I can still recall the knife-edged terror my broken heart feels as my mom and I brave her ovarian cancer.
It was on a Friday morning of August 2015 and my world was about to turn upside down when my parents told me the worst news a daughter could possibly ever receive in her life.
Hello I’m Kacie Carlson and this is my story through my mother’s ovarian cancer. Let me tell you the story of the Three Little Bears—my mom, my dad and me. My mom and I have an extra-special bond. We laugh, cry, tease, argue and love together. But something rocked our world one Friday morning. From the fear on my mom’s face, I knew something was terribly wrong. My mom had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
The next few weeks were a blur of doctors’ appointments and tests, trying to get answers and come up with a plan. We received a call from the doctor to say the cancer had metastasized to several different areas. My mom said, “So basically, what you’re telling me is that I’m eaten up with it.” The doctor told us he didn’t feel comfortable doing surgery. He told us my mom had less than two years to live. In that moment, my heart couldn’t take any more bad news—it went from bad to worse to extremely bad within minutes.
Throughout the following weekend, I watched my mom cry about the life she was going to be missing out on. Then my dad made a life-changing phone call to Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). The doctor at CTCA® was determined to try and help my mom right then and there! The physician walked my mother through the surgery he was proposing. I now knew what we had been waiting for, and that God had presented us faith to carry on. It was just what we needed.
The surgery was a success and the doctor assured us, “It’s OK, breathe.” Happy tears came pouring down from my dad’s face, a man who loves his wife unconditionally. We are so grateful to the physician. Before any of this came upon us, I was often lost and had a “heavy heart” with life. God has put my parents and me here for a reason. All we had to do was trust, surrender, believe and receive. This little lady of ours lights up our life and everyone she comes in contact with. I’m so blessed to call her my mom. This is a new beginning for me. No matter what the outcome will be for my mom, my dad and me, we will be right beside her just like the Three Little Bears.