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    Default SIL is dying of ovarian cancer. UPDATE - she is with Jesus now.

    She started having pain a few months ago, but she has four kids and no insurance. When she finally went, they told her the pain was in her head. Then they said she had Shingles. They finally admitted her when her tummy started to swell. She has Ovarian cancer that has spread to her Pancreas, Stomach lining and all in her liver. They had talked about trying Chemo to buy her some time, but I think they are going to make her comfortable and send her home. Her youngest is 4, and her oldest is 14.
    She is 41.

    Ladies, please make sure you see your Gyn. Every year. Let your Dr know of any new symptoms you have, even if they seem benign to you. If you are having pain, go see your Dr, and get a second opinion, if you aren't satisfied with the first.

    Life is so very precious.
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    I am so sorry to hear this. I'll keep your family in my thoughts.
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    So sorry about you SIL. These stories always remind me to live every day as if it's your last. Eventually every one of us will have our last day.

    Unfortunately no matter how often you go to the doctor this happens all the time. My deceased MIL spent a year being misdiagnosed when she had lung cancer. Sometimes doctors simply don't find it until it's obvious, and late. My MIL cancer was well hidden in her lungs, and the bad lesions were in her brain, where she had no symptoms at all.



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    Egads... even scarier considering that the new recommendation is a pap every 2 years instead of annually!!



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    So sorry about your SIL.

    I've lost a ton of weight over the last few year but no diagnosis (and I've been to plenty of doctors). I eat like crazy but I'm thin. I'm thin enough that when I asked my SO last weekend if I looked ill, he wouldn't answer. Doctors can't find anything wrong.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Freebird! View Post
    She started having pain a few months ago, but she has four kids and no insurance. When she finally went, they told her the pain was in her head. Then they said she had Shingles. They finally admitted her when her tummy started to swell. She has Ovarian cancer that has spread to her Pancreas, Stomach lining and all in her liver. They had talked about trying Chemo to buy her some time, but I think they are going to make her comfortable and send her home. Her youngest is 4, and her oldest is 14.
    She is 41.

    Ladies, please make sure you see your Gyn. Every year. Let your Dr know of any new symptoms you have, even if they seem benign to you. If you are having pain, go see your Dr, and get a second opinion, if you aren't satisfied with the first.

    Life is so very precious.
    many hugs and prayers for your family.
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    Thanks all. We literally found out it was cancer just a few days ago, and she is declining by the day.

    Alabama - have they done an in depth Thyroid test?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Freebird! View Post
    Alabama - have they done an in depth Thyroid test?
    I don't know. They took seven big vials of blood at one point. I told them I was eating like there was no tomorrow. I'm probably a little thinner now than I was then. I'm 5'8"/120lbs or less. I don't look bad (to me) but it's weird that I eat so much and don't gain weight.



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    My SIL at 41 had hip pain and it finally was diagnosed as primary bone cancer in her hip.
    It went down her leg and to several organs.
    She also left behind two small kids and a teenager.

    Many cancers are like a bad lottery ticket, can happen to anyone, any time some cells go rogue.

    Hugs to your family.



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    I am so sorry to hear about your sister in law, Freebird. What a tragedy. I hope the kids will be ok.

    alabama, please have your Thyroid checked. I have four family members with Thyroid issues, and one of the issues was unexplained weight loss.



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    how sad, hugs and jingles for your family and her.
    do you think if she had had insurance she would have checked it out sooner?
    i hope to hell someday this country offers health indurance to all citizens.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth0552 View Post
    Egads... even scarier considering that the new recommendation is a pap every 2 years instead of annually!!
    NO KIDDING!! I was floored when my PA told me that since I had a steady squeeze (DH), I was only getting one every two years. And I didn't get one this year even though I was due, because the scheduling got messed up when I made my appointment.
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    Freebird I am so sorry about your SIL. I hope her kids will be ok. What a tragedy to lose their mom at such a young age (both her age and their age).
    My aunt died of ovarian cancer. It is a terrible disease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJenners View Post
    NO KIDDING!! I was floored when my PA told me that since I had a steady squeeze (DH), I was only getting one every two years. And I didn't get one this year even though I was due, because the scheduling got messed up when I made my appointment.
    Well you can always pay for them yourself if you feel you want or need one more often.



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    Freebird, I am so, so sorry.
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    I had an irregular Pap that caused my PCP to send me to the wonderful woman who is now my gynocologist. Turns out I had HPV and had to go through two years of hell in order to clean everything out. It left me with reproductive organs who are in a constant state of "let's turn on the floodgates" if I don't remain on BC. But for all the hell I've gone through, I can't imagine what would have happened had I not been sent in for that one *slightly* abnormal Pap Smear.

    When I heard that the new recommendation is now to get one only every two years, I almost threw up. Isn't it wonderful that the boys in power think that it's fun to play Russian Roulette with our lives? What an awesome government and health care system we have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perfect Pony View Post
    Well you can always pay for them yourself if you feel you want or need one more often.
    yes, one can.
    if she can.
    One should not have to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alagirl View Post
    yes, one can.
    if she can.
    One should not have to.
    Really? I mean, this is certainly not the right thread to discuss this, but we do have to make decisions about health care based on real research, not just what we individually want. At this rate, none of us will be able to afford "insurance" because of the demands made on what is covered and how often...based on our wants vs needs.

    We simply cannot afford to have every person going to the doctor for costly tests as much as they feel they should. Millions in this country already have no health care at all outside emergencies. We don't have "government health care", we have for-profit health care controlled by insurance companies.


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    BTW, I have lived the tyranny of the current "health care" system. I went to the doctor because of some uterine issues, and I was told that if the doctor did a pap because of the problems I was having it would cost me $600! If she had me come back for a yearly physical exam it would be free. This is the crap we deal with not because of the government, but because of the for-profit insurance companies. Luckily for me I had not had a physical in 2 years. If not my choice would have been to spend nearly $1000 out of pocket for the tests she was recommending, or wait until I was due for a physical. This is with gold standard health insurance!

    But I don't blame the "government" for this. It would have been paid for by my taxes in a country with socialized medicine ...


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    BTW, I have lived the tyranny of the current "health care" system. I went to the doctor because of some uterine issues, and I was told that if the doctor did a pap because of the problems I was having it would cost me $600! If she had me come back for a yearly physical exam it would be free. This is the crap we deal with not because of the government, but because of the for-profit insurance companies. Luckily for me I had not had a physical in 2 years. If not my choice would have been to spend nearly $1000 out of pocket for the tests she was recommending, or wait until I was due for a physical. This is with gold standard health insurance!

    But I don't blame the "government" for this. It would have been paid for by my taxes in a country with socialized medicine ...


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    I am so very sorry for your family. Thank you for the reminder.



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