The women who surround us....   |   Sunday, September 19, 2010

Much like little sapling trees are protected and sheltered from storms and uprooting winds by the taller, older and stronger trees around them, Linda F. is held up and supported by the strong and encouraging women that fill her life... a tiny, pixie of a woman, she was floated into the studio on the emotional winds of these women.. it was a party coming in!
Most women have a strong support system of other women surrounding them; who by their very nature, are nurturing, helpful and stong people, willing to reach out and much better at giving than receiving. Linda's strong Italian family ties are what keep her going through this very difficult journey through ovarian cancer. "I have days that I'm scared to death and days that I feel like this isn't me, it's happening to someone else. I hope I have a lot of life left..." All the women sitting around her to chime in with, "you sure do!" The chatter, laughter and emotion in the room is palpable.
Linda and her cast of female supporters are now all advocates of early cancer detection. The demon, ovarian cancer, is a silent cancer... many not being detected until the disease is well advanced, and confuses patients with symptoms that mimic so many other illnesses. They speak knowledgeably about the disease, the BRCA genes and being tested, saying, "You've got to get educated." Young and old alike can fall victim to ovarian cancer, it does not discriminate and usually isn't caught early. Linda is now undergoing her second round of chemotherapy, but keeps a very positive attitude, surrounded by her entourage of those women who love her the most.

Ladies, please don't discount or disregard unusual symptoms.. abdominal bloating, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, menstrual changes, urinary problems, such as an urgent need to urinate or urinating more often than usual, or any other issues lasting more than a couple weeks. Please educate yourselves and be informed and proactive!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


September 19, 2010 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Gracie's Place said...

Hi Linda, You look beautiful and peaceful. It was good to see you. You can feel the love through those pitures! Keep up the fight and good work. Dawn-Marie

September 20, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome! You look fantastic Linda! And your sister looks pretty hot too! ;)

September 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anne-from Ultimate Image said...

You look great Linda! And so does your family. So wonderful to have them surrounding you. Love the article about you too! Stay strong!

September 21, 2010 at 11:03 PM  

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