THE SHIRLEY STEIN MEMORIAL PAGE
In Memory of Shirley Stein
March 1, 1926 - July 22, 2000
This information regarding
Shirley's battle with ovarian cancer was provided to me by her loving
daughter, Ellen Stein Janicke. Shirley is survived by daughter Ellen, son Wayne,
and husband Julius. This is Ellen's story regarding her beloved Mom. Shirley's
favorite flower was the lilac. I have chosen it as a background for her memorial
webpage. Her favorite color was pink, hence the pink lilacs... The sparkling
star above her picture and the jewels in the lilac bars represent her favorite
gemstone, the diamond...
Ellen's story of her Beloved Mom, Shirley
"No one can deny that my mom was a fighter to the very end. For many years she
had been complaining to her doctor that she felt bloated, had severe backaches,
etc.. He doctor merely insisted she was eating to much, had arthritis, etc..
About three years ago, after suffering for many, many years, she had her gallbladder
removed. The surgeon who performed the operation told her she had "something"
down in her ovary that she needed to have checked out. Once again, her doctor
made it sound trivial and didn't seem to be in a real rush to have it checked
out. When she finally had tests done, it was determined she had a tumor the
size of a grapefruit. When she was on her way to the hospital to have it removed,
she told my father "I know it's cancer". The surgeon told my father that he
removed it as well as both ovaries, and that she should be fine with chemotherapy.
He said the cancer had spread to her stomach but he had removed most of the
She recovered and went to chemo treatments. She was such a proud dignified lady
that one of her major concerns was losing her hair. She got a wig and was doing
fine. She went into remission and was thrilled as well as her family. I'll never
forget the day I went to visit her and she was going to the doctor for a flu
shot. She thanked him a million times and even hugged him. When she and my dad
came to visit on Mother's Day, she looked absolutely beautiful. Her hair had
grown in and she was strikingly attractive!
For over a year, she went for checkups and was doing just great! She even did
voluntary work for the cancer hotline speaking with other cancer patients. Then
her CA125 test started indicating there was a problem. She again went for chemo
even switching oncologists for more intensive treatment. In total, my mom went
through chemo four times. There were many times she was so worn out and tired
she wanted to give up. However, her love of life and love of her family kept
her fighting and seeking treatment. When her oncologist encouraged her to use
the services of Hospice, she insisted she wanted chemo instead. Up until the
very end of my mother's life she continued caring and loving her family. A mere
three days before her death, she wanted to make sure I was sleeping and eating
well. I miss her so much as my mother but even more so as my best friend. My
father misses her not only as his wife of 51 years but as his soulmate and best
How does one replace their best friend? There is a void in my life that I'm afraid
will never be filled but as my mother told me the last time I saw her "you must
continue on with your life"."
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These are the comments of the Webmaster, Ray Clark. Ladies, please note that
the doctor "thought" he got all the cancer. We now know that ovarian cancer
cells can live in the body for years, even after you have had a complete ovary
removal. Years down the road, the cancer can activate and attack you, even if you no
longer have your ovaries....