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In Memory of Renee Yvette-Marie Hendryx
September 19, 1959 - June 30, 1999
This information regarding Renee's
battle with ovarian cancer was provided to me by her loving husband, Ted Hendryx.
It will be updated as I receive more information from Ted. Renee's story is similar
to Faye's story. Both were initially diagnosed as having bowel problems until a
more knowledgable doctor and the appropriate tests were completed. Then the terrible
truth was revealed.
TEDS COMMENTS REGARDING HIS RENEE.
Born in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Renee's charm and lovely French Canadian accent
captivated those she met. Renee was an accomplished violinist, (being introduced
to that instrument at the early age of five), however, her passion was teaching
small children which she would surround herself throughout her life. Art, sewing
projects, particularily childrens costumes, made her smile.
Renee and I met in Madagascar while I was on assignment with an oil firm. She had
traveled to that country to visit her parents who were also there on assignment
with the Malagasy University. Our fate was tied in that far away island country.
We married in Champlain, Quebec on February 25, 1989.
We both returned to the United States to begin what would be ten years, four months,
and, eleven days of marriage. Renee could cook, and excelled in sauces! She avoided
boxed or ready-made meals. We both enjoyed good foods, and, good wines. She attracted
people, and, frequently offered to do things for others. This generous and unselfish
nature could at times be taken advantage of. We traveled, which she loved, but Renee
disliked "flying" to get there.
In April 1997, Renee complained of bloating after a trip to Mexico. Not much though,
and, at first refused efforts to seek medical advise. (webmasters comments: So did
Faye. Ladies, if you have the symptoms of ovarian cancer listed below get thee to a
doctor quickly). A few weeks of this condition did eventually earn a trip to our
primary care physician who immediately diagnosed her discomfort and body change,
(she looked pregnant), to a bowel obstruction which would be relieved by enemas.
This treatment changed nothing, and, her discomfort only grew. A "new" diagnosis
from our PCP now blamed pancreatitis as the culprit, but which could also be easily
treated through diet. Another few days of no change in her condition, and a new doctor,
saw us being admitted to the hospital. Ultrasounds, not x-rays, revealed a mass and
fluid. Subsequent surgery confirmed the hospital staff's concerns. Renee was diagnosed
with Stage III B ovarian cancer, a total shock to us both! The tumor and ascites
fluid having been removed, we began the chemotheraphy standard for ovarian cancer,
taxol and carboplatin. Renee was able to reach a brief remission from this therapy,
but, in May 1998, the cancer had returned, and, spread. The drugs that had been
successful before, would not be a second time, or, the host of other drugs available
for ovarian cancer as of this writing. Renee bravely fought this disease another
thirteen months before going to her Lord early Wednesday morning June 30, 1999.
I Love and miss her.
Her Husband Ted.
OVARIAN CANCER SYMPTOMS
Bloating, a feeling of fullness, gas
Frequent or urgent urination
Nausea, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea
Menstrual disorders, pain during intercourse
Take action if any symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks. Ask for a combination
pelvic/rectal exam, CA125 blood test, and a transvaginal sonogram.
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Last updated on: 12/28/99
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