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Terri’s Fight Like A Girl Story (Ovarian Cancer)

Melanie's Story (Ovarian cancer)LRHi, my name is Terri. In 2010, I was diagnosed with stage 3b ovarian cancer and stage 1 endometrial cancer. My only symptom was my irregular heavy periods,which I had had for 30 years. I just thought menopause was kicking in.

My surgery told a whole different story. I underwent a 6 hour surgery which included lymph node and omentum removal. My chemo treatments went on for six months, and my last yearly checkup was normal (I thank God daily)!

I’m so grateful for a second chance. I’m writing this, though, mostly because I would never have survived had it not been for my friends and family. They surrounded me like a blanket, and made me a blanket with personalized notes of love and encouragement (still my favorite snuggly thing). I had one friend who came over every day to my house to check on me, to keep me moving, and planning for it to be over. My sisters also made me some trinkets and a logo for supporting the fight against ovarian cancer. I plan on getting it tattooed on me soon!!! At any rate, that’s the short version.

I just want you all to know to hang on, fight like a girl, and win!!

Submitted 6-1-2012

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.

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  1. Kim Hotaling

    I was diagnosed with stage 3/4a ovarian cancer same surgery..6hrs and took my spleen and appendix along with 6 lymphnodes most of my omentum I too had 6 treatments and am now on maintenance, my question is how did u get rid of the fear of it coming back?

  2. Patricia Giffen

    I’m an ovarian cancer survivor as well. I was diagnosed 7weeks after the birth of my daughter. Oddly enough it was 9/21/09, Ovarian cancer month. About two weeks later I under went another surgery, total hysterectomy, then port placement and started chemo in November. I went they 6 months of hard chemo, then 5 months of a trial chemo. I see my oncologist every 6 months with a ct scan with contrast. Pending on when you start the calendar for cancer free, I’m almost 3yrs from end of chemo and almost 4 yrs from surgery. Thank you for sharing your story. You don’t hear about ovarian cancer but thanks to survivors like you, we can change all of that. I’m thankful for each and everyday new day, although I still find myself afraid of relapse. I have I my good days and my bad days, I most push thru it. Every little pain or twitch, your mind wonders, hard to shut off sometimes. I do appreciate you sharing your story. Thank you.

  3. Lisa Harris

    As Patricia said, you don’t hear much about Ovarian Cancer. My Mom fought against Ovarian Cancer. I try to spread awareness about Ovarian Cancer with every woman I can. It needs to be talked about and recognized just as much as Breast cancer is. Your “Fight Like A Girl” story is awesome!

  4. andrea

    To all those who have fought cancer. Keep on fighting.

  5. Jen

    Inspiring girl stories! Just like what i had experience.
    I am now at my recovery stage at home.
    A month ago,after my D&C.From the histopath…I was diagnosed endometrial cancer stage 1.I got upset and cried.How does this happened? I just thought that its a sign of post menopausal.
    At that time of my obgyne oncology appointment,I was scheduled for surgery A.S.A.P.
    Everything went so fast
    I had a “radical hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy” by laparoscopic surgery. I felt so much pain overnight as my stomach bloated,even double dose of pain reliever doesnt work.I admit having a low pain tolerance…theres a pain in time of “wee” and “poo”. 3 days more of rest at the hospital.I was given many medicine for pain at home.
    Im so grateful for this second chance.
    And wait for the result of my biopsy (again)
    I always keep my mind positive and hoping that aside from my family…God is always there beside me
    I’ll keep on moving for my childrens future.
    Because Life is great!

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