How do you even begin a story like this... This is not a story I thought I would ever have to tell. Instead, I am sitting next to my mom in the Seidman Cancer Center, five days post op, trying to figure out how to consume this. Not much of a back story here - a few stressful events, a little loss of appetite, a little bloating. Probably the extra stress of life, right? A belly ache turned late night ER visit because she couldn't sleep or take the pain anymore - maybe it was IBS, or a newly found gluten allergy. Ovarian cancer? Not my mom. Not her. It's Gina. That doesn't happen to her. The perfect little naïve conservative mom. The sweet woman at the bank that all the old Italian guys love, the lady screaming like a crazy person at her youngest daughter's softball games, the 'hamma' that her grandkids adore. The woman who has been dealt a few crappy hands in life, and not one person would ever know. But here she is, lying in the bed next to me, still trying to figure out why. So who is going to answer that for me? Since I will wait forever for that answer...we have decided to take a different route. We now have to figure out how we cure her. We now have to understand what trials do we participate in? How do we make her comfortable? How do we keep her positive? How do we go about life like we did before? What do we do differently? Does this list ever end? So we will handle it. All of it. We will take it day by day, obstacle by obstacle. What else is there to do? This is our choice. This is the answer.
Please join us August 4th for the OROC family walk and 5k run to support Ovarian Cancer. The link below provides you with the opportunity to sign up with our team ‘Nuthin’ but a G thang’ or, donate to our organization if you would like. You will need to sign up by July 25th to participate in the races.