Kim’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Ovarian Cancer)

Mar
23
2013

Kim's Ovarian Cancer StoryIn 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!

Kim Texas
Submitted 2-29-12

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. I’m very pleased to find this page. I need to to thank you for ones time for this fantastic read!!
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  2. Thank you so much for the comments and words of encouragement. I was just diagnosed today with stage three ovarian cancer! I am not giving up the fight! I am a brown belt in karate and I know how to fight like a girl! I also have one of the biggest and most amazing loves for my lord and savior and I know he can do anything! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!!

  3. I am a advanced stage IV cancer survivor; age 53. I was given 2 years and it has been 4 in July of this year; I am currently cancer free; loving and living and giving thanks to God above for give me the strength to fight. This disease really is a lot about mind over matter; determination, nutrition, and a real wake up call to take care of yourself so no reoccurence happens. If were given the opportunity to overcome the initial chemo treatments; then I belive it’s up to our own persona to nourish our bodies back to health through nutrition rebuilding your immune system and whole body and soul in general. There is a lot of remedies out there that are natural and healing. For all the women fighting this battle I praise you and me everyday.
    We always FIGHT ON!

  4. Wow. Kim your story mirrors mine. I was 47 when I was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer and like you, my family doctor thought I had fibriods. I decided to have a hysterectomy and was then referred a gynocologist. This doctor conducted a biopsy and reported back to me a week later that I had very early stages of uterine cancer as the cells were well differentiated. He referred me to a gynological oncologist to schedule the surgery. During surgery he discovered the ovarian cancer, conducted the hysterectomy and also did a bowel resection as the tumor had grown and was touching the bowel. The idea of six rounds of chemo was terrifying as I still pictured the old days of people being violently sick; however, it was not where as bad as I pictured. In fact, I continued to workout 3 days a week – at a slower pace, but I still did it! I am now 3 1/2 years cancer free!

  5. you girls keep on fighting. i am 61 and was not suppose to see 30 as i was diagnosed with a rare uterine cancer when i was 28 almost 29 and fighting sometimes means fighting , laughing or just doing crazy things. you always have to keep fighting even with the tests are negative but live life to the fullest that you can.

  6. christy says:

    I am 41 years old and was diagnosed during surgery with stage 3c ovarian cancer. I am getting ready to get my second of 6 chemo treatments. My hair is falling out and I will be shaving it this weekend. I plan to beat this thing. It is so wonderful to hear about others who have beat the same thing. Fight like a girl!!

    • I am 44 years old and May 24th I went into the hospital with severe pain in my abdomin. Seven hours later after numerous tests I was told I had a tumor on my right ovary the size of the softball. This is the first time they mentioned Cancer. I was admitted into the hospital and within 24 hours I was in ICU and the doctors took out the tumor and my right ovary.
      Ten days later is when I received a call at home telling me I had ovarian cancer. The next day I was in the Gyno/Oncologist office going over my cancer and what type of treatment I choose.
      June 24th I had my 2nd Surgery which they removed my other ovary, lymph nodes, and stomach lining. I am currently 3 rounds down with my 6 rounds of chemo.
      My hair is gone, most of my eyebrows and I don’t have to shave my legs anymore or do a bikini wax. :)
      I want to share that although I will never be cancer free, I have realized what is important and what is not. I cherish the small victories and thank GOD for everything he has given to me. I don’t take anything for granted. Even though I will never be cancer free and I was told I won’t be able to ring the bell after chemo, I still do it each and every time really loud because I am fighting like a girl and I am too stubborn and it makes even the Chemo nurses laugh. Fight hard!

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