This is a story on faith, courage, family, and Ovarian Cancer. From FBC founder Loretta K.
This is similar to the letter I had written for my brothers, family and friends just days after my mother lost her eight year long battle with Ovarian Cancer. What I learned from her in those few years will forever be a reminder to me about the power and love of God. ***
What can I say about my mom, Carolyn, that could ever express the joy my mother gave to her family and friends. Her humor, love of her children, and love of God was something that I only pray I can hold true in my own life. Everyone who knew her felt a strength and a joy you can‘t describe.
In the years since, I have learned more about faith, hope, and sacrifice than ever I have known. Very rarely will you find someone who can find the positive in being diagnosed with an illness such as that. Her faith in the Lord became a testimony for many who knew her. No matter how sick she was, she always saw the positive in every situation. She was more of a support for us than we tried so hard to be for her. Showing us that in every situation, a light can come from the darkness. She truly knew what Gods grace and love can do. She often would say while having treatment, “ Look at that poor person over there. You can feel sorry for yourself but, there is always someone who is far worse shape than you.”
Often, she was the one who was in the worst condition than most at the center. She never saw it that way. Mom took each day and experience as a blessing for what she had. She always felt no matter how bad she was there was someone in worse condition that needed her prayers.
Even at her worst she never lost her faith. Never a wavering moment. She knew, without faltering, that her love of God and faith in Jesus Christ would outweigh any pain she may have endured on this earth. She always told me she knew where she was going and she had no need for worry.
A true example of her nature, my mother became a test study for caner research from the very first day of receiving the news of having Ovarian Cancer. She quickly agreed to be part of research programs in hopes that doctors and students at U of L ,and beyond, could learn from her illness to help others with ovarian and other cancers in the future.
Before her passing, in 2010, I learned what legacy she left. The stories from doctors and nurses alike showed her sacrifices were not in vain. Books and classes were focused on her case and the extremity of her illness. They spoke often about her willingness and kindness to allow them to learn from her case. No matter how ill she was feeling she always invited students to look in her treatment process. I was honored to be blessed with a mother so giving. It is amazing to she someone still giving of themselves in time of struggle to help others. Regardless of our loss we know that others will benefit from her illness and possibly win the fight. If anything comes from her passing I hope people can learn look beyond their own misfortune. Give of yourself to others, as she so often did for everyone around her. -Loretta K
FACTS ON OVARIAN CANCER
Ovarian cancer is diagnosed annually in nearly a quarter of a million women globally, and is responsible for 140,000 deaths each year. Statistics show that just 45% of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years compared to up to 89% of women with breast cancer.
1. All women are at risk of ovarian cancer
2. Awareness of the early warning signs of the disease could save lives
3. Diagnosis at an early stage vastly improves a woman’s chance of survival
4. Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage.
5. Cervical smear test (Pap test) Does not detect ovarian cancer.
In 2014 Fashioned by Christ and Loretta K Beauty Image consulting will be coming together to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer with our Spring/Summer fashion show. Contact Loretta K on how you can help be part of this event. firstname.lastname@example.org
GO TEAL IN 2013
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.
Shout it out awareness, because Ovarian Cancer…it whispers.
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Image Consultant Loretta K shares some of her must haves for September.
CLUE # 6. I hope that was inspiring. 🙂 So now back to the fun. Head to the web site where the best models around our posted. You don’t have to worry at this picnic. These bears don’t bite.