September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer absolutely stinks- it is one of the worse consequences of the fall of man that there is. As I have shared, my husband was a widow – and his first wife was an only child. So, when she passed away, my husband’s first in-law’s were right at his side – they were one of his greatest support systems. When he decided it was time to date again, they were fine with it – as long as he allowed God to bring him the right woman. Well, God brought me to him- and I have loved having not one, but two mother in loves. They have claimed me as their daughter in law, and I know that our good relationship comes from the Lord.
In May of this year, my beautiful mother in law passed away from Ovarian cancer. She was a 20 year fighter. I got the privilege of being by her side for almost every minute of her last week of life. The last time I saw her- that she remembered me for me – she was getting sick to her stomach. I had to leave the room – she saw me cry – and although I know her eyes saw me again after that – I don’t know that her mind did. She was a beautiful woman – who loved with every fiber of her being, gave to anyone, and was an amazing Granny. She is missed often.
Last year, she asked us to go with her to the Ovarian Butterfly release at our state capitol. The kids loved releasing butterflies in honor of women who had lost fight. Last week, we went and released butterflies, this time, in her honor. I could not hold back the tears as we released those butterflies in her memory. Here are a few pictures from that day.
I am passianote about a few things in life: Jesus Christ- and the salvation He brings. The Word of God. My amazing Family. Orphans and Adoption. Ovarian Cancer Awareness. It is a silent killer. The symptoms are quiet. Some of these symptoms include:
- Persistent abdominal bloating, indigestion or nausea
- Changes in appetite, often a loss of appetite or feeling full sooner
- Feelings of pressure in the pelvis or lower back
- Needing to urinate more frequently
- Changes in bowel movements
- Increased abdominal girth
- Feeling tired or low energy
It affects 1 in 72 women. It was the cause of almost 15,000 deaths in women in our nation last year. However, when found early- over 50% of patients survive over 5 years- and although the battle is real – and the fight is long- you can live a full and wonderful life. My sweet Mother In Love lived 20 beautiful years – getting to meet three of her grand babies, see her daughter get married, and be there to help her son in law move forward after her daughters passing. Her faith in Jesus Christ is what kept her strong, and gave her the most reason for fighting.
The day before she passed – I was taking a break out in the waiting room. A young mom walked in with her newborn baby. She told the person she was with that she was just excited that the baby would get to meet Grandma before she passed. Tears immediately filled my eyes as I thought about my baby that wouldn’t get to meet their Granny – who they will carry part of her name. Yet, I am thankful for the time that she invested in me – she has made me a better wife, mom, and woman for the Lord.
Please ladies, if you feel like something is wrong with your body – please – go get it checked out. The appointments are expensive- but your life – and the investment you are making in the lives of those around you – is SO worth it!
Worshiping With My Life,