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 order to have fluid drained from my belly and tested. Well you know how that turned out. I was set up with a GYN oncologist who set me up for surgery a week later. I had a total hysterectomy and a major debulking. I was down for Christmas but family and friends helped out.
I started Carboplatin and Taxol in mid January of 2013 with a trial treatment of a brand new medicine, of course it’s a new study so I’m not sure if I am receiving it, it’s a two year study. My chemo treatments ended in May and I go for this trial treatment every Monday. They asked me to do the BRCA gene test so I did and of course it came out positive. So then I saw a breast surgeon. There is an 85% chance of breast cancer so she suggested a double mastectomy in about 2-3 years due to the trauma this has caused my body and my emotions. I am 40 years old with two of my own children and a few stepchildren who need me around and healthy. There are too many things I need to be here for and by the grace of God I will be! I will fight like a girl to stay on this earth!
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