Saturday, November 30, 2013

November 30, 2013

It has been over 9 years since I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.  I have been free of this type cancer.  Unfortunately when I had a mamogram in 2012 the doctors discovered Breast Cancer.  After 2 surgeries and radiation in 2013 I am now a breast cancer survivor.  I feel great although 3 weeks ago I fell and I broke my left foot.  I am hoping to be able to walk on it around December 13 just in time for Christmas.  In the mean time I have been keeping busy by resting and on the computer - blogging.  I will keep you informed about my foot as it progresses.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hi everyone:

This is the first time I am writing a blog for Ovarian Cancer Survivors. Are you a Ovarian Cancer Survivor? I felt I should start a blog for Ovarian Cancer Survivors and patients.

I am an Ovarian Cancer Survivor for a little over 5 years now - 2004. I am 66 years old. Every day I thank God for making my cells healthy.

My story begins that I had my first problems with Ovarian Cancer in 1973. I had trouble with one of my periods. I was only getting them once every 3 months. But this particular period started about 6 weeks after my last period. It was very bad and I had a lot of pain and bleeding. Then after that I started with terrible, agonizing pain every time the colon or intestinal track was trying to do its job. After seeing several doctors, I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Symptrom (IBS). There was only one problem though. All the meds they gave me to try to control IBS did not work. In fact they only made the condition worse and one med was so strong that it gave me stroke like symptoms. It was my primary doctor who finally believed that I had something wrong with my right ovary and he gave me the advice to tell my gynecologist all the problems I was having. I did. In fact over the course of over 30 years, I had visited several doctors, was in hospital emergency rooms twice every winter months each year with the screaming pain - worse than child birth, even had a child 5 years after it all started. Every doctor diagnosed IBS.

In 2004 I went to the emergency dept. twice within 2 weeks in this terrible pain. The physician assistant on duty thought he felt an enlarged liver. He ordered a CAT scan which showed my liver was fine but that I had a mass on my right ovary. A couple of months later I had 2 surgeries which removed everything. All tests revealed I had Ovarian Cancer Stage 1 contained of low growth possibility. The mass was 7 centermeters large and was in fact sitting on my intestines. The doctors felt I did not need chemo or radiation.

While I still have some trouble with my intestines at times, I am very healthy. I am starting this blog though because I feel I would like to communicate with Ovarian Cancer Survivors and Ovarian Cancer patients.

I would like this blog to be a place where we can discuss our current feelings. Please feel free to post your opinions. Your comments may help me and other people.

Thank you.