Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Violence Girl

Yesterday I got the results of the second HE4 test- 37, a few notches down from the last one.  This is good!  So today I wasn't too nervous waiting on the exam table for the oncologist to arrive with the results of the latest CA125.  This is lucky, because as I waited, I read the passage from Alice Bag's autobiography, "Violence Girl", describing her sister's last weeks filled with unbearable pain before dying of cancer...  It's a great book, if you can't find it at your local bookshop, go buy it here.

Anyways, I did get my CA125 results, and it went up a little AGAIN.  Not thrilled.  It went from 31 to 38.  The doctor still isn't too concerned and we are once again in wait and see mode.  He said that my type of cancer doesn't hang around increasing in small amounts, that by now we would have seen a large spike in the numbers.  I would prefer to have zero indication of anything happening, but fine,  I'll take these creeping numbers and another 3 month reprieve.


  1. These numbers are creeping up and not jumping up and I think the doctors are right that they would spike if there was a problem. Hang in there Annabelle.
    btw, those photos are fun to watch from your trip to easter europe.


  2. I am a 3 year ovarian cancer survivor and understand your emotions and thoughts about the numbers! Whether it is the CA125 or the HE4, we do expect and want them to be good. I am glad you are sharing because I believe it is good for you as well as we the readers.
    I have a blog On the blog I deal with my feelings, but also I try to help and support other women. We all need each other.