Mrs. Kanzen, you have cancer…

I have written before about being diagnosed with cancer and now being a cancer survivor.  I was diagnosed in October six years ago.  We see all of the time information about and campaigns for breast cancer. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer – normally a silent killing cancer, but again, because of vigilance on the part of my PA and the grace of God, I am here to send you all this love letter. Ovarian cancer is almost always diagnosed too late and mimics symptoms of other diseases. We don’t hear as much about the other cancers as we do breast cancer for some reason.

Ladies: please have your gynecologist, when doing your PAP smear, take a swab from higher up in the uterus which is where this cancer starts. Tell your daughters, your sisters, your mother, your friends. Men, you do the same thing with women you love and want to continue to love for many years.  Everybody, get those colonoscopies and men, bend over and crack a smile for your MD.

Taking care of ourselves – men and women, is important. Lots of fresh veggies and fruits, low fat diets, exercise, certain foods to eat; stop smoking and stop fooling yourselves with those steam cigarettes that contain nicotine. Just stop it. I stopped smoking over 30 years ago from a 2 pack a day habit, cold turkey. You can do it. I know you can. We’ve heard all of this so many times, we don’t hear it any more. When my dear papa was dying, he had me promise to stop smoking.  I did it out of love.  I think you all have people you love and who love you.  As a cancer survivor and your biggest fan, please, please, please take care of yourselves.

I hope this works as I am always link challenged.  This is supposed to be a downloadable cancer awareness color chart….ovarian, my ribbon, is teal.

ribbon_color_chart_printable

Hugs and love….

 

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 14:03:03

    Yay, the link works. I think you’ve cracked it. 😀

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  2. yeseventhistoowillpass
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 14:18:39

    I’m so glad you are here. You add much light to this plane of existence.

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  3. M-R
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 14:44:24

    Yes, I can ‘like’ this one, Kanzen ! – because you ARE a survivor. That white ribbon took the man who was the world from me, and he had stopped smoking 18 years before diagnosis. His father’s family was riddled with cancer, so from the moment he put a cigarette in his mouth, he was doomed. The sole good – in fact, wonderful ! – thing about that was … it never occurred to either of us.

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  4. joannesisco
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 15:41:06

    Thank you for your powerful message.
    Last year I lost a dear friend to ovarian cancer. She had been in denial that something was wrong until much too late.

    I think it’s sad that there are so many coloured ribbons.

    Congratulations on being a survivor. That is truly awesome!

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  5. forgottenmeadows
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 17:09:24

    You are an inspiration, so glad you are here 🙂

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  6. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 18:14:11

    So happy to read this. You’re an inspiration. ❤

    Reply

  7. macjam47
    Oct 07, 2014 @ 05:28:54

    Thank you for the reminder. We are all so fortunate you are here. ❤

    Reply

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