Ovarian Cancer Stories

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

Mar
18
2015
Karen and Mike Story Ovarian Cancer

This story is about Karen, my high school sweetheart of over 29 years, whom I call an “Amazing Graceful Fighter.” Karen was diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer 3 years ago. After 2 surgeries and 4 rounds of chemo, cancer has knocked Karen down each time, but she continues to get back up and keep fighting. This former military wife and mother of three is still fighting in Stage IV. Cancer has spread to her liver and bowels, and despite severely painful obstructions, Karen is giving it everything she has and maintaining an overall positive outlook. Karen continues to fight with inspiration, heart, strength, and most of all, grace. She doesn't sulk, complain, or feel sorry for herself. She might have moments where her limits are exceeded, but she keeps her head up, standing toe-to-toe with cancer, letting it know it hasn't beat her. That’s Karen, one of the most positive people you will ever meet. Her smile, attitude, personality, and most of all, her great big heart light up … [Read more...]

Tami’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Breast and Ovarian Cancer)

Feb
12
2015
Tami's Story breast cancer

In May 2013, I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. In December 2014, I celebrated a year cancer-free. On January 21, 2015, while undergoing surgery to have my ovaries removed because I am BRCA1 positive, they discovered I have ovarian cancer. I fought like a girl the first round, and I will fight even harder this time. I have everything to fight for: my husband, my children, and my beautiful grandchildren, and hopefully more to come. This picture is my all-time favorite photo, taken during my first treatment. It's of me and my grandson Bentley. Tami California Submitted 02/11/2015 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. … [Read more...]

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

Dec
16
2014
Felichia's Story Ovarian Cancer

At the age of 23, I was diagnosed with Ovarian Germ Cell Cancer. I am the youngest of a family of three girls, and I have always been the spoiled child my sisters envied. I do not have any children or pay any rent because I still live at home with my family, and my paychecks every week went towards shopping and going out with friends. After seeing the doctor several times for abdominal pain, he informed me that I had a very large mass on my ovary which had to be removed. I spent three long days in the hospital after having a laparotomy to remove the mass. When the doctor finished with my surgery, he informed my parents that he was able to safely remove just the tumor that was attached to my ovary, and the pathologist advised him it was non-cancerous. I recovered fairly quickly since I was in relatively good health prior to the operation. At my follow-up appointment, tears shed from my eyes when the pathology report now showed an Endodermal Sinus Tumor, also known as a Yolk Sac … [Read more...]

Danielle’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Ovarian Cancer Stage 3C)

Oct
08
2014
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Hi, I'm Danielle. I'm fighting ovarian cancer stage 3C at 29 years old. I had a full abdominal hysterectomy in December, de-bulking, and a colostomy bag fitted too, due to the cancer spreading to my bowels. I have been told it can't be cured and it's terminal, but I'm not giving up. Every day I fight on for my gorgeous little boys who are only 7 and 8 years old. Me and my two sons, Oliver and Charlie, did the race for life and raised over £500 for cancer research. Miracles really do happen, and no one can take away HOPE!!!! #myfightlikeagirlstory Danielle United Kingdom Submitted 10/07/2014 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. … [Read more...]

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

Jul
21
2014
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I was diagnosed with 3b ovarian cancer and 1b uterine cancer in January 2004 at the age of 32. After almost a year of pain and a very heavy period for long extended lengths, I found out what was wrong. I had been trying to get my GYN to listen and was put on birth control pills several times and told it was just an irregular menstrual and pain from that. I was sick and in pain. My abdomen was tender to touch. The doctor I had would not test for cancer because he stated I was too young for it. The worst came around Christmas 2003. I was really sick and had gotten very sick at work. I was sent to the ER. After blood work I was told I had a hemoglobin count of 5 (to me this meant nothing but I was told it indicates bleeding maybe internally and loss of blood). I was questioned about being in an accident or hurt in some way and maybe bleeding internally. I explained none of this happened and that I had a very heavy prolonged period. The ER doctor said that couldn't be it and ordered … [Read more...]