Ovarian Cancer Stories

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...]

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

Jul
07
2014
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It was three o' clock Thanksgiving morning in 2013 when I woke up from excruciating abdominal pain. I literally had to fall to the floor and crawl my way to my roommate's bedroom next to mine because the pain was so sharp I could not even stand. I had no idea what to do and neither did she. The pain was so fierce that walking was a no go. For the first time I had to ride in an ambulance to the emergency room. This was very unusual for me as I was a generally healthy person. I was hardly ever sick or ever even complained about pain before. So I get to the ER and everyone seemed to believe my appendix was acting up. So I agree, doing the necessary tests to make sure that that was causing my symptoms. The doctor came in and tells me that unfortunately it is not due to my appendix but that a CT scan shows a good amount of fluid in my uterus. An ultrasound was ordered but they still could not find the cause of my pain which resulted in an overnight stay and admittance to the … [Read more...]

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

May
23
2014
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I am 30 years old. I have seven children ages 1-13 and I have a loving husband. On December 21, 2013, I started a second period, which I have never done, and I bled and bled. My gyno's nurse said it could just be stress from the holidays, and that they could get me in at the end of January. I took the appointment, but I knew something was wrong. On January 3, 2014, I got a pain in my upper stomach that would not go away. It was annoying, but didn't hurt too bad, and I was still going. I started to gain weight rapidly, but chucked it up to the holidays. However, I wasn't eating a lot because I was so tired and not feeling well. I went to the ER three different times in January. Two times I had to get blood because they told me I was anemic. Every doctor I saw said I had abnormal bleeding, but I was pregnant (I had gotten my tubes done February of 2013) and it probably wasn't cancer since I was so young. I got into my primary doctor and he said I had an ulcer and prescribed me … [Read more...]

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
Shelia's Story (Ovarian Cancer) LR

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...]