derbygirl's Journey with Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

Survivor: Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 9 years ago, Female, Age: 52, Stage IB

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    • derbygirl
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopia...
    over 5 years ago
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    Oh No

    I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer February 14, 2008. What a way to spend Valentine's Day! March 4th 2008 was my surgery day and that's when the staging was done so I have 2 anniversary dates, the day I was told for the first time and the day it was confirmed and the stage.

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    • derbygirl
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopia...
    over 5 years ago
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    Abdominal hysterectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Feb. 1, 2008, I went in for a laparoscopic procedure to remove my right ovary due to a cyst that was twisted around the ovary causing me severe pain. This cyst was found after an exam by my doctor and an ultrasound in Dec. 2007. At this time the left ovary was fine. During the surgery, he found that between Dec. 2007 and Feb. 2008, a tumor was formed on the left ovary so he removed the left one instead. Then on Feb. 14th, he had me sit down with an oncologist who officially diagnosed the cancer. She recommended a total hysterectomy. On March 4, 2008, I was back in the operating room, three weeks after the previous surgery, and my ObGyn and the oncologist were doing the surgery along with the necessary biopsies. I spent three days in the hospital and now my treatment consists of hormone therapy, blood work every three months, exams every six months, and various testing. I not only have had all this but I have also undergone two heart surgeries and a heart catheritization because I have a severe electrical problem with my heart for which I am under the care of a Cardiologist and an Electrophysiologist.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • derbygirl
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopia...
    about 4 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    Today is a big day for me because it marks my being 5 years Ovarian Cancer free. I could not have gotten through these tough times without the support and skill of my doctor and friend, Dr. William Bradford. I also thank each and every one of you here at WhatNext for helping me through my journey. Your support and words of advice have been so appreciated. I never thought that I'd ever be dealt a hand like this, but it has helped me see how strong I really am. I'm a cancer survivor and that is an accomplishment in itself!

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    • derbygirl
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopia...
    3 months ago
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    Celebration

    It's official, today I am 9 years ovarian cancer free! I want to thank everyone here for your support, your advice, and sometimes that much needed kick in the pants that I've needed every once in a while that reminded me to keep fighting. You are all exceptional survivors and dear friends!

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