The American Cancer

Society announced recently that Lupe Silva was named McAllen’s

Cancer Fighter of the Month.

Here is her story

of courage in fighting the deadly disease:

June 11, 2009 is a

date that will replay in my mind for a long time to come.  It was

the date I was diagnosed with Stage 3+, Ovarian Cancer.  Surgery

was done on June 12, 2009.  Then it was the waiting period in

between surgery recovery and chemo, and read as much as possible

about my cancer.  Then chemo, being ill with nausea, loss of

appetite, dehydration, etc., etc., etc.   Chemo was done locally,

at Texas Oncology, under the direction of Dr. Marek.  After the

last chemo session, my surgeon recommended that I do maintenance

chemo for one year.  However after the third treatment, the CA125

count (cancer marker test) was elevated.  Dr. Marek decided to send

me to MD Anderson for some trial they were conducting.  The process

of being accepted to MD Anderson  and the test scheduling took

about 12 weeks, and by that time the CA125 had gone down to almost

normal.  The doctor was amazed that during a period of

non-treatment the CA125 levels had gone down significantly and the

CT scans showed no signs of malignancies anywhere.

There was a total

of 3 surgeries in an18 month period.  This week I started my second

round of chemo.  On the last surgery, December 7, 2010, the doctor

had found a pin sized malignancy, and my OBGYN Oncologist at MD

Anderson has recommended that I do six more treatments, one every

28 days.   The good news is that it was caught early enough and CT

scans reveal that there are no tumors present, though the CA125  is

elevated, an indication that cells are present; cells that have the

potential to become tumors.  And so, round two.   ……..and the

winner is ……ME, because throughout the whole ordeal, I have been

lucky enough to have been blessed with the love and prayers of

family and friends.   I am eternally grateful for all the healing

thoughts and blessings they  send my way. 

I know that I

should be constantly vigilant of the decease.  Cancer is so very

fickle.  Could I ever say I am cancer free, when every literature I

have read on the subject suggests that every person has cancer

cells in their body, waiting for the right conditions to form

tumors that become cancer.  Some are lucky and never develop those

‘right conditions’.   I can say that I am ready to continue the

fight, and proudly call myself a survivor.

American Cancer

Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health

organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health

problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing

suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and

service. In McAllen, the ACA also sponsors the annual Cattle

Baron’s Ball to raise funds for local efforts. This year’s event

will be held in June.