. Rosemarie (McAllister) Thorne
Today, thousands of Canadian women are living with Ovarian Cancer, and another 2,800 will be diagnosed this year.
I am one of those women.
l was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer Stage 3C, epithelial carcinoma origin, the end of July 2017, one month after retiring. I had a debulking surgery to remove a large cancerous mass and a complete hysterectomy, followed by 11 of 12 chemo treatments with 4 intraperitonal chemo sessions directly into belly through an I.P. port that was “installed” during initial surgery. It remained in til all treatment was finished. They do the I.P. port when Cancer has spread. Mine was in my liver and peritoneal wall. It was rough and was a game changer for sure. I am happy to say l was 1 year post chemo this past January. There will always be challenges. Neuropathy and belly pain from 3 different types of hernias (hiatus, umbilical and incisional) is a constant, and worry about recurrence is there inthe back of my mind.
My “Ovation Circle” that l attend once monthly has been helpful and we support each other fully. Unfortunately someone always seem to be recurring and we’ve lost 5 women since l’ve started this “circus”. My family and friends have been wonderful too! So thank you.
This cancer is so sneaky and the symptoms are vague. So vague that detection is usually in the later stages. We need Research money in order to find better diagnostic tools to find it before it’s too late.
l participate in the Walk of Hope to celebrate and raise funds in the hope I carry with me every day – the hope for a future without this disease.
Every dollar I raise supports Ovarian Cancer Canada, the only national charity entirely dedicated to this important cause. Funds will be used to provide support, increase awareness, and fund vital research so that we can change the future for the women we love.
Please provide your support by giving generously. If you are up for a challenge, Sunday, September 8th, at Lake Ontario Park, come out and join me!
Together we can make a difference.
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