Ovarian Cancer Stories

Tammy’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Ovarian Cancer, stage 3C)


What will you do when your life changes in the blink of an eye? When you're facing the choice to live or to die? Will you stand up and fight, or lay there and cry? My name is Tammy. I was diagnosed on March 28, 2016, with stage 3C ovarian cancer. On April 4, 2016, I underwent a complete hysterectomy. On May 19, 2016, I began chemo. I completed my 18th session on October 13, 2016. I am now looking forward to my life returning to normal. I was not shocked by my diagnosis. I expected it, which is why I ignored my symptoms for months. Cancer is strong in my family. It took my dad in 2010, after he battled for 7 years. Watching him and what he went through, I swore I'd never go through chemo. I said I'd rather just live until it took me. Then my day came, and all those thoughts went out the window. I never questioned my doctor, never mentioned my thoughts about chemo. I just did what they told me I needed to do because I wanted to live. I asked my doctor, how do I become one of the … [Read more...]

Jennifer’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Ovarian Cancer, stage IV)


I have always had a lot of hormone issues--PMDD, PCOS, infertility. So when my symptoms started, I brushed if off. I finally went to a gyno when I hadn't had a period in 4 months. They ran a pregnancy test; it was negative. So they put me on birth control pills and gave me a pap (which was normal). I went off the birth control, due to weight gain. About a year later, I got a new doctor who just chalked up my symptoms to perimenopause and PCOS. I experienced night sweats, irregular cycles, insomnia, and bloating. Meanwhile, I started having liver pain, so they did an ultrasound and found two lesions on my liver. At the time, they found them to be benign, according to the size and shape. About a year and a half later, I found a new gyno. I knew something was wrong but was not getting answers! After explaining all my symptoms, which had gotten worse, he thought the answer was Implanon, which is a contraceptive implant in your arm. I started having really bad cramps and bloating, so … [Read more...]

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


March 2014, I had just returned to my home after a wonderful trip to NYC with my oldest daughter. We did lots of tourist things and walking, and I noticed that I was really tired out from all the walking. Now, I was 63 at the time, but in pretty good shape. I had also been feeling bloated after eating for some months before. No pain, just bloated and tired out, and some indigestion was showing up. So, I went to see my doctor, who in turn, sent me to see another doctor about the indigestion and also a gyno. Long story short, they didn't find any ulcers in the examination, and apparently the gyno did see something on my ovaries. I was off to see a gyno surgeon, who did a CT scan. The news came right after. My daughter came with me to my appointment, and we were both blown away by the results. Stage 4 ovarian cancer. How could this be?? They scheduled me right away for a full hysterectomy, and while they were in there, they took out my omentum, both ovaries, uterus, etc. All gone. … [Read more...]

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


Hi, my name's Brittany, and at the time I had ovarian cancer, I was 29 years old. Last February, I went to the doctor's with the flu, not knowing I had a 5 and a half pound cyst on my ovaries. I told the doctor my stomach wouldn't stop hurting, so he got me in for a CAT scan, and me and my mom waited there till he got the results. At the time, the doctor wasn't sure how big the tumor was. All he knew was it was there. I was hospitalized for a couple days. Then I found out the hospital I was at didn't have the type of doctor I needed. I was in so much pain, almost like I was pregnant. I finally got into KU hospital (best hospital in the Kansas area). They did a bunch of test and exams. On April 6th, I was ready to have the surgery. I signed the release, so that if I needed a hysterectomy, they would do it right then. Turns out, they did a full hysterectomy so the cancer wouldn't come back. I didn't want to be in the same position 6 months later. I was off work for 7 weeks, and I … [Read more...]

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


In June of 2014, I truly thought I had a bladder infection. After about a week, I decided to go the the ER. When the doctor sat down and held my hand, I knew the news wouldn't be good. On July 4th, I had about 7 lbs of cancer removed from my body. I was getting married on July 11th, but instead was just out of the hospital recovering from surgery. After several months of chemotherapy and many prayers, knowing that God had healed me inside and out, I am cancer free and was married last December. I will be celebrating my one year wedding anniversary this weekend. I am blessed and will never take life for granted. Sli Pennsylvania Submitted 12/09/2015 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...]