In the 11th month of my 47th year, I was diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian cancer. My ob-gyn first thought it was fibroids. She had me get a sonogram and a cancer antigen test. The sonogram came back with a mass in my left lower quadrant and the cancer antigen was 135. My doctor still thought it was fibroids but scheduled me the next week for surgery. This time she told me she was having an oncologist standing by.
Long story short, it wasn’t fibroids. It was ovarian cancer. I ended up with a hysterectomy and 6 months of chemo. I started losing my hair after 2 weeks of chemo, and just went ahead and shaved it off. It was the one thing I was going to decide to do, not the cancer. A cancer diagnosis makes everything seem out of control. I fought like a girl and took control back, even if it was a small victory like shaving my head.
I am now 2 years cancer-free! Never give up, always keep hope alive, and Fight it with everything you got!
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