Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Sunday, November 11, 2012


On this Veterans Day a word of Thanks to all who are now and have in the past kept us safe.  We appreciate your sacrifice.

Monday, September 10, 2012

We Will Never Forget

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Happy Labor Day

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer

Survivors of ovarian cancer survivors are hoping to raise more awareness and education about the disease.

The National Cancer Institute estimates there will be more than 20,000 new cases this year and more than 15,000 deaths.

Margaret Hoeft is a Tucsonan who is an ovarian cancer survivor She was diagnosed in 2004 and since has volunteered to educate people about it.

"It's been a long, very good few years because I did not recur and I have not yet, but I'm not out of the woods, because I know two women who have recurred after nine years and after 12 years," Hoeft says.

Hoeft works with the Tucson chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and other organizations to put on the Ovarian Cancer Symposium Sept. 1 at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

Participants will include physician Michael Bookman, an oncologist and professor in the UA College of Medicine.

"Most cancers are actually detected at an early stage, before they've had a chance to spread, and that means the cure rate from surgery is usually quite high," Bookman says. "Ovarian cancer is fundamentally different."

"And often it grows without causing any symptoms until there is extensive disease involvement, and so women and their family and physicians are not generally aware that the cancer might be there and spreading, and it's often detected then at an advanced stage," he adds.

The free symposium will address treatment options, clinical trials and screening.

It will be from 8 a.m. until noon at the UA Cancer Center, at 1515 N. Campbell Ave.

Those interesgted in participating should call the Tucson chapter of National Ovarian Cancer Coalition at (520) 342-4599.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

No Chemo this week

No chemotherapy this week.  My platelet count is too low.  This is the second time in the last 6 weeks that this has been an issue. On top of that, I am just getting over a Urinary Tract Infection.  Wouldn't wish one of those on my worst enemy.  The severe shortness of breath continues and my General Practitioner agrees with me that it might be a side effect of the chemo.  So frustrating not to be able to do anything but sit.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Have a Great 4th

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Condition Update

Today I spoke with my oncologist.  While my Gyn had said he thought he got all of my cancer cells, My first CT Scan showed that I had a tumor on my spine that he did not see.  The good news is that it has been shrinking.  Every week I get  blood work done and every 3rd week they do a CA125 level which is I think the level of cancer cells in my body.  In march my level was 47 and 2 weeks ago it had dropped to 21.  I still have  severe Shortness of breath.  My next step is to see an orthopedist for some instability in my lumbar area.  I seem to forever going to doctors.  To get another CT scan in 2 months.  Still getting Chemotherapy every week.  Keep me in your prayers please.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

No Difference

So happy that my blood count was good. Had my stent put in and came home on Friday. Still having shortness of breath so I guess the blockage wasn't the cause.                                                                                                 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I just got home

Just got back from 2 days in the hospital.  Cardiologist found a blockage in my heart.  Couldn't put a stent in because my hemoglobin was too low.  Had 2 units of blood and will go back next week for the stent.  Hope this will correct my breathing problem.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Still having severe shortness of breath.  My cardiologist wants me to have a cardiac catheterization this week.  Will be having it on Wednesday.  It is kind of scary.  I am so tired of being stuck and seeing doctors but I guess I need to until someone finds out what the problem is.  I don't know whether to hope the test is negative or hope that they find something and then I might know why I can't breath when I walk around. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day
I hope everyone has has a wonderful Mother's Day.

Monday, April 30, 2012

All tests negative

The cardiologist and the pulmonary doctor have pronounced all my tests as normal.  Cannot find a reason for my shortness of breath on activity.  I wish someone knew what is causing this as I cannot do anything that requires me to walk around without being able to breath.  I am really tired of feeling this way.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Have a Blessed Easter

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I am ashamed of myself

I am really ashamed of myself for staying away from my blog for so long.  Back pain has prevented me for doing lots of things in the past year.  After that pain I found that I had a prolapsed bladder caused by uterine fibroids.  When they operated just before Christmas, I was found that I had Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer.
I am now on a journey of chemotherapy and hopefully a cure.  So far, I have been lucky and only lost most of my hair.  No nausea or weight loss.  I go once a week to the oncologist for chemo.
I am now having a problem with shortness of breath on activity.  The Cardiologist findings are negative.  Next stop will be the Pulmonary doctor.  It is very frustrating not being able to do simplest tasks.  My DH and youngest daughter have had to pitch in more.
My oldest daughter Beth has gone above and beyond her daughterly duty by driving an hour and a half every week to take my to chemo as they wont let me drive myself because they give me Benadryl.
Beth is complaining that I haven't updated the puzzle, so I will make an effort to be more current in my postings.