Thursday, August 27, 2009

Serious as Cancer

Denise, Debbie and my Dad at our wedding

Some of you may know that recently, my cousin Denise (she is my stepmom Debbie's niece) has been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. After waiting for what I'm sure were agonizing weeks, she had surgery last month to confirm the cancer, to have a hysterectomy, and to find out that she will need chemotherapy. For most of the time from the surgery until now, she has had family with her - her mom, Debbie, her sister. But they all live far away and cannot be there all the time, so are working toward moving her to Seattle to be with her mom and sister. It is really unfortunate, given what she is going through physically and emotionally, the paperwork and red tape and roadblocks she also must deal with to be able to be with the people who love her and can take care of her best so she can focus on what is most important - healing and recovering. I cannot imagine the frustration. Denise has started a blog detailing her experiences and trying to spread awareness about Ovarian Cancer -- I think she can tell you about them better than I can. The link is on our blog list if you are interested in reading. But most importantly, please remember Denise in your prayers.

1 comment:

Denise said...

Tammy,

Thank you so much for your kind words and support. So very thoughtful and truly appreciated. It lifts my spirits so much. I just hope that soon I will be able to post good news so that others know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I don't know what to say. Thank you thank you thank you. Denise