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Readers Respond: Ovarian Cancer Support - Diagnosis, Treatment and Survivor Stories

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Cancer Survivor 3c

I too am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed Sept. 27, 2007. After multiple trips to doctors I was told I was peri-menoposal at the age of 42. I had a complete hysterectomy, bowel resection and debulking. I completed chemotherapy. In 2008 I had my liver resectioned. In Sept 2009 my abdomen was loaded with cancer. I went for stem cell therapy and alterrnative therapy in the States and Mexico. I came back home to Canada and was considered palilative. My family was told I had two days to live. It wasn't looking good. By the grace of God, prayers and sheer determination I went into remission after my chemotherapy treatment. Never, never, never give up. It has caused a disconnect with my life and I am now looking to find a way to live as a survivor for as long as God grants me breath.
—Guest Ilona

Hello again, Linda

It's been many years since we "met" because of our shared experiences. Reaching out to you, helped me heal as well!
—Guest Clare Braham

Healing may just be - Within

I underwent two ovarian cyst surgeries; each time the doctor thought it was cancerous since they would grow from the size of an olive to an orange in less than 60 days. Then I was diagnosed with my third -- growing to the size of a grapefruit with the speed of light two years after the last surgery. Then the magic -- my acupuncturist told to give Hypnotherapy a try. In less than five intensive sessions, I felt I had some control over my body and understood why my body kept creating the cysts, water retention, pain and all the emotional turmoil. Not only did I become a believer, but the (9.1 centimeter) cyst had dissolved, not needing the last surgery. This modality of therapy changed the course of my career from legal to healing. I'm now practicing as a Clinical Hypnotherapist (over 11 years) specializing in women's issues. Helping women "Listen to Their Body," delve deeper to help themselves in healing and becoming better physically, mentally and emotionally has become my journey in life!
—HealWithin

Have just been through it

In October 2009 I had surgery for ovarian cancer. Three weeks later I attended my oldest daughter's wedding. I was very lucky and have not needed any chemo or further therapy. My diagnosis is good but I still struggle to feel fully confident that I really am okay. I do however thank God everyday for the love of my wonderful husband and my children and grandchild.
—Guest Debra

It's not always bad as it sounds

After having periodic stomache cramps and weight gain, even though I had no appetite, I finally went to the doctor. I've had tons of medical problems and doctors rarely believed me with all of them so I was reluctent to go to te doctor for my problems. When I went they told me I had fluid in my abdomen and my left ovary was very large. A week later I was in Seattle for surgery. They did laproscopic surgery to remove my left ovary. During the surgery they had the tumor that my ovary had become tested as the fluid in my abdomen. The tests came back that it was cancer. The doctors are now saying that the cancer was in the seven liters of fluid that the tumor had leaked. The doctors think that the cancer is gone, no chemo needed, but they will test me every six months to make sure the cancer didn't spread. Because of my young age I have great chances of never having to deal with the worst parts of cancer treatment. I'm fifteen years old and I'm an ovarian cancer survivor.
—Guest Marisa

Ovarian Survivor 25 yrs and still strong

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage on November 3, 1984. It was a terrifying experience. I had chemo and lost my hair, had seizures, neuropathy, and had a difficult time with food. I developed recipes that helped me eat and also fight the effects of chemo. Developed exercises for neuropathy. Today I practice weight bearing exercises to help fight against osteoporosis so I can stay active.
—pasoslady

Never Give Up Hope

If I can give anyone words of encouragement it would be to stay strong and keep your focus on God. Always get a second opinion. Step out of the box. I was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer in February 2009 and rediagnosed with stage IV in April 2009 at the age of 30. I went in to get my cholesterol checked and had an elevated liver count and the testing went from there. I always received my yearly pap exams. I received aggressive surgery. All of my female organs were removed along with some of my bowel and my spleen. I received 9 chemotherapy treatments and had 3 pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in my lungs) in June 2009. I am very blessed to say that I finished my treatments in September 2009 and went for my 3 month check up in December and my scans were clear and I do blood work every month and my CA-125 has been 8. You have to be comfortable with your doctor. Don't ever go into something without a second opinion. I am very thankful to God and my cancer team.
—Guest Shannon

Going through it right now

I had bloating and discomfort in my abdomen and was uncomfortable sleeping on my side for many months before I called my doctor. It has been a slow process for me. Right now I am in the care of a very good gynecological oncologist, a cancer specialist in the female reproductive system. I am halfway through treatment and have lost my hair. It is also difficult to eat as my taste buds have been affected. I hope to be done with everything before Christmas so I can enjoy the holidays with my family. You do what you need to do to get better, even when some days are hard to face.
—Guest Catherine

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