A Battle With Ovarian Cancer-WhatNexter Fights/Wins

by GregP_WN

This weeks WhatNexter of The Week is Derbygirl, an Ovarian Cancer survivor since 2007. Stop by her page and tell her thanks for sharing her story with us. 


I'll never forget the journey I went through since 2008. I called the doctor in December 2007 regarding a pain on my right side that I
thought was my appendix acting up. After he did my exam, he ordered an ultrasound which showed a cyst twisted around my right ovary. He told
me surgery was the only option so after a cardiac clearance, I went in for a laparoscopy on February 1, 2008.

 When I went in it was originally as an outpatient, but I found myself admitted. The doctor
didn't tell me that day, in fact waited until 5 days later to tell me what he found. He found a tumor on the left ovary that didn't show up
on the ultrasound, He immediately sent me to a GYN Oncologist who diagnosed me Feb. 14, 2008 with Ovarian Cancer.

 What a Valentine's Day. She suggested a total hysterectomy so she could get biopsies done and give me the best chance of survival. So 3 weeks later, I found myself back in the OR with my friend and doctor William Bradford and my oncologist Jackie Evans.

 5 years have passed, and without having chemo or radiation, due to my heart issues, I have been beating this monster. I am so grateful for everyone who has supported me through this journey and continues to be my cheering section. This journey has shown me that I'm stronger than I ever thought I was. I am continuing the fight against cancer and my heart disease and will continue to bring attention to finding cures for both.

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