It is from a husband who misses his wife. And his daughter
Several years ago I did an art/storytelling project on local "superheroes." As it turned out the series ended up being about women's strength. In total I worked with 12 local women in Crawford County where they told of their story and what superhero they would be. We then created stylized portraits of their superhero.
Some were based on classic characters and some became made up depictions of their own personal creation. This was both a fun and powerful series.
Below is the message we received today. We also included a link to the story of this superhero who, through her husband, is still trying to help others. As she battled cancer, knowing her daughter too was battling, she wanted to help others.
She was the Teal Warrior.
I am Corinne's husband, Ron.
Corinne was such an inspiration to me and to those whose lives she touched. Corinne's battle ended August 28, 2017. I refuse to say that she lost her battle, because Ovarian Cancer never defeated her spirit. She fought the good fight, she finished the race, she kept the faith.
Our daughter, Erin, was also diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer on November 16, 2016 and had her surgery November 17, 2016. She joined Corinne October 22, 2019.
Erin and Corinne shared a BRCA1 mutation. Three of Corinne's aunts died of Ovarian Cancer back in the 60s and 70s.
This disease is an insidious monster, a dragon that stalks its prey silently, with very few, subtle symptoms. Corinne's and Erin's both first ended up in the ER with what looked like a respiratory infection.
When Corinne suggested to Erin's PCP that Erin's symptoms were similar to her own, and suggested that she might also be dealing with OC, he scoffed at her and said Erin was too young to have OC.
The other day I learned that the new advice is that young women with BRCA1 or 2 mutations should have prophylactic surgery when they reach 35 (instead of 40 which was the previous standard).
Erin was 35 and 1/2 when she had her surgery and was diagnosed with stage IIIC advanced ovarian cancer.
Don't let your doctor ignore you or minimize your concerns.
Better to insist on due diligence and be "embarrassed" by making a fuss only to learn there is no disease present than to live with the regret of wishing you had pushed harder to be taken seriously.
Please visit http://richardsayer.weebly.com/super-hero-series.html to read of other local superheroes and what makes them tick and please share with us what your superpowers are.