Paula recalls how she discovered that her youngest daughter was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
My younger daughter scheduled preventive surgery to have mastectomies and beginning of a reconstruction and to have her ovaries removed. We had gone, right before that we had gone to Hawaii on a cruise. We came back the day she was having her surgery. My son picked us up at the airport and I said, “Well, how is Sherry?” And he said, “Well, she is still in surgery” or something, and I knew right away something was wrong. She was supposed to have surgery at 9 o’clock in the morning, and this is 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
So we got downstairs to baggage, and Sam called my son-in-law, and he said that they had found something. So went over to, she was at the Piper Out Patient Surgery, and we went over there, and make a long story short, finally got in touch with Dr. Janasek who was called in to do the surgery for her, to see that she had stage 3C ovarian cancer, which was what I had.
At that time I was in remission, but it was very soon after I had finished my chemotherapy. This was beginning of November and I had finished my chemotherapy in June. I stayed in remission until, let’s see, it was about two years and about four months, and that whole time she was going through her first chemo. That didn’t work; she went through a second chemo. That didn’t work; she did two trial drugs. That didn’t work. This was a period of two years.
One time she was going through chemo right before she went into hospice. We were both having chemo at the same time because I had relapsed. The day she went into hospice was the day I found out that I was again, in remission, and she passed away not quite two years after her diagnosis.
And I will tell you something very strange. When they brought her over to the main hospital from the Piper Center that evening that she had the surgery, my son-in-law and I went in to see her, and she kind of was awake and she said, “What happened to me?” So he told her that she had, you know, the ovarian cancer, and she looked at him and said, “I’ll be dead in two years,” and she was.
It was two years of torture for her. Nothing worked. She was in pain, she had lymphoedema, her legs. I mean everything that could happen, happened. Her whole body just shut down. It was just, as a pparent, just watching that was just, tore my heart out. And yet, when she was, before she went over to the hospice and she knew I had gone through my, to see what my scan showed, and she asked me and I said that it was clear, she said, “Well, that’s awesome.” That was, that was my Sherry.
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