- Miss Jean
never had an easy life. What most of us took for granted
she either did without or worked extra hard to get it. She
was not bitter about it. She managed to raise five
children, all grown and on their own and all doing better
now than when they were growing up.
- Jean was a
friendly, loving person. Anyone who showed up at her door
was welcome. Anyone who came inside her home saw and felt
immediately the deep love she had for her family and the
strong faith she had in God.
- Even as her
health deteriorated, she would make the necessary
adjustments in her life to continue to live. Despite how
she felt, she worked hard to make sure that she didn't
show it when friends would come to visit. Even during the
biggest fight that would eventually take her life.
cancer is a silent killer that can develop at any time in
a woman. Often, there are no symptoms until the cancer has
metastasized to other areas of the body. In Jean's case,
the cancer was not discovered until it had spread to her
lungs (a patient with lung cancer who had never had a
cigarette in her life). Originally , they gave her only
three to six months to live. However, Jean was a fighter
(and stubborn enough to prove those doctors wrong); she
lived 22 months before she finally succumbed to the
disease, surrounded by her loving family. By then, she
knew that she was leaving to go to The Lord.
- Those of us
who knew Jean will miss her terribly. Please don't let
what happened to Jean happen to you or a loved one. Talk
to your doctor about ovarian cancer. If you have a family
history of cancer of any kind, be sure to tell your
physician. Remember, early detection means early cure.