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Melissa Carle

Melissa Carle

The hardest thing about losing a parent so young is that it gets harder and harder to remember the times you have had together and the memories you have made with them. At first it seems like you will never, EVER forget them; but, unfortunately, things slowly change. Time passes, new memories are made, and the past can easily be forgotten. You may think you remember something, but not as well as you would’ve wanted. And those times—when you look back on photos, videos, and memories—is when you take a step back and ask “Why?”

I never used to be able to imagine a world without my mom, now I can’t imagine how it would be with her. It’s sad and painful to say. She’s been gone for too long; so much has happened; so much has changed. I know she can probably see it all from up above, but I just wish there was some way to know for sure.

While I’m down here with the rest of my family—having a sweet 16, getting my license, going to prom, graduating high school, graduating college, celebrating birthdays, and all of these other milestones—I can’t help but stop and think every once in awhile. How different would life be if she were here to experience all of these things with me—things she never would have missed if it weren’t for this cruel, cruel thing we call CANCER?
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My mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer when I was in 7th grade; she was only in her early 40s when this happened--still extremely young.
As a middle schooler, it was hard to watch my best friend, my hero, my role model go through this horrific process. Within a year it seemed as if the cancer was gone and she had survived! But, we weren't that lucky.

When the cancer had arrived again, we were told it spread to her lungs. It was only a matter of time. At this point, I was merely a freshman in high school, my sister a senior, and my brother only in 6th grade. We had never heard of such a cancer as Ovarian Cancer, yet did we ever think it would be the cause of our mother's death.

Unfortunately, on April 11, 2009 (only 4 days before her 45th birthday) she lost her battle to cancer. But, I will never give up on my WAR to find a cure!

Since that day my family and I have tried to spread the word about this deadly type of cancer. Normally, Ovarian Cancer is overlooked because of the other more "well-known" cancers. However, this type of cancer should NOT be overlooked. Take a look at the facts...
Ovarian Cancer is:
-the DEADLIEST of gynecologic cancers
-the 9th most common cancer among women
-the 5th leading cause of cancer-related death among women

This is just the beginning. Ovarian cancer symptoms can be mistaken for common aches and pains so get to know your facts in order to catch it early before it catches you!

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