Yesterday was our second meeting of the Women's Literary club and as usual we had a great program. Susan Evans is a local woman who wrote a humorous book about her journey through ovarian cancer called Don't Write the Obituary Yet.
Susan began with a swollen ankle that the doctors couldn't diagnose. Finally when the tumor was discovered someone misread the numbers on the report and told her she had a 25 pound tumor instead of a 2.5 pound one. The local doctor told her husband that she only had six months to live and transferred her to another bigger hospital in Pittsburgh.
There she met by luck a wonderful doctor who ended up helping her coauthor her book. She emphasized to us that you need to be in charge of your own care by speaking up and telling the nurses and doctors exactly how you feel so they can give you the correct care.
It took Susan who was a former English teacher a year to write and publish the book. She established a research foundation and all the proceeds of the book are put in a fund to further research on ovarian cancer.
Susan approached this horrific subject with humor and emphasized that attitude makes a difference and helps in the way you handle things. This does not mean that she didn't do her share of crying. But because of her cancer some really good things happened. She is now cancer free.