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Jenny’s Story (Ovarian Cancer)

Jenny's 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 EVERY year!!! There are no signs or symptoms until stage 4, and by then it’s really deadly!!! So girls, I know you hate the test, so do I! But please go! Please get checked, it’s ONCE a year!!! Believe me Chemo is NO JOKE!! Pap smears are a cake walk!!

Jenny
North Carolina
Submitted 02/26/2014

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.

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.

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3 comments

  1. Ovarian cancer is not indicated on a lap smear. That would be cervical cancer. Glad you are well, though.

  2. Ovarian cancer is not indicated on a pap smear. That would be cervical cancer. Glad you are well, though.

    • That’s right. Paps are only a screening tool for cervical cancer. The new recommendations for paps is every 3 years if no history of abnormal paps

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