On December 24, 2017, my Mother, Marlyn was diagnoed with Ovarian Cancer. In January 2018 we found out it was Stage IV. Thus my Mom's fight had truly begun. Unfortunatley my Mom's fight has been a difficult one. After her 1st treatment she suffered a bowel obstruction, which put her in hospital for 3 weeks. During this stay, she had fluid removed from her stomach and one of her lungs. She was not detered by this and bravely moved onto her 2nd chemo treatment. Things were going well until after her 4th treatment.
On the morning of April 11, 2018 I received a phone call from the retirement home she was staying at for respite care saying that she was taken to hospital via ambulance. I had assumed that she was in need of having fluid drained or perhaps had caught the flu. Sadly upon arrival I learned that it was much more serious, as we were not allowed to see her for 2 hours while the ER Doctors and Nurses worked hard to save her life. Thankfully, she made it past those 2 hours and was moved to ICU. It was here they realized she had Group A Strep, which is something that can easily kill people. My Mom being a strong woman, she battle through this. Unfortunatley, after removing the breathing tube we realized something else was wrong. It was realized that she also suffered a stroke. Thankfully after a couple of days she had recovered from what ended up being a small stroke. She then spent another 5 weeks in hospital recovering.
2 months after being discharged from the hospital it was determined by her Oncologyist that further treatment would not be benefical given her overall health and that she should consider Quality of Life over Quantity. As part of her Symptom Management, she had a pleurx catheter installed on July 13, 2018 in order to remove fluid that was building up. As a result of the 4L of fluid that they removed that day, it was discovered the early onset of a bowel infection. This resulted in another 4 week visit to the hospital for treatment.
I had always assumed that my Mom would live to a ripe old age and that she would be there for me for many more years. While my Mom was with us, I spent my time with her to keep her spirits high, to share her stories and to hopefully build more memories and experiences together. Sadly my Mom lost her battle on August 15th, 2018.
The challenge with Ovarian Cancer is that it is typically caught during Stage III and Stage IV, making it difficult for those that are diagnosed to put it into remission. Today, thousands of Canadian women are living with ovarian cancer and another 2,800 will be diagnosed this year.
The Walk celebrates 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. Better yet, if you are up for a challenge this September, come out and join me. Together we can make a difference.