For my cousin

For those who aren’t on twitter and haven’t heard, my cousin, who is just 52, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a short time ago. She is currently in ICU after enduring multiple blood clots and then a rare reaction to her blood thinner.

I am amazed that it took her doctors so long to give her a proper diagnosis as she was having symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, leg and feet pain and loss of appetite for some time. Ovarian cancer is often not caught until it’s in advanced stages so it’s important to know the signs and symptoms. She mistakenly chalked a lot of her symptoms up to a horrible menopause. If you are interested in reading more about the signs and symptoms of this silent killer, you can go here.

Published by Tricia Sankey

Plays with words in her free time.

13 thoughts on “For my cousin

  1. Hi Tricia, I am so sorry to hear about your cousin. The poem you wrote is so beautiful… the difficulty of what to say in these circumstances. You express it with such grace. I hope for the very best for your cousin. From all I hear on blogs and podcasts, women still have a long way to go in terms of being listened to by medical professionals. I think the old idea that women are emotional and weak and “hysterical” still haunts the subconscious minds of many people. And so their suffering is muted in society. I can’t speak for how men feel in the hands of medical professionals so this is not intended to be inflammatory. Simply an observation based on quite a collection of hear-say evidence.

    1. What you say is so true. As woman we often don’t want to be seen as whiners as well when we are in pain, especially cramps, etc, but we need to speak up and ensure all the proper tests are performed. Thanks for your comment! πŸ’“

  2. So sorry to hear this, Tricia. I hope your cousin pulls through. This is the tragic but logical conclusion to women’s health not being taken seriously across the board. It’s something I feel strongly about, as you are aware!

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