Posted by: 2in10 | 04/23/2010

Would anyone be interested?

We long-time survivors of ovarian cancer have largely gone underground. Cancer isn’t front and center in our lives anymore, and we hesitate to admit to having had cancer when we don’t have to.  A friend will occasionally ask how we’re doing and we can tell when she is refering to our cancer history, but for the most part family and closer friends know that no news is good news, and so things are fine.

Annual visits for a CA-125 tumor marker blood test may still make us anxious, but it isn’t so hard to pick up the phone to get the results. And we’re able to give those little niggles in the abdomen a longer chance to subside before checking in with the doctor.

Do women who had ovarian cancer more than five years ago have anything to say to women dealing with it now? Some say their survivor’s guilt keeps them silent. Others say that they are happy to have women know that some of us survive and go on to live healthy lives. They agree that hope is hard to find when you are dealing with ovarian cancer and they are willing to be identified with the disease they left behind to offer hope to others.

I’m eager to hear what you think.

Wishing you well,

Carolyn

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