#WorthRevisit – Remembrance

This post is from 5 years ago, not long after ovarian cancer claimed the life of my dear friend.  Since September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, it is fitting to re-post this today.  Be sure to stop by Reconciled to You for more #WorthRevisit posts!

 

Diane Noelle LoGrasso

Diane, a faith filled wife, mother, and friend, died before anyone wanted her to die.  She passed from this life into the next after being here barely forty-three years.  Diane was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October of 2007, after months of doctor visits and tests led to the conclusion that all she needed was a routine hysterectomy and her problems would be solved. Three different health care professionals agreed.  Imagine for a minute, waking up after that surgery, and seeing the face of the doctor who said you did not have ovarian cancer and finding out that said doctor was called into the surgery because you have Stage III ovarian cancer. 

 

 Treatment began after she recovered from her surgery. She sought expert advice from M. D. Anderson in Houston, Moffitt in Tampa, and doctors in Jupiter. Her husband, a scientist, spoke to colleagues trying to find the best treatment plan so ovarian cancer would not take Diane.  It was a roller coaster ride of chemo, remission, testing – each time the pattern repeated the highs seemed higher and the lows lower. 

 

 Diane faced cancer as she did life.  On her own terms.  Her rules.  She wanted to leave a legacy to the world.  She did.  She wanted to be remembered.  She is.  She wanted her  suffering and death to mean something.  It can.  How?  By working to educate health care professionals and women.  By teaching women to take charge of their health care and to speak up to their doctors until they are heard.  By making information about ovarian and all reproductive cancers easily accessible and understood. 

 

We can question Diane’s cancer forever.  Questioning will not change the fact that she is gone or make a difference in someone else’s life. We can, as Diane said, “educate and act, to save women and their loved ones from this agony.  This will make my suffering and death mean something.”

 

#WorthRevisit – Remembrance
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4 thoughts on “#WorthRevisit – Remembrance

  • November 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm
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    Deanne, thank you so much for the tribute to Diane. She was a great lady and those who knew her and loved her will never forget her.

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  • November 4, 2011 at 1:29 am
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    Deanne,

    Diane was truly blessed to have you as a friend…

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  • November 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm
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    Deanne, you captured Diane's spirit beautifully. Thank you for keeping her message alive.

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  • September 8, 2016 at 8:19 am
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    First, I’m very sorry to hear about your friend’s passing. When someone who is young and they pass away, we tend to question so many things. Despite having Ovarian cancer, from your words, I can sense how strong she was.

    As a wife, and a mom, I tend to take care of everyone esle so much better than I do myself. Always putting myself on the back burner, thinking that I will get to it later.

    Your friend is so right. As women, we have to take care of our own health and speak up for ourselves. Keep pressing on, especially when we know something is wrong.

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