Ovarian Cancer Stories

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

Feb
28
2014
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Ovarian cancer month is actually in September. However as most know I am a survivor!!! What most DON'T know is  my story!!! I had a pap-smear in August of 2010. In May 2011, I discovered I was pregnant. On June 21st I miscarried! On July 5th I went to the OB/GYN to be checked with hopes of finding out why I miscarried. I had another pap done and guess what it came back "odd." After blood work, ultrasounds, and a TON of poking, scraping, and prodding we found out how odd! I was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer.  I was told on July 20th. Then started the whirlwind of MD's. By late August I stared chemo. On February 18, 2012 I had a radical hysterectomy. The doctor was 99% sure he got it all!!! We found out for sure two weeks later! My last chemo date was March 12, 2012!!! My point is that I had a pap every year since I was 18!!! If I hadn't had the miscarriage it still may not have been found until August when I was due for my next pap! However many out there DO NOT go … [Read more...]

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

Feb
17
2014
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Hello Fight Like a Girl Club. I'm 30 years old and I was diagnosed in 2010 with stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. I found out I had cancer after miscarrying my baby girl at five months, you can say she is my angel and saved me. After multiple surgeries, chemo, and radiation I was found cancer free in 2011. However this year it's back, but now in my stomach. I am a fighter and my family and friends are and have been a great support. My son is 15 and is scared that it is back. My hope is to show my son how much support and prayers are out there for his mom. I need prayers for my kiddo so he can feel hope and keep the faith that I will indeed beat this one more time! Thank you and God bless, your site truly has helped me and inspired me to never loose hope and know that I am not alone. Valerie California Submitted 02/15/2014 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 … [Read more...]

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

Nov
04
2013
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I have been a survivor of nearly four years. This early spring of 2013 I began feeling bloated. I felt a slight just barely pinch in my lower abdomen while I was coming out of the pool. I thought I had a so called "yeast infection." My girlfriends all had them when we was younger. At the age of 56 it was not a yeast infection, I had stage IV ovarian cancer. My CA-125 blood test revealed a low 45, but 45 was out of the norm of zero to 35! Debulking took over 10 hours. I then had two five month rounds of chemo along with a colostomy that was reversed, as well as an ileostomy (upper intestine) which was also reversed. I finished round two of chemo in April of 2013. Yes, my hair is very short and sassy. My journey began in early Spring of 2008. Here it is almost 2014! HAVE FAITH BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE READ AND RESEARCH THE WEB SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSIVE PEOPLE LIMIT THE ENERGY YOU EXERT WHILE RECOVERING PAMPER YOURSELF CALM YOUR INTERNAL BY LISTENING TO SOOTHING … [Read more...]

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

Sep
06
2013
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"Listen Carefully, It Whispers." A few years ago I would have asked, "What in the world does that mean?" Today I understand completely. I'm sure the start of my dance with ovarian cancer began close to five years ago when my period that started in November 2008 did not end until April 2009. Five long months of bleeding. In January 2009, I went to my OB/GYN (at that time) for an exam. She did a pap smear and an internal exam. She told me that I had no infection and my ovaries did not feel enlarged. She did agree it could be a symptom of menopause but said that it was abnormal for someone my age to be bleeding as much and for as long (two months at that point and I was 44 years old). No further exams were scheduled. In June of 2012, I started experiencing pain and bloating on my right side. My stomach began to bloat too and I felt a numbness and tingly feeling. I went to the emergency room in Northampton. My best friend took me. It hurt so bad in my right side. I was having … [Read more...]

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

Jul
26
2013
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I was diagnosed last December 2012 with stage 3-4 ovarian cancer. In November I started feeling bad, not anything specific just tired and down. Around Thanksgiving I thought I was constipated. I had taken medicine for it and I assumed it hadn't worked because my abdomen was swelling. I went to the doctor and he said he didn't think so, he sent me for an X-ray. The X-ray came out clear so he said to take laxatives and check back within a week. At this point my abdomen was growing daily, and I was getting nervous, so I called the doctors office back. They sent me for a MRI, it showed fluid in the abdomen, so then I went to get an internal and external ultrasound. I decided to go to a gastroenterologist to see if it had something to do with my GI track the same day.  The gastroentrologist wanted me to see an OBGYN and they wanted me to wait for a few days. Well no, I went to the ER in our local hospital and the doctor that I worked for called in a favor or two, and had me admitted in … [Read more...]

