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 was in the hospital for a week of that 7 weeks. All I remember hearing waking up was something about someone having a hysterectomy. At that time, I was thinking, oh that’s me. That’s not the best way to find out because the nurse wasn’t talking to me. She was talking to one of her colleagues.
I didn’t have to have chemo, but as of April 6th, my life has changed. I’m just now starting to get back to my normal, happy-go-lucky self. It’s been a hard road, and not everyone knows my story till now.
Thank you for reading, I hope this helps someone in the future.
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This story 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.