CarolynC's Journey with Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma

Patient: Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer > Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 61, Stage Recurrent

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    • CarolynC
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Total shock and disbelief. Thought it was the end of the world for me and my family.

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    • CarolynC
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Debulking surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • CarolynC
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Abdominal hysterectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • CarolynC
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • CarolynC
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • CarolynC
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Monthly injections of my own white blood cells which had been treated by pharamaceutical company

    Clinical Trial

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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    • CarolynC
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    In the beginning, hair loss was hard for me because when I looked in the mirror I felt bad with no hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. However, I found a great wig and got used to doing my make-up and started to feel better about things. I loved not having to shave my legs! My family was very supportive. Now I realize having hair loss is a lot better than having other kinds of side effects which can make you physically ill. I did feel fatigue at times but never felt sick.

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    • CarolynC
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    We are having a huge 25th anniversary celebration in September 2012.

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    • CarolynC
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Job

    Loss

    I left my job to concentrate on getting well and I feel sad about that sometimes as I have always been a mom who worked outside of the home. My kids like having me at home now.

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    • CarolynC
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Decision Point

    I decided to live my life one day at a time. I wanted to have meaningful relationships with my kids and husband. I do not get upset about small things anymore. I understand how precious life is and that you should savor every moment. Sounds cliche but it is true. We have had a lot more fun in these last two years because we are no longer putting off the things we want to do.

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    • CarolynC
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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