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Terry’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Ovarian Cancer)

Terry's Story (Ovarian Cancer) LRI am a 46 year old ovarian cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2008 with stage 3C ovarian cancer. I was 43 at the time and I had just gotten over the flu in 2007.  I started having some pains in my side that caused me to double over and actually cry. My youngest son and my boyfriend were both here with me when this had happened. I originally thought I was gaining weight because I was getting too heavy around the mid-section and figured “ok, I will go on a diet and lose weight”. Well, it turned out that wasn’t the cause at all.

After having the pain for 2 weeks, my boyfriend suggested that maybe it was cysts – that I had previously had – coming back. I made a doctor’s appointment and went in.  He ordered an ultrasound and it showed 2 cysts – one on each ovary.  On the left one, it was a follicular (water filled) cyst and, on the right, it was a porcupine looking one that had started squeezing my ovary so much that it cut off the blood supply and caused me to keel over in pain.

By the time I made it to the ER, my son had to carry me in. They gave me morphine to help ease the pain and it didn’t do anything. Later the next morning, they admitted me and the next day the doctor did a removal of the right ovary and sent it and the cyst for a biopsy.  A few days later I got the news that it was cancer.

He then sent me to an oncologist who deals with this area and after he examined me he said that I was stage 3C. It had traveled to my pelvic region.  He scheduled me for surgery and what was supposed to be only an hour or 2 turned into 4 hours. He removed 10 – 15 lbs of tumor which went from my pubic region to my diaphragm. He moved every single organ in my body and even removed some of my omentum and did a bowel resection. If he had had to break my breast bone it would have been stage 4 but he didn’t have to go that far.

I’ve been in treatment 3 times. I’ve had 2 remissions and I just started my 3rd treatment cycle last week after being off since July. My remissions will be shorter as time goes by but I am doing what I want to do now with my life. I go out to eat with friends.  I spend my money the way I want. I take care of myself. I am truly blessed to have a great group of sisters that care about me as I care about them and we are all there for each other no matter what.

I want everyone to know that there is help out there.  If you’re not feeling good and you think it’s just a need to lose weight, get it checked out to make sure. This is the SILENT killer and if left undetected it will kill you….

Terry
Ohio
Submitted 10-20-11

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10 comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! Keep fighting like a girl!
    I start chemo tomorrow for breast cancer, and have nagged all my friends. One has the symptoms you describe. I am going to go nag her now. Thank you, Terry!

    • Shauna…
      I just saw your comment to Terry! I recently started chemo for breast cancer…two treatments down, four to go.
      I have totally got this – and so do you! Fight like a girl!!
      Love, Jennifer

  2. Terry…
    You are such an inspiration to me! I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I have had two chemo treatments!
    Fight like a girl sister!!
    Love,
    Jennifer

    P.S. We have the same hairstyle!! You look beautiful!!

    • Ty Jennifer

      this is my very last drug i can go on and ive been on it 2x this will be number 3. i have plans of staying on this for the rest of my life, regardless of remission or not if i go off of this i am not able to go on anymore treatments because nothing else has worked for me and with me having permanent severe nerve damage the other drugs ive been on have given me some nasty side effects….

  3. I’m very sad to hear that this has happened to you. The women in my family have a long history of female cancers. I just had a leep procedure in January to remove half of my cervix which when biopsied came back at the stage just before cancer. I’m 24, and will celebrate my 25th birthday while going through menopause. I hope that it’s only good news for you from here! <3

  4. I am so inspired by your story Terry . My mother who is 79 found out in March that she has stage three ovarian cancer that had mastized from her breasted cancer in 1998. She was checked every three months since 98 and was just released last year and was cancer free until March. Today was her 8th round of chemo and Monday we see the surgeon to determine what he will do. We did have God news that her tumid markers as of today were down from almost 700 to 35 . I will keep you in our prayers if you will do the same.

  5. Jennifer you are so right you do have this, keep the positive thoughts those are what kept me going and having a great group of sisters helped too…..

  6. Terry, I am 12 days into NED!! woohoo!!!! But, like you I was diagnosed with IIIc ovarian cancer (mucinous adenocarcinoma). I turned 36 during my carbo/taxol chemo. But I have a question for you. How long was/is it between your first remission and 2nd bout? Did you have any symptoms the second time around? Or did the gynonc find it again?

    Umm…that’s more than one question (lol) sorry! But I am just curious because even though I love my gynonc, he doesn’t want to tell me things that will discourage me (I think)

    Thanks for sharing your story!

    Teal hugs
    xoxo

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