Ovarian Cancer Stories

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

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)

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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


"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...]