It might be raining outside, but I am full of sunshine. My CA-125 test result was 9.0. Next month I will celebrate my third year of remission after diagnosis and surgery for ovarian cancer. I was Stage IIC.
I have learned so much about this deadly form of cancer that I want to share my limited knowledge with EVERYONE. I feel great responsibility to educate women and their partners about those whispering symptoms: bloating, abdominal pain, change in bowels and urine, full feeling quickly or difficulty eating, fatigue, painful intercourse, or menstrual irregularities. Persistence of these symptoms is the key. See your gynecologist and request a referral to an oncology-gynecologist.
I am a retired registered nurse and my symptoms of bloating and constipation did not alert me. I just figured I needed to exercise more and eat less (except eat more prunes)! What a surprise when I went for my annual PAP smear and the tumor was palpated. From there it was the nightmare of CT's, MRI's, and an appointment with an oncology-gynecologist. Surgery and chemo followed to destroy the sarcoma (mmmt) that had invaded my body.
My experience with ovarian cancer was, and continues to be, not only a physical/emotional one, but a very spiritual one. I have often used journaling as a tool to help me in the past. It continues to fill an important role for me even today. Blogging is one way of journaling...it does not have to be in a spiral bound notebook.
Friends and family asked to see my journal, which is now in the process of becoming a published book. It is my hope that this book will educate, encourage, and support not just those of us facing cancer, but anyone facing a challenge.
I invite you to share your experience with ovarian cancer, because the more informed we are the more we can learn. We need to be supportive of each other in a positive, loving way. So I request that we avoid negativity or unsubstantiated information. I only say this because when I was in the early stages of searching for information, I found a few blogs that were not providing accurate information.
- Karen Ingalls
- Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in 1 of 72 women; 14,000 will die. Please know the symptoms and risk factors: read Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. Books at www.amazon.com. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writer's International Society of Authors, and Patient Leadership Council for Tesaro, Inc. I WILL NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN CONTACTING YOU DIRECTLY. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.