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

Jul
22
2013
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My name is Rivcah MacLean. I am a ovarian/cervical cancer survivor. It all started when I was 13. I dropped to the ground in the school bathroom in a crazy amount of pain. I was screaming and another student heard me and got my teacher. She explained that I probably was having a painful ovulation. As the years went on this would happen every four months. Then I went to the hospital for the first time when I was 15 because the pain was too much to bare. They told me I had an ovarian cyst 5.5 cm, and also had one burst. That’s  why I was in so much pain. After that I was going to the hospital every four months due to extreme pain, not knowing for sure what was going on. I knew there was something else going on, and I knew it couldn't just be ovarian cyst causing so much pain. No doctor could explain what was happening, only that I have PCOS. When I was 16 I had gotten my period but it wouldn't stop. I had been having it for a month. I went to the doctor and they put me on hormones … [Read more...]

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

Jul
03
2013
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Hey, my name is Sheila. I had ovarian cancer in 1993, and I had a complete hysterectomy. I was 28 years old, and I battled with the decision to have it or not. I wanted another baby but the doctor told me I needed the surgery and that the cancer was bad. I have to praise God because I am still cancer free and living life to the fullest. Thank you for letting me share some of my story! HUGS! Shelia North Carolina Submitted 5-19-2013 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...]

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

Jun
23
2013
Britt's Story (Ovarian Cancer) LR

At the age of 24, I was diagnosed with stage 2 ovarian cancer. I had seen four doctors within two days. The first three doctors told me that the pain/discomfort I had was simply "normal for a girl," and that I was "too young to realize that." After being told over and over to just go home, take a Tylenol, and sleep it off, a doctor was finally willing to take me seriously, and pursued the cause of what I knew wasn't normal for me. Only three days before my diagnosis, I went on the first date with the man who is now my husband. He stayed by my side through the tests, the surgeries, and the treatments. I don’t know if I would have kept my sanity facing it all without him! We were married in September 2012. On our first anniversary in September 2013, we will be climbing Mt Kilimanjaro as part of the 'Expedition of Hope' to celebrate two and a half years cancer-free. It's my way of proving that no mountain is too high! I tell my story in hopes of helping younger women to realize … [Read more...]

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

Jun
03
2013
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Hi all! My name is Jamie. My life was as close to perfect as I could get, after the childhood I had. Growing up as an orphan, nothing ever came easy for me. But, with a beautiful husband, and three beautiful daughter's for me to love and dote over, how could it be anything less than perfect?! After the birth of our youngest daughter, I had to have a hysterectomy because of scar tissue on my uterus, leaving  my ovaries and tubes. I was safe from "female cancers." When all three girl's were in school, I decided that it was time for me to go back to school too. I signed up to get my degree in registered nursing. I was almost done with my first semester, and looking toward the dean’s list, I started having terrible abdominal pain constantly. I went to my primary care doctor, who sent me to the E.R. While I was there I was diagnosed with an inflamed and thick gallbladder (whatever that means). I went back to my primary doctor and told him that I felt a knot in my belly.  He said that … [Read more...]

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

May
27
2013
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In January 2011, a couple of months after turning age 51, I found out I had a meningioma tumor in my brain.  Had surgery...it was benign (thank God) and had a follow-up gamma knife radiation treatment in June of the same year to remove a tiny piece that was left behind.  In December, I went for my last checkup and all was well! The beginning of the next month, January 2012, almost a year to the same day, I found out I had ovarian cancer.  My gynecologist at first thought it was fibroids from having irregular bleeding prior to my visit.  An ultrasound was scheduled to confirm and it showed masses on both ovaries.  I was sent to have the CA125 test done and went back the following day to my doctor for results.  Normal numbers for that test are 0-30, mine was 250+.  He referred me to a specialist, a gynecologist/oncologist, but told me that no matter the outcome, he wanted me to stay positive because it is very important to do so.  A hysterectomy was scheduled with the specialist and … [Read more...]